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Course Description

- Local Agencies Only Enrollment -

- Illinois Center for Transportation (ICT) Administered Classes -

- National Highway Institute (NHI) Classes -

The Illinois Department of Transportation and/or the Technology Transfer Center will not be handling
enrollments for the National Highway Institute (NHI) classes this training season. For additional information
on NHI classes, visit their website at https://www.nhi.fhwa.dot.gov/default.aspx

- QC/QA Training -

The Illinois Department of Transportation QC/QA Training is administered by Lake Land College. For
additional information on locations, schedules, and fees visit their web site at:
www.lakeland.cc.il.us/idotqcqa.

 

 

Course Descriptions

Americans with Disability Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG)/PROWAG Seminar

PURPOSE: This seminar includes presentations by the United States Access Board, Office of the Illinois
Attorney General, Federal Highway Administration – IL Division, and Illinois Department of Transportation
that will discuss the American’s with Disability Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) that impact highway
agencies. It will also provide an overview of Public Right-of-Way Accessibility Guidelines (PROWAG) that
are currently being developed.
TOPICS TO BE COVERED: ADAAG, PROWAG, and federal/state compliance requirements.
LENGTH OF COURSE: 1 day.
PDH’s: 6.0


Asset Management

PURPOSE: This course will provide students with a sufficient understanding of asset management principles and an idea about how these principles can be applied cost-effectively in a local agency environment.
PREREQUISITES: Knowledge and probability of involvement with the processes for reporting asset conditions and/or managing transportation assets.
TOPICS TO BE COVERED: Inventory and condition assessments, tailoring asset management activities to match an agency’s needs and resource constraints, developing an asset management program, setting performance targets, and selecting optimal strategies.
LENGTH OF COURSE: 1 day.
PDH’s: 6.0


Communicating through COLORS

PURPOSE: To help participants identify their own color (temperament) style and that of their supervisors,
peers and/or subordinates. In addition, it will provide a new understanding of learning and communication
styles that are in keeping with the color style of others.
TOPICS TO BE COVERED: Recognizing students own strengths and the strengths of others, building
instant rapport with others, learning to speak the language of their listeners, enhancing the ability to
understand how others process information, and modifying their own communication style to meet the
needs of other communication styles.
LENGTH OF COURSE: 1 day.
PDH’s: 6.0


Highway Engineering Principles

PURPOSE: To familiarize engineering and technical employees or refresh their knowledge of highway
terminology and procedures used in conjunction with engineering applications and the management of
streets and roads.
PREREQUISITES: Mathematics Refresher Course, Units 1 through 17, or equivalent; involvement in
highway design or highway project development activities.
TOPICS TO BE COVERED: Basic mathematics; horizontal and vertical curves; slopes and grades;
bituminous surface treatment; traffic, highway organization and funding.
LENGTH OF COURSE: 1 day.
PDH’s: 6.0


MFT Accounting and Auditing

PURPOSE: This course will enable students to properly record and account for MFT funds utilized on local
agency projects.
TOPICS TO BE COVERED: Accounting and auditing principles of MFT funds as established by the Illinois
Department of Transportation.
LENGTH OF COURSE: 1 day.
PDH’s: 6.0


Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) Training

PURPOSE: This course will provide the basic principles of traffic control that is contained in the MUTCD. It
will also provide guidance on the importance of compliance with the MUTCD and a general discussion on
how and why devices are included in the manual.
TOPICS TO BE COVERED: There will be sessions focusing on the concept of Positive Guidance, Human
Factors, and how they relate to proper traffic control, and highlights of each Part of the MUTCD.
LENGTH OF COURSE: 1 day.
PDH’s: 6.0


OSHA 10-Hour Construction

PURPOSE: To provide safety training for highway personnel on several work related topics. Participants receive an OSHA safety certificate.
TOPICS TO BE COVERED: Cranes, electrical, hazard communication, ladders & stairs, personal protection equipment, material handling, tools,
walking working surfaces, and welding safety.
LENGTH OF COURSE: 10 hours.
PDH’s: 10.0


Piling

PURPOSE: Introduction to foundation and piling inspection and testing procedures, field documentation, and discussion of problems encountered with piling installation.
PREREQUISITES: Probability of assignment to inspection and documentation of pile driving operation.
TOPICS TO BE COVERED: Determining energy requirements for hammers, blow counts, site safety, piling alignment, splicer requirements, bearing values, setting up of field books.
LENGTH OF COURSE: 1 day.
PDH’s: 6.0


Retroreflectivity

PURPOSE: To explain the new federal regulations on sign retroreflectivity as required by the MUTCD.
TOPICS TO BE COVERED: Types of sheeting required, sign management, inventory and inspection will
be covered.
LENGTH OF COURSE: ½ day.
PDH’s: 3.0


Road Safety Assessment (RSA)

PURPOSE: Students will learn to identify, rank and develop countermeasures for road risks according to RSA procedures.
TOPICS TO BE COVERED: RSA risk identification, risk analysis, countermeasure selection and necessary documentation of the RSA process.
LENGTH OF COURSE: 2 days.
PDH’s: 12.0


Team Building Through COLORS

PURPOSE: Participants will focus on team building as it relates to their agency and their own color and
evaluate the impact of conflict, communication, task assignments and temperament in building a successful
team.
PREREQUISITES: Communicating through COLORS Course
TOPICS TO BE COVERED: The four stages of team building: storming, forming, norming and performing
and how conflict and communication affect team building.
LENGTH OF COURSE: 1day.
PDH’s: 6.0
NOTE: Students will not be allowed to attend this course if the prerequisite, Communicating through COLORS, has not been met.


Understanding Specifications

PURPOSE: This course will enable students to identify the different types of contract documents and
explain the hierarchy of these contract documents, to understand the format and use of the Standard
Specifications, and to determine when and how to write effective special provisions and plan notes.
PREREQUISITES: Involvement in highway design, highway project development, or highway construction
activities.
TOPICS TO BE COVERED: Specifications, special provisions, pay items and plans.
LENGTH OF COURSE: 1 day.
PDH’s: 6.0


Work Zone Safety

PURPOSE: To familiarize engineering and technical employees or refresh their knowledge of highway
terminology and procedures used in conjunction with engineering applications and the management of
streets and roads.
PREREQUISITES: Mathematics Refresher Course, Units 1 through 17, or equivalent; involvement in
highway design or highway project development activities.
TOPICS TO BE COVERED: Basic mathematics; horizontal and vertical curves; slopes and grades;
bituminous surface treatment; traffic, highway organization and funding.
LENGTH OF COURSE: 1 day.
PDH’s: 6.0


Local Agencies Only Enrollment


ArcGIS - Introduction (For Local Agency Personnel Only)

PURPOSE: This three-day course will introduce the student to ArcGIS 9.X.
TOPICS TO BE COVERED: ArcGIS software, ArcMap, ArcCatalog and Arc ToolBox, customizing the
ArcGIS interface, working the Geodatabases and tables, reviewing the locations of GIS data, Linear
Referencing (Dynamic Segmentation), queries, data’s spatial reference, working with external data and
GPS data, and creating maps.
LENGTH OF COURSE: 3 days.
PDH’s: 18.0


ArcGIS – Building a Map Document/Working with Layouts (For Local Agency Personnel Only)

PURPOSE: This class will cover ArcMap and ArcCatalog and will review the ArcMap interface, where GIS
data is stored.
TOPICS TO BE COVERED: Adding data to a map document, working with layers such as changing the
drawing order, symbol, color and size and working with the layout view to create a map.
LENGTH OF COURSE: 1 day.
PDH’s: 6.0


ArcGIS – Labeling/Annotation Layers & Layouts (For Local Agency Personnel Only)

PURPOSE: This class will cover reviewing adding data to a map document, changing symbol, and
reordering layers.
TOPICS TO BE COVERED: New material will include working with labels such as labeling with attributes,
text and shields.
LENGTH OF COURSE: 1 day.
PDH’s: 6.0


ArcGIS - Queries (For Local Agency Personnel Only)

PURPOSE: The student will learn to develop and use queries utilizing the ArcGIS software
TOPICS TO BE COVERED: Setting the selectable layer, controlling the identify tool to display what you desire, the find tool to locate features by attributes, address or route location, selecting features based on attribute query, and selecting features by location associated with other feature(s).
LENGTH OF COURSE: 1 day.
PDH’s: 6.0


Flagger Training (for Local Agency Personnel Only)

PURPOSE: This class provides training to local agency personnel for their
day labor and maintenance activities. It meets requirements established
by the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) and the
Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
PREREQUISITES: This course is available to local agency highway
personnel holding a valid driver’s license or an Illinois Identification Card
from the Secretary of State.
TOPICS TO BE COVERED: Traffic control devices, the flagger’s role in
work zone safety, Illinois laws and responsibilities, and flagging
procedures.
LENGTH OF COURSE: ½ day.
PDH’s: 3.0


Tractor/Mower Operator Safety Training (for Local Agency Personnel Only)

PURPOSE: This class will focus on the operation and safety of the mower and provide hands-on training
on the equipment, safe operating techniques and the use of personal protection gear.
TOPICS TO BE COVERED: Proper operation of the mower, hands-on training, safe operating techniques
and the use of personal protection gear.
LENGTH OF COURSE: 1 day.
PDH’s: 6.0


Illinois Center for Transportation (ICT) Administered Classes


Documentation of Contract Quantities

PURPOSE: To provide the student with the ability to document, with some supervision, contract quantities
to Federal and State standards.
PREREQUISITES: Mathematics Refresher Course, Units 1 through 15, or equivalent; one year
construction experience and familiarity with general highway construction terminology and practice.
TOPICS TO BE COVERED: Project diary entries; quantity book preparation and entries; cross-reference
system; extra work reports, and the measurement and calculation of pay items for pay quantities occurring
in road and bridge plans.
LENGTH OF COURSE: 3 days.
PDH’s: 18.0

NOTE: Effective July 2008: The Documentation of Contract Quantities class will be administered by the Illinois Center for Transportation (ICT) and coordinated by Mary J. Fries of the University of Illinois. All transactions and correspondence will now be through ICT and not the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) Central Bureau of Construction or through the Technology Transfer Center.
Please visit the ICT website at www.ict.uiuc.edu/home/documentation_certification.html for more information.


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