Presenter: NPCA Staff
Sept. 22, Sept. 27, Sept. 29, Oct. 4 and Oct. 6, 2022
Noon – 4:00 p.m. ET
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 layman’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.
This course is a five days, with four hours of class each day. Participants are required to attend all five sessions and pass a final exam in order to receive credit for this course. Total of 20 hours.
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 webinar to students interested in enrolling in PQS II-Technical. Students must complete the webinar and pass the exam by Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022, in order to participate in this course.
At the conclusion of this course, you 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.