Dr. Vicki Berling
Director of Professional Development
The BIA-NKY Enzweiler Building Institute is the longest running and one of the largest post-secondary apprenticeship training programs under the auspices of the National Association of Home Builders in the country. The Program began in 1967 and continues to provide a well-trained workforce for the local construction industry. Many of the Association's successful businesses are owned and operated by graduates of the Program. Classes 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.
Enrollment for September 2019-20 classes is now OPEN - Class sizes are limited - Reserve your seat by completing our application
The carpentry curriculum is updated yearly to address the needs today’s construction employers. Students are trained in rough, finish, and specialty areas of the trade. The Carpentry Program is taught 100% hands. Yearly assignments may be completed in conjunction with local non-profit organizations to provide our students with actual time in the field to better hone their trade.
The Electric Program is approved by the State of Kentucky Office of Housing, Building, and Construction Electrical Section as a pre-approved licensing education program. Graduates of the four year program (576 hours) are able to test for their Electricians License after completing 8,000 hours (four years) of field work, instead of the more than six years that are required. The electric curriculum is designed to prepare students for the ICC Electricians exam for the State of Kentucky and to learn skills that set our students apart from other apprentices!
Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning
The two-year HVAC Program is designed to prepare students to work as field technicians and installers. The curriculum is continually revised to satisfy today’s workforce needs, as well as to prepare students for the ICC Journeyman Technicians Exam. In addition to hand-on applicaton, the program focuses on key components of theory necessary for the test. Students are trained on a variety of brands of furnace and air conditioning units. HVAC is the fastest growing trade in America!
This two-year curriculum works to prepare the candidate for testing at the state level. We are excited to see this very high demand trade as part of our curriculum! Courses blend some hands-on application with a focus on Kentucky Plumbing Code in a variety of scenarios both in and out of our facility.
The Welding Program introduces students to a variety of welding applications, including Stick, Tig and Mig, with an eye toward preparing them to apply for a Kentucky State Welding License. Students meet twice a week ifor this hands-on program, taught by a highly experienced welding professional.