Introduction to Construction Materials


This course is designed to improve knowledge of construction materials. At least 1 year of construction experience is required of delegates.

Aims & Objectives:

To improve knowledge of material properties. How to order, offload, store, handle and check common construction materials.

Course Outline:


  • Properties of steel, ordering, offloading and storage of steel on site
  • Safe Steelwork assembly on site
  • Corrosion, steelwork detailing, bolted and welded connections, inspection
  • Construction tolerance and codes of practice

Concrete & Reinforcement

  • Material & properties on concrete, concrete mixes and concrete pressures
  • Strength gain and durability
  • Understanding concrete specifications, sampling and testing concrete
  • Placing, curing and making good concrete
  • Shrinkage, cracking and expansion joints, cold weather working

Timber & Plywood

  • Properties of timber, grading of timber, ordering and storage of timber
  • Structural connections
  • Typical timber construction and other use of timber on site
  • Exposed timber

Brick & Blockwork

  • Properties of brick and block, quantities ordering, offloading and storage
  • Understanding specifications and achieving quality (sample & reference panels)
  • Laying brick and block, properties of mortar, sampling and testing
  • Cavity construction, damp proof, cavity trays, insulation and ties Mortar bed reinforcement, spanning opening and expansion joints
  • Cold weather working

Intended For:

Intended for:

Trainees, junior engineers, graduates, foremen, supervisors, agents.