The General Construction program introduces participants to a wide variety of concepts, tools, and skills that are important to successfully begin a career as a Construction Craft Laborer. Participants receive instruction on the work and role of a CCL, commonly encountered safety issues, measurement in construction, safe hand and power tool operation, and materials frequently used in construction. Each topic is presented in a separate module, several of which require students to perform tasks or demonstrate skills being taught. Special emphasis is placed on following proper procedures and developing safe work habits. DVDs for this program include: Chain Saw Operation and Maintenance, Craft Orientation (LIUNA – A Century of Pride and Strength), Electrical Tools, Oxyacetylene Cutting, Pneumatic Tools, Safe Operation of Powder-Actuated Tools, Small Gas Engines, Soil Compaction, and Back Injury Prevention. Additional support materials for this program include: Hazard Communication, Hoisting and Rigging Basics, Trench and Excavation Safety (DVD: On Solid GroundA Plan for Safe Excavation and Trenching), and Utility Locating Programs. In addition to English, this program is available in Spanish and Polish.

Topics Covered

  • Craft Orientation
  • Basic Construction Math
  • Construction Material Identification
  • Hand Tools
  • Back Injury Prevention
  • Hoisting and Rigging Basics
  • Electrical Tools Operation, Maintenance, and PPE
  • Pneumatic Tools Operation, Maintenance, and PPE
  • Soils Compaction
  • Oxyfuel Cutting
  • Powder-Actuated Tools Operation, Maintenance, and PPE
  • Chain Saw Operation, Maintenance, and PPE
  • Portable All-Purpose Saws
  • Plasma Cutting
  • Heat Stress
  • Hearing Safety
  • Small Gas Engines: Operation and Maintenance