Minnesota Department of Transportation

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November 2014

Signal & Lighting Certification

This is a one‐day introductory Traffic Signs 101 Course that is designed to enable participants to acquire a basic understanding of how and why the determination is made to place a traffic sign at a particular site.  This course serves as an introduction for entry level traffic technicians and engineers, refresher course for experienced staff or an introduction to additional subjects related to traffic signs which may assist participants in responding to sign requests from the public.

Cost: $200

To register, complete Signal & Lighting Certification registration form (Word, 35 KB) and mail form and check payment to:

Gaylene Bissonette
Minnesota Department of Transportation
395 John Ireland Blvd
St. Paul, MN 55155

January 2015

Signal & Lighting Certification

This two-day course includes review of contract documents, Gopher 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. The course is taught entirely in the classroom and will conclude with a 90 minute open book exam on the Manual and class materials. A minimum score of 70% is required for certification.

Cost: $250

To register, complete Signal & Lighting Certification registration form (Word, 30 KB) and mail form and check payment to:

Gaylene Bissonette
Minnesota Department of Transportation
395 John Ireland Blvd
St. Paul, MN 55155

Signal & Lighting Recertification

This one-day course includes the latest changes in technology, signal and lighting hardware, specifications and procedures. This class comes with 6 Professional Development Hours, 8 International Municipal Signal Association credits and 8 MnDLI Electrical/Elevator continuing education credits. This course is taught entirely in the classroom and will conclude with a 60 minute open book exam on the Manual and class materials. A minimum score of 70% is required for recertification.

Cost: $150

To register, complete Signal & Lighting Recertification registration form (Word, 30 KB) and mail form and check payment to:

Gaylene Bissonette
Minnesota Department of Transportation
395 John Ireland Blvd
St. Paul, MN 55155

February 2015

Bridge Maintenance Academy II

  • February 9 - 13 at MnDOT's truck station in Shakopee from 8 am - 4:30 pm (Monday) and 7:30 am - 4 pm (Tuesday - Friday)

Participants will receive an introduction to the fundamentals required to perform bridge maintenance effectively including strategies for structural steel, shotcrete, timber bridge maintenance and formwork.  Participants will also be given the opportunity to observe experts and perform hands-on bridge maintenance tasks, such as concrete formwork, rebar placement, concrete placement, finishing and curing, chain dragging, concrete removal, patching and structural steel repair.

Cost: $75

To register, complete the Bridge Maintenance Academy II registration form (Word, 115 KB) and mail check payment to:

Norm Plasch
Minnesota Department of Transportation
395 John Ireland Blvd, MS 200
St. Paul, MN 55155

Signal & Lighting Certification

This two-day course includes review of contract documents, Gopher 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. The course is taught entirely in the classroom and will conclude with a 90 minute open book exam on the Manual and class materials. A minimum score of 70% is required for certification.

Cost: $250

To register, complete Signal & Lighting Certification registration form (Word, 30 KB) and mail form and check payment to:

Gaylene Bissonette
Minnesota Department of Transportation
395 John Ireland Blvd
St. Paul, MN 55155

Signal & Lighting Recertification

This one-day course includes the latest changes in technology, signal and lighting hardware, specifications and procedures. This class comes with 6 Professional Development Hours, 8 International Municipal Signal Association credits and 8 MnDLI Electrical/Elevator continuing education credits. This course is taught entirely in the classroom and will conclude with a 60 minute open book exam on the Manual and class materials. A minimum score of 70% is required for recertification.

Cost: $150

To register, complete Signal & Lighting Recertification registration form (Word, 30 KB) and mail form and check payment to:

Gaylene Bissonette
Minnesota Department of Transportation
395 John Ireland Blvd
St. Paul, MN 55155

Bridge Maintenance Academy III

  • February 23 - 27 at MnDOT's truck station in Shakopee from 8 am - 4:30 pm (Monday) and 7:30 am - 4 pm (Tuesday - Friday)

Participants will be given the opportunity to construct a small single span bridge in order to facilitate bridge jacking training.  As part of this exercise, participants will be able to observe experts and perform hands-on bridge maintenance tasks, such as setting elastomeric bearings, setting steel beams, fastening steel diaphragms, constructing bridge deck formwork, placing rebar, placing, finishing and curing bridge deck concrete, and installing a strip seal joint.  Following construction of the bridge, participants will receive an introduction to basic bridge jacking and bearing and joint maintenance fundamentals.

Cost: $75

To register, complete the Bridge Maintenance Academy III registration form (Word, 115 KB) and mail check payment to:

Norm Plasch
Minnesota Department of Transportation
395 John Ireland Blvd, MS 200
St. Paul, MN 55155

March 2015

Minnesota's Transportation Conference

  • March 3-5 at DoubleTree by Hilton in Bloomington

Minnesota’s Transportation Conference, the largest transportation event in the state, explores the latest transportation innovations and provides attendees with the chance to network with other professionals.

The 2015 conference will kick off with an opening reception in the late afternoon on March 3, followed by two full days of session March 4 and 5.

For more information or to register, visit http://www.mntransportationconference.org/.

April 2015

Signal & Lighting Certification

This two-day course includes review of contract documents, Gopher 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. The course is taught entirely in the classroom and will conclude with a 90 minute open book exam on the Manual and class materials. A minimum score of 70% is required for certification.

Cost: $250

To register, complete Signal & Lighting Certification registration form (Word, 30 KB) and mail form and check payment to:

Gaylene Bissonette
Minnesota Department of Transportation
395 John Ireland Blvd
St. Paul, MN 55155

Signal & Lighting Recertification

This one-day course includes the latest changes in technology, signal and lighting hardware, specifications and procedures. This class comes with 6 Professional Development Hours, 8 International Municipal Signal Association credits and 8 MnDLI Electrical/Elevator continuing education credits. This course is taught entirely in the classroom and will conclude with a 60 minute open book exam on the Manual and class materials. A minimum score of 70% is required for recertification.

Cost: $150

To register, complete Signal & Lighting Recertification registration form (Word, 30 KB) and mail form and check payment to:

Gaylene Bissonette
Minnesota Department of Transportation
395 John Ireland Blvd
St. Paul, MN 55155

May 2015

Bridge Maintenance Academy I

Participants will receive a classroom introduction to the fundamentals required to perform bridge maintenance effectively including bridge mechanics, bridge design concepts, plan reading, concrete, bridge safety, timber and bridge preservation. In addition, a full day tour of bridge construction projects or manufacturing facilities will expose participants to various aspects of bridge maintenance fundamentals.

Cost: $75

To register, complete the Bridge Maintenance Academy I registration form (Word, 115 KB) and mail check payment to:

Norm Plasch
Minnesota Department of Transportation
395 John Ireland Blvd, MS 200
St. Paul, MN 55155