The Perfect Career for You After the Military

Your military training taught you discipline, precision, and teamwork – the perfect foundation for a high-paying, in-demand career with Local 491 Trade Show Carpenters. We understand the unique skills of veterans, and we’re committed to helping you transition into the dynamic world and incredible experiences that await.

The Trade Show Difference for Veterans

Local 491 is committed to learning more about you, your military experience and the type of career you want for yourself and your family.

We encourage you to explore the materials on our Recruits page, watch our videos and fill out this brief application ASAP so we can be in touch.

  • Earn While You Learn: Our apprenticeship programs combine paid on-the-job training with instruction, giving you skills AND a paycheck.

  • Competitive Pay & Benefits: Union workers in Local 491 enjoy excellent wages, a robust healthcare package, and retirement security with both a pension AND annuity. After working a full career as a Trade Show Carpenter, enjoy your golden years with your Local 491 pension AND the pension you earned serving our country.
  • The Day 1 Difference: You start earning a competitive salary with us on Day 1. You also will be immediately enrolled in health and retirement benefits for the entire family.
  • Zero debt: Our apprentices move to journeyman status without any of the debt college students might take on.

  • Transferable Skills: Problem-solving, leadership, working under pressure – you’ve honed these serving in the military, and they’re invaluable in the trade show industry.

  • Sense of Mission: Just like the military, working in construction as a Trade Show Carpenter is a deadline-driven job. You’ll build impressive structures while enjoying that familiar sense of camaraderie and accomplishment.

  • Stability and Security: Enjoy stable employment and opportunities for overtime with our team. Our strong reputation in the industry ensures a steady flow of work, providing you with the financial security you deserve.

  • Career Advancement: We believe in recognizing and rewarding talent. As you gain experience and expertise, opportunities for advancement within the organization become available, allowing you to build a long-term career with us. Our signatory contractor partners are also looking for the best and brightest. They know veterans have the skills and training that make them attractive to run job sites.

  • Helmets to Hardhats: We partner with the Helmets to Hardhats program to give veterans a direct path to our apprenticeship programs. Helmets to Hardhats educates service members on how they can use their G.I. Bill benefits to supplement their incomes while participating in a registered apprenticeship program. To learn more, email Rob Schwartz at

  • Training & Support: Our apprenticeship combines expert instruction with mentorship to guide you through your apprenticeship.

Ready to start building your future?

Contact us today to learn more about apprentice programs and find your place in the dynamic world of trade show construction.

Are you ready? We thought so. Let’s get started today with this brief application.

Start your journey today

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Entry-level Application Form
Do you have a driver's license?
Do you have regular access to a vehicle to get TO and FROM work?
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Have High School Diploma or GED?
Trade show carpenters need basic math skills. We’ll set up an in-person testing day for you. View our Sample Math Test so you will know what to expect.

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