Quality and Craftsmanship Training Series Adds New Module
Happy summer! This is
always a busy time of the year with projects in full swing.
Sometimes it seems hard to fit it all in but somehow it all gets
done. Safety and training should always be a priority, but with the
right tools should not be a difficult choice. The Metal Building
Contractors & Erectors Association (MBCEA) has a secret weapon
for training-our Quality and Craftsmanship Training Series. There
is no excuse to not make the time: you can watch them online, at
home or in the office. Heck, if your transport van has a video
player, you can watch them on the way to the job site!
The Quality and Craftsmanship Training Series is a top-rated,
easy-to-use and affordable training program for the erection of
metal building systems. Many say it is the only training series of
its kind. These training modules are an easy, powerful teaching
method. They were conceived and produced in 2004 and have stood the
test of time. Originally produced in a DVD format, we now offer
them online as well. The set includes 11 videos, each about 30
minutes long, that go from beginning to end of the erection of a
metal building. Each module, with instruction in both English and
Spanish, focuses on one key area of training for metal building
After watching and listening to each module in the Quality and
Craftsmanship Training Series, participants can be tested online at
www.mbidvd. org. This site provides the ability for a company to
test each employee-student online and have that employee receive a
certificate of completion from the Metal Building Institute (MBI)
for each successfully completed test. Those successfully completing
all the modules will be recognized as MBI Quality Assured
Although the videos were conceived for the field worker, they
are also a powerful training and orientation program for anyone
connected to our industry. Many suppliers and vendors insist their
salespeople master the series before they hit the streets. Many
erectors and contractors require passing grades on all 11 modules
for their firstyear employees.
I know some companies use the videos as part of orientation. The
new guy gets to see what the job will be like by watching the
videos. This not only gives him a sense of what to expect on the
job site, it also instills a level of confidence and general
understanding. The first time they watch is simply an introduction
to the trade. Several months later, they are expected to watch
again and then pass the test.
We have sold hundreds of the DVDs and provided online access to
many. A company that buys the DVD or online access can and should
use them over and over again-for refreshers for its existing team
and as a critical component of your training for new hires.
Although the series has stood the test of time, our buildings
and erection methods continue to evolve. I am proud to announce
that at the national board meeting of MBCEA we committed to produce
a new training video this year with another module to be produced
each year. Insulated metal panels are the focus of 2016.
We have a small working committee to bring this subject to life.
Joining past president Gary T. Smith and I are Arnold Corbin,
Metl-Span, Lewisville, Texas; Keith Wentworth, Dutton &
Garfield Inc., Hampstead, N.H.; Wesley Young, NCI Group, Houston,
and Andy Lee, SFS intec, Wyomissing, Pa. Jackie Meiluta of the
MBCEA is keeping us straight and pulling the details together. The
storyboards are written, still photos and related collateral
materials are almost all gathered. We plan to shoot live footage
later this summer. If all goes according to plan, we will have the
new module and testing available before the end of the year.
It never ceases to amaze me how strong our metal building
community is and how dedicated our suppliers are to doing the right
thing. This new series was kicked off with a generous bequest by
Bob Ketenbrink, Spacemark, Decatur, Ill. Ketenbrink was one of the
visionaries of the original series. He is passionate about training
and educating the men and women who work in metal building systems.
He is insistent that the series continue to evolve and dedicated
the funds necessary to ensure this will happen. With Ketenbrink
providing a framework, the MBCEA asked the suppliers for help for
the new insulated metal panel video. As of this writing, the
following companies have all committed money, equipment, tools and
- All Weather Insulated Panels, Vacaville, Calif.
- ATAS International Inc., Allentown, Pa.
- AutoMak Assembly Inc., Hobart, Ind.
- Bay Insulation, Green Bay, Wis.
- Dynamic Fastener, Kansas City, Mo.
- Iron Workers International
- McElroy Metal, Bossier City, La.
- Metl-Span, Lewisville, Texas
- Plyco Corp., Elkhart Lake, Wis.
- Silvercote LLC, Greenville, S.C.
- Woods Powr-Grip, Laurel, Mont.
On behalf of the erectors, contractors and individuals that have
dedicated their lives to metal building systems, I thank each of
these companies for their leadership and commitment to safety,
training and education. If you are not currently using the Quality
and Craftsmanship Training Series in your training plan, please
consider it. You will not be disappointed.
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Mike Reynolds, president of the Metal
Building Contractors & Erectors Association (MBCEA), is the
president and principal owner of Systems Contractor Inc., Thornton,
Colo. He also serves on the board of directors for the Steel
Erectors Safety Association of Colorado and Metal Building
Institute. Recognized for his extensive knowledge and expertise in
both structural steel and metal building systems, he also serves on
the erection and safety advisory panels for several building system
manufacturers. To learn more about the MBCEA, visit