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Virtual Pre-Apprenticeship Program

Explore a career in highway construction through the Constructors Association of Western Pennsylvania (CAWP) Virtual Pre-Apprenticeship Program! This free online course allows you to interact with each phase of a virtual highway construction project and learn about the skills needed to be a Carpenter, Cement Mason, Laborer, Operating Engineer, Pile Driver and Teamster.

The content of the program consists of videos, images and assessment questions that will provide you with a better understanding of the industry and assist you in uncovering the skills needed for a career in highway construction. After completing your pre-apprenticeship program, which typically takes one and a half hours, you will receive a Certificate of Completion and be ready to apply for one of several apprenticeship programs in highway construction located in western PA.


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CAWP Skill Arcade

Step into the action- virtually! Games in the CAWP Skill Arcade will engage and challenge you to get the job done. Test your coordination and skills tying rebar, experience the challenges a road flagger encounters on the job, or dig into fun operating an excavator. Each game is free and can be downloaded on your computer or mobile device to play at home or on the go!

Road Builder Blitz

Road Builder Blitz

Middle school aged children will love these fun mini-games that highlight various construction jobs and career paths.

JobPro: Get Hired Construction

JobPro: Get Hired Construction

Get Hired Construction puts you in the hot seat of an interview for a construction job.

Harness Hero: Bridge Edition

Harness Hero: Bridge Edition

Start practicing proper fall arrest setup in a fun and safe way!

Traffic Control

CAWP Traffic Control Screenshot

Battle the elements as you flag cars, emergency vehicles, and heavy construction trucks past your dig site.



CAWP Traffic Control Screenshot

Plan and execute digs just like a real life excavator operator! Can you dig it?



CAWP Traffic Control Screenshot

Tying rebar takes hand-eye coordination, time and finesse. Think you’ve got what it takes?

*NOTE: Browser arcade games require Firefox & Unity Web Player

Learn About Careers in Construction

Don’t get stuck in a cubicle! Embrace a career where you work outdoors, earn while you learn, and receive a competitive wage. The heavy and highway construction industry in western Pennsylvania offers a multitude of career opportunities, and now is your chance to embrace your future. Through an apprenticeship program in the highway construction trades, qualified candidates will earn a real wage while learning a skilled trade. Curious for more information? Explore the links for students, parents and teachers below!

Many opportunities are available in the construction industry as 48% of the highway construction industry employees in the U.S. are 45 or older.

The amount an apprentice pays for their four years of training. An apprentice does not pay for training and they earn money while they learn their trade on a construction project.

Today, there are over 26,000 construction companies operated in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Apprenticeship Programs

An apprenticeship program in the highway construction trades is similar to college in that most programs are four years in length. However, while a student can accumulate a lot of debt at college, an apprentice can earn real wages while he or she learns. In most union apprenticeship programs, apprentices can even earn college credits at the local community college. Apprenticeship programs require both classroom training and 1,000 hours a year of on-the-job training to advance.


Wood and supplementary materials are used by a carpenter to assemble and construct forms for concrete structures. Projects carpenters in the heavy and highway industry work on include bridges, retaining walls, tunnels, subways, drainage structures, hydro-electric developments, locks, dams and sewage treatment projects.


A cement mason is employed to place, finish, smooth, protect, and repair exposed concrete surfaces, such as sidewalks, driveways, roads, and dams. Concrete is a common and durable material used in heavy and highway construction comprised of a mixture of cement, sand, gravel and water.


Laborers are utilized throughout several phases of the heavy and highway construction industry. They are employed to work with small heavy equipment, hand, power and air tools, in trenching and shoring projects, traffic control, soil compaction, and a multitude of additional assigned tasks.

Operating Engineers

An operating engineer oversees the operation, maintenance and repair of heavy construction equipment including cranes, backhoes, loaders, scrapers and bulldozers. This type of equipment is essential in the heavy and highway construction industry in the creation of roads, dams, bridges and airports.

There are approximately 237,000 construction workers working in the construction industry in Pennsylvania.

The average pay for a construction worker in Pennsylvania is $56,000.

An apprentice can earn 45 credits towards an associate degree at most community colleges upon completion of a four-year apprenticeship program.

Already have experience?

Whether you’re an experienced craft professional or an apprentice in the making, if you are interested in a career in the heavy and highway construction industry, we can assist you in finding the perfect career opportunity! Experienced craft professionals are invited to explore our guide for more information, or for those interested in beginning an exciting career in construction, please view the apprenticeship opportunities currently available listed below.

Current Opportunities

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