Construction Site Carpentry

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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.

Daniel Spittler

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.

Carl Dennis


Course Information

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 Construction Site Laborer Level 1 covering: carpentry as a trade, properties of concrete, site layout, differential leveling, handling & placing concrete, foundations and slab-on-grade.
  • NCCER Scaffolding Level 1 covering:  scaffolding as a trade, supported scaffolds, mobile scaffolds and suspension scaffolds.
  • Classes will use NCCER CORE, NCCER Construction Site Laborer Level 1 and NCCER Scaffolding Level 1.

Schedule and Location

  • Select the Apply Now button for a list of start dates.
  • Classes meet from 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Thursday.
  • Classes will meet on the Associated Builders & Contractors of Southeast Texas campus located at 2700 N Twin City Hwy, Nederland, TX 77627.


  • Tuition is free to all eligible students.   
  • Funding for the program is made available through the Wagner-Peyser Grant. Must be a U.S. citizen to qualify.

Required Supplies

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

Graduation Requirements

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 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.

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While it is not possible to earn a partial award of the Introduction to Construction Carpentry 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 CORE but no credit would be awarded for the NCCER elements they did not complete.

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. 






NCCER Certifications

NCCER is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) education foundation created in 1996 as The National Center for Construction Education and Research. It was developed with the support of more than 125 construction CEOs and various association and academic leaders who united to revolutionize training for the construction industry. Sharing the common goal of developing a safe and productive workforce, these companies created a standardized training and credentialing program for the industry. This progressive program has evolved into curricula for more than 70 craft areas and a complete series of more than 70 assessments offered in over 4,000 NCCER-accredited training and assessment locations across the United States.