Do you want to take your DIY skills to the next level and earn some money from them? Why not go down the construction route? With talent and some practical training to get you ready for the industry, you could be getting well paid jobs in no time, or even straight away if you go for an apprenticeship! Plus, there are courses for those already working on building sites who want to expand their construction skills. Choose from high quality training on all areas concerning construction and property. Whether it’s for a certificate, diploma or degree qualification, courses cover various areas like management, construction, building regulations and even environmental sustainability.
Be a construction specialist
Depending on your interests, choose from construction technology, bricklaying, carpentry, joinery or electrical. For instance, you can start off with some basic construction skills for a strong foundation, extend your knowledge to a higher technical level in construction technology and materials, learn environmental design, building law and contract administration, evaluate projects and design, assess and manage risks and train in building conversion.
Construction engineering concerns the planning and management of the construction of structures such as highways, bridges, airports, railroads, buildings, dams and reservoirs. Construction of such projects requires knowledge of engineering and management principles, business procedures, economics and human behaviour. If this sounds like something you’re interested in, check out our construction engineering courses.
If you’re interested in becoming a construction manager and ensuring that projects are completed on time, then construction management will be the ideal course for you. You’ll learn how projects are conceived, designed and built, the types of materials and methods used, techniques for estimating the cost of construction, design and contract law, construction accounting, oral and written communications, safety requirements, project planning and project management. Alternatively, explore our construction project management courses to focus more on the different methods you can use to ensure a project is a success.
Complement your qualifications
Working in construction can be a dangerous job and A&E has probably seen way too many unwarranted accidents. To make sure that you work in a safe environment, construction health and safety courses are great. Learn about the skills involved to determine the impact of building construction on our health and recommend innovations in building design to improve habitability. You’ll also learn the basics like carrying out electrical wiring, plumbing and ventilation in a safe manner.
Combine courses for a wider skill set
To make yourself more marketable, you can study construction with some other subjects. Your options can range from wood carving to brickwork. Alternatively you could opt for construction multi-trades if you’re undecided on which trade area to choose. In this instance, you’ll cover all the essential areas like brickwork, plastering, carpentry, painting and decorating before choosing an area to develop.
Qualifications and accreditations
When picking your course, you’ll find that some of them are accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). It’s the world’s largest and most influential professional body for construction management and leadership. The CIOB accredits some university degrees and training courses and is a mark of the highest level of competence and professionalism. Some courses will require a minimum amount of experience, so it’s best to check with course providers.
Famous constructions around the world
· Mont Blanc tunnel
The Mont Blanc tunnel under the Alps is the largest road tunnel in the world. It carries road for over 11km, thousands of meters under Mont Blanc, the highest mountain the Alps.
· Empire State Building
The world’s most famous skyscraper is the Empire State Building in New York City. It reaches a height of 301m width with 102 storeys. The building was completed in 1931. Twenty years later, a television mast was added to give it a total height of 449m.
· Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower dominates the skyline of Paris. It was designed by French engineer Gustave Eiffel for the universal exhibition of Paris in 1889. Its huge, wrought-iron skeleton rises 300m into the air from a base of 100m square. Lifts and spiral staircases carry visitors to an observation platform at the top of the tower. There is also a restaurant and a post office at this level. The tower is now used to transmit television programmes.
· Great manmade River Project in Libya
Hoping to irrigate more than 350,000 acres and providing several cities with water, Libya has been working on it since 1985. The project will be extracting water from underground sandstone areas. Three phases of the project have been completed whilst phase four is underway. Work should be finished by 2030.
Where: The Goodlife Centre
What: DIY IN A DAY (Booked online with Hotcourses)
by Neil - September 2014
I really enjoyed my day learning DIY at the Goodlife centre. Alison is a great tutor and makes the day really fun. I learnt some really practical and useful skills that I can immediately use around the house, got to make a mess and used power tools - all in one day! Am definitely going to book another course
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