Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Trainings & Workshops

ADA Training: Understanding Requirements and Developing a Transition Plan

  • December 13 in Detroit Lakes from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • December 14 in Baxter from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • December 18 in St. Paul from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • December 19 in Willmar from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • December 21 in Duluth from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

This full-day training will provide attendees with an understanding of the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Our built environment is continually evolving, and the ADA is a critical piece of the puzzle. Since 1992, our buildings, roadways, and pavements have been required to be accessible.

This course is designed to guide local agencies in their efforts to complete the Self-Evaluations and Transition Plans required under the ADA. This course will provide context for the full implementation of Title II of the ADA but primarily focus on the responsibility of local agencies to build and maintain accessible pedestrian infrastructure (sidewalks, curb ramps, signals, etc.).

With additional content covering ADA design and construction, the training will provide attendees with information on the nuts and bolts of accessibility to help improve agency efficiency and influence project planning. The training will also cover the minimum requirements under the law along with recommendations for best practices from the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Cost: No cost but registration is required

For more information and to register visit http://www.mnltap.umn.edu/training/topic/ada/understanding/.

Intelligent Compaction and Paver Mounted Thermal Profiling Special Provisions and VETA Software

This one-day course will cover the duties and responsibilities related to “(2016) Quality Management – Paver Mounted Thermal Profile (PMTP) Method” and “(2016) Quality Management Special – Intelligent Compaction (IC) Method”. Hands-on computer training on how to use Veta for analyzing and reviewing data will also be provided, along with instruction on how to complete forms. Topics covered: background information on both the PMTP and IC technologies; system requirements; lot and sublot establishments; standardized naming of lots; design file requirements; monetary price adjustments; import of data, design files and spot test data into Veta; creation of Veta filters and standardized filter naming conventions; creation of sublots within Veta; Veta mapping, viewing and analyses; completion of required forms.

Cost: No fee

For more information and to register, see the Intelligent Compaction and Paver Mounted Thermal Profiling Special Provisions and VETA Software form (Word, 50 KB)

Signal and Lighting Certification

  • January 17-18 from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the MnDOT Shoreview Training Center
  • February 13-14 from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the MnDOT Shoreview Training Center
  • April 24-25 from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the MnDOT Shoreview Training Center

This two day course includes review of contract documents, components, and the construction of traffic control signal and lighting systems. This course is designed to educate participants on MnDOT construction standards, procedures, and specifications for traffic control signal and lighting systems and obtain MnDOT Signal and Lighting certification up to five years. The course will be taught in a traditional classroom setting and will end with a 90 minute open book exam. A minimum score of 70 percent is required to pass.

Cost: $350

For more information and to register, see the certification registration form (Word, 55 KB)

Signal and Lighting Recertification

  • January 19 from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the MnDOT Shoreview Training Center
  • February 15 from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the MnDOT Shoreview Training Center
  • April 26 from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the MnDOT Shoreview Training Center

This abbreviated single day course is to review and stay up to date on the latest changes in technology, components, contract documents, and construction procedures of MnDOT traffic control signals and lighting systems. The course is designed for those whose MnDOT Signal and Lighting certification is still valid but near expiration and allows them to maintain their certification for an additional five years. The course will be taught in a traditional classroom setting and will end with a 60 minute open book exam. A minimum score of 70 percent is required to pass.

Cost: $250

For more information and to register, see the recertification registration form (Word, 55 KB)

Sign Maintenance and Management for Local Agencies

This online distance-learning course was created to provide a concise, cohesive set of sign maintenance and management materials to employees of cities, counties, and municipalities. The development of this course stemmed from the realization that no consistent sign training is available locally and that many key maintenance staff are retiring without transferring their knowledge to younger staff. In addition, it is often challenging for maintenance staff to attend workshops and training in person, since their schedules change frequently and are often weather-dependent.

This course will help maintenance staff better understand sign materials, placement, installation, and retroreflectivity, as well as general maintenance and management practices. In addition, students will learn how to use and navigate the Minnesota Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MN MUTCD) and understand new federal requirements related to sign maintenance and management.

The course consists of 10 lessons, each containing a narrated presentation, video clips, and a quiz. Participants can complete the course, which will take about 10 hours, at their own pace.

Course Lessons

  • General overview
  • Minnesota Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices
  • Sign policy
  • Sign materials
  • Safety
  • Sign placement
  • Sign installation
  • Sign retroreflectivity
  • Sign maintenance and management
  • Addressing and street name signs

Cost: $65 ($75 to register for a Continuing Education Credit)

For further details and to register, visit http://www.mnltap.umn.edu/training/topic/traffic/onlinesign/index.html.

Traffic Signals 101

  • January 25 from 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

This is a one day introductory traffic signal course designed to enable entry level traffic personnel to acquire a basic knowledge of traffic signals. The course study will be broad and basic. After completion of the course, the student will have an understanding of how/why a signal is installed, what a signal agreement is, and will have a basic understanding of signal plans, operations, and component names. Each participant will receive a course manual.

Cost: $100 MnDOT employees, $200 non-MnDOT customers

For further details and to register, see the Traffic Signals 101 form (Word, 40 KB).