New Construction Trades Programs
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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 embraced by our local industries. All of these classes start with basic construction safety and an 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 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 the Blinn College District and the Texas A&M RELLIS partnership.
There are no educational requirements for these classes. However, basic reading and math skills are required for success in each of these classes. These classes are designed as entry entry-level, so previous experience is required.
At this time, all of our NCCER Construction Skills classes meet in the evenings. This allows 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 for details.
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. Scholarships are available for the January Carpentry and Plumbing classes, which can cut the cost of these classes by 50 percent!
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.
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 located at 301 Post Office Street in Bryan, TX.
The construction trades classes are held at the Texas A&M RELLIS Campus in Building 8236 at the corner of 7th Street and Avenue C.