Reinforcing Iron

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Meet Your Instructor:

Mr. Carl 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. He is an NCCER certified instructor for Carpentry, Construction Laborer, Reinforcing Iron, and CORE.

Carl Dennis

Program Information

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 Reinforcing Iron Level 1 covering: Concrete Reinforcement, Rigging Equipment, Rigging Practices, Commercial Blueprints, and Oxyfuel Cutting.

NCCER Reinforcing Iron Level 2 covering: Concrete Forms, Handling and Placing Concrete, Manufactured Forms, Metal Decking and Interlocutory Skills for the Crew Leader Trainee.

This class is taught in partnership with Bechtel Energy.  All students will be interviewed for immediate employment on the Sempra LNG building project.

Schedule and Location

  • Select the Apply Now button for a list of start dates.
  • This class is seven weeks long for a total of 280 contact hours of training.
  • Classes meet from 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday.
  • Classes will meet on the campus of Lamar State College Port Arthur in the Industrial Training Facility located at 1048 Lakeshore Drive, Port Arthur, TX 77640.


  • This is a grant-funded class and tuition and fees are paid for those who are eligible.


Graduation Requirements

Students must complete each course during the session in which they are enrolled. No partial credit will be awarded. Students falling below 70% of attendance will be automatically dropped from the course. Students must maintain a grade average in excess of 70 in order to pass the course. Only students who successfully pass the course will be awarded NCCER Certification.


  • Students must wear long pants, long-sleeved shirt, and steel-toed shoes to class. All other training supplies will be provided.


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.