Charlotte Training Center: Open for Business!

New Carpenter & Millwright Training Center Sets the Stage for Construction Partnerships to help Charlotte Grow. Take a Virtual Tour: 


A new resource for construction manpower is now a reality in Charlotte, A new 25,000 square-foot Training Center is up and running on nearly six acres of land at 1928 Back Creek Drive, sitting east of I-85 in the University East Business Park. And it's already hosting both training classes and construction industry events. 

The facility is a beautiful, safe, secure structure with maintained grounds and green spaces. Inside is 5,500 square feet of classrooms, computer labs and instructor offices. It also houses the offices of Local 312 of the Southeastern Carpenters Regional Council (SECRC) and Local 1263 of the Southern States Millwrights Regional Council (SSMRC).


“Our purpose is to be a partner that contributes to the building of Charlotte. We are positioned to supply actual solutions on construction projects and keep safety and productivity at the level needed to meet the building demands of the population growth Charlotte is experiencing,” said Tom Jenkins, executive secretary-treasurer of the SECRC.


In fact, a new website,, is established solely to educate Charlotte's leaders on the many assets that the carpenters intend to provide to the region.


"We are already working closely with local contractors and construction industry leaders, as well as local government and civic leaders for ways to leverage the facility for collaborative projects,” Jenkins added.


The Training Center will prepare a local workforce of professional carpenters and millwrights with the skills needed to create an excellent quality of life for themselves and their families. The facility includes:

  • 5,500 square feet of classrooms, computer labs and instructor offices
  • 10 welding stations
  • 2,400 square-foot cabinet/trim shop
  • A machine shop, featuring a metal lathe, milling machine, drill press and bandsaw


Carpenter skills taught includes:

  • Millwork and trim
  • Metal Stud Framing
  • Drywall
  • Doors and Hardware
  • Flooring
  • Heavy Form / Concrete
  • Scaffolding

Millwright coursework includes:

  • Compressors and Pumps
  • Conveyors 
  • Flowserve
  • Gas and Steam Turbine
  • Machinery Alignment
  • Welding
  • Mechanical Print Reading


Safety training is also a top training priority for carpenters and millwrights, including:

  • OSHA 10 and 30
  • Confined Space
  • Fall Protection
  • Hazard Communication
  • AED/First Aid

Soft-skill training is also offered on topics such as

  • Leadership
  • Jobsite Communication
  • Human Performance


Because of COVID-19 and in response to the critical need to protect patients and staff at healthcare facilities during construction work, there is also a comprehensive mockup to hone skills in Construction ICRA (Infection Control Risk Assessment).

Why This Training Center Matters

This training facility prepares men and women for careers in the Charlotte area, which will then funnel more dollars and builds long-term residency into the community. Not only is our vision to establish a home base to help local youth develop career skills, but we also have the capability and structure in place to provide job placement for graduates of our apprenticeship program.

When union carpenters and millwrights enter an area, we also strive to become an active part of the community. We offer our facility to be a community resource for meetings, events, festivities, etc. Also, when we enter a community, we adopt the local middle and high school and work with staff and students on a variety of fun and educational projects.

The benefits of this professional carpenter and millwright training center in Charlotte will prove to be both quantifiable and intrinsic when (1) local hands keep local money circulating in the community; and (2) when tomorrow's leaders learn a skill set that propels them into an excellent quality of life for themselves and their families.


Get a Look at How We Came to Be!

Here's a recap and photo album of the Center's construction:, and here's a time-lapse video of the build:

Take a Virtual Tour of The New Charlotte Training Center: and then Join Us! Visit and let's get to work!