Commercial Construction/Heavy Equipment

Schoharie Campus

Experienced construction professionals and equipment operators are in high demand.

Students in this program 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
  • green construction practices
  • structures
  • utilities
  • concrete and form construction.
  • rough framing.
  • operation and preventative maintenance of compaction equipment, backhoes, bulldozers and excavators

Students can earn their forklift operator, 10-hour OSHA, Four-Hour Erosion & Sediment Control and Dig Safely NY certifications.

Hands-on and classroom learning are reinforced by work-based experiences, field trips, guest speakers and competitions.

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Who is eligible to attend?

Typically juniors and seniors from our 24 component school districts who are interested in career training as part of their high school experience are eligible to enroll.

How do I enroll?

The first step is to meet with your home school guidance counselor to learn how Career & Technical Education can benefit your career path. Your counselor can then help you arrange a tour of our Albany (Colonie) or Schoharie campuses, or the Center for Advanced Technology at Mohonasen. They can also help you begin the enrollment process.

Where can I learn more?

Send an email indicating your interest to or call 518-862-4816. Read more about our school