Utility/Heavy Construction

Students who want to work improve their community, enjoy working independently, have a strong sense of responsibility, possess good eye-hand-foot coordination, and work well in an outdoor setting, should explore exciting training and career opportunities in utility/heavy construction!

The Utility/Heavy Construction (UHC) program is a one (1) year program that prepares students for entry-level employment, and/or entry into post-secondary education programs. The program will provide both the knowledge and the hands-on skills needed to secure employment as a construction equipment operator. Students will learn about site grading and development, excavation, pipe laying, road building, surveying, reading blueprints, and construction safety. They will gain experience in operating excavators, bulldozers, and backhoes.

Student will have the opportunity to qualify for the Workplace Readiness Skills for the Commonwealth Certification, pending a successful outcome on the exam. 

Occupations: Construction Equipment Operators; Construction Laborers; General Contractor; Project Manager; Construction and Building Inspector; Carpenter1

Typical Salary in Virginia: $30,660-$83,190 depending on education level and specialization2
National Estimated Salary: $46,990

Employment Outlook: Overall employment of construction equipment operators is expected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Spending on infrastructure should generate many jobs for construction equipment operators. Workers with the ability to operate multiple types of equipment should have the best job opportunities.3

Workplace Readiness Skills for the Commonwealth




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