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New Construction Trades Programs

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the new construction trade programs offered by Blinn College?

Blinn now offers new programs in Carpentry and Plumbing, in addition to our ongoing programs in Electrician and HVAC (Air Conditioning). The Electrician and HVAC courses are 240 hours long, and they begin every September and run for nine months. The Carpentry and Plumbing courses are 200 hours long Those courses will begin in January and July, and will run for five months.

What kind of curriculum is used for these courses?

All of these classes will follow the curriculum established by the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER). This is a nationally recognized certification and it is embraced by our local industries. All of these classes start with basic construction safety and introduction to the construction industry. The first part of the class focuses on safety, and students can earn their OSHA 10-hour Safety card during this portion of the class. The rest of the classes combine NCCER Core principles mixed in with the specific hands-on skills in each industry area. The NCCER Core principles include: basic construction math, how to properly use and maintain various hand and power tools, how to read construction drawings, how to properly handle construction materials, and basic communication and employability skills. At successful completion, the student will have earned the nationally-recognized NCCER Core credential, NCCER Level 1 credential for the specific skill class chosen, the OSHA 10-hour Safety card, and Certificates of Completion from Blinn College and the Texas A&M RELLIS partnership.

What skills are covered in these classes?

The Carpentry class will cover the following topics:

  • Building Materials, Fasteners, and Adhesives
  • Hand and Power Tools
  • Construction Drawings, Specs, and Layout
  • Floor Systems
  • Wall Systems
  • Ceiling and Roof Framing
  • Building Envelope Systems
  • Basic Stair Layout

The Plumbing class will cover these topics:

  • Intro to Plumbing
  • Plumbing Tools
  • Plumbing Math
  • Plumbing Drawings
  • Plastic Pipe and Fittings
  • Copper Tube and Fittings
  • Cast Iron Pipe and Fittings
  • Steel Pipe and Fittings
  • Introduction to Plumbing Fixtures
  • Intro to Drain, Waste, and Vent Systems
  • Intro to Water Distribution Systems

The Electrician class will cover these topics:

  • Intro to the Electrical Trade
  • Electrical Safety
  • Electrical Circuits
  • Electrical Theory
  • The National Electrical Code
  • Device Boxes
  • Hand Bending Conduit
  • Raceways and Fittings
  • Conductors and Cables
  • Basic Electrical Construction Drawings
  • Residential Electrical Services
  • Electrical Test Equipment

The HVAC class will cover these topics:

  • Intro to the Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
  • Applied Trade Math
  • Basic Electrical Concepts
  • Intro to Heating
  • Intro to Cooling
  • Intro to Air Distribution Systems
  • Basic Copper and Plastic Piping Practices
  • Soldering and Brazing
  • Basic Carbon Steel Piping Practices

Are there any requirements for these classes, such as a high school diploma?

There are no educational requirements for these classes. However, basic reading and math skills are required for success in each of these classes. Also, these classes are designed as entry level, so no previous experience is required.

When do these classes meet?

At this time, all of our NCCER Construction Skills classes meet in the evenings. This is to allow students to work during the day and take classes in the evenings. All classes meet two nights per week, usually either Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday, from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Please see the current class schedule at www.blinn.edu/workforce for details.

What is the cost for these classes?

The HVAC and Plumbing classes are $1,900 each, the Carpentry class is $1,975, and the Electrical class is $2,000. Each class is made up of two courses, so only about half of the money is due up front and the remainder is due just before the halfway point of the class. However, scholarships are available for the January Carpentry and Plumbing classes, which can cut the cost of these class by 50 percent!

What is this scholarship and how does a person qualify?

The scholarship is funded through a grant from the Texas Workforce Commission. There are only three criteria to be eligible for these funds: 1) A person must be at least 18 years of age; 2) A person must be eligible to legally work in the United States; and 3) If a male, the applicant must be registered with the U.S. Military Selective Service.

How do I register?

Call Ken Dupre at 979-209-7560 or Deloris Conley at 979-209-7205 to get registration information. Students will register at the Blinn College Post Office Campus, which is located at 301 Post Office Street in Bryan, TX.

Where are the classes going to be held?

The construction trades classes are going to be held at the Texas A&M RELLIS Campus in Building 8236, which is at the corner of 7th Street and Avenue C.