Frequently Asked Questions
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What are the credentials of the school?
The school is licensed by the New York State Education Department.
What are the credentials of the teachers?
Our teachers are licensed by the New York State Education Department.
What are the school's days of operation?
We are open 7 days per week – except for major holidays (see our catalog for those).
What are the school's hours of operation?
We emulate the hours that the trades work: 7:00 AM – 2:30 PM.
When do the class semesters start and end?
We don’t have class semesters. We tailor the schedule of classes to each student. Many of our students have jobs and families. They can’t take off Monday through Friday for school. So, if a student can come only on Saturdays – that is their schedule. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays – that’s OK. Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays – that’s fine too.
How long is the course curriculum?
Each curriculum is 84 hours in total consisting of four 21-hour modules.
How long does it take to complete all four modules of instruction?
Each module is 3 days long. So, it takes 12 days to complete all four modules.
What are the entrance requirements to take classes?
The prospective student must be able to pick up 25 pounds; be able to climb a ladder; have 20/40 vision; and have a high school diploma, or a GED, or be able to pass an Ability to Benefit test.
Do I need to buy special equipment to take these classes?
The only special equipment that the student will be required to have is work boots. All other required equipment (hard hat, safety vest, safety glasses, etc.) will be provided by the school.
What kind of clothes should I wear while attending the school?
You will be learning to operate our machines in the same kind of environment that you will find yourself working in: dirty. Certainly, wear clothing that is appropriate.
Do you have job placement?
Yes. Job placement does not mean that there is a job waiting for you once you graduate. You will need to go on an interview. We do have companies that contact us constantly looking for operators; we have companies that contact us annually to fill seasonal positions; companies cold call us after finding us on the internet as a school; out-of-state companies call us looking to fill positions; also, companies on Long Island know of us and contact us as well.
What if I go on an interview and I don’t get hired?
We ask all of our graduates to call us at least 2 days before each and every interview that they have. This is so we can schedule the student to come back to the school and get into the machine the day before their interview. This is so they can spend as much time as they need to sharpen their skills back to the level it was when they graduated. This also brings your confidence level back up to where it was when you graduated. This is a FREE service that is only provided through our school – no other school has this feature.
What is OSHA-10 and OSHA-30? Do I need that?
OSHA stands for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. It is an arm of the US Department of Labor. OSHA-10 is a 10-hour OSHA outreach course about construction safety. Construction workers must have taken OSHA-10 in order to work in upstate New York and Long Island, and a number of other states in the union. OSHA-30 is a 30-hour OSHA outreach course about construction safety. Construction workers must have taken OSHA-30 in order to work in any of the 5 boroughs of New York City (Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, Bronx and Staten island). This is a requirement of the Department of Buildings (DOB) in NYC.