CTE Resource Center - Verso

Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

Utility/Heavy Construction II (8617/36 weeks, 280 hours)

Course Description

Course Code:8617
Work-based Learning:Available
Duration:36 weeks, 280 hours
Suggested Grade Levels:11–12
Prerequisites:Utility/Heavy Construction I (8616/36 weeks, 140 hours)

This program provides the knowledge and the hands-on skills needed to secure a job as a construction equipment operator. Students learn about site grading and development, excavation, drainage and utility structures, pipe laying, and other topics. They study soil, learn to read blueprints, and gain experience in operating bulldozers, backhoes, front-end loaders, excavators, and skid steers.

As noted in Superintendent’s Memo #058-17 (2-28-2017), this Career and Technical Education (CTE) course must maintain a maximum pupil-to-teacher ratio of 20 students to one teacher, due to safety regulations. The 2016-2018 biennial budget waiver of the teacher-to-pupil ratio staffing requirement does not apply.

Career Clusters and Pathways

For federal reporting (choose one)

  • Architecture and Construction
    • Construction

Available Credentials

Concentration Sequences

A combination of the course above and those below, equivalent to two 36-week courses. Students wishing to complete a specialization may take additional courses appropriate to their career pathways.

Check the course description for any course listed below, because some may have a prerequisite.