2017-2018 Catalog

Highway Construction Training, Certificate of Completion

(47 credits)

Program Description

The Highway Construction Training Program (HCT) provides students with the necessary technical skills, knowledge, and credentials to obtain employment as entry-level heavy equipment operators and truck drivers. The curriculum is arranged for qualified students to meet the needs of employers in the highway construction industry, general road construction, and mining and related industries; and in tribal, city, county, state, and federal government road maintenance jobs. Students work in a positive learning environment under the supervision of qualified instructors who guide and advise them in conditions that duplicate actual work sites.

Program Objectives

The HCT certificate program will provide training for students to obtain the following credentials: a Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) with Tank, Double/triple, and Haz Mat endorsements; Montana flagger card; Heavy Equipment Operator certification from the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER); and an OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) 10 Hour Safety Training card. Students take one quarter of truck driving and one quarter of heavy equipment operation during fall and winter quarters. During spring quarter, students gain field experience with emphasis in either truck driving or heavy equipment operation through community service activities that typically include work for tribal elders and other tribal departments, and projects for local youth sports organizations and other non-profit entities.

Students also gain skills and proficiency in areas such as basic surveying concepts, construction math and blueprint reading, work ethics, job applications, interviewing, verbal and written communication, and related educational skills. The heavy equipment operation component is accredited by the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER). The NCCER has also certified each of the full-time HCT instructors.

Important Program Information

  • Students must contact the Registrar’s Office, Financial Aid, and the Highway Construction Training Program prior to admittance to the program.
  • A student must receive a “C”or better in all required courses to graduate.
  • All students, faculty, and staff are subject to random drug and alcohol testing throughout the year.
  • In addition to regular college admission requirements and prior to enrolling in the Highway Construction Training Program, students must provide HCT with the following:
    • Complete HCT admission application
    • A current Department of Transportation (DOT) Medical Examiner’s Certificate (MEC) and wallet card
    • Copy of current Montana Driver’s License
    • Social Security Card, non-laminated
    • Complete DOT Drug Analysis Screen
    • T.A.B.E. Test completed with minimum scores of: Reading - 484; Math - 473; Language - 505

The DOT Medical Examiner’s Certificate will be completed by your health care provider on a long form and wallet card provided by their office and returned to the HCT office. The DOT drug screen is taken separately from the DOT physical and can be completed by the lab in a hospital where you live and mailed to the Personnel Director at Salish Kootenai College. Please be advised that this program will not accept a drug screen taken prior to 30 days before the first day of class.

Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds to shoulder height.
  • Must be able to perform safely in field operations.
  • Must be able to communicate orally with a person 20 feet away.
  • Must be able to climb, un-aided, onto and off of equipment using three points of contact.
  • Must be able to stand for long periods of time.
  • Must be able to visually read from a blueprint or drawing.
  • Must be able to hear a backup warning alarm from 100 feet down.

Note: Students should be advised that some companies that hire CDL drivers require the following: 23 years of age, no DUI’s in the past 7 years, no more than 3 moving violations in the past 3 years, and a pre-employment drug screen.

Preference for admission is given to American Indians documenting tribal membership or descendency (traceable to second generation). Non-Indian students are admitted as space is available.

Expenses

In addition to the college tuition and fees, students will want to account for the following additional costs:

  • Lab fees -$250 per quarter;
  • Books - up to $200;
  • CDL Test Fee - up to $51
  • DOT Physical Exam - up to $80;
  • DOT drug screen - up to $80.

(Please note: costs other than lab fees are approximate. Students are encouraged to contact the HCT office for more details.)

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Highway Construction Training Program, students will demonstrate the following technical skill and competency outcomes:

  • Operate backhoes, bulldozers, compactors, excavators, loaders, road graders, and scrapers safely and efficiently.
  • Have earned a Class “A” Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) and endorsements by demonstrating proficiencies based on Montana and USDOT requirements, and operate ten and eighteen wheel trucks safely and efficiently.
  • Demonstrate competency in Temporary Traffic Control through training and testing based on requirements of the Montana Department of Transportation and the Manual for Uniform Traffic Control Devices from the USDOT of the Federal Highway Administration. Students will receive a Flagger Certificate upon successful completion.
  • Use critical thinking to describe basic mechanical operations and implement preventative maintenance procedures, and to demonstrate knowledge of the laws, regulations, and safety requirements of the profession.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in preventative maintenance and basic mechanical skills
  • Attain the technical skills and knowledge necessary to earn credentials from NCCER in Heavy Equipment Operation
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the laws, regulations and safety requirements of the profession, to include OSHA-10 hour safety training
  • Demonstrate familiarity with the realities of employment in the truck driving/construction industry.

Curriculum

Fall

CAPP 101Computer Literacy for HCT

1

GNSD 125Job Seeking Skills

3

HPED 125First Aid/CPR

1

 

HEOP 100Introduction to Heavy Equipment Operations

10

OR

TRUK 100Introduction to Truck Driving Operation

10

Total Credit Hours:15

Winter

MATH 096Construction Math I

3

NASD 101History of Indians in the United States

3

 

HEOP 100Introduction to Heavy Equipment Operations

10

OR

TRUK 100Introduction to Truck Driving Operation

10

Total Credit Hours:16

Spring

FLAG 101Flagger Training

1

ENGL 107Communication in the Workplace

3

MATH 097Construction Math II

2

 

HEOP 110Heavy Equipment Field Experience

10

OR

TRUK 110Truck Driving Field Experience

10

Total Credit Hours:16

MATH 097, HEOP 110, TRUK 110: Course has a prerequisite

Total Credit Hours: 47

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