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Featured products and free samples to download

CIMC supports instructors and programs in the Architecture and Construction career cluster by providing a variety of instructional materials, ranging from career exploration to occupational preparation. Some of our related resources are featured below. Many others are available. To learn more, or to order any of these materials, contact our customer service department at 800.654.4502 or by e-mail, or use our online catalog.

Operative Plasterers: Book Three

OperativePlaster3CoverOperative Plasterers Book Three completes our series of books developed with the Operative Plasterers’ and Cement Masons’ International Association (OPCMIA) to be used in the OPCMIA's apprenticeship program. This curriculum covers decorative and specialty finishes, as well as making plaster repairs. The student book uses full-color photos to illustrate important steps. The teacher’s book includes a CD with PowerPoint presentations for each unit in both English and Spanish.

Operative Plasterers covers the following Architecture and Construction pathways:

  • Construction
  • Maintenance/Operations

Units include:

  • Rock Carving
  • Colored Veneer Plaster
  • Venetian Plaster
  • Specialtialty Finishes
  • Sprayed Concrete and Pool Plastering
  • Ornamental Plaster
  • Plaster Problems and Cracking

We are offering Unit 3, "Venetial Plaster," as a free sample for you to download.

Venetian Plaster, Teacher Edition (PDF file, 824 KB)
Venetian Plaster, Student Workbook (PDF file, 6.7 MB)

 

Operative Plasterers: Book One

plastererscover.jpgOperative Plasterers Book One was developed by the CIMC and the Operative Plasterers’ and Cement Masons’ International Association (OPCMIA), and is the first in a series of books that will be used in the OPCMIA's apprenticeship program. This curriculum introduces the student or apprentice to the tools, materials, and skills needed to begin their career in the plaster industry. Students will learn about the history of the occupation, and then study the various career specialties available to the skilled plasterer. Students will learn the math and measuring skills needed to succeed before they begin hands-on learning. They will learn to inspect lathing, prepare a variety of plaster mixes, and apply base coats, scratch coats, and finish coats by hand and by machine. A student or apprentice who has completed this curriculum will have the skills necessary for entry-level employment in the industry.

The student book uses full-color photos to illustrate important steps. The teacher’s book includes a CD with PowerPoint presentations for each unit in both English and Spanish.

Operative Plasterers covers the following Architecture and Construction pathways:

  • Construction
  • Maintenance/Operations

We are offering Unit 11, "Mix and Apply Scratch Coat," as a free sample for you to download. For specific objectives, please download the Profile of Training Mastery - a form to document student performance that lists the specific competencies/objectives covered in the book.

Mix and Apply Scratch Coat, Teacher Edition (PDF file, 1 MB)
Mix and Apply Scratch Coat, Student Workbook (PDF file, 9.75 MB)
Operative Plasterers: Book One, Profile of Training Mastery (PDF file, 106 KB)

 

Fundamentals of Air Conditioning and Refrigeration

fundamentalhvac.jpgThis revised publication offers updated information on first aid, EPA regulations and technician certification, math and measuring, refrigerants, basic mechanical refrigeration, evacuation, leak testing, and charging. Fundamentals of Air Conditioning and Refrigeration is crosswalked to PAHRA/NATE and HVAC Excellence tasks and competencies.

Fundamentals of Air Conditioning and Refrigeration covers the following Architecture and Construction pathways:

  • Construction
  • Maintenance/Operations

We are offering Unit 14, "Refrigeration System Accessories," as a free sample to download.

Refrigeration System Accessories, Teacher Book (PDF file, 1.23 MB)
Refrigeration System Accessories, Student Guide (PDF file, 850 KB)

 

TechConnect Concrete

TechConnectConcreteCoverTechConnect is designed to link technology education programs, traditionally offered to sixth through eighth grade students, with the technical preparation programs offered to juniors and seniors at local technology centers. TechConnect is designed to transition ninth and tenth grade students to the next level of career development. It gives those students a chance to experience and develop foundational skills in career options at a time students are considering career goals.

Designed as a two-year program, TechConnect can be taken in a one-period format referred to as “TechConnect” or a two-period format called “TechConnect Two” that contains expanded laboratory experiences.

The TechConnect Concrete curriculum contains eight units of instruction covering such topics as industry orientation, safety practices, math & measuring, interpreting architectural blueprints, materials and tools of the trade, form construction, basic site preparation skills, and placing concrete.

TechConnect Concrete covers the Construction pathway in the Architecture and Construction cluster.

 

Carpentry Crosswalks

This document crosswalks CIMC's Residential and Commercial Carpentry Modules to the CareerTech Carpentry Skills Standard by objective.

Carpentry Crosswalks (PDF file, 2.47 MB)

 

Online Competency Testing

Our Testing division offers online competency tests for several different careers in the Architecture and Construction cluster.

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