Introduction to Concrete Construction – Module 23101

Introduction to Concrete Construction – Module 23101


Module ID 23101

Introduces the role of concrete in construction and identifies basic concrete properties and characteristics. Provides an overview of the concrete construction process, identifies opportunities available to concrete craftworkers, and describes the purpose and structure of apprenticeship programs.

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In the big picture of construction, concrete represents the literal foundation and structural skeleton for the entire project. Carpenters, ironworkers, laborers, and finishers come together as a team, applying their individual skill sets to construct concrete structures that serve society with lasting form and function. All these crafts must know how their activities affect the entire crew; supervisors must monitor materials handling, logistics, and labor coordination; and finishers must work quickly and precisely to stay ahead of the curing process. Weather, admixtures, labor availability, local building codes, water quality, and a host of other conditions affect the process as well as the concrete’s strength and durability. Planning and communication are key factors, and both strong leadership and craft knowledge are needed on a concrete construction site.

Learning Objective 1 Successful completion of this module prepares trainees to: Summarize the historical development of concrete and describe its basic components and characteristics.

  • Summarize the history of concrete. b. Describe concrete and its main components.
  • Identify the strengths, weaknesses, and other characteristics of concrete.
  • Describe various forms of concrete.

Learning Objective 2 Successful completion of this module prepares trainees to: Describe common types of concrete construction and the concrete construction process.

  • a. Describe common types of concrete construction.
  • b. Describe the concrete construction process.

Learning Objective 3 Successful completion of this module prepares trainees to: Describe apprenticeship programs and the types, roles, and important characteristics of concrete craftworkers.

a. Describe the types and roles of concrete craftworkers in the industry.

b. Identify personal characteristics common to successful craft professionals.

c. Describe apprenticeship programs and how NCCER programs are structured. Performance Tasks This is a knowledge-based module.

There are no Performance Tasks.



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