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 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.

As a component of the program, student will have the opportunity to qualify for several industry certifications including Forklift and NCCER (National Center for Construction Education and Research) Certifications.

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

Typical Salary in Virginia: $19,000- $72,000 depending on education level and specialization2

Employment Outlook: Overall employment of construction equipment operators is expected to grow 23 percent from 2010 to 2020, 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

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