Illinois Department of Transportation, Erica Borggren, Acting Secretary
Patrick J. Quinn, Governor
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Overview of Technical Training
Conducted by the Bureau of
Local Roads and Streets

The Department’s technical training program currently consists of four separate training programs.  Technical training classes differ from the management leadership classes due to the fact that a majority of these classes are offered to outside entities as well, not just Department employees.

  • Local Roads & Streets Technology Transfer Program (T2) - The Technology Transfer (T2) Program is a nationwide effort financed jointly by the Federal Highway Administration and state departments of transportation.  Its purpose is to interchange the latest state-of-the-art technology in the areas of roads and bridges by translating the technology into terms understood by local and state highway or transportation personnel.  Local Units of Government personnel have priority for enrollment, consultants will be accepted if space allows.  Land Surveyors, Structural Engineers and Civil Engineers will be able to earn Professional Development Hours (PDHs) for identified seminars. 

  • National Highway Institute (NHI) Program - The National Highway Institute (NHI) mission is to develop and deliver training programs for all public and private sector organizations involved in transportation.  NHI, the training arm of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is the main source of course materials and training in new highway methods and technology.  NHI is a program that brings to each state the leading authorities and principle exponents of various areas of transportation technology.  These programs bring the latest developments in structures, design, environment, construction, planning, safety construction, and maintenance.  These programs are designed to fill the “educational gap” between college and university courses and the unmet needs of transportation agencies.  Certain programs are conducted by FHWA employees, principally where those courses are concerned with Federal guidelines and regulations.  Other programs are conducted by recognized authorities in their respective fields.

  •  Program Development (PD) Technical Training Program - The Program Development (PD) Technical Training was developed to expand the technical skills needed by employees who perform Phase I and Phase II tasks related to project development, preparation of plans, specifications, and estimates (PS&E), and bridge engineering for scheduled lettings.  The program covers a broad curriculum of specific technical topics as well as overviews of policies and procedures for developing projects and preparing plans.  The program provides a general understanding of plan preparation and environmental constraints and impacts, a solid grasp of consultant management techniques, formatting and documentation procedures, and specialized programs for engineers and technicians.  Professional Development Hours (PDHs) will be awarded for certain identified programs.

  • Specific Task Training Program (STTP) - The Specific Task Training Program provides training opportunities in subjects directly related to IDOT projects.  The courses are designed to convey the latest in regulations and techniques for each “specific task."  The training ensures that participants can utilize the skills that are required for completion of upcoming projects and future job assignments.  Professional Development Hours (PDHs) will be awarded for identified seminars.


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