Instructors

Michael Barnett, Carpentry:

A member of local 200 and a 40 year member of the UBC, Michael is a former superintendant and steward. Michael specializes in interior systems and concrete formwork. Michael has earned certifications in OSHA 500, Concrete Formwork and Insulated Concrete Forms, Interior Systems Layout, Acoustical Ceilings, Commercial Door Hardware, Construction Math, as well as Scaffolding, Aerial Lift and Powered Industrial Truck.

Heath Bowman, Carpentry:

Heath is a member of Carpenters Local 285. He has 20 years of experience in the field, on union jobsites ranging from concrete formwork, site layout, wood framing, heavy-gauge steel framing, interior systems and finish work. In 2016, Heath became a Carpentry Instructor at the Richfield Campus and shares his passion for craftsmanship in ICRA, Bloodborne Pathogens, jobsite safety, CPR/First Aid, aerial lifts, scaffolding, interior systems, site layout, concrete, and wood framing.

Clark Cain, Carpentry:

Clark has been a member of the UBC for 21 years. He has worked as a field Foreman for 14 years with local contractors GQ, OCP, and Competitive Interiors. Clark started as an Instructor at the Richfield Campus in January 2017.

“I am very excited to use the knowledge that I have gained from working with these contractors and working in the field to encourage and train others who want to pursue a career in carpentry.”

Tim Edwards, Pile Driver:

Tim is a member of Millwrights & Pile Drivers Local 1090, with over 20 years of service in the Union, working as a Journeyman and Foreman. He became an Instructor at the Richfield Campus in August 2017. Tim brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge. He has experience as a certified diver, welder/fabricator, driving assorted types of pile, steel mill maintenance, rigging, crane assembly and disassembly, precision optics, conveyor work, form work, working off of barges to drive piling, and underwater work for inspections, salvage and demolition. Tim also has a U.S. Coast Guard Captain License.

Larry Elder, Carpentry:

Larry is a member of Carpenters Local 171. He has worked as an Apprentice, Journeyman, Union Steward, and Foreman in the Youngstown and Mahoning Valley areas. Larry became an Instructor at the Richfield Campus in June 2017. His current Instructor-level certifications include OSHA 500, Bloodborne Pathogens, ICRA, Construction Fall Protection, Aerial Lifts, and Powered Industrial Trucks. He teaches classes in concrete forms, wood framing, site layout, safety, stair building, roof framing and infection control in occupied healthcare facilities.

Brent Goede, On The Job Instructor:

Brent is a member of carpenters local 351. Has been a UBC member for 22 years. He began his apprenticeship in 1996 and finished at the northwest campus in 2000. In that period he has worked for Lakeside for 12 years. Then in 2009 started working for Valley interior systems and becoming a field foreman for 6 years. He has had the privilege to work on some major projects like Hollywood casino Toledo, Penta Career Center, and Bay Park Hospital. In that time working interior systems, including interior framing, exterior heavy gauge framing, wood framing. He has been to 300 hitters leadership training and 212 leadership training. He also has been trained in scaffolding, ICRA/Bloodborne Pathogens, cpr/first aid, aerial lift, forklift, OSHA 30, and steward training.

Aaron Gunderman, Carpentry:

Aaron Gunderman is a member of Carpenters Local 351 and has been a member of the UBC since 2004. He completed the carpenter’s apprenticeship program at the North West Ohio Rossford Campus in 2008. He worked in the field for OCP Contractors as a carpenter and a foreman for 12 years. His certifications and training include UBC 300 Hitters Leadership program, OSHA 500, ICRA, Bloodborne Pathogens, First Aid/CPR, Rigging and Signaling, Powered Industrial Truck and Aerial Lift.

Bob Hamilton, Commercial Carpenter Instructor:

Bob has been a member of Local 351 since 1998. Traditionally a house builder, much of his union work was scaffolding in refineries and nuclear power plants. He has experience as a foreman and general foreman as well. He is also an experienced concrete form carpenter. His certifications and training include: UBC 300 Hitters Leadership Program, Scaffold, OSHA 500, ICRA, Bloodborne Pathogens, as well as Rigging and Signaling. Bob has been an instructor at the Rossford Training Center since January of 2016 and is also a delegate to the Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters.

Joseph Horrigan, Millwright:

A member of Local 1090 and a 34 year member of the UBC. Joe has work experience as a Millwright working in fossil fuel and nuclear power plants, automotive plants and steel mills. He also has work experience as a Pile Driver. His teaching qualifications include Welding, Turbines, Pumps, Conveyors, Precision Optics, Alignments, Safety, First Aid and CPR, Industrial Trucks and Aerial Lifts. He is also a Certified Welding Inspector, through the American Welding Society. Joe is often called upon to teach Instructor-level courses at the UBC’s International Training Center.

Cory Hudson, Carpentry:

Cory is a member of Carpenters Local 285. As of 2017, Cory has 14 years of service in the Carpenters Union and has been an instructor since 2012. While serving his apprenticeship, Cory worked for GQ and OCP Contractors. After completion of the apprenticeship, he continued to work as a Journeyman Carpenter and field Foreman for OCP, on tasks ranging from structural framing to finish work. Cory’s certifications include OSHA 500, Bloodborne Pathogens, ICRA, CPR/ First Aid, Armstrong Ceiling Installer, and aerial lift and fall protection. He has taught Instructor-level courses and is also a member of the Interior Systems Curriculum Development Committee, at the UBC’s International Training Center. Cory is also a U.S. Army Veteran.

K. Guy Kappele, Flooring Instructor:

K. Guy Kappele is a member of Local 373 and a 19-year UBC member. He completed the four-year apprenticeship program through the Ohio Carpenters Apprenticeship Program, and worked for one of the area’s largest flooring companies for his entire career. He worked as an installer for 11 years, then became a working foreman for the last 8 years. His certifications include: Resilient INSTALL Certified, NORA Rubber certified installer, Forbo Associate mechanic, and PROTECT-ALL certified installer.

David Knight, Carpentry:

As a member of Carpenters Local 435, David has worked as a Foreman and a union-trained Steward on projects ranging from fine finish work, wood framing and interior systems. David became a Carpentry Instructor at the Richfield Campus in January 2017 and shares his skills and experience in ICRA, Bloodborne Pathogens, CPR/First Aid, aerial lifts, jobsite safety, scaffolding, interior systems, wood framing, solid surfaces, and interior finish.

Ted Lauer, Carpentry:

A member of Carpenter local 356 and a 16 year member of the UBC, Ted is a part time journeyman skills advancement instructor. Teds certifications include OSHA training, First Aid, CPR and Scaffolding.

Jeff Moore, Flooring:

A member of Local 351, and a 24-year UBC member, Jeff is a veteran floorlayer with experience in all areas of the floorcovering trade. Jeff has been an instructor for 10+ yrs. His certifications include: INSTALL, Armstrong, Forbo Master Mechanic, Mohawk, NWFA and Shaw.

Antonio Midlam, Millwright & Welding:

A member of local 1066, UBC member since 1977 and a Instructor for the Southwest Training Center since 2008. Antonio (Tony) brought a wealth of past work and training experiences as a Millwright and has worked hard to obtain additional credentials as a Millwright/Welding Instructor. Tony’s certifications include Millwright Safety, OSHA 500, First Aid/CPR, Welding Instructor Train the Trainer, Aerial Lift, Powered Industrial Truck, Rigging/Signaling, AWS — Certified Welding Inspector, Machinery Alignment, Confined Space Instructor, Gas and Steam Turbine and Hytorc Bolting Technician.

James Robbins, Flooring:

A member of Local 136, James has been a Union Floor layer for over 10 years. He is INSTALL Carpet and Resilient Certified and has taken the Train the Trainer to provide other floor layers this opportunity.

David Schultz, Millwright:

A member of Millwright Local 1090, David has been an instructor since 2013. He possesses three associates’ degrees in Manufacturing Technology, Industrial Maintenance and Machining and Metal working. David is also a holder of a Tool and Die Journeyman’s’ Card. His certifications include: Powered Industrial Truck, Aerial Lift, First Aid/ CPR, OSHA 500, Rigging and Signaling, GE Gas Turbine Familiarization, Hytorc Bolting.

Douglas Sherritt, Carpentry:

A member of Carpenters local 136 and a Instructor for the Southwest Ohio Training Center for the more than 10 years. Doug’s background is in residential framing, concrete, and commercial construction. His certifications include: Solid surface, Total Station, Scaffold, Pile Driving, Insulated Concrete Forms, Rigging/Signaling, Powered Industrial Truck, Aerial Lift, OSHA 500 & 502, First aid/CPR and more. Doug is a well rounded Instructor and is often asked to Instruct at the Carpenters International Training Center.

Megan Walkowiak, Carpentry:

Megan is a member of Carpenters Local 435. She has worked as an Apprentice, Journeyman, Foreman and jobsite Superintendent throughout the Greater Cleveland area. Megan is a very active member of Sisters in the Brotherhood and became an Instructor at the Richfield Campus in 2018. She teaches all aspects of Interior Systems, such as metal studs and drywall, suspended ceilings, interior systems layout, commercial doors and hardware, ICRA in Occupied Healthcare Facilities, as well as a host of safety and basic carpentry classes.

Todd Weinbrecht, Millwright:

A member of Millwright local 1241 and a 22 year member of the UBC, Todd is a skilled Millwright with experience as a foreman and superintendant. His specialties include optics, layout and welding. His certifications include OSHA 500, Powered Industrial Truck, Scaffolding, First Aid, CPR, AED, Fall Protection, Confined Space, Human Performance, Precision Optical Alignment, Rigging and Signaling, GE Familiarization and Hytorc.

Memo From the Job Site
Irene (Rocky) H.
Carpenter

A graduate of the apprenticeship program and a carpenter for nearly 20 years, Irene made the move from a career in social work to carpentry at a time in her life when she was looking for a more fulfilling job experience.

“The apprenticeship program offers a whole spectrum of experiences from rough framing and safety to stair building and finish carpentry. It helped provide me with an education in materials and applications to prepare me for a career in the commercial construction industry.

Being in the union, and having my on-the-job experiences helped me take on leadership roles. I’ve taught courses in a pre-apprenticeship program, and have even done some teaching in the carpenters’ apprenticeship program.

I now have a skill I can use. Once you have that skill, no one can take that away from you.”