Ohio Carpenters’ Joint Apprenticeship & Training Program


Todd Blust, OJT Trainer:

A member of Local 2, Todd has been a union Carpenter for 16 years and will be working as On-The-Job trainer for the JATC in the Southwest region. Todd has worked as foreman, journeyman carpenter as well as having taught carpentry at a Career Technology Center.

Jeremy Dennis, Carpenter:

An eight year UBC member of Local 200. Jeremy has a back ground in Interior Systems and instructs classes in metal studs and drywall, advanced metal framing, commercial steel framing, ceilings and interior layout. Jeremy holds ITC certifications to instruct: Aerial Lift, Doors and Hardware, ICRA-Best Health Care Practices for Construction, Power Industrial Truck Operator/Rough Terrain, and Scaffolding.

Ron Herman, Millwright:

A member of Local 1871 and a 23 year member of the UBC, Herman is a veteran millwright with experience as a general foreman, foreman, and steward. Herman has taught for more than 15 years, specializing in welding and welding certifications. His own certifications include Certified Welding Inspector, Rigging, Powered Industrial Trucks, and Aerial Lift.

Joseph Horrigan, Millwright:

A member of Local 1871 and a 27 year member of the UBC, Horrigan 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 Piledriver. His teaching qualifications include Welding, Turbines, Pumps, Conveyors, Optics, Alignments ,Safety ,First Aid and CPR, Industrial Trucks and Aerial Lift.

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.

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.

Keith Starrett, Carpentry:

A member of local 136, Keith has been a union member for 20 years, and has worked as foreman and journeyman carpenter.

Cooper Suter, Carpentry:

Cooper Suter is a member of Local 351 and a 19-year member of the UBC, but a 30-year veteran carpenter. Cooper’s working background includes wood framing, exterior & interior finish, interior systems, concrete formwork, and scaffold work. Cooper has been employed as a journeyman, a foreman, a superintendent, has served the union as a steward, and has taught carpentry at both the apprenticeship and the secondary/vocational level. Cooper’s UBC Certifications include: Aerial Lift, 1st Aid/CPR/AED/Blood borne Pathogens, ICRA Best Practices in Occupied Health Care Facilities, Insulating Concrete Forms, Interior Systems Layout, Powered Industrial Truck, Roof Framing, and Stair Building.

Scott Tomala, Carpentry:

A member of local 285, has been a union member for 10 plus years, and has worked as a foreman and journeyman carpenter.

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.

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.”