Introduction to Carpentry

What will students learn?

Students will complete: 

NCCER CORE covering: basic safety, construction site orientation, construction math, hand tools, power tools, construction drawings, basic rigging, communication skills, employability skills and material handling. 

NCCER Carpentry Level 1 covering: carpentry as a trade, building materials – fasteners and adhesives, hand and power tools,  introduction to construction drawings, specifications and layouts, floor systems, wall systems, ceiling joist and roof framing, introduction to building envelope systems and basic stair layout. 

What Curriculum will be used?

Classes will use the NCCER CORE and NCCER Carpentry Level 1. 

When does the course begin and end? 

This Couse has multiple start dates throughout the year.   Please refer to the information given on the Workforce registration page.

Is the Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination required for this course? 

No, because of the length of the course, the Texas Department of State Health Services does not require that students provide proof of a bacterial meningitis vaccination.  

How many days per week?

Classes meet from 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Thursday. 

Location of classes?

Classes will meet on the Associated Builders & Contractors of Southeast Texas campus located at 2700 N Twin City Hwy, Nederland, TX 77627

How much does the class cost?

Tuition for the class is $1200 and the cost of student supplies estimated to be $120.    

Is student funding available for this class?

Funding for the program is available through the Texas Workforce Commission for those who meet their criteria.

What supplies will I need?

  • Suitable work clothes
  • Work boots
  • Gloves
  • Ear protection
  • Eye protection
  • Approved respirator

Are there specific attendance or grading policies?

Students must complete each course during the session in which they are enrolled.   Students falling below 70% of attendance will fail the course.  This class contains both written tests and tests involving the actual demonstration of welding techniques.  Students must earn a grade average of 70 or above in order to pass the course.  Students must pass the technique demonstrations to the satisfaction of the course instructors.  Only students who successfully pass both the written and demonstration portions of the course will be awarded the Workforce Certificate and specific NCCER Credit.

Is it possible to earn partial credit?

Students who complete this course will earn both an Introduction to Carpentry Certificate from the College and credit for completion of the NCCER CORE, NCCER Carpentry Level 1. 

While it is not possible to earn a partial award of the Introduction to Drywall Certificate, it is possible to earn a partial award of the NCCER elements of the course.  For example, a student may earn credit for the NCCER CORE but they may fail the final elements of the class.  In this case, credit would be awarded for NCCER CORE but not for NCCER Carpentry Level 1.

Meet Your Instructors:

Daniel Spittler

Mr. Spittler is a Nederland native, graduating from Nederland High School in 2001.  Mr. Spittler has earned three Associate Degrees from the Lamar Institute of Technology.  In addition to his degree in Welding, he holds degrees in Advanced Engine Technology and Computer Aided Drafting.

Mr. Spittler is a Certified Instructor for NCCER CORE, NCCER Welding 1 and NCCER Welding 2.

He has been welding for more than a decade now.  Following an industrial accident Mr. Spittler devotes his attention to creative welding involving stainless steel and teaching.

Carl Dennis

Mr. Dennis is a Journeyman Carpenter with more than 20 years in the construction industry.   He has worked for a variety of companies and has owned his own residential carpentry business.  He is a certified operator for a wide variety of heavy equipment.


Contact Information

Amanda Metts, Office Manager - Workforce
Phone: 409-984-6230

Dr. Ben Stafford, Dean of Workforce Programs
Phone: 409-984-6354