Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Roadway signing courses

Sign Plan Design: Conventional Roads

Schedule: every other year
Next offered: June 1-3, 2021 virtually
Course announcement (PDF)
Description: This is a two day course that is designed to enable participants to obtain an understanding of the fundamental signing concepts and MnDOT standard practices related to the design of signing on conventional roads.  
Audience: State, county, city and consultant staff involved in preparing signing plans.

Sign Plan Design: Expressways and Complex Intersections

Schedule: every other year
Next offered: Fall 2021
Description: This is a one day course that is designed to enable participants to acquire design skills in assembling signing plans for expressways and complex intersections. This class will include design of monotube and I-beam sign structures.
Audience: State, county, city and consultant staff involved in preparing signing plans.

Sign Plan Design: Freeways

Schedule: every other year
Next offered: Spring 2022
Description: This is a one day course that is designed to enable participants to acquire design skills in assembling signing plans for freeways. This class will include design of overhead truss sign structures.  
Audience: State, county, city and consultant staff involved in preparing signing plans.

Traffic Signs 101 Course

Schedule: annually
Last offered: February 10-11, 2021 virtually
Course announcement (PDF)
Description: This is a two‐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.
Audience: State, county, city and consultant professionals involved in traffic signing or individuals that receive requests for traffic signs. 

Traffic Guide Sign Design Course

Schedule: every other year
Next offered: Fall 2021
Past course announcement: Course announcement (Word)
Description: To enable MnDOT and consultant engineering personnel to acquire basic design skills needed to design traffic guide signs using the SignCAD Software. This two day course is designed for persons who need to acquire guide sign design skills. SignCAD will be used to demonstrate basic sign design elements for as many traffic guide sign examples as time permits. Participants will receive a MnDOT Traffic Guide Sign Manual, but will NOT receive a copy of the SignCAD Software.
Audience: MnDOT and consultant engineering sign design personnel who will be using SignCAD.

Sign Design Training: Sign CAD Software Updates (2k font)

Schedule: as needed
Last offered: June 23-24, 2020
Past course announcement: Course announcement (PDF)
Description: This is a 2 hour/day, 2 day seminar designed for sign designers using Sign CAD. Sign CAD is a sign design software for the Minnesota Department of Transportation. This training will provide participants with an overview of guide signs and provide information on Sign CAD version 9.1 updates including 2k font.
Audience: State, county, city and consultant sign designers using Sign CAD