Careers in the building industry are plentiful and offer excellent salaries, fulfilling work and great opportunities for advancement. Your career begins at the Enzweiler Building Institute (EBI). Our apprentice-style format allows you to accelerate your career by working in your field during the day and attending classes at night. Plus, through our “learn while you earn” approach, you will graduate free from student-loan debt.
Check out our programs in carpentry, electric, heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), plumbing, and welding.
New programs in facilities maintenance, masonry, and diesel mechanics for construction.
Enrollment for September 2019-20 classes is now CLOSED.
The BIA-NKY Enzweiler Building Institute (EBI) is the longest running and one of the largest post-secondary training programs under the auspices of the National Association of Home Builders. The Program began in 1967 and continues to provide a well-trained workforce for the local construction industry. Many of our region’s most successful construction businesses are owned and operated by EBI graduates.
EBI operates on an apprenticeship model. Students work in the field during the day and take classes at night. Programs in Carpentry, Electricity, Heating & Air Conditioning, Plumbing, and Welding are taught by professional trades people each September through April. Students are in class two nights per week for three hours each night. Emphasis is placed on preparing you to succeed in your field, now and well into your future.
EBI’s oldest program, carpentry is a two-year curriculum. Assignments are updated annually to address the needs of today’s construction employers. Often, assignments are completed in conjunction with local non-profit organizations to provide students with actual time in the field to further hone their skills.
Focuses on developing the basis skills needed for excellence on the job. Content covers safety, blueprint reading, math for construction and construction terminology. Students master skills through hand-son practice under the direction of a seasoned carpenter.
Hones the basic skills and advances students’ knowledge and precision. Through hands-on assignments, students complete higher-level tasks that enable them to master their craft.
Electric is a licensed profession that requires candidates to train under a master electrician before being eligible to sit for licensure. EBI’s Electric Program is approved by the State of Kentucky Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction as a licensure education program. The program is a four-year approach thoroughly covering the practice of electric in residential, commercial and industrial settings.
The curriculum is 100% centered on professional practice as electricians and is heavily rooted in teaching the electric code. Classroom discussions and activities help students understand relevant theories and how they apply on the job.
Facilities Maintenance is a one-year program providing a comprehensive exploration of the skills and trades needed to maintain facilities. The curriculum includes units in plumbing, electric, HVAC, appliance repair, carpentry, grounds maintenance, weatherization and welding. Throughout the program, students are taught the importance of safety and excellence in customer service.
& Air Conditioning (HVAC)
HVAC Program prepares students to work as licensed field technicians and installers. The curriculum is continually revised to satisfy today’s workforce needs and to prepare students for the International Code Council (ICC) Journeyman Technicians Exam. The program blends hands-on application on a variety of furnace and air conditioning units as well as designing ventilation systems with classroom time focused on the topics necessary for the examination. Students are also prepared to complete EPA 608 examinations.
Students can select either part-time or full-time enrollment. Part-time students attend class two nights per week from 6 to 9 p.m. for two years. Full-time students attend class four nights per week from 6 to 9 p.m. and complete their required 288 hours of classroom time in one academic year. The full-time approach enables students to take their journeyman examination with one year of work experience in the HVAC field.
The welding program consists of two years of content and is primarily taught through hands-on application. In the first year, students learn the basics of MIG, TIG and stick welding. In year two, they continue to refine their techniques with an emphasis on welding needed for the Construction/Remodeling Trades. Content heavily focuses on safety, technique and the skills needed for various certifications throughout the program.
Plumbing is a licensed profession that requires candidates to train under a master licensed practitioner before being eligible to sit for licensure examination. Through our two-year program, students add classroom hours to their total, accelerating the process by one year and enabling them to sit for their licensure exam within two years of entering the profession.
The curriculum blends some hands-on application with a focus on the Kentucky Plumbing Code in a variety of scenarios both inside and outside of our facility. Enzweiler classes meet twice per week from 6 to 9 p.m. for 26 weeks per year, September to mid-April.
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