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April 17, 2018

MnDOT, Dakota County Technical College partner with equipment donation

ROSEMOUNT, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation and Dakota County Technical College celebrated the donation Tuesday of MnDOT equipment to the school’s civil engineering technology program.

Officials from MnDOT joined the program instructor at DCTC at its Rosemount campus Tuesday afternoon to review the installed equipment and talk about the ongoing connection between the school and MnDOT District 6 in southeast Minnesota. MnDOT set up and calibrated the equipment earlier in the school year.

The equipment adds depth to a strong civil engineering technology program that offers hands-on and classroom training for careers in the construction and engineering industry. The equipment gives the students in the program additional exposure to equipment used in the field and provides them a greater range of experiences prior to seeking employment.

MnDOT donated equipment the equipment after it upgraded its own equipment at the materials lab in Rochester. It will aid students primarily in the materials testing area of construction.

MnDOT donated:

  • A gyratory compactor, which creates bituminous (blacktop) test specimens
  • Molds for making the specimens, hand tools and containers for preparing the bituminous to create the specimens.

From these specimens, various tests can be run to determine the specific gravity of the mix, the air voids (which are used for winter durability) and assist in determining compressive strength, durability.

Additionally, a Gilson Sieving device was also donated with all the screens for running gradations and setting up aggregates for various other tests of the materials for roads and other construction projects. A pickup truck was also donated to the program.

“This is equipment that is run in our state-of-the art material lab,” said Jeff Vlaminck, district engineer for MnDOT District 6 in southeast Minnesota. “It’s important for students to have equipment that they can learn and train on that is used professionally. We think this is a great partnership with a quality program.”

“It is great that two state agencies can work together,” said Alan Hancock, DCTC Civil Engineer Technology instructor. “We were still doing blacktop testing the old way as we could not afford a gyratory machine.  We really appreciate MnDOT donating their old one that still works very well for our purpose at DCTC.”

Dakota County Technical College (DCTC) provides collegiate-level education for employment that empowers individuals to enhance their opportunities for career advancement and success in a global economy. Our programs are relevant, affordable and flexible allowing students to graduate and transition into rewarding careers at 1/3 the cost of a private 2-year school. 

DCTC’s entrepreneurial, forward-thinking approach to education for employment means being responsive to evolving demographic and industry needs. From partnerships to resource alignment, DCTC works with stakeholders to discover their needs while ensuring the 21st century workforce is prepared for not just a job, but also a career.

MnDOT is the state’s transportation agency that plans, builds, operates and maintains a safe, accessible, efficient and reliable multimodal transportation system that connects people to destinations and markets throughout the state, regionally and around the world. MnDOT District 6, which represents an 11-county region in southeast Minnesota, is one of eight districts in the state.