Basics in Concrete


As Colorado grows, so does the need for skilled concrete workers. Concrete is the most common and versatile building material used in construction. Combined with reinforcing steel it becomes the durable long lasting base of our buildings and roads. In this course, you will learn the fundamentals of concrete tools and materials as well as techniques of reinforcing, forming, and pouring concrete safely and successfully on a jobsite.
Basics in Concrete is a free, hands-on training course that provides students with the basic skills they need to start high-demand careers—in just two weeks!

Average Wages for Concrete Construction in Colorado:

  • Rebar Worker: $22/hr
  • Concrete Finisher: $19/hr
  • Equipment Operator: $20/hr
  • Laborer: $17/hr


Basics in Concrete is FREE for all Colorado residents who are interested in starting a career in concrete construction.

Course Schedule

This is a 2-week course. Students attend classes at our training center three nights per week from 5:30-8:30pm. Additionally, students may be required to complete online coursework outside of class.


Jul 2, 2018
Classes Jul 2, 3, 5, + 9, 10, 11
Jul 24, 2018
T+W+TH classes
Sep 18, 2018
Classes Sep 19, 20, 24, 25, 26 + Oct 1
Nov 20, 2018
M+T+W classes

Course Content


Joe Carswell

Joe’s strong leadership skills are built on over 20 years of experience in the construction industry. After earning a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from North Carolina State University, Joe spent several years drafting, preserving historic homes, and training work release prisoners for commercial installations. He also enjoys playing music and surfing.

Eric White

Eric began his career as a commercial flooring installer before becoming a carpenter for 12 years in residential new construction/additions and commercial renovations. He has also run his own handyman company for 7 years, rehabilitated historic structures and led construction projects in remote locations. His particular interests are in green building/sustainability, hiking and making crafts.

Robert McElreavey

Robert is a Master Plumber with over 30 years of experience. He has been teaching the construction trades for 14 years, including apprenticeship-level plumbing. Robert has also taught carpentry skills to adults at Salvation Army centers and to court-involved young men at Ridge View Youth Services Center. When he is not working, Robert enjoys skiing, biking and surfing and spending time with his wife and two children.

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