It is recommended that each District and Resident Engineer periodically assess the need for training of individuals and make arrangements to provide needed training during the construction "off season".
One word of caution, however. Training is not recommended as a method of "making work" or "keeping busy". Rather, a sincere effort should be made to increase the employee's understanding of specific work assignments and to improve techniques concerning these assignments.
Training should be a continuous, ongoing activity. Training in specific subjects can be conducted in the Resident Office by any qualified employee and at almost any time. Training need not be organized in a formal classroom or field set up in order to be effective. Ideally, all employees who have been with the Department for as long as 2 or 3 years will have had some training, formal or informal, in all of the various inspection and surveying tasks that are routinely performed by Resident Engineer personnel.
(b) Self-help Courses.
There are several basic self-help courses available to field
employees. In general, these certificate issued for successful
contain basic information for personnel. There is no completion, but the information learned from theses can
help entrance level personnel future classroom courses.
(1) Basic Highway Construction Inspection. This self-help course exposes newer employees to the major field inspection activities performed by Construction Division personnel, in addition to introducing employees to the Specifications and the plans. Employees participating must answer questions after the various sections of the text.
Prerequisite: None. Text: Three chapters, 86 pages (Supplemental reading is required in the Resident
Engineers Manual and the Specifications.) (2) Highway Engineering Technical Mathematics
Obtained from another
state, this self-help course is a very comprehensive basic mathematics course. employee participating will be required to study the text and work problems given.
Prerequisite: None. Text: Eight chapters, 176 pages.
(3) Basic Construction Surveying. This self-help course exposes newer employees to basic surveying equipment and techniques. Employees participating must answer questions after completing various sections of the text. Some laboratory work with a more experienced employee is required.
Prerequisite: None. Text: Seven Chapters, 63 pages.
(c) Formal Training. Several formal classroom courses have been developed for
Construction Division. Arrangements contacting the Construction Office.