Operators from the sawing and drilling industry will gather at the Las Vegas Convention Center in January 2011 to increase their knowledge and skill, learning from experts in the field. For the second year, the Concrete Sawing & Drilling Association (CSDA) is holding a Wall Sawing and Drilling 101 class at World of Concrete.

This four-day class is scheduled for January 17-20, with the first day running from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM in seminar room N206 of the Las Vegas Convention Center. The following days will run from 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM, when class time will be split between the exhibit booths of several CSDA manufacturer members and the classroom.

Wall Sawing and Drilling 101 is taught by experts with real-world experience, enabling students to have both time in the classroom and time on the slab. The course is geared towards both newly-hired operators and anyone wishing to expand their knowledge of sawing and drilling operations. By successfully completing the Wall Sawing and Drilling 101 class, cutting contractors can then have operators hone their skills through CSDA’s certification classes to become Certified Operators in these disciplines.

“Based on student feedback from our 2010 World of Concrete class, we have made some changes that will make this upcoming class an even bigger success at the 2011 show,” says CSDA Executive Director Patrick O’Brien. “Our aim is to continue to provide a high standard of operator training at WOC, which could lead to certification programs at future shows for advanced operators.” CSDA training classes are not just for contractors, but for manufacturers and distributors of sawing and drilling equipment. “Classes like Wall Sawing and Drilling 101 can give employees who sell and provide support for concrete cutting equipment a distinct advantage over their competitors,” says Rick Norland, CSDA’s lead training instructor. “Training alongside operators and learning from experienced industry professionals has benefitted several manufacturer and distributor companies over the years,” he adds.

CSDA has been a leader in the development of safety and training programs since 1993, with over 2,000 employees graduating from established hands-on and online CSDA training programs. As a cosponsor of WOC, the association is committed to enhancing training in many different forms, whether classroom, hands-on or online training programs. For more information about this or other training courses offered, contact the CSDA office at 727-577-5004, email info@csda.org or visit www.csda.org.