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New Construction Trades Programs

Frequently Asked Questions

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

A. Blinn will offer new programs in Carpentry and Plumbing beginning in June, 2017. We have already established an Electrician program that will also be a part of our construction trades program eligible for scholarships. These courses follow the nationally-recognized NCCER (National Center for Construction Education and Research) curriculum and will prepare the student for a career in the construction trades. These classes will be taught by local tradesmen or tradeswomen who are familiar with the area construction market.

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

A. There are no educational requirements for these classes and there is no application process for most workforce classes. Simply pick your class, register in person at 301 Post Office St in Bryan, and pay the tuition. Even though there are no educational requirements, reading and math skills are required for success in each of these classes. Classes are only taught in English at this time.

Q. What is covered in these classes?

A. All construction trades 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 classes will then cover 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. After these Core skills are mastered, the student will earn their NCCER Core Construction Credential. The Carpentry pathway will cover the following topics in detail:

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

The Plumbing class will cover these topics in detail:

  • 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 Electrical class will cover these topics in detail:

  • Electrical Safety
  • Electrical Circuits
  • National Electrical Code
  • Device Boxes
  • Conduit Bending and Fittings
  • Electrical Drawings
  • Residential Wiring Techniques
  • Testing Equipment

Students who successfully complete the Carpentry, Plumbing, or Electrical class will receive the nationally-recognized NCCER Level 1 credential as well as a Certificate of Completion from Blinn College and the Texas A&M RELLIS partnership.

Q. When are these classes offered

A. The NCCER Construction Trades classes will be offered primarily at night for two days a week. The Carpentry and Plumbing classes will run eight (8) hours per week and the Electrical will run six (6) hours per week. Please check the Bryan Workforce Class Schedule for upcoming class dates. NOTE: Please call us at 979-209-7205 to get more information on class times or to put your name on a waiting list. If a scheduled class has already started, but we get enough interested students (at least 10) on the waiting list for the next class, we will start a new class immediately (depending on instructor availability).

Q. How much do the classes cost?

A. The Electrical class is a total of $2,000, with $1050 due before the first class and $950 due in February. However, if a student qualifies for a scholarship, the cost will be cut in half! This will bring the costs down to $550 to start and $450 due in February.

The Carpentry class is a total of $1,975, with $650 due before the first class and $1,325 due after three months. With the scholarship, these costs will be only $285 to start and $690 after three months!

The Plumbing class is a total of $1,900, with $650 due before the first class and $1,250 due after three months. With the scholarship, these costs will be only $285 to start and $615 after three months!

Q. What is this scholarship and how does a person qualify?

A. The scholarship is funded through a grant from the Texas Workforce Commission and applies for students who do not have another source of scholarship-type funding for these classes. 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.

Q. How do I register?

A. 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.

Q. Where are the classes going to be held?

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