This course describes the use of various types of
heavy equipment to finish and trim grades and slopes of roads, pads, ditches,
and other structures; specifications used for grading; and procedures for
checking the final grade.
This course provides the basics of building footer
forms and installing concrete wall forms.
It will also introduce students to SMAW (Shielded Metal Arc Welding)
electric arc welding and cutting steel with an oxy-acetylene torch.
This course contains information about the
responsibilities of the finish operator.
Discusses leadership abilities in relation to organizing and directing
workers and operations, and how to understand and interpret production
requirements and specifications. Also
explains how to set up and adjust leveling instruments.
This course will reinforce Supervision - Part I. In addition to this, the student will learn about prevailing wage schedules used by DOL, professional ethics, customer focus, ability to listen, teamwork, communication, attitude, responsibility, and patience. Topics include project management, estimation, record keeping, planning, bidding, and contract writing.
This course describes the necessary procedures for preparing ground for highway/heavy construction. It explains soil basics, including terminology, identification, and classification. Earth moving operations, such as laying out slopes and grades, site excavation, and hauling, are addressed along with methods of stabilizing soils.
This course presents information on the operation and maintenance of telescoping excavators. Students learn basic operation of equipment and apply this knowledge in performing earth work activities such as ditching, placing rip rap, and slope finishing. Included are safety issues and preventive maintenance activities.
This course explains how to perform hot mix asphalt
paving and concrete paving. The course
covers the operation of asphalt pavers and all equipment required to perform
paving. Discussions will include
concrete paving equipment such as concrete pavers, slip-form pavers, and
This course discusses the below grade construction processes that are necessary to perform highway/heavy construction. Excavation support systems, excavation safety, underground piping materials and fittings, joining methods for underground pipe, box culverts, and catch basins are covered.
This course presents proper practices for setting
grades off benchmarks and describes methods of setting grades using various
types of levels. The trainee is taught
how to read and interpret construction plans to determine grading
requirements. It will review basic
grading operations, and also cover site prep,
U.F.P.O., contours, establishing grades, reading and
understanding site plans.
This course covers preventive maintenance responsibilities of the entry level heavy equipment operator. Course topics include specifying basic equipment subsystems and major mechanical systems, knowing how and when to complete routine inspections of equipment, and how and when to service equipment.