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Highway Heavy Contracting

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Exam Type


Exam Content

Subject Areas # of
Road Construction 12
Erosion and Drainage Control 6
Steel Erection 5
Utility Connections 8
Tanks 6
Concrete Structures 9
Railway Construction 2
Welding 4
Piles 5
Runways 3
Backflow Prevention 2
Safety 8

Total number of test questions: 70
Time allowed (minutes): 180


Books Allowed in the Exam

1. Code of Federal Regulations - 29 CFR Part 1926 (OSHA), GPO - OR - (OSHA) Selections by PSI, (latest amendments) Buy from Publisher
2. Excavation and Grading Handbook, 2006, Nick Capachi, John Capachi Buy at Amazon
3. Construction Planning, Equipment and Methods, 8th Edition, Robert Peurifoy, Clifford Schexnayder, Aviad Shapira Buy at Amazon
4. Pipe and Excavation Contracting, 2011, Dave Roberts Buy at Amazon
5. Hot-Mix Asphalt Paving Handbook (AC 150/5370-14A), 2000, AASHTO. Buy at Amazon
6. Jacked Tunnel Design and Construction, 1998, Marco D. Boscardin, American Society of Civil Engineers Buy at Amazon
7. Storm Water Management for Construction Activities - Summary Guidance (EPA 833-R-92-001), 1992, Environmental Protection Agency PDF File Link
8. AWWA M23: PVC Pipe - Design and Installation, 2nd Edition, AWWA PDF File Link
9. Modern Welding, 11th Edition, A.D. Althouse, C.H. Turnquist, W.A. Bowditch, K.E. Bowditch Buy at Amazon
10. Installation Guide for Ductile Iron Pipe, 2016 (Revises 2007), DIPRA Web Page Link
11. National Electrical Safety Code (C2-2012), 2012, IEEE Buy at Amazon
12. Lineman's and Cableman's Handbook, 13th Edition, Thomas M. Shoemaker, James E. Mack Buy at Amazon
13. API Standard 620: Design and Construction of Large, Welded, Low-Pressure Storage Tanks, 11th Edition, 2008, American Petroleum Institute Buy from Publisher
14. Design and Control of Concrete Mixtures, 15th Edition, Steven H. Kosmatka, Beatrix Kerkhoff, William C. Panarese Buy at Amazon
15. Placing Reinforcing Bars, Recommended Practices, 9th Edition, CRSI Buy at Amazon
16. Formwork for Concrete (SP-4), 7th Edition, M.K. Hurd, American Concrete Institute Buy at Amazon
17. Practical Guide to Railway Engineering, 2nd Edition, The American Railway Engineering and Maintenance of Way Association Buy from Publisher
18. Standards for Specifying Construction of Airports (AC 150/5370-10F), 2011, FAA PDF File Link
19. International Plumbing Code, 2012, ICC Buy at Amazon
20. Manual of Cross-Connection Control, 10th Edition, Foundation for Cross-Connection Control and Hydraulic Research, USC Buy at Amazon
21. Handbook of Rigging for Construction and Industrial Operations, 5th Edition, Joseph A. Rossnagel, W.E. and Higgins, R. Lindley Buy at Amazon
22. Handling and Erection of Steel Joists and Joist Girders, 3rd Edition, 2008, Steel Joist Institute Buy at Amazon
Note to Exam Candidates
The sample questions we provide will not include
references 2, 9, and 21. Reference 12 questions are from the 2007 version

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These references will not be available at the examination center.  Please see the PSI candidate bulletin regarding restrictions on personal copies.

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