Spring 2017 - Skill Enhancement
The following Skill Advancement classes are available. Please note dates and times of classes prior to enrolling in a class and check back frequently as additional skill advancement classes are likely to be scheduled for daytime hours. There is a minimum of 6 students for most classes. If a class is cancelled due to low enrollment you will be notified.
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HEALTH & SAFETY
This course covers safe operating and inspection procedures for both self-propelled elevating work platforms (scissors lifts) and boom supported elevating work platforms. OSHA and ANSI standards will also be covered. PPE and other safety equipment will be reviewed. Hands on operating skills will be evaluated.
*ICRA: BEST PRACTICES IN HEALTH CARE CONSTRUCTION
A major issue in hospitals today is secondary infections that are contracted during hospital stays. This results in approximately 99,000 deaths per year. A concern is the increase in infections because of cross contamination from hospital remodels. Removing ceilings, walls, flooring, etc. releases germs, mold, or anything else that is trapped behind ceilings and walls, and under floors. If not handled properly these infectious agents are transferred through HVAC systems, drafts, tracking on the feet, etc. to other parts of the hospital where patients’ compromised immune systems are very susceptible to secondary infections. As a result, hospitals are now looking for contractors and workers who have been trained to handle these situations during construction.
*ICRA: BEST PRACTICES IN HEALTHCARE CONSTRUCTION REFRESHER
Refresher training to update qualification. (8 hours)
*CONFINED SPACE ENTRY PROGRAM
Statistics compiled by NIOSH show that confined space accidents, more than any other type of workplace emergency, are likely to result in death. This course is designed for UBC members who work around and may be required to enter confined spaces. Utilizing a chamber mockup with several entry points, the trainee is guided through safe, step-by-step working and emergency rescue procedures.
Participants will learn the requirements of O.S.H.A. Subpart M, Fall Protection. This will include related terminology, fall hazard recognition, selection and implementation of fall protection systems, inspection and use of fall arrest equipment, rescue, and the importance of overhead protection.
This course will present the knowledge and skills needed to respond to various jobsite emergencies including airway obstruction, rescue breathing cardiac emergencies and CPR. Attendees will receive a course completion card issued from the American Red Cross after successful completion.
*FORKLIFT OPERATOR (PITO)
Theory & hands-on instruction meeting OSHA’s basic training requirements in warehouse and rough terrain forklift operation will be provided. Note that additional training specific to each piece of equipment and each job site will still be required by your employer.
*FORKLIFT OPERATOR (PITO) REFRESHER
Members must successfully complete the road test refresher prior by the expiration date on their QR card or must attend the entire Forklift Operator (PITO) class. The end time varies depending on the number of members in the class.
*LEAD SAFE RENOVATION
This course is offered to meet the State of Wisconsin requirement for training to apply for certified lead safe renovator. The course is an 8 hour class in lead safe renovation practices with approximately 6 hours of classroom instruction with 2 hours of hands-on instruction. Upon completion of the class the student will be eligible to apply to the State of Wisconsin for their certified lead safe renovator certificate. The course curriculum will follow the EPA developed curriculum as approved for use in Wisconsin.
*LEAD SAFE RENOVATION REFRESHER
This course was developed by the State of Wisconsin, Department of Health Service (DHS), in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to refresh the training of renovation, repair, and painting contractors in how to work safely in housing with lead-based paint and to teach them how to comply with both EPA’s RRP Rule, and HUD’s Lead Safe Housing Rule. (4 hours)
This course is designed by the U.S. Department of Labor with the purpose of making our jobsites safer and to limit jobsite accidents and injuries. The 10-hour Construction Safety Course provides an overview of the O.S.H.A. safety and health standards for the construction industry. Participants learn about the rights and responsibilities of both the employee and the employer. An O.S.H.A. Certification Card will be awarded upon completion of this course.
This course is designed by the U.S. Department of Labor with the purpose of making our jobsites safer and to limit jobsite accidents and injuries. The 30-hour Construction Safety course provides a more in depth view of the O.S.H.A. safety and health standards of the construction industry. Participants learn about the rights and responsibilities of both the employee and the employer. An O.S.H.A. Certification Card will be awarded upon completion of this course.
This course will cover basic rigging hardware and rigging practices. Topics to be covered will include wire rope construction, hardware inspection for serviceability, knot tying and splicing, sling configurations and calculations for sling tension. All applicable O.S.H.A. regulations will be discussed. Course session will include hands-on rigging practice with a hydraulic crane using hand signals and voice commands with a 2-way radio.
This course is for members who need to renew their rigging qualification cards. The latest OSHA regulations and other applicable standards will be reviewed.
*40 HOUR SCAFFOLD ERECTOR
This course presents the OSHA regulations for scaffolding. During this course, welded frame scaffolds, mobile tower scaffolds, tube and coupler scaffolds, systems scaffolds and fall protection will also be covered.
This update is required for scaffold workers to stay current with the latest O.S.H.A. regulations. Members must attend the Scaffolding Refresher class within one year after the date of expiration on their QR card.
The Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) (29 CFR 1910.1200(g)), revised in 2012, requires that the chemical manufacturer, distributor, or importer provide Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) (formerly MSDSs or Material Safety Data Sheets) for each hazardous chemical to downstream users to communicate information on these hazards. The information contained in the SDS is largely the same as the MSDS, except now the SDSs are required to be presented in a consistent, user-friendly 16-section format. This brief provides guidance to help workers who handle hazardous chemicals to become familiar with the format and understand the contents of the SDSs.
This course is designed to introduce the carpenter to the procedures & materials necessary to construct bridges. The student will work on concrete & steel beams, installing hangers, joist & decks needed to pour the concrete deck. Cantilevers, expansion joints & shut-offs will be covered.
This course is a continuation of Bridges 1 with more focus on the ends of the beams and putting in piers and expansion joints with safety and productivity in mind.
BUILDERS HARDWARE I
This course will allow the student to become familiar with basic architectural hardware, including installation techniques, routine maintenance and ADA requirements of the various types of commercial hardware normally found on the project. Included will be locksets, latch sets, keying and door closers.
BUILDERS HARDWARE II
This course is designed for the student that has previous architectural hardware experience. Fire, health & safety codes will be discussed as to how they relate to architectural hardware & their use in a building. Panic devices, specialty locks, coordinator, closers & other hardware will be discussed & installed according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Successful completion of Hardware I is a prerequisite for Hardware II. The Ingersoll Rand certification test will be scheduled upon successful completion of this class.
BUILDERS HARDWARE I-R HARDWARE CERTIFICATION TEST
This is a written test and a manipulative “hands-on” performance test. The candidate must install the hardware on the certification modules according to the manufacturer’s installation requirements. Adjustments are made and an acceptable appearance must be achieved, with the reliability and performance that is required by both the codes and manufacturers.
CONCRETE DECK FORMING SYSTEMS
This class will introduce multiple concrete deck forming systems along with safe and productive methods of erecting and dismantling them.
CONCRETE WALL FORMING SYSTEMS
This class will introduce multiple concrete wall forming systems along with safe and productive methods of erecting and dismantling them.
CONCRETE FORM ICFs
Insulated Concrete Form Systems are a cost effective, sustainable and environmentally friendly way to build energy efficient structures. Students will learn the principals behind proper handling, assembly, bracing and porting of the Amvic Concrete Forming System. (16 hours)
This class will discuss door hanging theory including Code requirements and manufacturer’s instructions. Students will then learn how to hang and adjust doors with emphasis on commercial, industrial and institutional applications. Correct power and hand tool usage and safety will be stressed. Both wood and metal jambs will be set. Students will become familiar with and practice with power planes and hinge template kits.
This workshop demonstrates the correct techniques for installation of fire stop materials.
*FIRESTOP QUALIFIER REFRESHER
The latest regulations and other applicable standards will be reviewed.
Upon completion of the course, the student will understand the background, advantages & application of metal stud & gypsum wall systems. Training will include layout, cutting & installation of metal framing & drywall. Tool use safety & types of fasteners will be emphasized.
INTERIOR TRIM - BASICS
This course includes types of trim & their purposes; installation tools, both hand & power; safety; cutting & installation of various trim members including base, shoe, casing, chair rail, crown, multiple member trims in various geometric configurations, using both mitered & non-mitered applications.
INTERIOR TRIM – ADVANCED
This course covers the more complex trim applications normally found in “High-end” residential and commercial projects. Interior Trim - Basics is prerequisite.
LIGHT GAUGE STRUCTURAL STEEL FRAMING
Upon completion of this course, the student will understand the background, advantages & application of light gauge steel framing & proprietary exterior drywall systems. Training will include layout, cutting & installation of samples of those systems. Tool use and safety of fasteners will be emphasized.
This class provides instruction and hands-on practice in calculating, laying out, cutting, & installing the various rafters found in equal and unequal pitch roofs. Truss installation procedures will also be discussed.
RESIDENTIAL ROUGH FRAMING - Not Scheduled
This is a “hands-on” course where participants layout & frame a residential building. This includes deck, wall & ceiling framing, deck sheathing, framing rough openings, & more.
SOLID SURFACE QUALIFICATION
This course is designed to learn the characteristics of Corian/Gibralter type materials, proper layout, drilling, cutting and anchoring. Routing, seaming and minor repair techniques will also be taught.
SOLID SURFACE QUALIFICATION REFRESHER
This course is designed to provide skill advancement qualification renewal training to those who have previously taken solid surface training and the qualification is scheduled to expire. Refresher training must be completed within one year of the expiration date.
STAIR LAYOUT & CONSTRUCTION
This class covers formulas used to calculate unit rise & unit run to conform to residential & commercial code requirements. Total rise, total run, & “Treads & Risers in the Open” will be discussed to calculate stairs in existing conditions. Students will construct cleated & cutout stringers for straight flight & quarter-turn with landing stairs.
STEEL ROOF FRAMING- Not Scheduled
Students will be given an introductory instruction on basic rafter framing and truss installation as it pertains to the metal framing industry. Rafter calculations, installation techniques, safety, and terminology will be discussed.
VERSETTA STONE - Not scheduled
This course is designed for all basic applications of the Versetta Stone product. Estimating and custom designs will also be discussed. Upon completion of this course, the students will be certified to install Versetta Stone.
*GE COMBUSTION TURBINE, HYTORC
This course is designed to help the student become familiar with GE Gas Turbine power generation units. Emphasis will be on GE frame 5 units as well as frame 7 units. Also included is Hytorc Bolting Technician training, which covers hydraulic bolt tensioning and the safe use of this type of equipment. This course is required prior to member participation in the “GE Gas Turbine Qualification” course at the UBC International Training Center.
This course is intended to build skills in the use of HP practices to safely navigate through an error-likely situation, without causing harm to yourself, others, or the equipment that you are working on.
MAGNA DRIVE FGC
This course will cover the proper installation of the B-loc collar, applying the correct alignment method for the installation of the Magna Drive coupling, and the safety around strong magnetic fields. **Only Millwrights that are experienced in dial indicating, shaft alignment and precision measurement may attend this class.
*MILLWRIGHT 16-HOUR OSHA - See OSHA 30
This course combines OSHA 10-hour Construction Safety with Smart Mark training to complete the requirements of the Combustion Turbine training card. This course will also qualify those members who have not participated in a 10-hour OSHA Construction Safety training course.
Hands-on experience will be gained in the use of precision measuring tools used in the Millwright trade. This class is a prerequisite to taking the turbine classes.
PRECISION OPTICAL ALIGNMENT
Participants in this workshop learn to use jig transits to level and align machinery. Standard optical alignment procedures will be presented and participants learn how to solve specific alignment problems.
This course is designed to introduce and/or reinforce the rim and face dial indicator alignment process. Being proficient in the use of the rim and face dial indicator and knowing the calculations for this tool are integral parts of the millwright trade. As a beginning or a refresher course, this course provides up-to-date methods for calculating foot corrections. Soft foot, thermal growth, offset and angularity are some of the topics covered. The necessary precision tools to make the calculations and corrections on pump alignment will be available for use by participants.
Students will learn basic principles of how a steam turbine operates and will disassemble and reassemble a steam turbine. Students are highly encouraged to complete the Precision Measurement class prior to taking this class.
FLASH COVE BASICS
This class is designed to teach the floor coverer sheet goods, welded seam and flash cove installation procedures. Sheet vinyl installation experience is required for enrollment into this class.
FLOOR PATTERN LAYOUT
This class is designed to teach the Floor coverer sheet goods, welded seam and flash cove installation procedures. Sheet vinyl installation experience is required for enrollment into this class.
*INSTALL CARPET CERTIFICATION – Contact the Training Center Office for Further Information **Pretest required prior to Certification testing**
The Carpet Certification Testing includes a written assessment that covers the knowledge of Substrates, Adhesives, Fillers, Moisture, and Layout/Planning. Fitting, Bonding, Seaming and Product. Successful completion of the written assessment will be followed by a hands-on evaluation of the Installer’s proficiency in the following areas: Adhesive Application, Seaming, Fitting, Tack strip, Cushion Installation, Stretching, Borders, Upholstered Steps and professionalism. Certification is valid for 4 years.
*INSTALL RESILIENT CERTIFICATION - Contact the Training Center Office for Further Information **Pretest required prior to Certification testing**
The Resilient Certification Testing includes a written assessment that covers knowledge of substrate, adhesives, moisture, layout, fitting, bonding, seams and product. Successful completion of the written assessment is followed by a hands-on portion that will demonstrate the installer’s proficiency in the following areas: Layout, Adhesive Application, Fitting, Cove Base Installation, Seaming, Welding, Templating, Scribing and Professionalism. Certification is valid for 4 years.
SHEET VINYL BASICS
This class is intended to teach the basic installation of sheet vinyl, including proper floor prep, underlayment and adhesives for pattern goods and non-pattern goods.
STRETCH CARPET BASICS
Course basics include types of carpet & their installation requirements. Specialized tools, safety, installation of anchoring materials, types of padding and usage, pad and carpet layout, proper seaming techniques, proper use of kicker and power stretcher trimming and finishing, and metal trim installation challenge the student to work safely and under budget.
This class is intended to reinforce sound layout principles that include squaring up a room, basic pattern layout, locating perpendicular line & basic VCT geometric patterns, a must for the floor covering industry.
HOT WORK PERMIT (Included in the Welding I class or as needed – Call the Training Center for registration information)
Participants learn hot work hazard awareness, how to control the hot work, emergency management and documentation of controls in place for working in areas where cutting, welding, brazing, grinding and similar heat producing work is performed. This is a prerequisite for all who weld in the training facility. This class is part of the welding I class or may be attended as a stand-alone class. (2.5 hour class)
STRUCTURAL WELDING I - STRUCT. SHIELDED METAL ARC WELDING (Stick)
The course is structured to conform to the AWS standards that mandate a welder must be able to read and follow a jobsite WPS, and have the ability to adjust and control the welding equipment. Topics covered are: welding processes, welding terminology, polarity, safety, weld joints, types of welds, welding positions, basic metallurgy, and the reading and interpretation of welding symbols. The lab projects are designed to give the student the basic skills necessary for future certifications. (42 hour class)
STRUCTURAL WELDING II
Prerequisite: Structural Weld I or considerable experience in basic arc welding processes and familiarity with a WPS. The course is a continuation of Welding I, focusing on skill development for heavy plate and/or light gauge sheet steel with SMAW or FCAW process. (40 hour class)
GTAW (TIG) WELDING
Students will be introduced to the TIG welding process including power sources, machinery setup, electrodes, filler metals, shielding gases, and electrical characteristics. Basic hands-on skills will be emphasized during the lab portion of the class.
Prerequisite: Must hold a valid certification in either SMAW or FCAW. (24 hour class)
STRUCTURAL WELDING CERTIFICATION
Testing is done in accordance with the American Welding Society, Structural Welding Code AWS D1.1, D1.3, & D1.5. Welder must be proficient in areas in which certification is required, be able to read a WPS, and set up their equipment appropriately. Certification testing is limited to 8 hours. Testing dates are not intended for practice. Testing is generally conducted on the second Saturday of each month. Call the training center to reserve an available date.
NOTE: Students are encouraged to call for available booth for skill refresher. ALL students must take “Hot Work Permit” training prior to lab use. Additional classes or certification testing will be done on an as needed basis. Call the Training Center to schedule time.
This class challenges the student’s imagination with basic layout techniques of complex geometric shapes and designs.
This class includes residential & light commercial types of plans, specifications, abbreviations & symbols. Specific building materials & trade coordination, reflecting current materials & code standards based on actual jobs will be presented.
CABINETS & COUNTERTOPS
This class is designed to teach students installation practices for factory built cabinets and countertops. Layout procedures and the different “styles” and sizing of cabinets will also be covered.
CONSTRUCTION MASTER CALCULATORS
This class will provide hands-on instruction in the use of the Construction Master Calculator for simplifying jobsite calculations. It is designed to provide an overview of many of the computations available with these calculators.
*GREEN BUILDING AWARENESS
As we become more aware of our environment and the effect we have had on it, the idea of “Green Building” is becoming more attractive to building owners, developers and building users. What was once thought of as an expensive alternative is now seen as a benefit, providing a competitive edge and an enhanced public image to builders that choose to build green. The purpose of this workshop is to give a broad understanding of all that is involved in “Green Building”, including the challenges, advantages and disadvantages.
Controlling traffic through work areas is one of the most important and dangerous operations in construction maintenance. This course is a comprehensive skill building session that meets federal industry guidelines. You will gain an understanding of proper use of equipment, improve your flagging skills from hands-on training classroom activities, as well as a flagging skills test to gain the ability to coordinate traffic movement though the work zone.
The United States was founded under the premise that all citizens had certain inalienable rights. Over the last 200+ years U.S. workers have struggled with inconsistencies and inequalities from worker to worker, employer to employer. This class is designed to give you, the student, a brief history of how the United States had the bloodiest history of labor inequality than any other industrialized nation on earth. This class will demonstrate the principles of how history repeats itself and the fact that people lose interest in what goes on around them unless it affects them directly. This course is designed to stimulate conversation and explain the labor movement over the course of America’s history.
MATH FOR THE TRADES
This course is designed to refresh basic arithmetic skills related to the trade of carpentry. Practice exercises include calculating areas, perimeter and volume, used in all jobsite situations. When applicable, carpenter layout tools such as the framing square, will be included in the training.
Students learn typed of instruments & uses, types of rods, math conversions, establishing a benchmark, differential leveling, setting up over a point, projecting lines, reading transit veneers, turning and measuring angles, building layouts, using a leaser level, laser safety & creating & keeping a logbook.
RESUME WRITING WORKSHOP
This course will provide a hands-on approach to writing a resume / cover letter. Four different types of resumes will be discussed. Students will organize their own skills, credentials, certifications and work history to create their own resume and cover letter. To expedite the resume process, please bring a notebook with skills, credentials, certifications and prior work history, including dates of employment to class.
TOTAL STATION 1
This course will introduce the carpenter to Total Station technology and equipment. Included are terminology, equipment setup and introduction to coordinate geometry. Building layout (stakeout) is achieved using X, Y, and Z axes, as Northings, Eastings, and Elevations. Information will be processed and entered into a data recorder for later retrieval using the Total Station instrument for actual layout/stakeout of the building. A TI-30 or other scientific calculator should be brought along to this class.
Pro-10 training has its fundamental core topics of training called the "Core 4," includes professionalism, safety, communication, and mutual respect. These topics provide the framework for a supportive team approach including tradespersons, contractors and end users; all of whom will benefit from the values reaffirmed within this program. These core subjects help to create and maintain a more respectful, productive, and safe work site. (10 hours)
TOTAL STATION II
Many of the finer points of managing the layout tasks on a project are incorporated into this class. More time is included for computer interaction to expedite the conversion and transfer of the point listings into the data collector, which is taken to the field for layout application. Combining computer interactions with hands-on Data Recorder and Total Station Instrument training will round out the layout experience. Successful completion of Total Station I is a prerequisite for Total Station II.
SUPERVISOR TRAINING PROGRAM (STP)
The Supervisory Training Program is highly recommended to those members who are planning to, or may have already, moved into a supervisory role. The program is designed to provide knowledge of the industry and insight into the skills necessary for effective supervision in construction. Six classes are included in the program; each providing instruction in a specific skill area.
This overview course covers the dynamics of supervision in the construction industry. Leadership, motivation, problem solving, decision making, are all characteristics for today’s construction supervisor. Additional discussion focuses on planning and scheduling, accident prevention and loss control, as well as contract documents.
UNIT 1 – LEADERSHIP & MOTIVATION
This course will describe the value of effective supervision of workers and improve the construction supervisor’s ability to lead and motivate others.
UNIT 2 – COMMUNICATION
This course presents a body of knowledge and skills that today’s construction supervisors need in order to be effective communicators on their jobsite.
UNIT 3 – PLANNING & SCHEDULING
This course will help construction supervisors understand ways in which planning and scheduling saves time and money, while increasing quality in the construction process.
UNIT 4 – CONTRACT DOCUMENTS & CONSTRUCTION LAW
This course will provide information about contract documents and construction law to help supervisors recognize the roles and responsibilities of all contracted parties, to develop an understanding of how contract documents can be helpful to solve problems and resolve conflicts, and to develop positive relationships between all parties in the construction process.
UNIT 5 – IMPROVING PRODUCTIVITY & MANAGING PROJECT COSTS
This course covers understanding how project estimates are compiled, how to compare actual project costs with those estimated and how to control costs to meet the estimate. This course also details how productivity is measured, how the supervisor plays a major role in increasing jobsite productivity and how a small increase in productivity can have a significant impact on the time and cost of a project.
UNIT 6 – RISK MANAGEMENT & PROBLEM SOLVING
This course will cover the roles and responsibilities of a construction supervisor in accident prevention and loss control.
LABOR PLANS & QUANTITY SURVEY
This course covers the basics of developing and organizing Quantity Surveys and Labor Plans for construction activities. The class will help UBC members understand how they are used in cost estimating and production tracking.
This “hands-on” course is designed for beginners. General computer skills will be taught including, but not limited to, the Windows Operating System, tool bars, file storage, and basics of the Microsoft WORD software. This course is perfect for those with little or no experience of computer knowledge.
This “hands-on” course is designed to familiarize the student with EXCEL software. Students will learn how to navigate through a spreadsheet, enter, format and sort data within cells, use basic formulas and functions, and develop charts and graphs. Although there is not a prerequisite for this class, it is recommended that the student has basic computer knowledge (i.e. navigating through toolbars, opening, closing, saving documents, etc.).
This “hands-on” course is designed to familiarize the student with POWERPOINT software. Students will create a presentation from start to finish using unique design templates and techniques. Presentations will be customized to include text, graphics, backgrounds, and slide transitions. Although there is not a prerequisite for this class, it is recommended that the student has basic computer knowledge (i.e. navigating through toolbars, opening, closing, saving documents, etc.).