We officially have a new group of SIPschool Certified Installers! Students for the April SIPs 301 class gathered in Shepherdstown, WV from all over the country to spend four days learning from some of the best in the SIP industry.
Director Al Cobb held the class hostage for a very long first day, covering everything from “The Business of Installing” to “The Philosophy of a Tight Structure”, and a myriad of topics in between.
Day Two found the students bright and early – well, not so bright as it rained the entire day – at the SIPschool shop where they spent the morning going over SIP specialty tools. Right before lunch Trufast presented a SIP screw and foaming demonstration and handed out samples to the students.
That afternoon and most of Day Three were spent under the large tent, working on the mock-up layout and fabrication with veteran SIP installer and SIPschool instructor Dan Nelson. The class explored different real world SIP scenarios, such as dealing with field modifications, various sealing techniques, and interfacing with mechanical systems in a SIP structure. This was the first SIPs 301 class to be exposed to our new module designed around the Passive House standards and how SIPs can help builders comply with the performance metrics of super energy-efficient buildings.
When there was a break in the rain Al moved forward with the OSHA Forklift Training and Certification, allowing each student time for hands-on forklift training. The afternoon also included SIP Estimating and Electrical presentations.
The weather cleared just in time for the Wednesday night BBQ generously sponsored by ACME Panel based in Radford, Virginia. Students and staff enjoyed barbecued brisket with all the fixings, and Dan was happy to supply his home brewed IPA and pale ale for sampling.
Thursday, Lloyd Fink of Lloyd’s Crane was onsite for crane training. The students each had the opportunity to practice using hand signals and rigging and setting a jumbo panel. Thursday finished up mid-afternoon with the Certified Installer written exam. Afterwards Annie handed out t-shirts, buttons and flashdrives containing many of the forms and literature that was covered during class. The class ended with a field trip to a local SIP project. Information on these new Certified Installers and their companies will be available on SIPschool’s Interactive Map and Database April 29 on our website.