Providing your employees with education and training relevant to their job responsibilities is an investment that pays tremendous dividends. The WCCT is continuing to develop programs that satisfy the major employment needs of the concrete and concrete products industries. All segments of these industries are encouraged to contact us at either +1.989.354.1072 or via e-mail to discuss individual training possibilities.

Register online using links for each class below.

Blockmakers Workshops 2023 Calendar

5-Day Workshops

Blockmakers 101

Blockmakers 101 is tailored to meet the needs of inexperienced or new plant personnel. Sessions are held in the classroom and in the plant with hands-on training. Topics include lockout/tagout, basics of concrete masonry technology, batching, Vibrapac®, Multi-Spade Besser-Matic®, LSC Car and Crawler, Splitter, and Cuber. Each day concludes with a group roundtable discussion. Participants will return to their plants with knowledge and skills they can apply immediately.

Price: USD $1150

Concrete Masonry Technology

Concrete Masonry Technology covers all aspects of manufacturing concrete products. In an easy to follow structured format, the class covers raw material components (cement, water, aggregate, admixtures and pigment), hands on aggregate sieve analysis, multi aggregate blending, mix designs, manufacture of product and curing fundamentals. It really is the complete package which will produce an immediate impact within your operations. Be assured that after the completion of class, students will have a working understanding of all aspects of raw materials, mixing sequence, mix designs and curing to champion this knowledge when they return back to their facilities.

Price: USD $1150

Concrete Masonry Technology
January 30, 2023
8:00 am


The Vibrapac® concrete products machine course is a hands on study of the proper machine adjustments, electronics and electrical schematic print reading of the V3 Vibrapac® concrete products machines. Students are given troubleshooting problems as a practical application of these topics.

Price: USD $1150

February 06, 2023
8:00 am

Advanced Vibrapac®

The Advanced Vibrapac® course provides more extensive hands-on work for practical application in concrete products production, both mechanical and electrical. Students are required to adjust a concrete products machine to low height and to manufacture concrete products in class. Electrical sessions cover Allen-Bradley programmable controllers. Greater concentration is applied to schematic print reading and ladder logic diagnosis. Before attending this course, students must complete the Vibrapac® course.

Price: USD $1150

Advanced Vibrapac
March 13, 2023
8:00 am

Electronic Controls

The Electronic Controls course includes an in-depth study of electrical wiring and programmable logic controllers. Applications and troubleshooting for Allen-Bradley programmable controllers are studied. Practical applications and troubleshooting will be covered on concrete products machines, Multi-Spade Besser-Matic® loader/unloaders and cubers.

Price: USD $1150

Electronic Controls
March 20, 2023
8:00 am

Product Handling & Curing

The Product Handling course covers all aspects of the handling once product has been manufactured. Adjustments, schematic print reading and solid state circuitry is covered for: E-Model & Multi-Spade Besser-Matic loaders/unloaders, LSC & PTS handling systems, curing, depalleter, turnover, splitter and both semi-automatic & automatic cuber types. The curing session has been added to the curriculum whereas students will gain an understanding of why we cure product and the benefits of proper curing fundamentals.

Price: USD $1150

Advanced Concrete Masonry Technology

In this class students will cover products such as segmental retaining walls, pavers and advanced architectural products. It will also cover the use of core pullers and an in‐depth look at material variegation / blending of colors to create a unique product appearance. All machine types, including Cam machines, Servopac® and competitive equipment (plate vibration/large pallet equipment) will be covered. Pertinent ASTM specifications for specialty products, recycled materials and their use in our industry will be discussed. This class is well suited for concrete technicians, quality personnel or advanced machine operators.

Price: USD $1150

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Advanced Concrete Masonry Technology
February 27, 2023
8:00 am

3-Day Workshops

Advanced Servo Vibration / Servo Main Drive

This class has been postponed and will be rescheduled for later in 2018! Keep an eye out for the new date soon.

The Advanced Servo Vibration/Servo Main Drive course focuses on how the system smooths out the entire machine cycle while improving filling of the mold, reducing mold wear and increasing productivity for a range of products including block, segmented retaining walls, pavers and flat products. Students will receive hands-on instruction on adjusting the ASV/SMD for producing a variety of products and training for enhancing their troubleshooting and machine adjustment skills on a Vibrapac® concrete products machine.

Price: USD $850

Executive Session

The Executive Session is a condensed version of the Concrete Masonry Technology and Vibrapac® Blockmakers Workshops® tailored to upper management. New products, programs and current issues are also discussed in a round-table format with industry executives and professionals.

Price: USD $850

Note: The Executive Session does not qualify for Master Blockmaker certification.

Executive Session
July 18, 2023
8:00 am


  • 5-day Blockmakers Workshops®: $1150
  • Executive Session (2-1/2 days): $850
  • Prices subject to change

Blockmakers Workshop Hours

  • All classes begin at 8:00 AM Eastern on the starting day.
  • 5-day Workshops finish at 12:00 PM on Friday.
  • 3-day Workshops finish at 5:00 PM on the third day.


  • Applications should be received 30 days before the first day of class.
  • Paid applications determine if classes will be held.
  • Applications with payment will be given first priority.
  • Classes with low enrollments may be canceled. Hold travel arrangements until the class is confirmed one month prior to start date.

Important Details

  • Classes with low enrollment may be canceled. Hold travel arrangements until the class is confirmed one month prior to start date.
  • Checks and money orders payable to Besser Company.
  • Registrations cannot be processed without payment.
  • If you cancel, refunds include a $100 processing fee.
  • If we cancel, refunds will be reimbursed 100%. Workshops are canceled when enrollments are below minimum of 7 students.
  • The World Center for Concrete Technology, Besser Company and Alpena Community College are not responsible for any other expenses incurred as a result of a class cancellation.
  • Photographs will be taken of all classes. Inform the instructor if you do not wish to appear in promotional materials.
  • Students are encouraged to secure their own translator if one is required.
  • The World Center for Concrete Technology strives to accommodate all students. If you require special assistance please contact us.
  • Please refer to Area Information for lodging, transportation and area details.