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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.

Blueprint Reading for Highway Workers

Location: MD T2 Center at College Park, Maryland
Date: September 26, 2018
Time: 8:30am-3:30pm

Today’s highway workers use a variety of blueprints and drawings to guide them in accurately performing the construction and maintenance of roadways and related components. Upon successful completion of this course instructed by Glynn Stoffel, the student will be able to read and interpret the drawings included in a set of highway plans. At the conclusion of the course, the student will be able to:
  • Recognize and define the various lines and symbols used in plan construction.
  • Describe and discuss the characteristics of plans, plats, profiles, views, details and other drawings found in a set of working plans.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use engineer’s and architect’s scales.
  • Describe how to effectively use plans in the field.
  • Obtain a score of at least 70% on the review test.

Professional Development Hours: 7.0.
Registration Fees: The following will be charged for this course, $110 MD Local Gov't Agenices and $125 All Other Registrants


Techniques for Reducing Construction and Maintenance Costs

Location: MD T2 Center at College Park, Maryland
Date: September 27, 2018
Time: 8:30pm - 3:30pm

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 Fees: There is a $99 registration fee for all participants. 


Designing Safer Roads for Pedestrians and Bicyclists 

Location: MD T2 Center at College Park, Maryland
Date: October 2, 2018
Time: 8:30am - 3:30pm

Pedestrians and bicyclists are susceptible to traffic injuries and fatalities, perhaps more so than drivers. Yet we design highways for the mobility of motorized traffic perhaps neglecting the needs of the most vulnerable, such as pedestrians and bicyclists. This course, instructed by Juan M. Morales, P.E., will teach participants how to diagnose pedestrian and bicyclist safety deficiencies and select the appropriate countermeasures to make conditions safer for all users. The course includes an overview of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility requirements and a field trip where students will be exposed to various design elements. Engineering countermeasures will be emphasized but education and enforcement countermeasures will also be covered. Upon Completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand pedestrian and bicyclist traffic
  • Describe their needs,
  • Diagnose crash causes
  • Select proper countermeasures
  • Identify safety-related geometric design elements (including roundabouts and bicycle lanes), and
  • Describe disable pedestrian considerations as per the American with Disabilities Act (ADA).
The following modules will be covered:
  1. Course Introduction
  2. Infrastructure Safety Management
  3. Understanding Pedestrians and Bicyclists
  4. Pedestrians and Bicyclists Countermeasures
  5. ADA Requirements
  6. Roundabouts
  7. Field Trip
  8. Development of a Safety Action Plan
Audience: Engineer, Safety and Roadway Designers as well as individuals with Traffic/Transportation interests.
Professional Development Hours: 6.0
Registration Fees: There is a $100 registration fee charged for this course.

Winter Maintenance

Location: MD T2 Center at College Park, Maryland
Date: October 25, 2018
Time: 8:30pm - 3:30pm

This course covers all aspects of winter operations- planning and organizing, methods of snow and ice control, salt usage, and winter equipment maintenance. Instructed by Ed Stellfox this lesson will include usage of snow maps, formal snow plans, snow plow and salt spreader operation. This course in intended for municipal officials, road commissioners, supervisors, superintendents, publics works and maintenance personnel, equipment operators, and city or town managers.

Professional Development Hours: 6.0.
Registration Fees: There is a $99 registration fee for all participants. 


To Signalize or not to Signalize: MUTCD Warrants

Location: MD T2 Center at College Park, Maryland
Date: October 30, 2018
Time: 8:30pm - 4:00pm

The To Signalize or Not To Signalize Course instructed by Dane Ismart covers the MUTCD criteria for determining whether the installation of a traffic control signal is justified at a particular location. The course includes an analysis of the factors for existing operations and safety at study locations and the potential to improve these conditions. The following warrants are discussed in detail and include:

Warrant 1 – Eight-Hour Vehicular Volume

Warrant 2 – Four-Hour Vehicular Volume

Warrant 3 – Peak Hour

Warrant 4 – Pedestrian Volumes

Warrant 5 – School Crossing

Warrant 6 – Coordinated Signal System

Warrant 7 - Crash Experience

Warrant 8 – Roadway Network

Warrant 9 – Intersection Near a Railroad Grade Crossing

The course will also cover warrants for four-way stops as well as alternatives to traffic control signals. A detailed discussion of the advantages and disadvantages both in the terms of capacity and safety of various types of traffic controls will be presented. The basis for both the installation and the removal of traffic control devices will be discussed.

As part of the course, workshop problems will be given to the class participants. The class will be provided intersection field data and will determine if signals are warranted for the sample intersections. After completing the intersection analysis. MUTCD signal analysis software will be demonstrated and the workshop problems will be evaluated based on the microcomputer analysis.

Who Should Attend: Traffic Engineers and transportation planners involved in the design and planning of corridors and intersections.

Professional Development Hours: 6.0.

Registration Fees: There is a $110 registration fee for all participants. 


Work Zone Design

Location: MD T2 Center at College Park, Maryland
Date: November 5-6, 2018
Time: 8:30am - 3:30pm (both days)

The course instructed by Juan M. Morales, P.E. will give participants knowledge of the entire temporary traffic control (TTC) process: planning, design, review, installation, maintenance, and inspection of temporary traffic control for highway work zones. Issues regarding planning, design, review, and operation of temporary traffic control are covered, including pedestrian accessibility, worker safety, human factors, and legal aspects.

The material is based on Part 6 of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) and are modified to address Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) TTC standards and guidelines. 

Topics Covered:

  • Introduction to TTTC
  • TTC Standards and Guidelines (MUTCD and MD SHA)
  • Fundamental Principles of Traffic Control
  • Human Factors
  • Component Part of the TTC Zones
  • Traffic Control Devices
  • The Typical Project
    • Planning
    • Design
    • Installation
    • Inspection
    • Enhancements and Modifications
    • Constructability Reviews
    • Removal
  • Traffic Control Plan Strategies
  • MD SHA Standards, Guidelines and Practices
  • Legal Aspects of TTC
  • Workshops

The course is aimed at individuals who are responsible for the design, review, or modification of temporary traffic control for work zones adjacent to and within roads and highways.  The course will also be of interest to those responsible for installation, operation, and inspection.

Professional Development Hours: 12.0.
Registration Fees: The following registration fees will be charged for this course, $199 for MD local government participants and $210 for all other participants.


Designing Pedestrian Facilities for ADA

LocationMD T2 Center at College Park, Maryland
Date: November 7-8, 2018
Time: 8:30am - 3:30pm (day one) and 8:30am - 12:00pm (day two)

Upon completion of this day and a half course instructed by Juan M. Morales, P.E., the participant will be able to identify applicable laws, regulations, guidelines, and standards pertaining to accessibility for persons with disabilities. Know the requirements for ensuring accessibility in existing facilities vs. work in new construction and alterations. Identify some of the challenges in the Public Right-of-Way (PROW) faced by persons with disabilities. Review design elements necessary for achieving accessibility in the PROW, including work zones. Identify best practices. There will be (weather permitting) a field visit to a nearby intersection to assess its design and accessibility. Topics covered in the course include: 

  • Laws, Regulations, and Pedestrian Characteristics
  • Pedestrian Access Routes
  • Curb Ramps and Other Transitions
  • Detectable Warning Surfaces
  • Pedestrian Crossings
  • Accessible Pedestrian Signals
  • Pedestrian Facilities and Temporary Pedestrian (TPAR) in Work Zones
  • Field Visit

Professional Development Hours: 10.0
Regisration Fees: $125 for Maryland Local government participants and $150 for all others.


Flagger Certification

Location: MD T2 Center at College Park, Maryland
Date: November 8, 2018
Time: 12:30pm - 3:00pm (Please note time change)
 
The safety of workers, motorists and pedestrians is dependent upon the flaggers' performance. Since the flagger position involves safety, proper training is vital; flaggers are expected to pass a test to prove their proficiency and competence level. A MD SHA-approved ATSSA (American Traffic Safety Services Association) flagger card will be issued upon satisfactory completion of this course. This will be valid for 4 years and is acceptable in several states, including MD, VA and DC.
 
The class instructed by Juan M. Morales, P.E. is presented in PowerPoint© and will include a 25-question multiple choice exam and a flagger demonstration (dexterity test).  Students will receive their ATSSA Flagger Certification card the day of the course (upon passing the exam).
 
The course is intended for anyone whose actions affect safety of contemporary traffic control work zones, including traffic managers, traffic technicians, inspectors and designers.
 
Professional Development Hours: 4.0.
Registration Fees: There is a $100 registration fee charged for all participants.

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