Heavy Highway Construction

Heavy Highway Construction professionals build the infrastructure, working on roads, bridges and ports, otherwise called non-building construction. A trained heavy highway construction worker needs math skills and knowledge of heavy equipment operations, safety, earthmoving, hand tools and traffic regulations.

To help trainees get started in the industry, the Heavy Highway program provides a new Heavy Highway Helper credential. Overall, completing the two level program results in several credentials:

Additional Instructor Requirements

No special requirements are needed to teach Level 2, other than our standard instructor requirements. However, to be able to provide the Basic Rigger credential, instructors must be qualified to teach the Rigger Practices, Crane Safety and Emergency Procedures, Basic Principles of Cranes and Crane Communications curriculum.


This exceptionally produced trainee guide features a highly illustrated design, technical hints and tips from industry experts, review questions and a whole lot more! Key content includes Introduction to the Trade, Trucks, Heavy Equipment, Cranes, Below-Grade Construction, Earthmoving, Plant Operations, Paving and Structures.

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The redesigned Level 1 introduces two new modules, Heavy Highway Construction Equipment and Heavy Highway Construction Safety. Level 2 provides four new modules, Working with Concrete, Bridge Construction, Bridge Foundations and Bridge Formwork, as well as enhanced material previously found in Level 1.

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Subject Matter Experts

Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) are a vital part of NCCER's Curriculum development process. SMEs are construction and maintenance professionals who have journey-level experience and have experience teaching their trades to others. Click below to view a list of SMEs who contributed to the development of this series.

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This program includes an introduction to several other NCCER crafts, which allows opportunities for further career development.

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