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The work of construction laborers is becoming more and more technical. The work ranges from skilled to highly skilled, and requires workers to know about all common construction work activities. A lot of them require a high level of training and experience. Check out the course descriptions below to get an idea of what you’ll learn as a construction craft laborer. When you’re ready to get started, just click the Contact button. We’ll be happy to hear from you.

Blueprint Reading

All projects start with a blueprint (also called a “plan” or a “print”). The ability to read and interpret a project plan is a fundamental skill that every construction craft laborer should possess. If you desire to advance in any type of construction work, you must take this training.

This course introduces concepts and conventions that are used in plans, and includes:

  • Learning common symbols and notations
  • Identifying types of plans such as civil, architectural, etc.
  • Finding and interpreting detail drawings

Blueprint Reading Part I, Basic
40 hours / 5 days

The Basic Construction Plan Reading course is specifically designed to develop plan reading skills. Prior knowledge of elevation control is helpful. This class is covered with exercises and homework type problem solving. This includes:

  • Reading blueprints for structural information
  • Working drawings and blueprints
  • Reading detail drawings
  • The “plot” plan
  • Reading floor plans
  • Reading blueprints/trade
  • Symbols & notations used on floor plans

Blueprint Reading Part II
40 hours / 5 days

This class covers plan reading for “Light commercial construction,” which builds on knowledge learned in Part I. Knowledge of elevation control is required. Completion/passing of the “Basic Blueprint Reading – Part I” or equivalent is a prerequisite. Work and homework problem solving are utilized.

  • Reading blueprints in small commercial building
  • Types of construction
  • Heavy timber construction
  • Reading blueprints for a townhouse
  • Structural steel construction
  • Reinforced concrete

Blueprint Reading Part III
40 hours / 5 days

This class covers plan reading for “Heavy commercial and industrial construction,” which builds on the knowledge learned in Parts I & II. Completion/passing of the “Blueprint Reading – Part II” or equivalent is a prerequisite. Work and homework problem solving are utilized.

  • Reading blueprints in heavy commercial and industrial building
  • Types of construction
  • Specifications
  • Site work
  • Structural steel construction
  • Mechanical and electrical systems
  • Reinforced concrete construction
  • Finish construction

Concrete Cutting & Coring
40 hours / 5 days

This course covers the proper safety, use, and handling of concrete sawing equipment. The course has extensive hands-on training in the use and operation of:

  • Walk-behind saws
  • Hydraulic trac-guided wall saws
  • Floor saws
  • Coring & drilling equipment
  • Handheld hydraulic chainsaw
  • Hearing conservation

Concrete Patch & Repair
40 hours / 5 days

Students learn how to repair both fresh and hardened concrete products. Also covered is learning what causes and how to identify and repair concrete surface defects, such as:

  • Excessive bleeding
  • Blisters
  • Sticky mixes
  • Abnormal or inconsistent setting times
  • Rock pockets
  • Applying RACO products

Hardened concrete problems

Concrete Placement
80 hours / 10 days

Concrete is the most versatile construction material ever invented, and it is used in one application or another on almost every construction project. All construction craft laborers must understand and be able to: 1) prepare for concrete placement; 2) place it correctly; and 3) predict the chemical reactions that will occur when it cures.

Concrete is a major job-skill area within the spectrum of work performed by construction craft laborers. This is a “must have” course for any career laborer.

This course includes:

  • Preparing for placement
  • Calculating quantities
  • Cement-to-water ratios
  • Chemical reactions during curing
  • Mixing basics

Concrete Placement – Advanced
80 hours / 10 days

This class provides additional information for the more advanced concrete worker. Trainees should have at least 1 year of concrete experience, or have completed the Basic Concrete Placement class. This course covers various advanced aspects of concrete placement, including:

  • Materials
  • Specifying the concrete mix
  • Curing materials and methods
  • Air-entrainment of concrete / aggregate
  • Repair – causes and control of cracks
  • Concrete forms and forming
  • Hearing conservation

Demolition
40 hours / 5 days

This class presents a combination of classroom and hands-on experience in the basics of demolition, introducing students to the equipment (boom and scissor lift, skid steer) regulations. and techniques (torch cutting, power-actuated tools) used in today’s demolition projects.

Forklift Safety
16 hours / 2 days

State and federal regulations require training and credentialing for any employee who operates a powered industrial lift truck (forklift) on a construction site.

This course includes:

  • Operator responsibilities
  • Maintenance and fueling
  • Understanding load charts
  • Estimating load weights

Mason Tending
80 hours / 10 days

Mason tending is a sub-occupation of the building industry. Many construction craft laborers work their entire career as a mason tender, and often with a single employer. Most masonry contractors consider their mason tender the most important member on the project, because a good tender keeps the entire crew productive.

This course includes:

  • Job setup
  • Scaffold erection
  • Estimating and stocking materials
  • Mortar mixes and procedures
  • Rough-terrain forklift operation and safety
  • Working with masons
  • Project weather protection

Rigging & Signaling
40 hours / 5 days

The need to move construction tools and materials occurs on every construction project. A good rigger/signaler is an important member of any construction crew, because moving tools and materials safely is critical to project safety and productivity.

This class covers the regulations, theory and techniques used in hoisting and moving loads. It includes hands-on practice designed to impart a working knowledge of hoisting procedures and special safety concerns.

This course includes:

  • State and federal regulations
  • Types of slings, and their ratings and uses
  • Calculating loads
  • Wire and man-made ropes
  • Knots and splices
  • Hand and voice signaling
  • Safety issues

ENVIRONMENTAL LABORERS TRAINING

Construction laborers do a lot to keep their communities safe.

At hazardous-waste removal sites, construction laborers are specially trained to prepare the site and safely remove asbestos, lead, radioactive waste and other hazardous materials. They operate, read and maintain air monitoring and other sampling devices in confined and/or hazardous environments. They also safely sample, identify, handle, pack and transport hazardous or radioactive materials, and clean and decontaminate equipment, buildings and enclosed structures.

See? Like real-life superheroes. Cape optional.

Asbestos Abatement

Worker / Supervisor
40 hours / 5 days

Worker:

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral fiber that can cause lung and other respiratory/gastronomic diseases when inhaled or ingested. Because of its insulating and fireproofing properties, it was used extensively in the construction industry before the negative health effects were commonly known.

Because so much asbestos was used in common building products, its removal is a major work area in the Environmental Remediation industry, and many laborers have been and still are employed in this industry.

Due to the health hazards, workers must be trained, tested and certified before working in this industry.

This Asbestos Abatement Worker course is state-approved in Washington and Oregon, and meets or exceeds the EPA, OSHA, WISHA and DEQ training and certification requirements.

The course includes lectures, demonstrations and hands-on training in:

  • Legal rights of workers
  • Safe removal and work-area cleanup
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Engineering controls and air monitoring
  • Respiratory protection
  • HEPA air filters
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Hands-on exercises
  • Glove bag procedures
  • Erecting 3-stage decon chamber
  • Removal of simulated ACM
  • Respirator use

Trainees are required to pass with a grade of 80% or above before his/her application is submitted to the applicable state for certification.

Washington State-approved course provider #067 / Oregon State approved course provider #L35

Asbestos Abatement Supervisor
40 hours / 5 days

This class focuses on the responsibilities of the supervisor on an asbestos project and complies with or exceeds the EPA, federal OSHA, WISHA, and DEQ training requirements. Topics covered include:

  • Identification
  • Aerodynamic characteristics
  • Summary of abatement control
  • Calibration of air monitoring equipment
  • Fit test protocols (QNFT & QLFT)
  • Project setup and design
  • Managing the job – workers, employer, client & regulatory

Trainees are required to pass a written test with a grade of 80% or above before his/her application is submitted to the applicable state for certification.

Washington State-approved course provider #067 / Oregon State approved course provider #L35

Asbestos Awareness Class IV (work only)
3 hours

This class will increase the worker’s awareness of asbestos and what to do if asbestos is encountered in day-to-day work activities, as well as awareness of the effects asbestos exposure can have on health.

Asbestos Supervisor Recertification
8 hours / 1 day

This class brings the active asbestos abatement supervisor up to date on current regulations concerning the abatement industry. It is a federal and state requirement to maintain certification.

Washington State-approved course provider #067 / Oregon State approved course provider #L34

Asbestos Worker Recertification
8 hours / 1 day 

This class brings the active asbestos abatement worker up to date on current regulations concerning the abatement industry. It is a federal and state requirement to maintain certification.

Washington State-approved course provider #017 / Oregon State approved course provider #L35

Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER)
40 hours / 5 days

This class meets the training requirements for OSHA 29 CFR 1910.12. This training is required to work on hazardous waste sites in Washington State which require only the use of an air purifying respirator (Level C) and involves certification. The course is designed to provide workers with both classroom and hands-on training sufficient to assure the highest level of retention. Topics covered:

  • Hazard recognition
  • Health effects
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Decontamination
  • Site safety and health plans
  • Material handling and sampling
  • Confined space
  • Worker legal rights

Hazardous Waste Supervisor
40 hours / 5 days

Completion of the Hazardous Waste Worker course is a prerequisite for the Supervisor class. The course covers supervisor responsibilities and provides additional leadership and communication skills. The format uses small group activities to research and review SS&HPs, OSHA regulations, increase the level of hazard recognition, and help develop decision-making skills. Other topics include:

  • Emergency response
  • Media relations
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Written standard operating procedures
  • Supervisor & workers – rights and remedies

Hazardous Waste Worker
40 hours / 5 days

Hazardous waste remediation is a major division of the environmental remediation industry. Many construction craft laborers are working in this industry. State and federal regulations require training and certification to work in this industry. The Hazardous Waste Worker course uses both classroom and hands-on training to teach common types of hazardous materials and safe methods to remediate them. This course meets and actually exceeds state and federal training requirements. The course includes:

  • Hazard recognition
  • Health effects
  • Types of personal protective equipment
  • Site safety and health plans
  • Sampling protocols for air, water and soil
  • Regulations and worker legal rights
  • Remediation technologies

Hazardous Waste Supervisor Recertification
8 hours / 1 day

This class brings the active hazardous waste supervisor up-to-date on current regulations concerning the environmental cleanup industry. It is a federal and state requirement to maintain certification.

Hazardous Waste Worker Recertification
8 hours / 1 day

This class brings the active hazardous waste worker up to date on current regulations concerning the environmental cleanup industry. This is a federal and state requirement to maintain certification.

Lead Abatement Renovator
40 hours / 5 days


This class focuses on safety and health hazards for the safe handling and removal of lead-based paints on structural steel. Topics covered include:

  • Personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Health effects
  • Monitoring requirements
  • Regulatory requirements
  • OSHA requirements for lead in construction
  • Work practices & engineering controls
  • Hazard communication
  • General safety on the job

Lead Abatement Supervisor
40 hours / 5 days

Washington State-approved course through the Department of Commerce. This class focuses on the regulatory aspect of supervising the lead abatement of lead based paint in child-occupied facilities. 24 months’ experience working with lead-based paint removal is a class prerequisite. After successful completion of this class students must pass a closed book examination at the Washington State Department of Commerce in Lacey, WA. Topics covered in this course include:

  • History of lead in child-occupied facilities
  • Health effects
  • Medical monitoring
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) for lead
  • Site safety for lead
  • Sampling methods for assessment and clearance for supervisors
  • HUD inspection and risk assessment
  • Residential / HUD work practices, abatement methods, z disposal requirements
  • Residential protection for supervisors

Lead Abatement Supervisor Recertification
8 hours / 1 day

This class brings the active lead abatement supervisor up to date on current regulations concerning the abatement industry as well as recapping every aspect of what is taught in the initial 40 hour class. State certification is required to maintain certification.

Lead Abatement Worker
40 hours / 5 days

This class focuses on safety and health hazards and the safe removal and handling of lead-based paints on structural steel. This class meets EPA, OSHA & OR-OSHA requirements. A current asbestos abatement certification and previous work in that industry is a prerequisite for class attendance. This class covers:

  • Personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Health effects
  • Monitoring requirements
  • Regulatory requirements
  • OSHA requirements for lead in construction
  • Work practices & engineering controls
  • Hazard communication
  • General safety on the job

Lead Awareness
8 hours / 1 day

This class educate members on the lead standard put forth by OSHA and Washington Department of Labor and Industries. This class covers how to safely work with lead and includes both classroom time and hands-on training. Topics covered:

  • Health effects of exposure to lead
  • Specific workplace tasks that could lead to exposure
  • Measures to reduce exposure (engineering controls and work practices)
  • Personal protective equipment for reducing exposure
  • Workplace air monitoring
  • Medical surveillance in relation to the lead standard
  • The contents of the lead in construction standard for non-child-occupied facilities

Lead Renovator
16 hours / 2 days

This class educates members on the lead EPA RRP put forth by the EPA and Washington Department of Commerce. It covers how to safely work with lead in child-occupied facilities and includes both classroom time and hands-on training and involves certification. Topics covered:

  • History of lead paint
  • Health hazards of exposure to lead
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Pre-renovation considerations
  • Dust containment
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Best work practices
  • Final clean up
  • Record keeping
  • Training non-certified renovation workers and course wrap-up

Lead Renovator Recertification
8 hours / 1 day

This class brings the active lead renovator up to date on current regulations concerning the industry, as well as recapping every aspect of what is taught in the initial 16 hour class. Federal and state certifications are required to maintain certification.

HEAVY CIVIL AND HIGHWAY LABORERS TRAINING

We’ll never tell you to go play in traffic. But we will teach you how to work in, near and around it.

On every heavy and highway construction site, construction laborers clear and prepare highway work zones and rights of way; install traffic barricades, cones and markers; and control traffic passing near, in and around work zones. Laborers install sewer, water and storm drainpipes. They check road grades, place asphalt on roadways and place concrete on roads, bridges and dams. They break and remove old structures. Laborers operate a variety of equipment, including jackhammers, pavement breakers, concrete mixers, earth compactors, boring machines, mechanical hoists, lasers, and surveying and measuring equipment.

Even though you’re technically not playing in traffic, some of that equipment is pretty cool.

CESCL (Erosion Control)
16 hours / 2 days

This class is taught by a certified Washington DOT instructor. Procedures are presented for the design and implementation of Temporary Erosion and Sediment Control plans (TESC). Practical examples, WDOT case studies, and hands-on field work will be utilized to stress the proper installation, maintenance, inspection, and removal of temporary erosion and sediment control Best Management Practices (BMPs).

Upon completion, students will be able to:

  • Understand and implement the TESC
  • Direct the proper installation, inspection, maintenance, and removal of erosion and sediment control BMPs
  • Communicate effectively with WSDOT construction personnel, sub-contractors, grading inspectors, and resource energy personnel regarding erosion and sediment control
  • Work in partnership with the above personnel to suggest and additions to TESC plans to enhance compliance with WSDOT erosion and sediment control requirements

CESCL (DOE Soil Erosion) Recertification
8 hours / 1 day

This class brings the active soil erosion worker up to date on current regulations.

Grade Checking
80 hours / 10 days

Participants are educated on the use of field level transits and laser levels as well as their associated maintenance. Prior completion of the Transit & Level class is highly recommended. Topics include:

  • Proper safe operation (laser levels)
  • Maintenance of laser levels
  • Mathematics used in cuts, fills and slopes
  • Read, understand and use standard symbols in grade work

Pipe Laying / Gravity & Pressure
80 hours / 10 days

Pipe Gravity – Extensive demonstration and hands-on experience allow participants to hone skills in pipe laying techniques, transit level and laser setup, drain fills, backfilling (and related safety), field math, testing pipe procedures, drain fields, and safe load bearing for sand and gravel.

Pressure Pipe – Students learn the necessary elements of assembly of pressure pipe systems. Topics covered in the classroom and in the field include techniques and safety for mechanical fitting, water main testing, hydrant work, and polyethylene pipe fusion.

Blueprint Reading
40 hours / 5 days

All projects start with a blueprint (also called a “plan” or a “print”). The ability to read and interpret a project plan is a fundamental skill that every construction craft laborer should possess. If you desire to advance in any type of construction work, you must take this training.

Road Excavation & Plan Reading
40 hours / 5 days

This is an advanced course for heavy and highway work. It covers project layout, elevations, underground utility work, and scheduling (using actual projects from DOT projects).

Traffic Control (WA, OR, ID)
8 hours / 1 day

This traffic control course is recognized and valid for flaggers in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. Written traffic scenarios are used for hands-on exercises. Topics covered include:

  • Clothing and equipment
  • Safety and positioning of traffic elements
  • How to stop and release traffic
  • Slowing and directing of traffic to other lanes
  • Stopping distance
  • Road conditions
  • One-way control
  • Taper length
  • Channeling devices
  • Signage
  • Night flagging

UDOT Certified Flagging (UT)
8 hours / 1 day

This course is designed to instruct students on how to deal with traffic in and around work zones. They include:

  • Proper clothing and personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Safety
  • Positioning
  • Traffic elements
  • Stopping distances
  • Road conditions
  • Slowing, stopping, and releasing traffic
  • Direction of traffic to other lanes
  • One-way traffic control
  • Taper length and channeling devices
  • Signage placement
  • Night time and freeway flagging
  • Dealing with road rage

It also covers environmental hazard awareness, including spiders, snakes. biohazards, and UV protection. This class is twice the required length for current certification requirements.

Highway Work Zone Specialist (UT)
8 hours / 1 day

This is an advanced flagger class that expands on highway work zone safety for workers and is a prerequisite for becoming certified as a Traffic Control Maintainer (TCM); hours worked as a highway work zone specialist are applied toward the 2,000 hours of experience required to qualify for TCM certification. The course focuses on internal traffic safety control techniques, proper safety and handling of traffic control devices, and roadway work zone safety. This class is unique to the development of our TCM participants and partner employers.

Traffic Control Supervisor
24 hours / 3 days

The supervisory skills, duties, and responsibilities necessary to successfully control traffic are the focus of this course. Over three days, students receive instruction with legal issues such as liabilities, emergencies, documentation, governing documents (i.e., MUTCD, specifically part IV), contracts, and WSDOT or ODOT guidelines (depending on the state).

Participants must complete the TCS and pass the exam with a score of 80% or better.

PREREQUISITES: Applicants must have/provide the following to be considered for this course:

  • A current, state-approved flagging card from Idaho, Oregon, or Washington
  • TWO signed letters (typed and on company letterhead) verifying the applicant has at least 2,000 hours of work in traffic-related tasks, provided by any of the following who can verify the applicant’s knowledge and experience:
  • Employers (past/present), subcontractors, DOT inspectors, or other traffic control supervisors
  • Letters should include a brief history of the individual’s work experience, a summary of the projects they have worked on, and the approximate number of cumulated hours worked as a flagger/work zone worker

UDOT Certified Traffic Control Maintainer (“TCM”) (UT)
24 hours / 3 days

This comprehensive course teaches the duties, responsibilities, and safety necessary to keep the motoring public and highway workers safe from traffic vehicles, including heavy equipment (backovers).

TCMs configure work zones, set speed limits, and prepare tapers using traffic devices (barrels, cones, vertical panels, messaging boards, and arrow panels), place concrete barriers, set type three barricades, and oversee flagger positioning and supervision.

Each UDOT project requires at least one TCM; this course provides three times the minimum length currently required for certification.

PREREQUISITES: Applicants must have/provide the following to be considered for this course:

  • Northwest Laborers Flagging UDOT certification
  • 2,000 hours’ Highway Work Zone experience

Safety Laborers Training

Let’s get serious for a minute here.

Safety is not just a priority—it’s a core value. Safety is the most important duty and responsibility of every construction team member on every job site. Our actions shape the culture of an industry that guides the attitude, character and behavior of every construction team member. A culture of safety is infused through ongoing education, rigorous activity preplanning, job-specific safety analysis plans, and accountability at every level of the project.

Safety is our most important duty and responsibility as a construction team member, because we choose to foster a safe and injury-free work environment. Every construction team member is empowered to take action to ensure accidents do not happen. Every construction team member works toward the goal of creating a safe and healthy work environment that promotes safe productivity, and is proactive in anticipating and avoiding risk.

Zero accidents is the goal of every construction team member. Zilch. Zip.
Nada.

Fire Watch
4 hours / 1 day

This class reviews the responsibilities of being on fire watch, including how to use a fire extinguisher and how to notify emergency personnel.

First Aid / CPR
8 hours / 1 day

The Medic First Aid course covers basic first aid and CPR and includes the identification and first treatments for:

  • Assessment and handling of serious injuries
  • Shock, heart attack, unconsciousness, circulatory problems
  • Sprains & strains, diabetic emergencies, seizures, poision
  • Spider bites, snake bites, anaphylactic shock, choking
  • Drowning, cold-related emergencies, hyperventilation
  • Strokes, injuries to the head, eyes, neck, and back
  • Bleeding control, bandage workshop
  • Basic life support

OSHA 10
12 hours / 1.5 days

Participants learn the basics of on-the-job hazard identification, reduction, elimination, and reporting.

OSHA 510
40 hours / 5 days

This class presents Federal OSHA standards, policies, and procedures, focusing on the scope and application of OSHA construction hazard standards (general worksite, electrical, mechanical, and structural safety), and their effects on workplace injuries and illnesses.

SPECIALTY LABORERS TRAINING

How low can you go?

While most construction laborers tend to specialize in a type of construction, such as highway or tunnel construction, they are generalists who perform many different tasks during all stages of construction. However, construction laborers who work in underground construction (such as in tunnels) or in demolition are more likely to specialize in only those areas. Other highly specialized tasks laborers perform include operating laser guidance equipment to place pipes; operating air, electric and pneumatic drills; and transporting and setting explosives for tunnel, shaft and road construction. Tunnel projects are becoming more prevalent each year, and this work includes tunnel safety, rail and shoring and utilities installation.

You might say nothing is beneath these guys.

Tunnel Training Program

Mine Safety and Health Administration Part 48 (MSHA – Utah only)
24 hours / 3 days

24 hours of safety training are required to work in any surface open pit mining operation, including crushers for sand and gravel. Eight hours of site-specific task training are required before training is complete; 8 hour annual refreshers are required for a valid 5000-23 form.

Tunnel Training
All classes take place at our Satsop training facility in Elma, Washington. Please note that classes at Satsop consist of 4 10-hour days.

Safety and Hazard Awareness for Tunnels (SHAFT)
40 hours / 4 days

The most serious hazards associated with tunneling operations and the proper methods for working safely in underground construction is the focus of this course. It is intended to provide participants with a basic awareness of underground construction activities and their respective hazards.

Please note that it may not address all of the hazards that one may encounter while working in a tunnel and does not replace the job-specific safety training that an employer is required to provide before one begins working on a tunnel project.

Tunnel Rail
40 hours / 4 days

Students learn the basics of the safety, procedures, and equipment used in the construction of a tunnel rail system through the incorporation of classroom training and hands-on exercise to complete a ring steel lagging tunnel.

Tunnel Utilities
40 hours / 4 days

A combination of classroom lectures and hands-on training allows students to master the basics of tunnel utilities. Topics covered include:

  • Safety procedures
  • Tools and techniques used in the structure and installation of victoric pipes, walkways, and conveyor systems

OSCA / Refinery Safety Orientation
8 hours / 1 day

6 to 8 hours of safety training are required to gain access to work in refineries. This course addresses subjects relevant to process safety management, such as fire, explosion, chemical hazards, and evacuation procdures. This certification must be renewed every three years.

Permit-required

Confined Space
24 hours / 3 days

Participants learn safe and effective methods on how to enter a permit-required confined space. Course includes:

  • Recognition of permit-required confined spaces
  • How to read and complete and entry permit
  • The responsibilities of entrant, attendant, and supervisor
  • Setup and entry of a confined space
  • Physical and atmospheric hazards (how to recognize and control them)
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Rescue operations

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