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From leadership development to trade-specific skills programming, there are plenty of options for you to continually expand your know-how, and be the best you can be. 

MCABC offers courses and programs developed for the mechanical contracting industry. These courses are designed to support you in your pursuit of a career in project management, estimating, and other office management positions.

Programs are available to members and non-members; however, members receive significant savings through member-only pricing.

Explore our course catalogue below to find courses offered both online and in person. If there is an in person course you would like to see brought to BC, please contact info@mcabc.org to express your interest.

Course Catalogue

How to Forecast Large Construction Projects

0 Gold Seal Credit
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Provider: Leo Di Croce, Online
Offered to: Middle Management, Project Managers, Supervisors, Foremen
Course Schedule begins: March 3, 2021

Description: Designed specifically for mechanical project managers, learn how to systematically plan, track and create consistent rolling forecasts for large construction projects. This three-part online program is led by Mechanical Engineer, Leo Di Croce, a former Project Manager with Modern Niagara and Mechanical Design Manager with Ellis Don. This jam-packed program includes a commercial building case study, and all students receive 4Cast Pro, a 4-in-1 workbook that helps Project Managers plan, track, forecast and more.

SCHEDULE – 3 sessions

  • March 03, 2021, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
  • March 10, 2021, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
  • March 17, 2021, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM 

Course Outline

Session 1: Planning

Students dive right into a case study by reviewing the drawings and specs of a large commercial tower and searching for gaps and overlaps in scope before setting up the job, which comprises three components: the budget, the construction schedule and the billing breakdown. Students learn what these three have in common and how to capitalize on their integration.

Session 2: Productivity

Students continue the case study, exploring various types of work breakdown structures (WBS’s) and learning why some WBS’s are better at driving productivity than others. Starting with a labour plan, students build their own spreadsheet and learn how to track progress and calculate productivity. Various productivity scenarios are modeled including one that supports construction claims, using near real-time data.

Session 3: Forecasting

Students conclude the case study by reporting the outcomes at various stages of construction. Financial outcomes are reported for months one, two, three, etc. Basic formulas – and more advanced techniques – are used to calculate costs at completion and variances for labour, material, equipment and subcontracts. Students will also learn how delayed starts and schedule compressions affect a project’s s-curve in interesting and meaningful ways.

Instructor Leo Di Croce

Course designer and instructor, Leo Di Croce, is a professional engineer with almost 30 years of experience, designing and managing mechanical construction projects in Canada. Leo has worked for EllisDon, Modern Niagara and other large contractors, supporting the pursuit, execution, and closeout of Class-A buildings. The value of the construction projects he has managed to date exceeds $1 billion.

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Communication, Negotiation, Conflict ResolutionOnline

2 Gold Seal Credits
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Provider: BuildForce, Online
Offered to: Estimators, Superintendents, Project Managers

Description: For supervisors, project managers, and anyone who must deal effectively and professionally with employees, subtrades, owners, clients, engineers, and employers. Improve your written, oral, and negotiating skills and enhance your conflict resolution skills.

  • Define a conflict and identify the stages of conflict.
  • Appreciate the importance of communication.
  • Apply assertiveness techniques to get a point across.
  • Deal with difficult people more effectively.
  • Recognize what makes an effective negotiator.
  • Understand how power can be used or abused in negotiation.
  • Determine when to close negotiations.

This course uses interactive elements, scenarios, videos, and quizzes to reinforce learning. The online format allows self-paced, online e-learning, accessible 24/7 on desktop, tablet, and mobile devices.

Course duration: 4 hours

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Construction Industry Ethics Online

3 Gold Seal Credits
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Provider: BuildForce, Online
Offered to: Contractors, Supervisors, Project Managers

Description: For owner/clients, contractors, supervisors, project managers, etc. who must deal effectively and professionally with employees, subtrades, owners, clients, engineers, employers, and the public.
Understand ethics as it relates to the construction industry and learn how to navigate daily ethical grey areas.

  • Understand what is included in “ethical behaviour.”
  • Be aware of the importance of ethics in business.
  • Know how to make ethical decisions.
  • Recognize ethics in the context of the law.
  • Understand the direct link between ethics and a company’s success.

This course uses interactive elements, scenarios, videos, and quizzes to reinforce learning.

Course Duration: 4 hours

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Construction LawOnline

2 Gold Seal Credits
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Provider: BuildForce, Online
Offered to: Owners, Managers, Supervisors, Project Managers

Description: Construction Law is designed to teach and familiarize owners, managers, supervisors and project managers with construction contracts and contract law; liabilities and responsibilities of all parties to a Contract, compiling and submitting proper extras and claims, and ways and means for leaders to avoid conflict with contracts, owners, trades, and labour.

Understand construction contracts and contract law.

  • Understand the origins of law.
  • Understand what a contract is and what makes it valid or invalid.
  • Know the different types of construction contracts.
  • Understand roles in the construction industry as they apply to contract law.
  • Understand the liabilities and responsibilities of all parties to a contract.
  • Be able to interpret contracts.
  • Understand what defines a custom contract.
  • Understand the principles of surety and different types of bonds.
  • Know what type of insurance is required.
  • Understand claims, the reasons for claims, and how to compile and submit proper extras and claims.
  • Know the acts and regulations that are relevant to the construction industry.
  • Develop strategies to avoid conflict with contracts, owners, trades, and labour.

This course uses interactive elements, scenarios, videos, and quizzes to reinforce learning. The online format allows self-paced, online e-learning, accessible 24/7 on desktop, tablet, and mobile devices.

Course Duration: 6 hours

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Construction Project ManagementOnline

3 Gold Seal Credits
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Provider: BuildForce, Online
Offered to: Project Managers

Description: For everyone working in construction. Gain the knowledge and skills to help you successfully plan, manage, and administer projects from start to finish.

  • Understand the construction business and your role in it as a construction project manager.
  • Know how to effectively communicate through listening, writing, and verbal communication.
  • Know how to manage and maintain worksite relationships.
  • Understand what happens at the project procurement stage.
  • Know your roles and responsibilities at the pre-construction, construction, and close-out stages.

This course uses interactive elements, scenarios, videos, and quizzes to reinforce learning. The online format allows self-paced, online e-learning, accessible 24/7 on desktop, tablet, and mobile devices.

Course Duration: 5 hours

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First Level Supervisor Training ProgramOnline

5 Gold Seal Credits
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Provider: BuildForce, Online
Offered to: Supervisors, Foremen, or individuals who want to become a First Level Supervisor
Description: Develop the critical skills and learn the concepts required to supervise a construction crew, maximize productivity and quality, and ensure a job gets done on time, on budget, and safely.

  • Build supervisory skills.
  • Understand the difference between leadership and management.
  • Communicate effectively.
  • Lead a work crew.
  • Plan and schedule.
  • Manage effective meetings.
  • Understand the supervisor’s role in safety and due diligence.
  • Develop and motivate teams.
  • Handle disagreements and problems.
  • Address personal problems and performance issues.

This course uses interactive elements, scenarios, videos, and quizzes to reinforce learning. The online format allows self-paced, online e-learning, accessible 24/7 on desktop, tablet, and mobile devices.

Course Duration: 14 hours

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Health & Safety Manual Orientation (Customized)

0 Gold Seal Credits
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Provider: MCABC & BCCSA, In Person
Offered to: Teams in the mechanical contracting industry
Course Schedule: Coming Soon

MCABC has partnered with BCCSA to develop a program geared toward creating a COR-compliant customized safety manual for each attendees’ own company. This workshop is exclusive to MCABC members and is designed to help you ensure your own Safety Program becomes a method to minimize injury in the workplace, engage workers AND show compliance.

Introduction to Construction EstimatingOnline

2 Gold Seal Credits
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Provider: BuildForce, Online
Offered to: Estimators or individuals interested in becoming Estimators

Description: Gain the knowledge and skills required to visualize the scope and magnitude of a construction project and produce accurate and reliable estimates. Course work includes reviewing drawings through various phases of a project with the aim of determining the quantity and type of materials required for the project.

  • Have a good understanding of estimating practices.
  • Know site-specific conditions and regulatory requirements.
  • Know how to handle purchasing and logistics, and how to manage materials on site.
  • Organize cost data in a clear and logical manner.
  • Be able to manage historical information related to costs and know how and when to update this information.
  • Know how to assemble bids and meet bid closure deadlines.
  • Provide on-site solutions to work-related problems in relation to equipment and material placement.

This course uses interactive elements, scenarios, videos, and quizzes to reinforce learning. The online format allows self-paced, online e-learning, accessible 24/7 on desktop, tablet, and mobile devices.

Course Duration: 4 hours

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Pipeline Construction Safety TrainingOnline

0 Gold Seal Credits
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Provider: BuildForce, Online
Offered to: People working in the oil and gas pipeline industry
Description: This course has been designed and developed by the construction industry to address health and safety issues specific to pipeline construction in the oil and gas industry.

Construction safety is not to be taken lightly, and it is something that the pipeline construction industry takes very seriously. This course is intended to familiarize you, the worker, with how to recognize, assess and control hazards on the work site. It has been designed to complement other safety-related courses offered by the industry.

Objectives
After completing this course, you will:

  • Know how to recognize hazards
  • Know how to assess hazards
  • Know how to control hazards
  • Know how to operate a vehicle safely
  • Know how to operate equipment safely
  • Know how to respond to emergencies

The online format allows self-paced, online e-learning, accessible 24/7 on desktop, tablet, and mobile devices.

Course Duration: 4 hours
Certification Expiry Period: 5 years

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Working in a Respectful and Inclusive WorkplaceOnline

1 Gold Seal Credit
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Provider: BuildForce, Online
Offered to: Managers, Supervisors, or anyone working in the mechanical trades.

Description: Learn how to create and participate in a respectful and inclusive workplace to help ensure that your company offers a place where everyone feels wanted and welcomed.

  • Understand industry expectations for respectful and inclusive workplaces.
  • Know how to lead by example to help create a respectful and inclusive workplace.
  • Know how to communicate more effectively with team members of different genders, backgrounds and circumstances.
  • Know how to include the perspectives of team members of different genders, backgrounds and circumstances into decision-making and problem-solving.
  • Work more effectively in mentorship relationships with team members of different genders, backgrounds and circumstances to transfer trade and workplace knowledge to the next generation.

This course uses interactive elements, scenarios, videos, and quizzes to reinforce learning.

This course has been accredited by the Canadian Construction Association (CCA) to one (1) credit towards Gold Seal Certification upon successful completion of this course. A final mark of 100% is required in order to receive a certificate of completion.

Course Duration: This course consists of 8 lessons, for a total duration of about 3 hours of self-paced instruction.

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