General Construction Skills

About these courses

These courses are for newer workers who are just getting started in their construction careers. They’re meant to help onboard recent hires and get them up to speed quickly.

The 99 preloaded lessons pulled from several learning plans will help construction workers get started on the right foot. The lessons cover the basics of topics like safety, soft skills, construction math, grading, pipelaying, and more.

Learning Plan Outline

Plan Reading Basics

4 Lessons

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Lessons found in the course:

Introduction to Civil Construction

Plan Reading Overview

The Engineering Scale in Plan

Software and Notes in Plan

Construction Math Basics

6 Lessons

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Lessons found in the course:

Introduction to Construction Math

Math Example 1

Math Example 2

Math Example 3

Math Example 4

How to Read a Tape Measure

Staking Basics

7 Lessons

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Lessons found in the course:

Staking Basics

Types of Stakes

Stake Markings

Stationing

Reading a Grade Rod

Transferring Elevations

Checking Grade

Construction Technology Basics

6 Lessons

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Lessons found in the course:

Introduction to Construction

Equipment with GPS

How to Use a Utility Locator

How to Use a Pipe Laser

How to Use a Rotary Laser

How to Use Line Transfer Tool

Safety: An Introduction - Personal Protective Equipment

7 Lessons

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Lessons found in the course:

Safety Learning Plan Introduction

Personal Protective Equipment

What is PPE?

Common Types of PPE: Part 1

How to Assemble a Hard Hat

Common Types of PPE: Part 2

Specialty PPE

Safety: An Introduction - Safety Basics

6 Lessons

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Lessons found in the course:

Safety Basics: Course Introduction

Why and Where You Need to Fall

Using Harnesses and Lanyards

Ladder Safety

Simple Safety Rules for Using a Ladder

Safe Lifting

Safety: An Introduction - Taking Care of Yourself on the Job

5 Lessons

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Lessons found in the course:

Taking Care of Yourself on the Job: Course Introduction

Prepare for the Day

Signs of Heat Stress

Tips for Avoiding Heat Stress

Your Mental Health

Safety: An Introduction - Safe Communication on the Job Site

8 Lessons

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Lessons found in the course:

Safe Communication on the Job Site: Course Introduction

How JSAs Keep You Safe

Hand Signals and Signage

Most Common Types of Hand Signals

Signage on the Job Site

Lock Out/Tag Out

Asking Questions Will Keep You Safe

What to Do When You See a Safety Hazard

Safety: An Introduction - Understanding Your Surroundings

4 Lessons

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Lessons found in the course:

Understanding Your Surroundings: Course Introduction

Always Be Aware of Your Surroundings

How to Stay Safe Around Machines

Spotting

Safety: An Introduction - Fire Safety

3 Lessons

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Lessons found in the course:

Fire Safety: Course Introduction

Fire Hazards

Preventing Fire Hazards

Grade Checking Overview

1 Lesson

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Lessons found in the course:

Introduction to Grade Checking

How to Use Grade-Checking Tools

2 Lessons

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Lessons found in the course:

The Tools - Part 1

The Tools - Part 2

The Basics of Grade Staking

3 Lessons

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Lessons found in the course:

Overview of Stakes

How to Install Stakes

How to Write on Stakes

How to Check Grade

2 Lessons

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Lessons found in the course:

How to Check Grade

How to Transfer a Grade

How to Use a Rotary Laser

1 Lesson

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Lessons found in the course:

How to Check Grade Using a Rotary Laser

Grade Checking Math

2 Lessons

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Lessons found in the course:

Understanding Tenths and Hundredths

How to Determine Cubic Yardage

Tools for Laying Pipe

2 Lessons

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Lessons found in the course:

Introduction to Pipe Layer Level 2

Inspect Your Tools and Keep them Organized

How to Bring Pipe into a Trench

1 Lesson

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Lessons found in the course:

How to Bring Pipe into a Trench

Hoisting and Rigging Pipe

2 Lessons

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Lessons found in the course:

Know Your Tools

How to Hoist and Rig Pipe

How to Use Your Tools

14 Lessons

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Lessons found in the course:

Introduction to Laborer Level 2

How to Use a Shovel

How to Use a Digging Bar, Metal

How to Use a Grade Rod

How to Use a Push Broom

How to Use a Pickaxe

The Parts of a Chop Saw

The PPE for Using a Chop Saw

How to Operate a Chop Saw

How to Change the Blade of a Chop Saw

How to Use a Chop Saw: Beveling

How to Use a Hand Drill

How to Use a Corded Hammer Drill

How to Use an Impact Gun

How to Be a Spotter

2 Lessons

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Lessons found in the course:

What's a Spotter?

How to Spot for Your Crew

How to Fuel and Grease

3 Lessons

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Lessons found in the course:

Greasing and Fueling: An Overview

How to Use a Grease Gun

How to Fuel

How to Read Plans

1 Lesson

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Lessons found in the course:

The Basics of Reading Plans

Soft Skills: What They Are and Why You Need Them

7 Lessons

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Lessons found in the course:

Why Do You Need Soft Skills?

How to Be Someone You Want to Work With: Part 1

How to Be Someone You Want to Work With: Part 2

How to Be Someone You Want to Work With: Part 3

How to Communicate: Nonverbal Communication

How to Communicate: The Basic Parts of Communication

How to Have Healthy Conflict

About these courses

These courses are for newer workers who are just getting started in their construction careers. They’re meant to help onboard recent hires and get them up to speed quickly.

The 99 preloaded lessons pulled from several learning plans will help construction workers get started on the right foot. The lessons cover the basics of topics like safety, soft skills, construction math, grading, pipelaying, and more.

Learning Plan Outline

Plan Reading Basics

4 Lessons

chevron down black 12x25

Lessons found in the course:

Introduction to Civil Construction

Plan Reading Overview

The Engineering Scale in Plan

Software and Notes in Plan

Construction Math Basics

6 Lessons

chevron down black 12x25

Lessons found in the course:

Introduction to Construction Math

Math Example 1

Math Example 2

Math Example 3

Math Example 4

How to Read a Tape Measure

Staking Basics

7 Lessons

chevron down black 12x25

Lessons found in the course:

Staking Basics

Types of Stakes

Stake Markings

Stationing

Reading a Grade Rod

Transferring Elevations

Checking Grade

Construction Technology Basics

6 Lessons

chevron down black 12x25

Lessons found in the course:

Introduction to Construction

Equipment with GPS

How to Use a Utility Locator

How to Use a Pipe Laser

How to Use a Rotary Laser

How to Use Line Transfer Tool

Safety: An Introduction - Personal Protective Equipment

7 Lessons

chevron down black 12x25

Lessons found in the course:

Safety Learning Plan Introduction

Personal Protective Equipment

What is PPE?

Common Types of PPE: Part 1

How to Assemble a Hard Hat

Common Types of PPE: Part 2

Specialty PPE

Safety: An Introduction - Safety Basics

6 Lessons

chevron down black 12x25

Lessons found in the course:

Safety Basics: Course Introduction

Why and Where You Need to Fall

Using Harnesses and Lanyards

Ladder Safety

Simple Safety Rules for Using a Ladder

Safe Lifting

Safety: An Introduction - Taking Care of Yourself on the Job

5 Lessons

chevron down black 12x25

Lessons found in the course:

Taking Care of Yourself on the Job: Course Introduction

Prepare for the Day

Signs of Heat Stress

Tips for Avoiding Heat Stress

Your Mental Health

Safety: An Introduction - Safe Communication on the Job Site

8 Lessons

chevron down black 12x25

Lessons found in the course:

Safe Communication on the Job Site: Course Introduction

How JSAs Keep You Safe

Hand Signals and Signage

Most Common Types of Hand Signals

Signage on the Job Site

Lock Out/Tag Out

Asking Questions Will Keep You Safe

What to Do When You See a Safety Hazard

Safety: An Introduction - Understanding Your Surroundings

4 Lessons

chevron down black 12x25

Lessons found in the course:

Understanding Your Surroundings: Course Introduction

Always Be Aware of Your Surroundings

How to Stay Safe Around Machines

Spotting

Safety: An Introduction - Fire Safety

3 Lessons

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Lessons found in the course:

Fire Safety: Course Introduction

Fire Hazards

Preventing Fire Hazards

Grade Checking Overview

1 Lesson

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Lessons found in the course:

Introduction to Grade Checking

How to Use Grade-Checking Tools

2 Lessons

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Lessons found in the course:

The Tools - Part 1

The Tools - Part 2

The Basics of Grade Staking

3 Lessons

chevron down black 12x25

Lessons found in the course:

Overview of Stakes

How to Install Stakes

How to Write on Stakes

How to Check Grade

2 Lessons

chevron down black 12x25

Lessons found in the course:

How to Check Grade

How to Transfer a Grade

How to Use a Rotary Laser

1 Lesson

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Lessons found in the course:

How to Check Grade Using a Rotary Laser

Grade Checking Math

2 Lessons

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Lessons found in the course:

Understanding Tenths and Hundredths

How to Determine Cubic Yardage

Tools for Laying Pipe

2 Lessons

chevron down black 12x25

Lessons found in the course:

Introduction to Pipe Layer Level 2

Inspect Your Tools and Keep them Organized

How to Bring Pipe into a Trench

1 Lesson

chevron down black 12x25

Lessons found in the course:

How to Bring Pipe into a Trench

Hoisting and Rigging Pipe

2 Lessons

chevron down black 12x25

Lessons found in the course:

Know Your Tools

How to Hoist and Rig Pipe

How to Use Your Tools

14 Lessons

chevron down black 12x25

Lessons found in the course:

Introduction to Laborer Level 2

How to Use a Shovel

How to Use a Digging Bar, Metal

How to Use a Grade Rod

How to Use a Push Broom

How to Use a Pickaxe

The Parts of a Chop Saw

The PPE for Using a Chop Saw

How to Operate a Chop Saw

How to Change the Blade of a Chop Saw

How to Use a Chop Saw: Beveling

How to Use a Hand Drill

How to Use a Corded Hammer Drill

How to Use an Impact Gun

How to Be a Spotter

2 Lessons

chevron down black 12x25

Lessons found in the course:

What's a Spotter?

How to Spot for Your Crew

How to Fuel and Grease

3 Lessons

chevron down black 12x25

Lessons found in the course:

Greasing and Fueling: An Overview

How to Use a Grease Gun

How to Fuel

How to Read Plans

1 Lesson

chevron down black 12x25

Lessons found in the course:

The Basics of Reading Plans

Soft Skills: What They Are and Why You Need Them

7 Lessons

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Lessons found in the course:

Why Do You Need Soft Skills?

How to Be Someone You Want to Work With: Part 1

How to Be Someone You Want to Work With: Part 2

How to Be Someone You Want to Work With: Part 3

How to Communicate: Nonverbal Communication

How to Communicate: The Basic Parts of Communication

How to Have Healthy Conflict

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