Production & Quality School Level 1 is NPCA’s baseline educational course offering. This course thoroughly covers the basic body of knowledge that all employees at a precast concrete plant should have. This course is offered online and annually at The Precast Show. It is a comprehensive, 2-day program devoted to addressing the key fundamentals of quality precasting.
Taught by veteran industry experts, the PQS Level I course covers each critical step of the concrete production process from start to finish.
Course participants will discuss:
- Batching and mixing – The fundamental components needed to ensure a durable, watertight and strong finished product
- Reinforcement – The role of reinforcement and its impact on handling and placement
- Production Practices – An overview of the entire production process from pre-pour to post-pour operations
- Quality Control – A discussion of the top priorities identified by QC inspectors as well as the importance QC processes play in your company’s success
Current topics covered include:
- Concrete Materials
- Concrete Mixes
- Pre-Pour Operations
- Production Practices
- Post-Pour Operations
- Quality Control
PQS Level 1 concludes with an exam, which the student is required to pass in order to obtain a certificate of course completion.
All NPCA certified plants are required to have appropriately trained QC personnel and PQS is the perfect course to fulfill that requirement. Click here for more information about the NPCA Plant Certification Program.