Blinn, TEEX offer Carpentry Boot Camp beginning in June

BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX)- A new Carpentry Boot Camp offered by Blinn College and the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service will provide job seekers the foundation they need to work on a framing crew at local construction sites.

The two-week, $700 course runs from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 5-16, at The Texas A&M University System’s RELLIS Campus in Bryan. It is designed for students with no prior experience in construction. Students will learn to use tools commonly utilized on residential construction sites and will learn the roles of all members of a framing crew. A Certificate of Completion will be awarded to all students who successfully complete the Boot Camp.

“Even if you have never swung a hammer, you can enroll in the Carpentry Boot Camp and within two weeks you will have the skills necessary to succeed as the member of a framing crew,” said Jay Anderson, Blinn College Dean of Technical and Community Programs.

The course covers job-site safety, the safe operation and use of basic residential construction tools, the basic elements of residential framing, reading residential architectural drawings, and basic building code requirements. At the conclusion of the course, students will be able to:

· discuss basic safety issues related to residential and low-rise multi-family residential construction;

· demonstrate the safe and proper use of typical hand and power tools;

· demonstrate the ability to construct the typical elements of residential construction, including wall systems, door and window openings, floor and ceiling systems, and gabled roof systems;

· select appropriate sizes of floor and ceiling joint from building code tables;

· and demonstrate the ability to work as part of a framing crew.

In addition to the Carpentry Boot Camp, registration is available for Blinn’s plumbing and carpentry programs. These courses are designed following the nationally recognized National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER) curriculum. Students who complete these courses earn the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) 10-Hour Construction Certificate; the NCCER Core Construction Certificate; the NCCER Level I Certificate for plumbing or carpentry; and the Blinn College Certificate of Completion.

The plumbing and carpentry programs each begin with a core course that will be offered June 5-22. Once the core course is complete, the student can enroll the plumbing or carpentry course.

Students who are 18 years of age or older, eligible to work in the United States, and registered with the Selective Service (if male) are qualified for a scholarship that reduces the cost of the core course to $285, the carpentry course to $690, and the plumbing course to $615.

Registration for the Carpentry Boot Camp and the carpentry and plumbing programs is available at 301 Post Office Street in Bryan. For more information, contact Director of Technical and Community Programs Ken Dupre at ken.dupre@blinn.edu or 979-209-7560, or reach Technical and Community Programs Specialist Deloris Conley at deloris.conley@blinn.edu or 979-209-7205.