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Basics of Site Work

COURSE NO: C03-046
Basics of Site Work
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course describes the basic operations required to prepare a construction site before foundations can be poured and walls erected.  Site surveys, including construction surveys and the use of appropriate surveying instruments, are discussed first.  Then earthwork operations such as pioneering, grubbing, stripping, and drainage are introduced.  Soils testing is discussed.  Finally the permitting process, including utility interruption requests, excavation requests, and road closure requests is described.


Site work involves the preparation of the construction site before pouring foundations or erecting walls. It begins with site surveys using specialized surveying equipment and methods. This is followed by obtaining building permits for various aspects of the project, working closely with local authorities. Once that work is underway, site and building layout begins. Leveling and grading are key components in building sound structures, taking into account the types of existing soils to determine whether soil stabilization is required before construction begins.


This 3 PDH online course is intended for civil and environmental engineers, land planners, and others whose seek a basic, introductory knowledge of the principles of site development.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Understanding the types of and needs for permits
  • Learning how to classify soils based on soils tests
  • Learning how to apply the principles of differential leveling
  • Knowing how to lay out building lines to determine the boundaries of the excavations
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review Chapter 5, “Site Work” of the U.S. Navy Engineering Nonresident Training Course, Builder Basic, NAVEDTRA 14043A, published October, 2010.

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Basics of Site Work (8.7 MB)
Course Quiz

Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of twenty (20) questions to earn 3 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on the entire NAVEDTRA Publication.

The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

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