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Listed are our currently scheduled courses. To register for a course simply fill out our registration form. If you don't see a course you'd like to take scheduled, you can request training. For more information on Professional Developmental Hours (PDH's) please visit our FAQ page. 

Introduction to Temporary Traffic Control

Location: Virtual Classroom
Date: December 7, 2022
Time: 8:30am-3:30pm

An introductory course to temporary traffic control (TTC)  in highway work zones. This one-day course instructed by Juan M. Morales, P.E. is designed to give participants a complete overview of TTC in work zones, including applicable standards, guidelines, traffic control devices, component parts and their requirements, installation/removal considerations, and pedestrian accessibility. This course will prepare participants to take the Maryland SHA Traffic Manager’s course.
 
Topics Covered/Agenda:

  • Introduction to temporary traffic control (TTC)
  • Quantification of the work zone safety problem
  • Standards and guidelines applicable in the State of Maryland (MD SHA)
  • Fundamental principles of TTC
  • Component parts of the TTC zone
  • Temporary traffic control devices
  • Tapers and other transitions 
  • Installation and removal considerations
  • Pedestrian accessibility

The instructor will briefly cover the use of temporary portable rumble strips in work zone areas.

The course is intended for anyone whose actions affect safety on temporary traffic control work zones, including traffic managers, traffic technicians, inspectors and designers.

Professional Development Hours: 6.0.
Registration Fee: This 6-hour virtual classroom course has a $45 registration fee.


Basic Drainage

Location: Virtual Classroom
Date: January 12, 2023
Time: 8:30am-3:00pm

This course instructed by Ed Stellfox emphasizes the importance of good drainage with discussions of water and its effects on roads, problems caused by improper drainage, and ways to handle these problems. It covers types of drainage facilities, ranging from ditches, culverts, subdrains, inlets and end structures. Their uses, materials, installation and maintenance as well as erosion control are addressed. It also introduces geosynthetic drainage applications. The following topics will be covered: importance of drainage, characteristics of water, system maintenance, drainage principles, surface and subsurface drainage, ditches, driveways, drainage culverts – materials and placement, headwalls, endwalls and inlets, erosion control, and geosynthetics in drainage.

Professional Development Hours: 6.0.
Registration Fee: This 6-hour virtual classroom course has a $45 registration fee.


Asphalt Roads - Common Maintenance Problems

Location: Virtual Classroom
Date: January 19, 2023
Time: 8:30am-12:30pm

Municipal employees with road maintenance responsibilities should understand the causes of common maintenance problems on asphalt roads and be  familiar with proper repair materials and methods. This course instructed by Ed Stellfox discusses causes and repair procedures for common problems such as cracking, potholes, rutting, corrugations, etc. The procedures cover materials, equipment, and techniques for lasting repairs. Also included, a brief discussion of surface treatment.

Professional Development Hours: 4.0.
Registration Fee: This 4-hour virtual classroom course has a $35 registration fee.


Preventive Pavement Maintenance (Learn about seal coates, slurry seals and microsurfacing)

Location: Virtual Classroom
Date: January 26, 2023
Time: 8:30am-3:00pm

This course is the first step in making your asphalt pavements last longer at lower costs. The course instructed by Ed Stellfox covers preventive maintenance treatments such as chip seals, slurry seals, and micro-surfacing and discusses when and where each technique could be effective. It presents application methods, including preparation, materials, equipment, operations and safety, along with practical tips on how to avoid trouble.
This course is open to municipal officials, road commissioners, supervisors, and superintendents; public works and maintenance personnel; equipment operators; and city or town managers.

Professional Development Hours: 6.0.
Registration Fee: This 6-hour virtual classroom course has a $45 registration fee.


Asphalt Resurfacing

Location: Virtual Classroom
Date: February 9, 2023
Time: 8:30am-12:30pm

This course instructed by Ed Stellfox reviews the various asphalt mixes, their components and their uses. Asphalt resurfacing procedures are covered, including preparation, material, equipment, operation and safety. Special emphasis is placed on proper rolling and compaction of the asphalt overlay. Superpave mix design is discussed as well.

Municipal officials, road commissioners, supervisors, and superintendents; public works and maintenance personnel; equipment operators; and city or town managers are encouraged to attend.

Professional Development Hours: 4.0.
Registration Fee: This 4-hour virtual classroom course has a $35 registration fee.


Asphalt Recycling

Location: Virtual Classroom
Date: February 16, 2023
Time: 8:30am-12:30pm

This course discusses the advantages of asphalt recycling as part of your road maintenance program. It covers techniques for recycling asphalt pavement, including surface recycling, hot mix recycling (both in plant and on-site), and cold mix recycling. The course instructed by Ed Stellfox emphasizes cold mix recycling, full depth reclamation, reviewing materials, equipment and operations. It also presents recent examples of asphalt recycling projects in several states. The following topics will be discussed: advantages; review of techniques -materials, equipment, and operations for surface recycling, hot-mix recycling, cold-mix recycling, and full depth reclamation.

Professional Development Hours: 4.0.
Registration Fee: This 4-hour virtual classroom course has a $35 registration fee.


Construction Mathematics

Location: Virtual Classroom
Date: March 2, 2023
Time: 8:30am-3:00pm

Construction inspectors may need to brush up on math skills specifically related to construction inspection, especially basic geometry, fractions, area, volume and conversions. The class lead by Ed Stellfox is a good refresher, and excellent preparation for the construction inspection class. The course was designed for road workers, foremen, superintendants, construction inspectors and supervisors in need of a refresher, especially in preparation for the Construction Inspections class.

Depending on the interest of the participants, the course may cover: whole number and fractions, decimals (for measurement and payment), mixed operation fractions and decimals, formula evaluation, techniques of algebra, ration and proportion, percentage, hints for problem solving, useful formulas, square and square roots, conversion, and transportation construction examples.

*Participants should bring a calculator, scale and straight edge; notebooks will be provided.

Professional Development Hours: 6.0.
Registration Fee: This 6-hour virtual classroom course has a $45 registration fee.


Traffic Signs

Location: Virtual Classroom
Date: March 9, 2023
Time: 8:30am-12:30pm

This half-day course instructed by Ed Stellfox  will cover the regulations and guidelines for traffic signs including; regulatory signs, warning signs, and guide signs. A review of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) will also be covered. An in depth discussion of sign examples, installation and maintenance, as well as sign management will be covered.

Professional Development Hours: 4.0.
Registration Fee: This 4-hour virtual classroom course has a $35 registration fee.


Road Surface Management

Location: Virtual Classroom
Date: March 16, 2023
Time: 8:30am-3:00pm

This course instructed by Ed Stellfox provides participants with the basic concepts of road surface management including inventory, distress identification, condition survey, strategies, programs, budgets, and field surveys. A Road Surface Management Systems software demonstration will also be conducted during this course.

Professional Development Hours: 6.0.
Registration Fee: This 6-hour virtual classroom course has a $45 registration fee.


Techniques for Reducing Construction and Maintenance Costs

Location: Virtual Classroom
Date: March 30, 2023
Time: 8:30am-3:00pm

Counties and municipalities bear a considerable financial burden with respect to the construction and maintenance of roadways. Inflation, increasing cost of labor, materials and fuel have risen steeply in the past few years. At the same time, municipal budgets have not kept pace. It is essential to conserve resources, find energy efficient and low maintenance materials and to use more efficient techniques. This workshop instructed by Ed Stellfox, will conclude with groups of participants developing a cost control plan for a project.

Professional Development Hours: 6.0.
Registration Fee: This 6-hour virtual classroom course has a $45 registration fee.

 

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