Advanced Highway Construction, Pre-Apprentice

Advanced Highway Construction, Pre-Apprentice

Potential earnings range:
Per year after graduation

Do you enjoy working and creating with your hands? Pay close attention to detail? Enjoy being outside and active? 

Then you may be a good fit for Job Corps’ Advanced Highway Construction training program. Pre-apprenticeships are focused on preparing students for a successful experience in a Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP). That means your hands-on training will be based on industry standards in order to prepare you for high-skill, quality employment. 

On the job, you will ...

  • Use and handle power tools, scaffolding, ladders and other construction equipment 
  • Lay pipes and tie rods, as well as drive and operate a forklift   
  • Understand how to read construction site prints and drawings and environmental awareness 
  • Clean equipment, report malfunctioning equipment to supervisors and control traffic patterns 

Some of the career options you will have ...

Most Advanced Highway Construction graduates find careers as highway construction inspectors, road workers, structural engineers, highway maintenance specialists and project managers. 

The credentials you will earn ...

In the Advanced Highway Construction, Pre-Apprenticeship training program, you will earn industry-recognized credentials from the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER), certifications from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Forklift certifications, CPR and First Aid certifications, and a state-issued credential/license. 

Students should also earn a state-issued learner’s permit and driver’s license upon completion of the program. 

What you’ll need to start training ...

  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent (can be earned at all Job Corps centers) 
  • Completion of a Job Corps basic training program 
  • Meet academic (math and reading) requirements 
  • Positive attendance and progress record 
  • At least 17 years old 
  • Written recommendation from Job Corps center personnel 
  • Health clearance at current center 
* Salary information comes from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics Program and is provided for planning purposes only. Actual salary will depend on student skill level, credentials earned, experience level and location.
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Meet your instructors

Justin James
Justin James is an Advanced Highway Heavy Construction instructor at Pittsburgh Job Corps Center. After graduating from Jacobs Creek Job Corps Center, Justin worked on numerous projects with the International Union of Operating Engineers, including bridges, airports and power plants. He is thankful for the opportunity to return to Job Corps as an instructor and give students an opportunity to learn and succeed.