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Quality and Craftsmanship Training Series Adds New Module

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Mike ReynoldsHappy 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 erection.

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 Craftsmen.

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 panels:

 

  • 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 www.mbcea.org.