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Carpentry Offers Low-Tech Growth in High-Tech Economy
Posted Friday, Dec 23, 2011 by Allen B. Ury
Carpentry is a profession that is many centuries old. Yet, it remains a viable — and vital — profession, one that offers an unusually high degree of potential growth even in today’s technology-driven economy.
In Texas, the demand for skilled carpenters is especially high, according to O*NET Online, the Web-based occupational resource sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor. According to the site (and Texas Wage Information), job opportunities for carpenters in the Lone Star State is projected to increase 16 percent between 2008 and 2018, the most recent period for which projections are available. This is a full three percentage points higher than then 13 percent expansion the Labor Department foresees for the nation as a whole.*
If you live in the Houston area and are interested in pursuing carpentry as a career, you can get the background, training and experience you need to enter this growing field at the Houston Bissonnet campus of Everest Institute.
This 9-month program is taught by professional carpenters who can teach you the practical and esthetic aspects of this age-old trade. You’ll get hands-on experience using the kind of hand tools and power tools you’ll use in the field, and learn not only how to make structures that can stand the test of time, but also how to turn simple wood into objects of beauty.
The Carpentry program’s courses include:
- Basic Construction Core
- Intro to Carpentry, Tools and Building Materials
- Reading Plans and Site Layout
- Framing Floors and Walls
- Framing Roofs and Roof Coverings
- Windows and Doors and Exterior Finishes
- Stairs, Interior Walls and Ceilings
- Cabinets and Countertops
- Flooring and Interior Finishes
Upon graduation, Everest’s Career Services professionals can help you transition from school into the workplace by helping you market yourself to potential employers in the construction industry, including:
- Home improvement and interior remodeling companies
- Residential and commercial construction companies
- Roofing companies
- Window and door installation companies
About the Houston Bissonnet Campus
Everest Institute’s Houston Bissonnet campus is at 9700 Bissonnet St. in Houston, Texas (77036) between Sam Houston Tollway and Southwest Freeway (Highway 59). In addition to Carpentry, the campus’ other career training programs include Electrical Technician; Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning; Medical Administrative Assistant; Medical Assistant; Medical Insurance Billing and Coding; and Plumbing Technology.
Financial aid is available for those who qualify.
For more information on the Carpentry career training program in Houston, contact Everest Institute today!
* Source: O*NET Online/Career One Stop – http://www.careerinfonet.org/occ_rep.asp?optstatus=011000000&soccode=472031&id=1&nodeid=2&stfips=48&search=Go, accessed November 23, 2011