Earthwork & Base Course Technician

SCDOT

Course Description:
The Earthwork and Base Course Technician course is intended to assure an understanding of SCDOT requirements for Earthwork and Base Course construction and competency at performing the proper SCDOT testing procedures needed to monitor this construction.  Individuals who complete this course will be certified to perform Earthwork and Base Course Technician duties on SCDOT projects.  The participants are required to perform mathematical problems that occur while working as an earthwork and base course technician.  The instructors for the course are made up of knowledgeable industry consultants, equipment manufacturers, academia, and SCDOT representatives.

Course Outline:
To become certified, participants are required to attend a four-and-a-half (4½) day course, pass a written exam (open book and open notes) with a score of 80% or higher, and individually demonstrate proficiency (closed book and closed notes) in the following required field tests:

  • Stockpile Sampling of Aggregate (SC-T-1 and 2)
  • Moisture Content with Speedy Moisture Tester (SC-T-22)
  • One-Point Proctor (SC-T-29)
  • Density with Nuclear Gauge (SC-T-31)        

Participants must score 80% or higher on each individual test during the field demonstration portion. 

Topics covered in the course include:

  • Nuclear Density Gauge Operation and Handling
  • Pipe Construction
  • Soil as a Construction Material
  • Compaction Theory
  • Sediment and Erosion Control
  • Types of Samples and Tests
  • SCDOT Sampling and Testing Procedures
    • Stockpile Sampling of Aggregate (SC-T-1 and 2)
    • Moisture Content with Speedy Moisture Tester (SC-T-22)
    • One-Point Proctor (SC-T-29)
    • Density with Nuclear Gauge (SC-T-31)
  • Geosynthetics and Related Materials
  • SCDOT Specifications
  • SCDOT Forms and Related Calculations

Entry Requirements/What to Expect:
The first day of the Earthwork and Base Course Technician course involves nuclear gauge certification, which is conducted by a representative from Troxler.  All participants attending the Earthwork and Base Course Technician Certification course must attend this portion of the course.  There are NO EXCEPTIONS to the required attendance for nuclear gauge certification, regardless of your current certification status.

Prerequisites for All Participants

  • Experience form signed by a certified Earthwork and Base Course Technician confirming: 
    • EITHER 6 months of related experience in asphalt roadway construction  
    • OR successful completion of the Pre-Highway Construction Inspector/Testing Technician: Asphalt Roadway and Earthwork training course (offered through Tri-County Technical CCE Division) plus 1 month of related work experience. 
    • NOTE: In the case of successful completion of the Pre-Highway Construction Inspector course, participants will be allowed to attempt certification as part of that course without attending a separate certification course. 

Additional Prerequisites for SCDOT Participants Only

Re-certification Requirements:
There are now two options available for re-certification as an Earthwork and Base Course Technician.

  1. Exam only
  2. Attend full Earthwork and Base Course Technician course

Exam Only Option
Individuals who pass the written exam with a score of 80% or higher will be re-certified to perform Earthwork and Base Course Technician duties on SCDOT projects for a period of three years. No re-test option is available for individuals who do not pass the written exam.  If an individual does not pass the written exam, that individual must attend a full Earthwork and Base Course Technician course in order to attempt certification again.

Full Course Option
Individuals who complete the four-and-a-half (4½) day course, pass the written exam with a score of 80% or higher, and pass all four (4) field tests will be re-certified to perform Earthwork and Base Course Technician duties on SCDOT projects for a period of five years. If an individual does not pass the written exam but scores at least 60% or higher, one re-test attempt is allowed for an additional fee. One re-test attempt is also allowed for each of the four (4) field tests.  In that individual does not pass the written exam (and/or the field tests, if applicable) during the re-test attempt, the individual must attend another full Earthwork and Base Course Technician course in order to attempt certification again.

Frequency of Re-certification:
The certification period is three years with the exam only option and five years when taking the full course.  It is the responsibility of the individual to keep track of his/her certification expiration date. The individual is also responsible for registering for the re-certification exam or course, attending the re-certification exam or course, passing the written exam with a score of 80% or higher, and passing all four (4) field proficiency tests.

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(within the 864 area code) or e-mail conted@tctc.edu

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Toll-free (within the 864 Area Code) at 1-866-269-5677, ext. 1700
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Pendleton Campus
Monday through Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Saturday: Hours vary weekly

Anderson Campus
Monday through Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Saturday: Hours vary weekly

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Monday through Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Saturday: Hours vary weekly

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