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Course Catalog: Professional Development

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Enroll in the professional development classes the Construction Education Center offers throughout the year. These classes enhance your skills and prepare you with the tools needed to succeed.

Professional Development Courses Offered

Basics of Construction Estimating
Comprehensive 18-hour course develops the skills of superintendents, foreman, junior estimators, layout personnel. Attendees should have a working understanding of blue prints (plans) and basic knowledge of the construction industry. Course includes class room instruction and hands-on work.
Topics Covered

• Estimating Procedures
• Measuring Quantities
• Close Outs
• Components of an Estimate
• Estimating Various Trades
• Determining Costs
• Measuring Quantities

Construction Site Layout I
This 10-hour introductory course will help develop the skills of your field employees! Great for new hires! This course will be instructed by Randy Becker, P.E., Project Manager for BB&E, and will be tailored to the aptitude levels and specific needs of the class. This course will include class room instruction and hands-on work and requires attendees to bring an auto level, leveling rod, transit or theodolite, tripod, 6-foot ruler, 25-foot tape, 100-foot steel measuring tape, plumb bob, & calculator.
Topics Covered

• Introduction to surveying
• Basic Construction Layout Techniques - Use of transit for 90-degree angles
• How to determine and set elevations with an auto level
• Layout of excavations, pavement, footings piers, corners, anchor bolts, storm drains, etc.


Construction Site Layout II
This 15-hour course is ideal for your foreman or employees with 3-5 years experience working in the field and have a basic understanding of site and building plans, but would like to further develop their skills. Instructed by Randy Becker, P.E., Project Manager for BB&E, the class will be tailored to the aptitude levels and specific needs of the class and will include class room instruction and hands-on work. Requires attendees to bring an auto level, leveling rod, transit or theodolite, tripod, 6-foot ruler, 25-foot tape, 100-foot steel measuring tape, plumb bob, & calculator.
Topics Covered

• Survey control, offsets, backsights, grids, and asbuilts
• Construction layout techniques - Use of transit for horizontal angles
• How to determine cuts and fills, area and volume, and complex anchor bolt layout


Construction Site Layout III
This 15-hour course is ideal for your foreman or employees with 3-5 years experience working in the field and have a basic understanding of site and building plans, but would like to further develop their skills. Instructed by Randy Becker, P.E., Project Manager for BB&E, the class will be tailored to the aptitude levels and specific needs of the class and will include class room instruction and hands-on work. Requires attendees to bring an auto level, leveling rod, transit or theodolite, tripod, 6-foot ruler, 25-foot tape, 100-foot steel measuring tape, plumb bob, & calculator.
Topics Covered

• Establishing and checking survey control for the project
• Advanced construction layout techniques — Use of the transit for angle and distance
• Area and volume computation, horizontal curves, coordinates, traverses, level loops


Foreman Training
The foreman plays a key role in the operation of a construction company. They are the first line of management on the job and are responsible for supervising workers in an effective and efficient manner. This 9 hour course is ideal for potential foremen to help develop the right management skills. Certificate of completion will be provided to attendees who attend all classes.
Topics Covered

• Safety
• Effective Communication
• Motivation
• Change Orders & Claims
• Documentation
• Planning & Scheduling



Supervisory Training
This 15-hour course is a great opportunity to improve the skills of your employees with the potential to take on more responsibility. Materials presented by professor of Construction Management, Dr. Stuart Bennett of CCSU. Certificate of completion will be provided.
Topics Covered

• Orientation
• Communication
• Problem Solving
• Leadership & Motivation
• Construction Documents
• Quantity Surveying
• Planning & Scheduling
• Productivity


Plan Reading
This 10-hour course is ideal for Junior Estimators, Foremen, new Project Engineers, and Journeymen. Certificate of completion will be provided to attendees who attend all classes.
Topics Covered

• Site Plans & Details
• Coordination of all Disciplines
• Structural Plans & Details
• RFI’s
• Architectural Plans & Details
• Basic Drafting
• Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing Plans & Details


Site Work Estimating
Enhance the skills of your employees to promote from within! This comprehensive 10-hour course is ideal class for Junior Estimators, Site Foremen, & Layout Personnel. Class will be tailored to meet the aptitude levels and specific needs of the class. This course will include class room instruction and hands-on work . Certificate of completion will be provided to attendees who attend all classes.
Topics Covered

• Materials Take-Offs
• Earthwork Computations
• Excavations/Backfill
• Equipment Utilizations
• Labor Estimates
• Safety Equipment
• Underground Utilities
• Soil Erosion Control
• Mobilization
• Cuts & Fills
• Barricades & Signage
• Paving
• Import/Export
• Temp Facilities
• Geotechnical Reports & Soil Boring Logs
• Concrete Estimates
• Landscaping