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Heavy Equipment and Site Construction

Three heavy machines move dirt in a field with a pile of dirt in the foreground
A student operates a grader machine
A row of heavy machines face away from the camera and are backlit by the sun
Student operates a loader
A student lifts the bucket of an excavator
A student transports dirt in a loader
The Heavy Equipment & Site Construction Program introduces students to all aspects of preparing a site for building. Students learn to read blueprints, survey and stake out projects, grade the land, as well as install sanitary sewers, storm sewers and water lines. Additionally they are trained to cut sub-grade surfaces for roads and curbs, install electric crossovers and finish by grading construction projects.
A student lifts the bucket of an excavator

Career Opportunities:

  • Heavy Equipment Operator
  • Construction Worker
  • Private Contractor
  • Site Manager
  • Operation Engineer
  • Civil Engineer
  • Equipment Transport Worker
  • Surveyor
  • Site Inspector

*Some careers noted require additional education

A student operates a grader machine

Skills Gained:

  • Read Site Plans & Grade Stakes
  • Recognize Soil Types
  • Understand Soil Compaction
  • Set Up & Utilize Grade Checking Equipment
  • Operate Dozers, Loaders, Track Hoes
  • Operate Compactors & Backhoe Loaders
  • Operate Skid Steer Equipment
  • Operate GPS Equipment

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Students participate in SkillsUSA, a partnership of students, teachers and industry, working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. All students also have the opportunity to participate in the Tech Prep Showcase through the Miami Valley Tech Prep Consortium.

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