"Training Program of the Month:" TCAT Nashville


Opportunity awaits in Tennessee's construction industry – and all across the state, schools and apprenticeship programs are training the next generation of skilled workers. As part of our mission to enhance the image of the construction industry and promote the industry's various career paths, this month we're launching the Go Build Tennessee "Training Program of the Month" to highlight the multitude of training pathways to a successful career in Tennessee's construction industry.

In Tennessee alone, there are more than 110 different programs across the state, so no matter where you live – if you're interested in a career in construction there's opportunity within reach — you just have to take the first step.

Our November "Training Program of the Month" is Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology (TCAT) at Nashville.

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TCAT Nashville's Building Construction Technology Program is designed to provide basic knowledge and applicable skills necessary for individuals to work in the building construction industry. The program is open to students of all levels of experience in the construction field. Students begin with safety and an overview of the industry and tools and focus on the career skills needed to succeed in the industry, including measurement and reading plans. We then deep dive into carpentry, giving students experience in framing, drying in, interior systems, and finish carpentry. TCAT Nashville also provides experience in masonry and project management, plumbing, and electrical.

Trades & Degrees: Carpenter Helper certificate, Plumber Helper certificate, Electrician Helper certificate, Carpenter diploma, and General Construction diploma. We also offer programs in Welding, Machine Tool Technology, and HVAC/R.

What makes TCAT Nashville unique? Our program is unique because we provide training in a hands-on setting and train students specifically to meet the needs of our local business and industry partners. Our learning environment is safe, fun, and built to meet the needs of our local business and industry partners. 85-90 percent of our learning takes place by allowing students to work with their hands and practice what they learn. The other 10-15 percent takes place in the classroom so that students understand the theory behind their practice. Our program is led by an expert carpenter with many years of experience.

Whats new on campus? We are in the process of completing our new state-of-the art Diesel Powered Equipment Technology building that will house our new Diesel Maintenance program to help fill the needs of local businesses and industries. Through help of a SkillsUSA/Lowe’s grant, our Building Construction Technology course will help renovate a local non-profit organization, the Little Pantry that Could, which helps low-income and homeless families in the community fulfill their food and nutrition needs.

What advice would you give to those seeking a career in the skilled trades? Learn at least one skilled trade in life, even before deciding on a future career. When you learn one skilled trade, whether you decide to stay with that as a career or shift to a white-collar-type career, the skilled trade is always available as an alternative to cubicle life. Building Construction skills allow you to customize your living space, build projects for yourself or others or protect yourself from others doing work for you.

To learn more visit www.tcatnashville.edu And schedule a tour to visit TCAT Nashville and meet our instructors in person.

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Want to be featured as one of our Training Programs of the Month? Send us an email to info@gobuildtennessee.com