The Birmingham Section started 2015 with a political reception at the Murray Building Co. jobsite at the old Merita Bread Bakery. More than 150 members were in attendance with city and state officials. Everyone enjoyed a tour of the site as well as barbecue from Joe McNabb and Hendrix Chevrolet.

Skills-based Carpentry Training

Many general contractors have said they would like to have employees participate in training based on specific skills. CEFA is offering just that in a series of four-hour classes beginning Oct. 6 and running through April 1, 2015.

Simply choose the topic and the number of students to participate in each class.  CEFA asks that attendees register a week in advance if possible. Cost is $20.00 per instruction hour/per student for each set of classes.  Classes start at 5:00 p.m. and end at 8:20 p.m.

Commercial Drawings
Oct. 6, 8, 13 and 15

Thermal & Moister Protection
Oct. 20, 22, 27, 29

Cold Form Steel Framing
Nov. 3, 4, 11, 13

Drywall Installation
Nov. 17, 19, 24, 26, Dec. 1, 3

Doors and Hardware
Dec. 8, 10, 15, 17, Jan. 5, 7, 14, 19, 21

Suspended Ceilings
Jan. 26, 28, Feb. 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18

Windows, Doors & Floor Trim
Feb. 23, 25, March 2, 4, 11, 16, 18

Cabinet Installation
March 23, 25, 30, April 1

*Please note cost is per person.

Instructors are Mike Echols and Bill Vanderwilt.  Mike Echols has taught carpentry for over 30 years for Bessemer Tech, Tarrant High School and CEFA.  He received his training thru the carpenters local many years ago. Bill Vanderwilt was aCommercial Construction Superintendent with Charles & Vinzant and Watson Bruhn.

Too many contractors are unable to find workers with true trade knowledge.  This is a chance to upgrade trade knowledge at very reasonable prices.  If you use a STAFFING AGENCY to supply labor and most of the labor could benefit from skills upgrade, why not suggest they place people in the training as a condition of your contract?

Questions: Call 205-956-0146 or email