For my Inquiry Capstone Project, I wanted to combine helping my community and preparing for my future as an Electrician. I joined a trade organization called First builders and they prepare people for their future trade jobs. My project contains two components, There is a tutoring portion, where I would go every monday night for 2 hours to receive help from professional trade people who prepare us to take the final test for whichever trade we are studying for. We then apply this math to the physical part to my project. The other part to my project is the physical projects that I’ve worked on. One of these projects is a new Sanctuary for the Kingdom Restoration Ministries (KRM) church in Northeast Philadelphia. My other project I worked on was installing new lockers for my old school, John Story Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences located on Germantown Avenue in Chestnut hill. I learned many things during construction process such as, Safety precautions, the Application process for the actual apprenticeship program, the math that is involved, and how to properly use tools.
1. "40 Construction Tools List with Images for Building Construction." The Constructor. December 03, 2017. Accessed January 25, 2019. https://theconstructor.org/construction/construction-tools-list-images-building/20238/.
This source provides information about the tools that might be used when doing construction. Without tools, you won’t be able to work on the project that you are trying to complete. While having tools is important, you need to know how to use them and when you go into the apprentice program, they will teach you how to use certain tools and when to use them. Having tools with you really come in handy because you feel like you can fix anything with them. Tools relate to my Capstone because I need them when making the Sanctuary.
2. "Acute Silicosis - Occupational Safety and Health ..." Accessed January 25, 2019. https://www.osha.gov/OshDoc/data_General_Facts/crystalline-factsheet.pdf.
This source provides information about the importance of fall protection. Fall protection is one the most important things make sure that you have before working on the project that you are working on. Fall protection falls under the OSHA category. It includes things like Guardrails and the different parts like the toeboard, mid rail, and top rail. Using a Harness can also prevent a fall. This relates to my capstone because It requires to know a lot about fall protection. You need to know how to apply fall protection equipment to you because it can save you from severe injuries and death.
3. DIY Network. "Everything You Need to Know About Walls." DIY. March 26, 2015. Accessed January 25, 2019. https://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/rooms-and-spaces/walls-and-ceilings/everything-you-need-to-know-about-walls.
This source provides information about how to build walls for houses or any other building. I chose this source because it should help me know what to do before I go and start to work on the sanctuary and I won’t have to ask my mentors so many questions. This source talks a lot about the different ways a house can be built saying that they can be built out of wood, Steel, and concrete. It talks about how steel and Concrete are used everywhere but wood is the material that is the most common to use. The walls for the sanctuary that I am working on will be made out of steel.
4. "How To Join The IBEW Apprenticeship Program." Electrician Apprentice HQ. January 04, 2019. Accessed January 24, 2019. https://electricianapprenticehq.com/how-to-join-ibew-apprenticeship/.
This source provides information about how to do a proper interview. Before I can
get into the First builders Pre-apprenticeship program, I need to be interviewed by the mentors that run the program. I found out about this source from one of my advisors and she sent me this link to help me prepare for my interview with the program. It is a really reliable source that gives you good advice about what to do and what not to do during the interview. It starts out by talking about what the program is and how you can have a successful interview.
5. https://www.osha.gov/OshDoc/data_General_Facts/federal-employee- factsheet.html
I found this source useful because It explains the OSHA organization very fluently. It explains the rights of federal workers, How agencies protect employees, and policies when working. It talks about identifying and eliminating work hazards. Some rights that are stated in this source is that workers can Report and request inspections of unsafe or unhealthful working conditions to federal officials, including the Secretary of Labor, Participate in their agency's health and safety program and related activities on official time, Access their agency's safety and health information, including data on hazardous substances in the workplace, Comment on proposed agency standards that differ from OSHA standards, Obtain copies of medical and exposure records and many more rights.
6. "The Importance of Personal Protective Equipment." Results Staffing. December 29, 2015. Accessed January 25, 2019. http://results-staffing.com/index.php/importance-personal-protective-equipment/.
This source provides information about the importance of safety equipment. The union refers to this as Personal protection equipment (PPE). When working, It is important to wear safety equipment at all times to avoid injuries. This is another source that relates to OSHA training that they give us in our program. It talks about the different types of equipment like headgear, eye and face protection, hand and skin protection, hearing protection, and respiratory protection. This relates to my capstone project because it is mandatory to have equipment on at all times on a worksite and it is important to know how to apply them all.
7. Quinn, Bridget. "Preparing for the Aptitude Test and the Interview." NIETC. Accessed January 25, 2019. https://www.nietc.org/preparing-for-aptitude-interview.html.
This source provides information about the Aptitude test and how to prepare for it. The source includes youtube videos explaining how to prepare for it. The Aptitude test is the first step to becoming a tradesperson and you need to pass that in order to become an apprentice so you can start getting hands on experience with your trade. It talks about what is going to be on the test. This source relates to my capstone because It talks about the math portion to my capstone
8. WikiHow. "How to Erect Scaffolding." WikiHow. November 17, 2018. Accessed January 25, 2019. https://www.wikihow.com/Erect-Scaffolding.
I found this source useful because It explains how to assemble a scaffold. A scaffold is An elevated temporary work platform that workers use when working on a project. Scaffolds are great when working at extreme heights like ceilings and roofs. They fall under the OSHA category as well.
9. "Working at Height." Health Services - Safe Use of Bed Rails. Accessed January 25, 2019. http://www.hse.gov.uk/toolbox/height.htm.
I found this source useful because It explains how to remain safe when working at extreme heights. Heights can be an intimidating thing and most people are scared of them. This source tells you all about the Do’s and Don’ts when working at heights. It is unsafe to work at these heights without any fall protection. Fall protection is required for a worker that is working higher than 6 feet. It gives advice about situations where it is not safe to work. It talks about the law that is for working at heights which are called “Work at Height Regulations 2005.” The purpose of this law is to prevent death and injury from heights. This source relates to my capstone because while we build the walls for the room, we work at high heights.
10. How to apply to IBEW Local 98. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.atei98.org/local/home/pages/application.php
This source provides all of the information that I need for the Electricians Apprenticeship program that I am applying for. It tells me all the requirements that i need to be eligible to take the test and to be apart of the program. It tells us where to apply and how to apply for the program. This Website talks about the Safety requirements, The Application, The apprenticeship Model, etc. It also provides information about what the program consist of so people can decide if this is what they really want to do because the trade business is hard and not for everyone.