August 15, 2018

Education & Professional Development


Maintaining a Drug Free Workplace

August 22, 2018

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Presenter:  Dwight Taylor, The DART Group
In this webinar, we will explain the seven major drug categories, their signs and symptoms, and how users are disguising them in the workplace.  In addition, we will explore “reasonable suspicion” and the Iowa drug laws and what they mean to employers, as well as how to document observations made of suspected users.   

Bluebeam Revu Demonstration

Online Demo
September 5, 2018
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Bluebeam Revu Demonstration: A webinar brought to you by Master Builders of Iowa
Presented by: Joe Sullivan

Bluebeam Revu 2018 delivers award-winning PDF creation, editing, markup and collaboration technology to Windows desktop and tablet users. Create and navigate smart, information-rich document sets from converted Microsoft Office and CAD files. Annotate drawings with customizable markup and measurement tools, and work on the same 2D and 3D PDFs with project partners in the office or in the field. The possibilities are endless.

The purpose of this online demonstration is to showcase the features of Bluebeam Revu 2018 and how it can be used to improve the efficiency and accuracy of workflows within the architecture, engineering and construction industries. The demo will also cover the capabilities of Bluebeam Studio, a collaboration tool that will improve communication on projects.

Blueprint Reading for Commercial Construction: West Des Moines

September 7, 2018
Session 1: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm **SOLD OUT**
Session 2: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm **SOLD OUT**

September 14, 2018
Session 1: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm **SOLD OUT**

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.

Please contact Tom Fulcher at: if you would like to be placed on the waitlist.

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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