Heavy Civil & Highway Laborers Training

Safety in the workplace is not a matter to be taken lightly, especially if you work in the building industry. Facing possibly hazardous situations is something laborers experience daily, so it’s of utmost importance to be fully prepared, regardless of how rare they are.

Construction workers often need to prepare and secure highways, bridges, and railways for further work, or repair and clean roads, and deal with landslides, which only puts on an additional layer of danger. This is where attending a heavy/highway construction course and getting a certification from a reputable training center will come in handy.

In recent years construction work has become reliant on heavy machinery, new and more complex materials, and innovative techniques. Consequently, laborers are required to keep up with all of the trends not just for the sake of being in the know but also because learning how to handle all of these novelties will create a safe working environment for everyone.

Every construction worker aims to create and maintain safe working conditions. Sadly, accidents in the workplace do happen. However, those numbers can be significantly reduced with proper knowledge and certifications.

A blueprint is a reproduction of a technical drawing using a contact print process on light-sensitive sheets. Introduced by Sir John Herschel in 1842, the process allowed rapid, and accurate, production of an unlimited number of copies. Today, a blueprint is used for the reproduction of specification drawings used in the construction industry to build roads & highways, bridges, dams and any type of building or structures.

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CESCL (Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead) certification is required in the state of Washington by the Washington State Department of Ecology for personnel responsible for construction stormwater inspections and sampling at construction sites.

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Pipe laying is the process by which long sections of pipe are installed and aligned so that they can be welded together. Pipelines may be put in above ground, below ground, and under water. This process is performed by professional Laborers who are specifically trained to lay pipe. Many industries use pipeline as a means of transporting various materials, such as oil, water, natural gas, and city sewage. Oil companies use vast amounts of pipeline to carry crude oil up from the original well source and into storage containers.

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Shooting grade is the process of testing the elevation of a construction project in order to level or slope it. Shooting grade properly is critical to every facet of construction including excavation, pipe laying and forming footers and foundations. The importance of shooting grade and leveling or sloping the ground in accordance to the plans cannot be overstated. It affects a project from the ground up.

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Earthwork is one of the major works involved in road construction. This process includes excavation, material removal, filling, compaction, and construction. Moisture content is controlled, and compaction is done according to standard design procedures.

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Road traffic control involves directing vehicular and pedestrian traffic around a construction zone, accident or other road disruption, thus ensuring the safety of emergency response teams, construction workers and the general public. Traffic control is a critical element in the safe and efficient operation of any transportation system. Operational procedures, rules and laws, and devices are some of the components of traffic control systems.

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Highways or heavy construction sites are handled differently than regular construction zones. This means that the list of responsibilities construction laborers handle daily is slightly more varied, too. Workers will need to know how to clear and ready highway zones, set up barricades, and control traffic, among other things.

Once everything is secure, another set of tasks such as shooting grades, pipe laying, and handling different kinds of soil will crop up — each demanding a certain set of skills and adequate knowledge to avoid hazardous scenarios. A high-quality highway construction program we offer at NWLETT will help you gain all the necessary training and certification to work in this field of the building industry.

Highway and heavy civil construction is a very broad and complex topic, which means that the road construction training course you take will be extensive, too.

Depending on the position you’re interested in, we’ll cover the following areas:

Erosion control — The apprentices will get a fundamental overview of erosion and sediment control. Participants will learn how to successfully address all issues related to erosion on all sites.

Pipe laying — The course covers the basics of pipe laying. Interested parties will learn more about general safety and different techniques and procedures.

Grade checking — Candidates will familiarize themselves with field-level transits and laser levels, learning how to operate and maintain them properly.

Blueprint reading — Upon completion, laborers will know how to interpret construction documents, use plan sheets, differentiate various materials, etc.

Traffic control — Naturally, working on a highway means construction workers will need to be equipped to control all incoming traffic and create a safe environment for everyone.

Road excavation — This slightly advanced course covers all things related to project layouts, underground utility work, how to identify estimates for supplies and materials, and so much more.


NWLETT offers extensive heavy civil/highway laborers training with the aim of developing and molding strong candidates that will continue to make strides in the building industry. With our courses, you’ll gain the necessary skills and knowledge to help you find permanent employment. A knowledgeable and skilled workforce is every contractor’s dream come true. Getting a certification will provide the training you need to excel in your chosen area.

If you’re interested in becoming certified, feel free to contact us by dialing 800-240-9112 or 360-297-3035 from Monday to Friday. Alternatively, you can fill out the form at the bottom of the page, and our staff will get back to you as soon as possible to help lead you one step closer toward employment.

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