Blinn, TEEX, and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension celebrate inaugural Carpentry Boot Camp graduating class
Course graduates are qualified to work on framing crews at local job sites
June 19, 2017
Garyth Juarez has always dreamed of building his own house.
Equipped with minimal woodworking skills learned from his older brother during his childhood, the Brenham resident knew he needed a better foundation in construction to accomplish his goal. Juarez – along with six other students – registered for the first-ever Carpentry Boot Camp offered by Blinn College, the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service to learn the skills necessary to work on a residential construction site.
“I always have had an interest in how things work,” Juarez said. “I signed up for the boot camp with the intention of broadening my basic knowledge of woodworking and construction machinery. This camp gave me the introductory skills I need to assist a construction crew in building a house.”
The two-week course, held at the AgriLife Extension facilities at The Texas A&M University System’s RELLIS Campus in Bryan, is designed for students with no prior experience in construction. Juarez and his classmates learned the roles of all the members of a framing crew and learned to use tools commonly utilized on residential construction sites.
“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.
Graduates were recognized Friday for successfully completing the course with a Certificate of Completion and an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) certificate.
“The accomplishments of the Carpentry Boot Camp’s first graduating class is a great indicator that this partnership between Blinn, TEEX, and the Agrilife Extension is thriving,” said Ron Peddy, Division Director of TEEX’s Infrastructure Training and Safety Institute. “This program was strategically designed to address the skills identified as needed in the local community. We are excited for this opportunity, and we look forward to future collaborations with Blinn College.”
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 are 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.
“Residential construction is unique,” Instructor Alejandro Torres said. “A house should be built with precision and attentiveness to ensure its quality, and that is what we are teaching our students at Carpentry Boot Camp. Quality is a very high priority.”
Course graduates are qualified to become members of a framing crew on local job sites without additional training from their employer. Juarez is aspiring to work in the construction industry and will begin constructing his own house in the near future.
“There are many options for me now that I have finished this course,” he said. “I can go directly into the workforce or I can continue my education, but one thing is for sure: I can now achieve my dream of building my very own home.”
In addition to the Carpentry Boot Camp, Blinn offers plumbing and carpentry programs. These courses are designed following the nationally recognized National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) curriculum. Students who complete these courses earn the 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. Scholarship funds are available for all programs.
For more information regarding the Carpentry Boot Camp and carpentry and plumbing programs, visit the Bryan Post Office Campus at 301 Post Office Street in Bryan or call 979-209-7205.
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