LTAP Roads Scholar Program

The Roads Scholar Program

The Roads Scholar Program is an educational certification series offered to county, municipal and tribal government elected officials and their employees. It presents courses related to the technical aspects of planning, maintaining and constructing roads and bridges at the local and tribal government level.  The series consists of eight courses that total approximately 112 hours of instruction and laboratory experience.  Those who complete all of the courses are awarded a Roads Scholars completion certificate. The eight courses of the series are as follows:

 

COURSE 1:  Aggregate Road Maintenance. This one-day course covers the fundamentals of maintaining low volume roads.  Drainage, road cross sections, culvert installation, soil properties and amendments, grading methods, use of geo-synthetics and chip sealing are all discussed.

 

COURSE 2:  Excavation Safety. This one-day course makes students aware of the dangers inherent with trenching and excavation.  This enables them to identify and predict hazards and to take corrective measures to control them.  After completion of the class, students are qualified to be named a Trench Competent Person by their employer.

 

COURSE 3:  Testing for Soil Properties. This two-day course covers the tests used to determine the engineering characteristics of soils used to construct roadways and embankments.  Sieve analysis, Atterburg limits, Proctors and nuclear density tests are discussed and demonstrated.  Emphasis is placed on explaining how these tests can be used to improve the characteristics of soils through the use of soil amendments.

 

COURSE 4:  MUTCD, Part 6.  This two-day course covers what is required to comply with Part VI of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), Temporary Traffic Control.  The first day of the class familiarizes students with the theory of how traffic control devices and signs are properly used in temporary traffic control situations including flagging procedures.  The second day of the class addresses how to make use of the MUTCD Typical Applications and the development of Traffic Control Plans.

 

COURSE 5:  Surveying.  This is a four-day course that covers the fundamentals of surveying as they apply to road and bridge construction and maintenance.  Horizontal measurements of distance and angles along with differential leveling are addressed in the classroom and in the field using surveying equipment. Practical exercises and field problems are used extensively throughout the course.

 

COURSE 6:  Equipment Maintenance. This one-day course covers the fundamentals of maintaining vehicles and construction equipment used in maintaining and constructing roads and bridges.  Various management tools and test procedures used in equipment management are discussed.

 

COURSE 7:  Project Management.  This two-day course goes into detail on the various management tools available to efficiently run road and bridge operations.  Project management modeling methods and resource estimation methods are addressed.  Students work on case studies using these methods in simulation of real world type projects.

 

COURSE 8:  Reading and Interpreting Plans for Road and Bridge Construction.  This two-day course covers how to read and interpret plans used in the construction of road and bridge projects.  The information in this class directly relates to the information presented in Course 5, Surveying.

 

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