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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. Virginia Occupational Safety and Health Program (VOSH) - (Chapters 16 VAC 25-60-10, 16 VAC 25-140-10, 16 VAC 25-150-10, 16 VAC 25-160-10, and 16 VAC 25-170-10, excerpts included) Doc Link
3. Excavation and Grading Handbook, 2006, Nick Capachi, John Capachi. Buy at Amazon
4. Construction Planning, Equipment and Methods, 8th Edition, 2010, Robert Peurifoy, Clifford Schexnayder, Aviad Shapira. Buy at Amazon
5. Pipe and Excavation Contracting, 2011, Dave Roberts. Buy at Amazon
6. Hot-Mix Asphalt Paving Handbook (AC 150/5370-14A), 2000, AASHTO. Buy at Amazon
7. Jacked Tunnel Design and Construction, 1998, Marco D. Boscardin, American Society of Civil Engineers. Buy at Amazon
8. Storm Water Management for Construction Activities - Summary Guidance (EPA 833-R-92-001), 1992, Environmental Protection Agency. Doc Link
9. AWWA M23: PVC Pipe - Design and Installation, 2nd Edition, 2002, AWWA. Doc Link
10. Modern Welding, 11th Edition, 2012, A.D. Althouse, C.H. Turnquist, W.A. Bowditch, K.E. Bowditch. Buy at Amazon
11. Installation Guide for Ductile Iron Pipe, 2016, DIPRA. Doc Link
12. National Electrical Safety Code (C2-2012), 2012, IEEE Buy at Amazon
13. Lineman's and Cableman's Handbook, 12th or 13th Edition, Thomas M. Shoemaker, James E. Mack. Buy at Amazon
14. API Standard 620: Design and Construction of Large, Welded, Low-Pressure Storage Tanks, 11th Edition, 2008, American Petroleum Institute. Buy from Publisher
15. Design and Control of Concrete Mixtures, 15th Edition, 2011, Steven H. Kosmatka, Beatrix Kerkhoff, William C. Panarese. Buy at Amazon
16. Placing Reinforcing Bars, Recommended Practices, 9th Edition, 2011, CRSI. Buy at Amazon
17. Formwork for Concrete (SP-4), 7th Edition, 2005, M.K. Hurd, American Concrete Institute. Buy at Amazon
18. Practical Guide to Railway Engineering, 2nd Edition, 2003, The American Railway Engineering and Maintenance of Way Association. Buy from Publisher
19. Standards for Specifying Construction of Airports (AC 150/5370-10F), 2011, FAA. Doc Link
20. International Plumbing Code, 2012, ICC. Buy at Amazon
21. Manual of Cross-Connection Control, 10th Edition, Foundation for Cross-Connection Control and Hydraulic Research, USC. Buy at Amazon
22. Handbook of Rigging for Construction and Industrial Operations, 5th Edition, 2009, Joseph A. Rossnagel, W.E. and Higgins, R. Lindley. Buy at Amazon
23. 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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