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Participants will learn important topics that are present in an office environment, including communication, time management, teamwork, and motivating peers and political entities.  There will also be discussions concerning prevalent issues such as weight management and fitness. These topics and discussions will all be presented through classroom instruction and discussion.


Advanced Erosion Control – 5 Environmental

 Road repairs disturb soils under and alongside roadways. Storm water can erode this soil and carry it into bogs, streams, ponds, and lakes, interfering with aquatic life. Road managers must ensure that erosion and runoff are minimized both during and after maintenance.

Techniques to prevent erosion and control sediment are well-established. They are effective only if the applicable technique is selected and properly installed. The causes of erosion are many and varied. Therefore, there are “best” techniques for certain situations, dependent on multiple factors of each scenario.

The NHDOT has developed guidelines to assist road managers in techniques and installation. In this workshop, participants will learn about techniques from both resources.


Advanced Grader Operation - 5 Technical

The class will consist of cutting ditches along a roadway, cutting a slope, grading up and downhill, spreading material to grade, cutting material to grade, matching a driveway to roadway to prevent runoff, and using the grader for a training exercise. 

Because the course is solely hands-on, only two students may attend per session. PPE including a hard hat, gloves, safety vest, and boots are required. 


All About Roadway Materials - 5 Technical

This one day session will cover the what, when, where, why, and how of most all of the natural and manufactured products and materials used in roadway operations. It includes a discussion of the natural materials commonly used in roadway operation (rock, sand, silt, clay) and some unique properties and characteristics of each, and how they can affect roadway performance. 

Various additives used with soils and aggregates will be discussed, as well as how to match the proper additive with the right material, handling and storage, methods of application, and general do's and don'ts.

The other sections discuss the major oils used in roadway operations, the identification/numbering system, the major differences between the oils, handling, storage, incompatibility between different oils, and general guidelines for application.

Lastly, hot mix asphalt and concrete are discussed, emphasizing the batching, hauling, and placement of these materials. All the material is presented in a staight forward, non-technical manner.


Asset Management – 5 Supervisory

These Five Core Questions for Asset Management will be answered during this workshop!

  • What is the required level of service?
  • What is the current state of our assets?
  • Which assets are critical to sustained performance?
  • What are feasible strategies to consider?
  • Which long-term strategy should be selected?


Backhoe Operation & Safety – 5 Safety & 5 Technical

Come learn how to operate a backhoe with one day of in-classroom training and one day in-the-field “hands on” training. Basic backhoe maintenance will be taught as well as instructor-led training “on the backhoe.” Class size is small, so participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and interact with the instructors and others in the class.


Basic Culvert Installation & Maintenance – 5 Technical

The three most important factors that affect the lifespan of a road are drainage, drainage, drainage.  Keep your drainage under control and your roads living long with a culvert! A culvert is any closed conduit used to conduct surface runoff from one side of a road to the other, from underneath a road or driveway, and leading to a stream, lake, or detention basin.  Culvert pipes come in many materials, shapes, and sizes.  Each material has its own characteristics and advantages. The focus of this workshop is culvert installation and maintenance.


Basics of a Good Road – 5 Technical

New Hampshire cities and towns spend a lot of tax dollars on transportation, yet many miles of road are in poor condition.  Numerous roads were not constructed for modern traffic loads and volumes.  Oftentimes, maintenance has been inadequate, resulting in the deterioration of these pathways.  Many roads need the application of basic principles of road design, construction, and maintenance. 

This workshop will give attendees an understanding of what goes into the construction and maintenance of a good road.  There are certain essentials to any good road, whether asphalt or gravel-surfaced, in cities or the country.  The instructor will cover each of these essentials, and participants will receive a useful reference manual.


Becoming a Supervisor - 5 Supervisory

Understanding the difference between "managing" and "doing" is an important supervisor trait. This workshop will formally define what a supervisor is, what the responsibilities that the position entails, and qualities of a good supervisor. Concepts of the management process that the workshop emphasizes are delegation and prioritization. 


Bridge Maintenance - 5 Technical

For over 25 years the NHDOT has inspected municipal and state bridges. Its excellent inspection reports enable municipalities to develop a comprehensive Bridge Maintenance Program. Such a program can extend the life of bridges and minimize the need for costly emergency repairs. Instructors will describe the essential components of bridges, how to interpret NHDOT inspection reports, and how to use the information from the Bridge Maintenance Program.


Bucket Truck Operation & Safety – 5 Technical

Bucket truckThis workshop is important for anyone who works on or around a bucket truck.  There will be an overview of the setup of a bucket truck, daily inspections, the mechanics of a bucket truck as well as proper care and maintenance.  Some safety topics included in the workshop are working near electricity, proper harness and belt configurations, and emergency procedures.  This training meets or exceeds all requirements of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), American National Standards Institute (ANSI), and your insurance company. At completion of the course, a certificate is awarded by Crane’s Safety Institute.


Budgeting for Municipalities – 5 Supervisory

This workshop is designed to give public works managers tools for developing a realistic budget and present techniques for “selling” the budget, as well as getting others to “buy into” it and even help promote it. Participants will receive tips for dealing with the challenges of today’s economy, the whims of Mother Nature, and the honest delivery of contracted services and materials. The workshop is a good introduction to budgeting, especially for those responsible for developing and presenting public works budgets.


Chainsaw Safety & Maintenance – 5 Technical

When using equipment at work, it is always important to know how to operate it safely. This workshop will provide information on how to safely start and operate a chainsaw. Other topics include personal protective equipment, safety features of a chainsaw, cutting techniques, and routine cleaning and maintenance. There will also be tips on ways to increase productivity with the chainsaw. 

In the afternoon, there will be a hands-on demonstration involving safely cutting down trees with a chainsaw. Participants are given the opportunity and encouraged to try the chainsaw themselves.  Anyone wanting to participate will need the following Personal Protection Equipment (PPE): A helmet system (consisting of a head, face & hearing protection), cotton or leather gloves, chainsaw protective chaps, and protective work boots with steel toes.


Confined Space and Trench Safety - 5 Safety

This course will prepare operators and ground workers for safe and proper and safe confined space and trench operations and practices. When working in a confined space, the attendant, entrant, and entry supervisor each have certain safety responsibilities; it is important to have knowledge of these safety protocols.  Specific topics to be covered will include the 29 CFR 1910.146 standard as it relates to:

  • Identifying permit requirements for confined spaces
  • Use of gas monitoring equipment
  • Proper ventilation of confined space 
  • Alternate entry procedures

Upon completion of the course, a certificate is awarded by Crane's Safety Institute, which is recognized by OSHA. 


Construction Inspection for Local Agency Employees – 5 Technical

This one-day session will cover the major duties and responsibilities of an individual responsible for the quality of a project. It will address the importance of understanding the plans, contract, order of operations, materials to be used, and various quality control tests used in project inspection.

This course is presented in a straightforward manner and deals with the reality of everyday factors involving contractors and agencies. This course is not intended to teach how to simply put checkmarks on inspection forms. It is concerned with obtaining a quality project for the money.


Crack Sealing - 5 Technical

One complex task for road managers is planning crack sealing projects. They must determine causes of pavement cracking, the best solution among a number of alternatives, and prepare accurate cost estimates.

In this workshop, participants will plan a project in the field and prepare the cost estimate in the classroom. The instructors will demonstrate how to prepare a crack for fill material and how to apply it for a long-lasting repair. Why the road surface has cracked and possible solutions will be discussed. 


Culvert Maintainer Certification Training - 5 Environmental

This course was developed in compliance with the new NH DES rules regarding repairing and replacing culverts. The workshop covers an overview of the certification program and requirements, types of culverts, proper replacement techniques, inventory and maintenance, environmental issues, best management practices, application scenarios, and reporting and keeping certification. There will be a brief exam at the close of the workshop. Upon successful completion of the exam, attendees with be eligible to apply for certification through the NH Department of Environmental Services.


Drainage, Drainage, Drainage - 5 Technical

Inadequate drainage is the most frequent cause of roadway failure. For example, water beneath a pavement weakens its base and sub-base. Even a minor base weakness can cause the pavement to crack, allowing water into the base from above. This gives water further opportunity to cause damage. 

Attention to proper drainage in roadway design, construction, and maintenance cannot be emphasized enough. Elements of a proper drainage system must by designed, constructed, and maintained. The instructors will describe and explain all aspects of drainage in this workshop. 


Emergency Communications - 5 Supervisory

Communication during an emergency is an important part of Public Works; now is the time to prepare a plan. This workshop will cover topics that will help public works employees communicate more efficiently and effectively during an emergency. Some of the topics discussed are department chain of command, public speaking, talking to media and the public, and maintaining professionalism. 


Employee Performance Evaluations - 5 Supervisory

Proper assessment and documentation of employee performance are essential for any organization to function efficiently and effectively. In this training session participants will learn the purpose and value of performance evaluations, the legal implications of improper employee performance documentation, tips on making the process more objective and fair, guidelines for establishing an environment that is conducive to giving and receiving feedback, effective ways to prepare for evaluation, documenting and delivering the performance appraisal, and how to reduce anxiety associated with performance evaluations both for the supervisor and employee. Participants will engage in a variety of exercises and case studies designed to improve their skills. 


Employee Safety for Public Works – 5 Safety

This workshop will cover safety topics encountered at job sites, as well as information on employer/employee responsibilities.  OSHA regulations and requirements will be reviewed and statistics on employee safety will be shared.  Personal protection equipment (PPE), fall protection, and sun safety for avoiding heat stroke are all topics that will also be covered.


Ethics for Public Works – 5 Supervisory

Ethical issues must be considered when working in the public sector. This workshop will discuss definitions of ethics and other related terms, including “nepotism” and "whistle-blower". Important elements in any professional code of ethics and possible consequences of unethical behavior will be discussed. These questions will be answered:

  • What two questions should be asked when considering doing something that may not be ethical?
  • What kinds of gifts are acceptable or prohibited?
  • What factors can cause you to lose your license?
  • What factors can contribute to getting terminated?
  • What does your salary buy?


Excavation Safety for the Competent Person - 5 Safety

This workshop is designed for those who already know the ins and outs of operation of an excavator but want to further their safety knowledge based on the OSHA standard 1926 subpart P.  This involves soil classification, sloping and benching, timber shoring, aluminum hydraulic shoring, requirements for protective systems, manufactured tabulated data, site specific engineering, along with general requirements and competent person responsibilities.