Carpenters Local Union #243

Carpenters Local Union #243

402 South Duncan Rd
Champaign, IL 61821

Phone: (217) 356-5463



JATC contact info

Mid-America Carpenters Apprentice & Training Program Pekin Campus
904 Brenkman Drive
Pekin, IL 61554
Phone: (309) 353-4232 | Fax: (309) 353-3853


Training Director: Brandon Stetzler

Champaign Vermilion Edgar Douglas Moultrie Coles Cumberland Clark Crawford Jasper Effingham and Shelby Counties


Description of Trade:  General carpenters provide the crucial foundation for concrete, exteriors, roofs, infrastructure, and scaffolding while also crafting fine trim and finish work. These professionals work with a variety of materials in every kind of structure; they are responsible for bringing blueprints to life. UBC carpenters are skilled in laying out, measuring, cutting, erecting, and joining materials together. They are highly trained to work quickly, accurately, and safely, while delivering the quality of work contractors and their customers have come to expect.

Floor coverers install a wide variety of flooring materials, including carpet, resilient, wood, laminates, and sports surfaces. UBC floor covering professionals are experts at estimating materials, understanding pattern layout, and safely and properly employing the industry’s many tools, adhesives, and fastening systems.

Interior systems carpenters specialize in assembling complex systems such as acoustical ceilings, computer-access flooring, metal framing, wall partitions, and office furniture. Worksites are typically occupied by commercial and public buildings. Attention to detail is the hallmark of UBC carpenters. Our interior system professionals solve mid-project challenges and perform accurate work eliminating lengthy punch lists.

Custom architectural millwork requires the work of an expert—a skilled professional who can craft fine woodwork, cabinetry, and décor in commercial, residential, institutional, and retail structures. Cabinetmakers and millworkers fabricate and install decorative and functional elements, including trim and molding, cabinetry, ceiling treatments, doors, windows, exposed columns and beams, displays, mantels, staircases, and more. UBC workers are trained in all these skills, including the proper operation of intricate machinery.

Pile drivers drive steel, concrete, or wood piling into the earth during the early stages of construction. Skill is crucial to both a project’s success and the safety of workers since the piling is necessary to hold back the earth during excavations; to set up the foundation of skyscrapers, highways, and bridges; and to build docks and wharves. UBC pile drivers are experts in all aspects of this challenging job, beginning with pre-installation inspections of the material and job site using static and dynamic testing. They are skilled at determining load-carrying capacities, gauging hammer performance, and accommodating lateral, compression, or tension loads. Some pile drivers are also commercial divers, responsible for the underwater construction required by many industries, including construction and power generation.

The residential carpenter is an all-around carpenter with experience in nearly every aspect of residential construction. These UBC professionals work expertly and efficiently to assemble and erect the framework of homes, apartments, and condos. They install flooring, windows, doors, interior trim, cabinetry, roofing, siding, insulation, drywall, and more.

Contact Info: MACRC/JATC, 904 Brenkman Dr., Pekin, IL, 61554; (309)353-4232; email:;

General Requirements: Provide a birth certificate, high school diploma, and transcripts or GED. Possess a valid driver’s license at the time of application.

Jurisdiction: MACRC/JATC includes the following counties: Adams, Brown, Cass, Champaign, Christian, Clark, Cole, Crawford, Cumberland, DeWitt, Douglas, Edgar, Effingham, Ford, Fulton, Greene, Hancock, Jasper, Knox, Livingston, Logan, McDonough, McLean, Macon, Macoupin, Mason, Menard, Montgomery, Morgan, Moultrie, Peoria, Piatt, Pike, Sangamon, Schuyler, Scott, Shelby, Tazewell, Vermilion, Warren and Woodford.

Application Process:  Applications are accepted on a daily basis. Contact Carpenters Local 243 at 217-356-5463 to schedule a potential members orientation

Apprentice Training: Training consists of four years. Apprentices work throughout the program and attend school in Pekin, Illinois, for one week every three months. Apprentices may stay in dormitories during the training, and meals are provided in the dorms.

Wages: Median pay is $20.24 per hour or $42,090 per year.