The Houston training center provides training for both Commercial/Industrial Carpenters and Millwrights. Our Millwrights (Industrial Mechanics) are part of an eleven state council that stretches from Texas to Florida up to the Carolinas and back through Oklahoma (Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina). Our Carpenters are part of the Central South Carpenters Regional Council that covers Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Arkansas. Both Councils belong to UBC (United Brotherhood of Carpenters) an international union with a 1.3 million square foot training center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Last year the UBC spent two hundred and two million dollars providing training at centers across the United States and Canada to enhance the skills of apprentice and journeymen. The Houston Training Center is part of that system and is currently finishing up a $750,000 grant that is providing new training equipment, curriculum, tooling and classroom technology. On top of the grant the UBC just approved 6.5 million dollar loan to replace this training center with a 53,000 sq. ft. facility to be located off Beltway 8 in Pasadena, TX.
The Houston Training Center employees three full time and three part time instructors, teaching both daytime and evening classes. Millwright Apprentice are required to complete 200 hours of classroom instruction a year which consist of five 40 hour classes (daytime only) typically taught Monday through Thursday from 7:00 AM to 5:45 PM. Carpenters are required to attend class for a 160 hours a year and have the option of attending evening classes (once a week for 4 hours) for 40 weeks or attend day classes that are 40 hours a week. On top of classroom hours both Carpenters and Millwrights are required to obtain 1300 hours of work under the supervision of a journeymen an evaluation from their employer and a tool check in order to advance. Carpenters receive an increase in pay with each “period” advancement they complete (approximately every 6 months). Millwrights receive an increase in pay and benefits each year that they complete their work and schools hours. Both occupations pay above average wages and include benefits of health insurance and retirement savings.
Both the Carpenter and Millwright Apprenticeship Training programs provide training at no cost to the apprentice, our negotiated contracts require our contractors to pay into a fund for every hour an apprentice works and that funds their training. This means an apprentice receives a world class training program over four years with no out of pocket cost and they compensated for every hour they work. This provides a win – win for the contractor and the apprentice, the contractor gets a well-trained worker and the apprentice receives skills and training that will serve them a lifetime.
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