Experienced construction professionals and equipment operators are in high demand.
Students in the Commercial Construction/Heavy Equipment program at CTE learn the knowledge and skills needed for entry-level employment or further education. Students who pass written and performance exams can earn NCCER certifications, which are recognized nationwide by contractors and employers.
The program prepares students for careers or further education as a construction equipment operator, equipment maintenance technician pipe laborer, construction inspector, materials tester or engineering technician.
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How Capital Region BOCES CTE can get you there
The Commercial Construction/Heavy Equipment program teaches the knowledge and skills needed for entry-level employment or further education. Students rotate through two key areas: site development and layout, and utilities construction and installation. They learn through standardized craft training programs developed by the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER).
Topics of study include workplace safety and management, tools, site development, layout, blueprints and codes, soils, erosion control and stormwater management, structures, utilities, concrete and form construction, rough framing, as well as operation and preventive maintenance of compaction equipment, backhoes, bulldozers and excavators. Students also build communication and employability skills and may earn English 12 credit. Hands-on and classroom learning are reinforced by work-based experiences, field trips, guest speakers and competitions.
Commercial Construction/Heavy Equipment students who pass written and performance exams can earn NCCER certifications, which are recognized nationwide by contractors and employers. After completing the program, they may further their education through college or enter the workforce, apprenticeship programs, or college.
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