Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS)/ Drone Policy Training

  • October 11, 2016 from noon - 1 p.m. (online)

This course will cover the basics of the MnDOT Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) policy signed in June 2015 and updated in August 2016, including the basics of UAS with a focus on the acceptable MnDOT UAS use, the MnDOT UAS approval process, UAS legal requirements and MnDOT requirements for drone use.

To register email James Pontius at james.pontius@state.mn.us.

Signal and Lighting Certification

  • January 10-11, 2017, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the MnDOT Shoreview Training Center
  • February 14-15, 2017, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the MnDOT Shoreview Training Center
  • April 25-26, 2017, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the MnDOT Shoreview Training Center

This two-day course includes review of contract documents, Gopher State One Call procedures, staking traffic signals, installation of traffic signal and lighting components above and underground, final inspection of electrical systems, activating traffic signals and roadway lighting systems, as-built plans. This course is designed to educate participants on MnDOT standard procedures for traffic signal and lighting system inspection and construction. This class comes with 12 PDH (Professional Development Hours), 16 IMSA (International Municipal Signal Association) credits and 8 MnDLI Electrical/Elevator continuing education credits.

Cost: $350

For more information and to register visit, http://www.dot.state.mn.us/trafficeng/education/Signal_Lighting.html.

Signal and Lighting Recertification

  • January 12, 2017, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the MnDOT Shoreview Training Center
  • February 16, 2017, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the MnDOT Shoreview Training Center
  • April 27, 2017, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the MnDOT Shoreview Training Center

This one-day course includes the latest changes in technology, signal and lighting hardware, specifications and procedures.

Cost: $250

For more information and to register visit, http://www.dot.state.mn.us/trafficeng/education/Signal_Lighting.html.

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.