Students must be currently working in a registered apprenticeship program in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training. The apprenticeship program prepares the student to earn a journey-level status in Pile Driving, as well as an Associate of Applied Science degree in Applied Industrial Technology. A four-year apprenticeship emphasizes the skill set required to be a highly skilled craftsman. Pile Driving is the art of driving down piles with rigs that are large machines that resemble cranes. Work can include driving concrete and metal piling as part of a foundation system, or driving wood and concrete piling to support docks and bridges. Pile Drivers can also be found on offshore oil rigs and as commercial divers in underwater construction.

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Program Admission Requirements

  • High School Diploma/GED
  • Intent-to-hire agreement with participating contractor

​Other Information

  • Participant must be working in an apprenticeship in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program is designed to prepare students to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  1. Communicate verbally, nonverbally and in writing with the construction team that includes members of other trades, contractor and government agencies.
  2. Work independently and in a team environment to accomplish the job in a timely and professional manner.
  3. Recognize, analyze and apply critical thinking to resolve issues as they arise, minimize waste and improve productivity.
  4. Use appropriate personal protective equipment and fall protection to ensure a safe and environmentally sensitive work environment in accordance with OSHA and other federal, state, local and contractor’s standards and policies.
  5. Exhibit pride of craftsmanship, reliability, commitment to the organization and take opportunities to upgrade skills.
  6. Apply basic math concepts and operations and blueprint reading to accurately determine layout in order to fabricate and install various construction tasks that minimize waste.
  7. Be certified in OSHA, CPR/First Aid, Scaffold, fall protection and MSDS.
  8. Use cranes, vibrating hammers and drilling rigs to drive and secure various types of piling to develop foundations for bridges and commercial buildings.
  9. Use appropriate equipment, sheeting and lagging in order to build permanent and temporary retaining walls for a variety of construction projects.
  10. Setup and use crane(s) to support the equipment and drive various types of piling.
  11. Be certified in rigging and welding.

Suggested Semester Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
ATCT-1301 Introduction to Carpentry 2
ATCT-1310 Carpentry Safety 2
ATMW-1340 Introduction to Pile Driving 2
ATPD-1330 Print Reading for Pile Driving 2
CNST-1281 Construction Engineering Orientation 3
MATH-1xxx1000-level MATH course or higher 3
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition I
Honors College Composition I
 Credit Hours17
Second Semester
ATMW-1450 Heavy Rigging 2
ATMW-1490 Millwright Pile Driver Weld I 2
ATPD-1310 Technical Measurements, Hand & Power Tool Use in Pile Driving 2
ATPD-1370 Pile Driving on Land and Water 2
CNST-1510 Green Building & Sustainability I 3
Arts & Humanities requirement 3
Select one of the following: 3
Computer Applications
Honors Computer Applications
 Credit Hours17
Third Semester
ATMW-2230 Millwright Pile Driver Weld II 2
ATPD-2020 Pile Driving Technologies 2
CNST-1731 Construction Print Reading 3
Communication requirement 1 3
Social & Behavioral Science/Natural and Physical Science requirement 3
 Credit Hours13
Fourth Semester
AIT-2990 Contracting in a Diverse World 3
ATMW-2520 Millwright PileDriver Weld III 2
ATPD-2700 Millwright-Pile Driver Weld IV 2
ATPD-2710 Millwright-Pile Driver Weld V 2
CNST-2131 Construction Methods and Materials 3
CNST-2990 Construction Estimating & Cost Analysis 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours62

ENG-2151 Technical Writing highly recommended.

MATH-1140, MATH-1141, MATH-1200, MATH-1270, and MATH-1280 can no longer count towards fulfilling the college-level mathematics requirement.  These courses were re-classified as developmental mathematics by the state of Ohio in 2016.  Tri-C established a 5-year transitioning window for students who had completed these courses prior to 2016 to apply them towards meeting graduation requirements, which expired in Summer 2021. It is highly recommended to see a counselor to determine the appropriate math required for your current major.