Blastrac Global last week announced it will continue to offer its Surface Preparation Academic Resource Center classes, which will take place May 15-17, June 12-14, and July 10-12.
SPARC is a surface preparation training program taught by factory experts skilled in Blastrac equipment and Sawtec hand tools. The classes are designed for anyone in the surface preparation industry, from beginners to highly experienced technicians.
The three-day program includes discussion of common surface preparation methods such as shot blasting, diamond grinding, scraping, milling and scarification. Participants are taught when to use different surface preparation techniques, based on jobsite characteristics, specified coatings, desired results and costs. The instructor also includes discussion of industry standards and testing methods. Students’ training is focused primarily on intensive hands-on instruction, including training in the start-up, use and maintenance of equipment.
Jeff Bair, district manager of the Texas Gulf Coast region for Sunbelt Rentals, recently attended SPARC with 18 fellow coworkers. The Sunbelt employees were divided into two groups during the class, allowing participants to receive personalized instruction during the three-day period.
“We trained our employees on the processes of surface preparation and the rental opportunity for equipment,” Bair said. “This helped us retain the knowledge we learned. Although I was familiar with Blastrac products, I learned new information within the concrete surface preparation industry.”