NPCA is increasing its pool of potential contract instructors for technical courses relating to basic concrete principles and precast concrete manufacturing. Instructors may be contracted to present or co-present technical coursework during The Precast Show or during standalone courses such as NPCA’s Production & Quality School.
Production and Quality School
PQS Level I is currently NPCA’s baseline educational course offering. It is a two-full-day course thoroughly covering the basic body of knowledge that all employees at a precast concrete plant are required to have. Current topics include:
- Concrete Materials
- Concrete Mixes
- Pre-Pour Operations
- Production Practices
- Post-Pour Operations
- Metric (as needed)
- Quality Control
The course concludes with a 60+ question exam, which the students are required to pass in order to obtain a certificate of course completion.
The list of course titles instructors can be contracted to teach is endless. Consequently, candidates must include a complete list of course titles/topics they are interested in teaching. Ideal candidates will have work experience within the precast concrete (or related) industry, but consideration may also be given to university/college instructors, graduate students and others familiar with subject matter and with adult learning styles.
Become an Instructor
If you are interested in becoming an instructor for NPCA or have a course topic suggestion, please contact Kathy Ritsmon, education programs manager. Submissions must include instructor biography, course description and learning objectives, and target audience. Also, visit the Lunch and Learns webpage for the Training Toolkit reference guide and video.