October 20, 2018

Education & Professional Development


Environmental Workshop

October 23, 2018
8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Presenter: Jamie Papian, Iowa Lead & Asbestos Safety and Iowa Air Quality - Des Moines, IA

In the construction industry, exposure is most often related to demolition, repair, and maintenance activities being performed on residential, commercial, and industrial jobsites. In this interactive workshop, we will discuss materials that could potentially contain lead, asbestos or silica, situations in which they may be disturbed (knowingly or unknowingly) and which standards apply. Topics of all three materials will include: health hazards, permissible exposure levels, medical surveillance, recordkeeping, air monitoring, respiratory protection and protective clothing, training requirements, compliance, and best management practices.

Master Builder Designation Credits: Ecological - 7

Association Healthcare Plan - Webinar

October 25, 2018
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Presenters: Mike Pyle, Bearence Management Group - West Des Moines, IA and Joe Teeling, The Teeling Company - Waukee, IA

Recently, the efforts of federal and state policy makers have opened the door to new ideas and approaches to help control health care costs for employers. MBI sees this as an opportunity to explore options to which members could take advantage of an exclusive association health care plan. This webinar will provide an overview of MBI’s plan offering, as well as provide insights on how your firm can control health costs and take advantage of a more competitive health insurance market.

Advanced Blueprint Reading for Commercial Construction

October 26, 2018
8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Presenter: Brad Perkins, Construction Engineering, Senior Lecturer Iowa State University - Ames, IA

This course is a follow-up to the Master Builders of Iowa (MBI) Blueprint Reading for Commercial Construction and will present attendees with advanced plan reading skills as well as quantity take-off and estimating using the RSMeans Manual. The morning session will include an extensive concrete take-off activity and the afternoon session will include an extensive interior finishes take-off activity.

Project Pre-Qualification and Training Vault!

Master Builders of Iowa recently released the MBI Training Vault as an online education and training credential tracking tool that is a free service for MBI member firms and their employees.  In addition to all of the outstanding tracking features of Training Vault, we have built in a component that assists MBI members with their project pre-qualification process as it relates to the education, training, and safety of the their workforce.

ACE Mentor Program of Central Iowa

Become a Mentor

There is still time to become a mentor with the ACE Mentor Program of Central Iowa!

The ACE Mentor Program was created to address the growing need for skilled professionals in the architecture, construction and engineering industries - a shortage that could become a crisis if current trends continue.  The ACE Mentor Program of Central Iowa is part of a nationwide program of outreach and mentoring for students across the country where ACE has a presence. The mentors are professionals from leading design and construction firms who volunteer their time and energy to engage, inform, and challenge youth.

Why Training Is Important in Today’s Economy

By Michael E. Kuritz
Everyone wants a competitive advantage. Be it the safest record, the fastest crew, or the least amount of rework there is always a race in construction to be the best. In the race for your company to be smarter, stronger, and faster everyone within the company must also be striving to be the smartest, the strongest, and the fastest.

On every job—from the multi-million dollar bridge to a small office building—the superintendent is the heart of the project. They drive the schedule, manage the crews, and coordinate with project partners to get the job done.

Surviving Public Speaking

Fear is a funny thing. Not so funny when it happens to you, especially when speaking to a group of customers or strangers. Logically, you know there’s no physical threat, but emotionally it’s an approaching tsunami. I know. I’ve experienced all the symptoms.

One on one we do fine. We speak clearly. We’ve got a personality. So why the sweaty palms, rapid heart rate, light-headedness, trembling knees, and disorganized thoughts standing before a crowd? What changes?

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