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Pre-Highway Construction Inspector

This QuickJobs program is a WIOA-eligible and VA-eligible training program.   

Program Description:
This course provides entry-level knowledge of equipment, concepts, specifications, and material testing procedures necessary to prepare to perform work as a highway construction inspector/testing technician.  It also provides accelerated work experience credit for SCDOT Asphalt Roadway Technician Certification, SCDOT Earthwork and Base Course Technician Certification, and SCDOT Hot Mix Asphalt Level 1 Quality Control Technician Certification.  The program includes the following three courses, which may be taken separately:

  • Pre-Highway Construction Inspector/Testing Technician - Asphalt Roadway
  • Pre-Highway Construction Inspector/Testing Technician - Earthwork and Base Course
  • Pre-Highway Construction Inspector/Testing Technician - Hot Mix Asphalt Level 1 Quality Control

At the end of each course, participants will be allowed to attempt the testing requirements for the respective certification as part of the course without attending any separate certification courses.  If a participant successfully completes the testing requirements for any of these certifications, that individual will automatically receive his/her certification upon submitting confirmation of working for an employer in this industry for one (1) month. 

If participants do not successfully complete the testing requirements for one of the certifications at the end of the course, they are still eligible to attend SCDOT Asphalt Roadway Technician Certification, SCDOT Earthwork and Base Course Technician Certification, and/or SCDOT Hot Mix Asphalt Level 1 Quality Control Technician Certification after working for an employer in this industry for one (1) month in lieu of the standard 6-month work experience requirement.  Those certification courses are generally completed at the cost of the employer. 

Program Outline:

  • Pre-Highway Asphalt Roadway Course Outline:
    The course involves 66 hours of training conducted over 9 days.  The course is held Monday through Friday each week and includes the following:
    • Classroom instruction
    • Hands-on practice of applicable test procedures
    • Field trip
    • Topics covered include:
      • Industry-specific math calculations
      • Safety
      • Materials
      • Construction Concepts: (Asphalt Paving)
      • Sampling and testing procedures: (Asphalt Paving)
      • Paving control strips
      • SCDOT forms
      • SCDOT specifications
  • Pre-Highway Earthwork and Base Course Outline:
    The course involves 66 hours of training conducted over 9 days.  The course is held Monday through Friday each week and includes the following:
    • Classroom instruction
    • Hands-on practice of applicable test procedures
    • Field trip
    • Topics covered include:
      • Industry-specific math calculations
      • Types of contract documents
      • Surveying terminologies
      • Slope concepts
      • Safety
      • Industry equipment overview
      • Construction Concepts: (Earthwork, Base Course)
      • Sampling and testing procedures: (Earthwork, Base Course)
      • SCDOT forms
      • SCDOT specifications
  • Pre-Highway Hot Mix Asphalt Level 1 Course Outline:
    The course involves 74 hours of training conducted over 10 days.  The course is held Monday through Friday each week and includes the following:
    • Classroom instruction
    • Hands-on practice of applicable test procedures in the lab
    • Field trip
    • Topics covered include:
      • Industry-specific math calculations
      • Safety
      • Materials
      • Construction Concepts: (Asphalt Production)
      • Sampling and testing procedures: (Asphalt Production)
      • SCDOT forms
      • SCDOT specifications

Entry Requirements:

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Recommended (not required) Work Keys scores:
    • Applied Mathematics = 4
    • Reading for Information = 4
    • Locating Information = 4
  • Experience Form documenting 1 month of related experience (may be submitted EITHER before or after course completion)
    • Note: Form NOT required to actually begin course, but form IS required to complete SCDOT certifications (may be submitted after course completion). 

What to Expect: 
Registration Fee for Each Course Includes:

  • Tuition
  • Course books/materials
  • Lunch each day of class (except test day, which is 1/2 day of class)

Will Receive upon Completion (IF all requirements are satisfied):

  • Pre-Highway Construction Inspector/Testing Technician - Asphalt Roadway
    • Pre-Highway Construction Inspector/Testing Technician Asphalt Roadway Certificate of Completion
    • SCDOT Asphalt Roadway Technician Certification (testing and work requirements)
  • Pre-Highway Construction Inspector/Testing Technician - Earthwork and Base Course
    • Pre-Highway Construction Inspector/Testing Technician Earthwork and Base Course Certificate of Completion
    • Nuclear Gauge Safety Training Certificate of Completion
    • Nuclear Gauge HazMat Certification (testing requirement)
    • SCDOT Earthwork and Base Course Technician Certification (testing and work requirements)
  • Pre-Highway Construction Inspector/Testing Technician - Hot Mix Asphalt Level 1 Quality Control
    • Pre-Highway Construction Inspector/Testing Technician Hot Mix Asphalt Level 1 Certificate of Completion
    • SCDOT Hot Mix Asphalt Level 1 Quality Control Technician Certification (testing and work requirements)

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For more information, call (864) 646-1700 or toll free 866-269-5677, Ext 1700 (within the 864 area code) or e-mail conted@tctc.edu.