Joseph Crump Instructs carpenter and scaffold classes at the Burlington Training center. Joe entered the carpenters’ apprenticeship in 1998, after four years working non-union, and received two journeyman certificates, one in carpentry, and one in scaffolding. His training includes instructor courses at the United Brotherhood of Carpenters (UBC) International Training Center, where the UBC partners with Penn State University to ensure instructors receive training in methods of education and current industry practices and standards. Read More
As a kid, Joe enjoyed working with his hands, building tree forts, even a log cabin, using basic hand tools, when he was just 13 years old. After high school, his passion for building lead him directly to the construction industry where he participated in a wide range of construction types including residential, commercial, heavy highway, and expansive scaffold projects in refineries where he advanced to Project Manager, coordinating work throughout the Western U.S. and Alaska.
Joe considers the carpenters' union a ‘second family’. Having experienced multiple foster homes in childhood and youth, the concept of family takes on a special meaning for Joe. His union ‘family’ is a group of individuals who, like Joe, know the value of apprenticeship and training, and he's grateful for the opportunity to work at NWCI where he can contribute to the growth and education of all future carpenters and leaders.
Joe enjoys getting to know people and values the stories and knowledge they share, especially when organizing in-person with neighbors and those he knows personally. He believes prosperity is linked to freely shared education, and his union brothers and sisters benefit greatly from educating each other, staying involved with each other, and standing together to create a stronger family in the trades.
In his spare time, Joe enjoys the outdoors, but gets the greatest satisfaction from spending time with his family and close friends, no matter what they’re doing. They’ve recently started bowling together which he really enjoys. Joe also likes to give back to his community, and help family and friends whenever he has a chance to do so.