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Carpenters repair and construct building structures and frameworks that are made from various materials, including wood. These structures can include bridge supports, rafters, partitions, doorframes and stairways. Carpentry can also involve the installation of drywall, siding and kitchen cabinets. If you're considering a career as a carpenter, you may consider a Texas carpentry school or program to help prepare you for entry-level work.

Texas Carpentry Schools

Some carpenters may learn on the job, starting out by assisting a qualified carpenter. However, most carpenters can gather their skills through a program that involves an apprenticeship. There are several carpentry schools in Texas that can provide the relevant qualifications, these include:

  • Costal Bend College: With a main campus in Beeville and other sites in Pleasanton, Kingsville and Alice, CBC offers a carpentry course that lasts for one year.

  • Everest Institute-Bissonnet: At the Houston campus of Everest Colleges, Institutes and Universities, students are able to acquire all of the skillsets needed to go on and pursue an apprenticeship in carpentry. The carpentry course involves learning the craft within a professional-level workshop.

  • Laredo Community College: Established in 1947, Laredo Community College is the oldest institute of higher education in Texas. They offer a one-year carpentry technology course which covers a plethora of topics including conventional wall systems and construction estimating.

  • St. Philip's College: Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges, St. Philip's College offers a wide range of programs including a residential and commercial carpentry program.

  • Austin Community College District: Enrolling over 43,000 credit students, ACC has a large number of campuses that are based in Austin, Texas. The carpentry specialization program is a one-year course aimed at those wanting to become framing sub-contractors or house framers.

What to Expect from Texas Carpentry Programs

By joining a program at a carpentry school in Texas, it can provide you with the necessary knowledge and skills required for you to go on and gain an apprenticeship within the trade. Your experiences throughout the program can involve classroom-based learning as well as hands on experiences that help you to develop your carpentry skills. During the program, you may learn about:

  • Cabinet installation
  • Countertop installation
  • Door and window installation
  • Stair construction
  • Wood and metal structural framing
  • Blueprint reading

Texas Carpentry Certification and License

There aren't any specific licenses that need acquiring in order to become a carpenter in Texas. However, all carpenters will need to undergo and pass the 10- and 30-hour safety courses that are conducted by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Pre-Apprenticeship Certificate Training (PACT) is also offered by the National Association of Home Builders through the Home Builders Institute for those who want to earn a certificate before they take on an apprenticeship. Some technical schools do also offer carpentry degrees that are affiliated with contractor organizations or unions whilst some apprenticeship program credits may also count towards an associate's degree.

Resources for Carpenters in Texas

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More Texas Carpentry Schools

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

School Name
Campus
Highest Award
Enrolled
Austin
Associate
33,508
Lake Jackson
Bachelor
3,753
Beeville
Associate
3,196
Hillsboro
Associate
3,556
Houston
Associate
43,518
Baytown
Associate
5,856
Waco
Associate
8,079
Midland
Bachelor
5,739
Irving
Associate
9,835
Prairie View
Doctorate
8,382
Huntsville
Doctorate
16,496
Pasadena
Associate
23,805
Uvalde
Associate
4,716
San Antonio
Associate
9,256
Texarkana
Associate
4,439
College Station
Doctorate
46,542
Commerce
Doctorate
8,813
Harlingen
Associate
4,957
Sweetwater
Associate
1,639
San Marcos
Doctorate
28,121
Houston
Doctorate & First Professional
34,663
Denton
Doctorate
34,710

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Carpenters

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Texas. A table below the map shows job popularity and salaries across the state.

Metro Areas Rated for Popularity for:
Carpenters

Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Carpenters relative to the population of the city. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

Metro Area
Jobs
Annual Median Salary
Austin 2420 $35,390
Round Rock 2420 $35,390
Abilene 130 $31,350
Amarillo 300 $40,180
Brownsville 270 $31,780
Harlingen 270 $31,780
Beaumont 780 $46,160
Port Arthur 780 $46,160
College Station 270 $34,010
Bryan 270 $34,010
Corpus Christi 690 $38,700
Dallas 9420 $35,910
Fort Worth 9420 $35,910
Arlington 9420 $35,910
El Paso 1010 $27,070
Houston 11280 $37,140
The Woodlands 11280 $37,140
Sugar Land 11280 $37,140
San Angelo 240 $30,290
San Antonio 2610 $36,310
New Braunfels 2610 $36,310
Laredo 140 $33,990
Longview N/A $33,530
Lubbock 550 $29,660
McAllen 260 $28,140
Edinburg 260 $28,140
Mission 260 $28,140
Midland 170 $38,400
Killeen 470 $34,560
Temple 470 $34,560
Odessa 210 $41,920
Sherman 170 $36,010
Denison 170 $36,010
Tyler 180 $35,700
Victoria 200 $35,780
Waco 370 $33,770
Wichita Falls N/A $30,810

Sources:

  1. Carpenters Occupational Outlook Handbook 2016-17 Edition, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/construction-and-extraction/carpenters.htm, accessed September 14, 2016
  2. O*NET OnLine Summary Report for Carpenters, http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/47-2031.00, accessed September 14, 2016

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