Silliman graduate Jacob Hodges turns a part on a lathe during a recent class at Baton Rouge Community College's Jackson campus in East Feliciana Parish.


Baton Rouge Community College's Jackson campus in East Feliciana Parish is getting set to host a millwright Level 1 class from Oct. 24 through April 20.

The class will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays and provide millwright training and the core introductory craft skills of the National Center for Construction Education and Research.

The core training is a pre-requisite for all Construction Education and Research Level 1 classes and includes basic safety, construction math, introduction to hand tools, power tools, construction drawings and materials handling, basic rigging, basic communication and employability skills, a news release said.

The course also includes an introduction to the millwright trade, hand tools, fasteners and anchors, basic layout, O-rings and oxyfuel cutting. A Level 2 class will follow the completion of the Level 1 class.

Additionally, a machinist class will start at the Jackson campus on Nov. 7 and end March 2. Classes will be 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

This class will provide entry-level lathe and mill operator training and is 75 percent shop work. Each day will begin with a focus on safety and the introduction of new information and techniques, said BRCC Jackson Administrator Johnny Arceneaux.

"The class instructor works side by side with each student during the first days but then steps back as the students mature in safety, shop knowledge and experience, so they can develop ownership of their safety, work stations, projects and the shop as a whole," Arceneaux said.

Technical skills, safety and work ethics are the cornerstones of the class, and students will learn to file, polish, knurl, bore, turn down tapers and cut threads on a lathe, he said.

"On a mill, they'll learn indexing, cutting slots and pocket and angular milling," added Arceneaux.

Jacob Hodges, who graduated from Silliman in May, is enrolled in the class.

“We work off of drawings and make parts on lathes and mills. We also take measurements, figure cuts, select tooling and choose the right feeds," said Hodges. "I've learned a lot, and I'm also taking the welding night class.”

“The millwright class is the first class of five in the millwright series and a prerequisite for the second class. This is a good opportunity for a high school senior wanting to become a millwright,” Arceneaux said. “The machinist class is good for recent graduates as well as individuals wanting to make career changes. We have had students ranging in age from 18 to 63."

Arceneaux said the BRCC campus also will train employees for area business and industry specific to types of machining when possible.

Anyone interested in taking the class from around the region should call Loretta Profit at (225) 634-2636 or email or call Arceneaux at (225) 978-0424 or email for registration and tuition information.