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NRMCA   Expanding the Concrete Industry Through Promotion, Advocacy, Education, Leadership

Here are 5 great reasons:
Boost Productivity | Help Satisfy Regulators | Reduce Downtime
Enhance Communication | Improve the Bottom Line

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The concrete plant manager's position is the heart of the operations aspect of a ready mixed concrete production facility. Every plant has one. Duties differ only slightly from plant to plant. It is of utmost importance that a plant manager understands the essential aspects of Product Knowledge, Plant Safety, Environmental Regulations, Plant Operations and Business Principals. This course is the only one that exists which is specifically designed for plant managers. The certification exam is designed to recognize those who have the specific skill levels in these areas. The certification should fill the requirements by local & state DOTs to have personnel certified in specific knowledge areas.

The course is three days of instruction plus four hours of exam time.

Course instruction covers and tests on five individual modules:

  • Plant Safety
  • Operations
  • Production Knowledge
  • Environmental
  • Business Concepts

Successfully pass product knowledge exams: Certified as Plant Operator
- Successfully pass product knowledge and operations exams: Certified as Ready Mixed Concrete Plant Manager

Course outline:



8:00am – 8:25am             Course Overview                                

8:25am – 8:45am             Concrete Plant Manager’s Job Description


Module I…Product Knowledge

8:45am – 9:30am            Cementitious Materials

9:30am - 10:15am           Aggregates

10:15am – 10:35am        Morning Break

10:35am – 11:30am           Admixtures 

11:30am –  12:00pm         Water


12:00pm  – 1:00pm            Lunch Break (on your own)


1:00pm – 2:00pm            Basic Proportioning  (Mix Design)

2:00pm – 3:00pm            Moisture Content & Arithmetic of Batching  

3:00pm – 3:30pm             Afternoon Break

3:30pm – 4:00pm            Hardened Concrete Properties 

4:00pm – 4:30pm            Fresh Concrete Properties 



Module II…Operations

8:00am – 9:00am             Plant Design, Equipment, and Operations

9:00am - 10:00am            Plant Maintenance

10:00am – 10:20am          Morning Break

10:20am – 10:40 am        Drivers

10:40am – 11:00am         Dispatch

11:00am – 11:30am         Material Management

11:30am – 12:00pm         Calculating Bin Volumes & Inventory               

12:00pm   – 1:00pm         Lunch Break (on your own)


Module III…Safety

1:00pm –1:30pm             Safety Regulations, Training, &Motivation

1:30pm – 2:15pm            Personal Protective Equipment

2:15pm – 2:45pm            Lock Out / Tag Out

2:45pm – 3:00pm             Afternoon Break

3:00pm – 3:30pm            Machine Guarding and Safe Operating Procedures

3:30pm – 4:00pm            Hazard Communications

4:00pm – 4:30pm            Confined Space


Module IV…Environmental

8:00am – 8:40am             Environmental Stewardship and Community Relations                           

8:40am – 9:30am             Water Quality Management

9:30am – 10:00am            Morning Break                                   

10:00am – 10:30am         Plant Environmental Management                                   

10:30am – 11:15am         Materials Storage, Hazardous Materials, Chemicals                  

11:15am – noon              Solids Management and Recycling Solids                     

12:00pm    – 1:00pm         Lunch Break (on your own)


Module V…Business Principles

1:00pm – 1:30pm            What Makes a Business Sustainable

1:30pm – 2:15pm            Human Resources, Human Relations

2:15pm – 2:45pm            Basic Accounting Principles                 

2:45pm – 3:00pm            Afternoon Break

3:00pm – 3:30pm            Calculating Productivity, Benchmarking


Review Sessions

3:30pm –4:30pm             Product Knowledge, Operations, Safety, Environmental & Business Principles




8:00am –9:45am              Exam on Product Knowledge & Production Technology

10:00am – 11:45am         Exam on Business, Operations, Safety, & Environmental Principles


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