From 2012 to 2022, the transportation sector will need to hire approximately 4.6 million workers to service our transportation system. [Source: Department of Transportation/Department of Labor, 2019]
Why consider a career in Highway Construction and Road Infrastructure? If you like working outside and working with your hands, this is much of what you can expect on the job. Everyday is different and projects vary from snow removal and road maintenance to bridgework and heavy machine operating.
Careers within Highway Construction & Road Infrastructure
This is just an example of the vast number of careers you can find within a municipal highway department or the State of New Hampshire Department of Transportation.
- Bridge Engineer
- Bridge Inspection
- Civil Engineer
- Communication Specialists
- Engineering Technicians
- Geological Technician
- Heavy Equipment Operations
- Highway Designers
- Highway Maintainer
- Mechanics and Maintenance
- Road Agent
- Snow Plow Operator
- Traffic Signal Technician
Education, Certification, Training
Most careers in highway construction and road infrastructure don’t require formal education but instead rely on on-the-job training or certification. These are some examples of resources available:
- AASHTO TC3: TC3 is a technical service program within AASHTO that focuses on developing training products for technical staff in the areas of construction, maintenance, and materials. TC3 has a library of more than 190 online training modules covering a variety of topics in the three primary disciplines.
- Alabama Road Construction Training Course. This curriculum takes a modular approach to preparing workers for highway construction jobs. An initial orientation phase provides trainees with foundational skills, including basic math, written and interpersonal skills, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 10- hour Safety Certificate. Other sessions teach more advanced skills, such as team building, critical thinking, and conflict resolution. The course culminates by connecting graduates to construction firms for job interviews. Download Alabama Road Construction Training Course Profile (PDF)
- Arizona Industry Readiness Course. This one-week training course prepares potential workers for a career in highway construction. Covering the basic work and life skills required to obtain a position, trainees also participate in field trips to highway construction sites where they are directly exposed to the real-world conditions they will encounter on the job. Download Arizona Industry Readiness Course Profile (PDF)
- Commercial Driver’s License: Visit the NH Division of Motor Vehicles website for information on what you need to know about Commercial Driver Licenses in NH.
- Construction Apprenticeship Readiness Program. This 8-week / 180-hour training offered by Long Beach City College, CA exposes participants to the construction industry and prepares them for apprenticeship opportunities. Trainees receive hands-on trade skills and safety training using nationally-recognized curricula. Learn more. Download Construction Apprenticeship Readiness Program Profile (PDF)
- Future Road Builders Gaming App. This free game has videos, images, and assessment questions that give users a better understanding of the highway construction industry. The app allows prospective workers to interact with each phase of a virtual highway construction project across several skilled trades. Learn more. Download Future Road Builders Gaming App Profile (PDF)
- Idaho Heavy Equipment Operator Training. The Idaho HCWP has established a Heavy Equipment Operator Training program that includes certifications in Heavy Equipment Operation, and Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response. Studenst also receive forklift training, Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA)-10 certification, and NCCER Construction and Safety certification. Download Idaho Heavy Equipment Operator Training Profile (PDF)
- National Center for Construction Education and Research. The National Center for Construction and Education Research (NCCER) Heavy Highway Construction Training Program provides an introduction to the trade and includes training modules on trucks, heavy equipment, cranes, below-grade construction, earthmoving, plan operations, paving and structures. Download National Center for Construction Education and Research Profile (PDF)
- National Highway Institute (NHI): NHI is the training and education arm of Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). NHI helps improve the performance of the transportation industry through training.
- NH Roads Scholar Program: The NH Roads Scholar Program establishes educational training requirements for municipal level highway practitioners, and recognizes those who have successfully completed specified UNH T2 Center workshops.
- Pittsburgh Heavy Highway Construction Course. Developed by the Pittsburgh location of the United States Department of Labor’s (USDOL) Job Corps program, this training covers a wide range of skills needed by the highway transportation industry, including rigging and signaling, scaffolding, rod tying, pipe laying and forklift operations. Students between the ages of 17.5 and 24 graduate with industry-recognized construction credentials. Visit the USDOL’s Jobs Corps website. Download Pittsburgh Heavy Highway Construction Course Profile (PDF)
- Primex3 – NH Public Risk Management Exchange:Primex3 is an insurance company that trains thousands of employees every year. Browse their website to check out their training options.
- The National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse is dedicated to providing the transportation construction industry and the general public with comprehensive information to improve motorist, worker, and pedestrian safety in roadway work zones. The website includes links to free training and education via the ARTBA Work Zone Safety Consortium Online Learning System which was funded by an FHWA grant. Visit the National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse’s Online Learning Management System website.
- UNH T2 – Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP): The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA and NHDOT fund the LTAP program that is provided by the Technology Transfer Center (T2C) at the University of New Hampshire. The LTAP program provides training programs for local officials responsible for transportation systems, asset management programs, and technical assistance. LTAP provides support to the Public Works Mutual Aid program and the New Hampshire Public Works and Engineers Association.