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Superintendent Career Training https://superintendent.carpenters.org (SCT) is an 18-month classroom and on-the-job program that prepares participants to be highly skilled construction industry professionals. Using mentors, company-sponsored learning opportunities, and expert instruction by industry-experienced professors of well-known universities, graduates of SCT are equipped to oversee and manage productive work sites that keep projects on time and within budget.
The concept of the program is based on integrating the demands and technical aspects of managing a construction job site with personal career objectives. To achieve that goal, each participating company can customize training according to the needs of the sponsored employee. Potential candidates are motivated employees who are in a supervisory position, are forward thinking and good communicators, have good people skills, and show the ability to problem solve.
To participate, a sponsoring signatory contractor selects an employee to enter the program. This person must be a Journeyman member in good standing with the UBC. The trainee must have an OSHA 30 Construction or a Canadian equivalent safety class in TRAIN. The signatory contractor also selects a mentor from the company, someone who can assist the trainee in learning the new position. Trainees attend four programs at the Carpenters International Training Center over an 18-month period, running from Thursday morning through Saturday afternoon. Mentors attend a workshop during Programs 1 and 3, and then host the trainee for several mentoring sessions throughout the training period.
Instructors present the coursework based on current topics most in demand, and deliver lessons using theory, case studies, and hands-on learning, both in individualized and group settings. Training topics include technical aspects of construction, management strategies and policy issues, computer applications, supervisory roles and responsibilities, planning and productivity, and communication and leadership.
Mentors are responsible for assisting the participant in the learning process and ensuring that what is taught reflects the needs of the sponsoring contractor. Mentors meet with their participant 15 times over the course of the program to discuss coursework, instruct on a selected topic focused on the company’s specific approach, or review strategies, policies and procedures. The mentor’s primary goal is to make sure that the training is a meaningful experience.