The Houston Training Center is one of two-hundred and fifty training centers that provides training for the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America. Training Centers are found in all fifty states of the United States, as well as Puerto Rico, and all ten Provinces of Canada. We train Commercial/Industrial Carpenters and Millwrights and specialty craft in Trade Show and Scaffold.
The Houston Training Center employees five full time and three part-time instructors. A Millwright Apprentice is required to complete 200 hours of classroom instruction a year which consist of five 40 hour classes. Carpenters are required to attend class for a 160 hours a year, both Millwright and Carpenters classes
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, Trade Show and Scaffold Technicians are part of the Central South Carpenters Regional Council that covers Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. Both Councils belongs 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 fifty- million dollars providing training at centers across the United States and Canada to enhance the skills of apprentice and journeymen. The Houston Training Center recently completed construction on a ten million dollar training facility, located in Pasadena, TX.
are typically taught Monday through Thursday from 7:00 AM to 5:45 PM. On top of classroom hours, both Carpenters and Millwrights are required to obtain 1300 hours of work under the supervision of a journeyman 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 with our contractors provide money placed in a fund for every hour an Apprentice and Journeyman works and that funds Apprentice 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 provide them with the skills and training needed for a lifetime of earning.