Facilitator: Claude Goguen, P.E., LEED AP, NPCA
Tuesday, Nov. 9
Thursday, Nov. 11
Tuesday, Nov. 16
Thursday, Nov. 18
All webinars are from Noon – 4 p.m. Eastern
Please note: Due to the advanced math concepts covered in PQS II Technical, students are required to take and pass NPCA’s PQS II Technical Math Prep course as a prerequisite for this course. The math prep course is offered as a free online course to students enrolled in PQS II Technical. Students must complete the online course and pass the exam by Tuesday, November 2nd in order to participate in this course.
This course is four hours twice a week for two weeks. Participants are required to attend all four sessions and pass a final exam to receive credit for this course. The course is a total of 16 hours.
PQS Level II – Technical is designed for plant personnel who are responsible for design, interpretation of drawings, product setup or quality control. Attendees will learn the technical concepts that explain why we do things the way we do them in the plant. This curriculum will decode technical industry jargon and provide attendees with a better technical understanding of the entire precasting process. Engineering concepts such as center of mass and structural analysis will be presented in laymen’s terms, as well as discussing their impact on reinforcement placement and proper lifting techniques. We will discuss the mechanical properties of concrete and steel, reading and understanding construction and product drawings, concepts of rigging and lifting, knowledge of specifications and much more. In preparing to take PQS II – Technical, attendees should possess a basic knowledge of geometry, trigonometry, elementary algebra and basic physics. A scientific calculator is required for this course.
Participants who successfully complete this course will be able to:
- Identify basic mechanics and fundamental aspects related to loads, stress and strain.
- Apply proper lifting techniques of concrete elements to prevent unexpected movements or failures.
- Explain the concept of material density and specific gravity.
- Calculate the center of gravity of complex shapes.
- Interpret construction plans and explain concepts such as scale, elevation and other details.