Our industry is constantly changing and growing. Continuing education is required for employees to stay current with the latest developments, skills, and new technologies. The World Center for Concrete Technology (WCCT) is dedicated to the education of the concrete industry.
Beginning in April, WCCT will offer a full line-up of Blockmakers Workshops® in Alpena, Michigan, USA. A four week series of courses will begin mid-April and will include Concrete Masonry Technology, Vibrapac®, Advanced Vibrapac® and Electronic Controls. Students can attend one or all of the courses that feature both classroom and hands-on training in our state-of-the-art Besser block plant. Concrete Masonry Technology, Vibrapac and Electronic Controls are all required courses to become a Master Blockmaker® and those wishing to pursue this certification are encouraged to enroll early.
Listed below are courses WCCT will be offering throughout the 2015 calendar year. If you are interested in attending one or more of these courses, please register online at wcct.net/workshops or by calling +1.989.354.1023.
Concrete Masonry Technology
13-17 April 2015
12-16 October 2015
Concrete Masonry Technology covers all aspects of manufacturing concrete products. In an easy-to-follow structured format, the class covers raw material components (cement, water, aggregate, admixtures and pigment), hands-on aggregate sieve analysis, multi-aggregate blending, mix designs, manufacture of product and curing fundamentals. It really is the complete package which will produce an immediate impact within your operations. Be assured that after the completion of class, students will have a working understanding of all aspects of raw materials, mixing sequence, mix designs and curing to champion this knowledge when they return to their facilities. Price: USD $1050
20-24 April 2015
19-23 October 2015
The Vibrapac concrete products machine course is a hands-on study of the proper machine adjustments, electronics and electrical schematic print reading of the V3 Vibrapac concrete products machines. Students are given troubleshooting problems as a practical application of these topics. Price: USD $1050
27 April – 1 May 2015
The Advanced Vibrapac course provides more extensive hands-on work for practical application in concrete products production, both mechanical and electrical. Students are required to adjust a concrete products machine to low height and to manufacture concrete products in class. Electrical sessions cover Allen-Bradley programmable controllers. Greater concentration is applied to schematic print reading and ladder logic diagnosis. Before attending this course, students must complete the Vibrapac course. Price: USD $1050
4-8 May 2015
The Electronic Controls course includes an in-depth study of electrical wiring and programmable logic controllers. Applications and troubleshooting for Allen-Bradley programmable controllers are studied. Practical applications and troubleshooting will be covered on concrete products machines, Multi-Spade Besser-Matic® loader/unloaders and cubers. Price: USD $1050
21-23 July 2015
The Executive Session is a condensed version of the Concrete Masonry Technology and Vibrapac® Blockmakers Workshops® tailored to upper management. New products, programs and current issues are also discussed in a round-table format with industry executives and professionals. Price: USD $800
Product Handling & Curing
14-18 September 2015
The Product Handling course covers all aspects of the handling once product has been manufactured.
Adjustments, schematic print reading and solid state circuitry is covered for: E-Model & Multi-Spade Besser-Matic loaders/unloaders, LSC & PTS handling systems, curing, depalleter, turnover, splitter and both semi-automatic & automatic cuber types. The curing session has been added to the curriculum for 2015 where students will gain an understanding of why we cure product and the benefits of proper curing fundamentals. Price: USD $1050
Specialty Products/Material Variegation/ Recycled Materials
22-24 September 2015
In this class students will cover specialty products such as segmented retaining wall, use of core puller products, pavers, advanced architectural products as well as an in-depth look at material variegation / blending of colors to create a unique product appearance. All machine types will be covered such as cam type, Servopac and competitive equipment (plate vibration / LP equipment). We will cover pertinent ASTM specifications for specialty products, recycled materials and their use in our industry. This class is well suited for concrete technicians, quality personnel or advanced machine operators. Price: USD $800