COMPONENT I. Ready to Work + Pre-employment training (80 hours)

The elements within part one are key to participants earning paid placements with ALDOT construction contractors during and after the program. Includes Ready to Work program curriculum, as well as OSHA certification, and Certified Flagger training.

COMPONENT II. NCCER Core and Heavy Highway Construction, Level 1 (240 hours)

Heavy Highway Construction professionals build the infrastructure, working on roads, bridges and ports, otherwise called non-building construction. A trained heavy highway construction worker needs basic construction math skills and knowledge of heavy equipment operations, safety, earthmoving, hand tools and traffic regulations.

    • The NCCER Core Curriculum is a prerequisite to all other Level 1 craft curriculum. Its modules cover topics such as Basic Safety, Construction Math, Communication Skills, and Introduction to Construction Drawings.
    • NCCER Heavy Highway Construction, Level 1 consists of 12 modules, including Heavy Highway Construction Equipment, Rigging Practices, and Heavy Highway Construction Safety.


Facilitated by Calhoun Community College

Ready to Work Program

Alabama’s Ready to Work program provides trainees the entry-level skills required for employment with most businesses and industries in Alabama. The training curriculum is set to standards cited by business and industry employers throughout the state, and the skills cited in the U.S. Department of Labor’s Secretary’s Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS) Reports.


Participants admitted to the program must be adult education eligible, but able to read at a 9th grade level. Essential requirements for successful completion include:

    • 95% attendance and punctuality rate
    • Satisfactory achievement of work ethic, organizational skills, attitude, and motivation
    • Satisfactory achievement of problem solving skills, workplace behaviors, financial education, customer service, computer skills, job acquisition skills, and operation skills

OSHA 10-Hour Construction Training

The OSHA 10-Hour Construction Training course is intended to provide workers with a basic knowledge of the most common safety and health hazards found on construction sites. The OSHA 10 hour training course also provides students with an overview of how the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) operates. There are no prerequisites required to take the 10-hour course.

ATSSA Certified Flagger Training

Learn how to be a safe and effective flagger with ATSSA's flagger training course. Understand why proper flagger operations are important and learn the standard skillset of a good flagger. Apply and identify standard flagger control references and learn standard flagger practices for various situations.


Facilitated by Calhoun Community College and The University of Alabama in Huntsville

NCCER Core Curriculum

NCCER Heavy Highway Construction Level 1

(Prerequisite for credentials within the Heavy Highway Construction Level 1.)

  • Basic Safety (Construction Site Safety Orientation)
  • Intro to Construction Math
  • Intro to Hand Tools
  • Intro to Power Tools
  • Intro to Construction Drawings
  • Basic Communication Skills










  • Orientation to the Trade (7.5 hrs)
  • Heavy Highway Construction Equipment (10 hrs)
  • Heavy Highway Construction Safety (5 hrs)
  • Work-Zone Safety (5 hrs)
  • Soils (10 hrs)
  • Site Work (20 hrs)
  • Excavation Math (17.5 hrs)
  • Interpreting Civil Drawings (20 hrs)
  • Rigging Practices (15 hrs)
  • Crane Safety and Emergency Procedures (25 hrs)
  • Basic Principles of Cranes (15 hrs)
  • Crane Communications (10 hrs)

Upon satisfactory completion of the program, participants will be awarded national credentials including Core Curriculum and Highway/Heavy Construction Level 1, 2nd edition of the NCCER certification program.

Each participant will also receive approximately 25 hours of seat time to gain familiarization with heavy highway construction equipment. Seat time may be on sophisticated simulation equipment or supervised, hands-on in-field exposure.

Program funded by the Alabama Department of Transportation and administered by The University of Alabama in Huntsville in partnership with Calhoun Community College.