September 29, 2016

Education & Professional Development

Blueprint Reading for Commercial Construction

September 30, 2016
Session 3 - 8:00 am - 3:00 pm


Presenter: Brad Perkins, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

Construction drawings can be difficult to understand and mistakes can be costly. Being able to read and understand construction drawings is a fundamental skill for anyone involved in the construction industry. In this series, participants will gain the skills necessary to read and understand typical construction documents - blueprints and specifications.

*This is part of a three part series. Participants can register for the entire series to receive a discount, or register separately for only one or two of the sessions.*

CPR / First Aid / AED Certification

October 4, 2016
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

October 10, 2016
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

October 12, 2016
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

October 18, 2016
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

October 20, 2016
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

October 26, 2016
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

October 27, 2016
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Presenter: Troy Porter, Master Builders of Iowa, Des Moines, IA

The purpose of this course is to help participants identify and eliminate potentially hazardous conditions in their environment, recognize emergencies and make appropriate decisions for first aid care. It teaches skills that participants need to know in order to provide immediate care for a suddenly ill or injured person until more advanced medical care arrives to take over. In addition, this hands-on skills training prepares you to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies, while teaching the skills and knowledge needed to provide care for victims of sudden cardiac arrest through the safe use of an automated external defibrillator (AED). Students who successfully complete this course will receive a certificate for Adult CPR/AED, which is valid for two years.

Bluebeam Revu Online Training Sessions - Revu Basics & Studio

October 11, 2016

9:30 - 11:30 am


Presenter: Michael Breeden, Bluebeam, Pasadena, CA

This session is designed to introduce new users to the core features of Bluebeam Revu. You will learn the foundational skills necessary to organize, markup, edit, collaborate and track comments in a PDF drawing set.


  • Understand the benefits of using PDF files.
  • Learn how to view, markup and edit PDF files.
  • Understand how to use profiles and create custom markup tool sets and stamps.
  • Track comments made to PDF documents in the markups list.
  • Create a Studio Session for real-time collaboration and document review.
  • Set up a Studio Project for storing and sharing document files.

Webinar - 5 Techniques to Retain Top Employees

October 18, 2016

11:00 - 12:00 am


Presenter: Lori Lamping, BirdDogHR, Des Moines, IA

Recruit. Retain. Repeat. If only it was that easy. What is your organization doing to retain employees? In this emerging economy the skill gaps can be deep and wide. If you don’t have a plan in place to engage and communicate with your best employees, your company and worse yet, your customers, could suffer from the exit of top talent.

Attend this webinar to learn how savvy companies retain and engage employees by:

  • Setting expectations for successful onboarding
  • Investing in and mentoring your employee’s learning and career
  • Embracing the power of goal setting
  • Creating formal and informal feedback processes
  • Building business continuity with succession planning

Mobile Crane Operator Certification - Lattice Crawler & Truck Crane

October 24 - 28, 2016

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Swisher, IA

Presenter: Dan Swiggum, Associated Training Services, Sun Prairie, WI

MBI has contracted with Associated Training Services (ATS), RTL Equipment Inc. in Swisher and NCCCO to provide this premier crane operator course. Attendees of this course will be prepared for and tested on the written and practical exams for certification through NCCCO. The NCCCO crane operator certification is one of the most widely recognized certifications in the crane and lifting industry. The Mobile Crane Operator Certification exams are designed for operators who are trained and who currently work in crane operation. All candidates are required to pass both written and practical examinations to be certified. The initial certification period is for 5 years, after which an operator is required to recertify. Successful completion of this course and meeting the requirements for NCCCO Mobile Crane Operator Certification will assure the  crane operator and his/her employer meet the OSHA certification deadline of November 10, 2017.