Workshop Descriptions


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Administrative Professionals – 5 Supervisory

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. Stormwater 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 staightforward, 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, 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

The purpose of this workshop is to inform operators and ground workers of proper confined space and trench safety practices. When working in a confined space, the attendant, entrant, and entry supervisor each of certain safety responsibilities; it is important to be aware of these safety protocols.

The trench safety portion will focus on atmospheric testing and shoring, access, egress, and hazard abatement, permits, ladder safety, and barricades. 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.


Cracksealing - 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 practicies, 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.


Culvert Maintainer Recertification  - 2 Environmental

This course was developed in compliance with the new  NH DES rules regarding repairing and replacing culverts. The workshop covers a review of the Culvert Maintainer certification program and requirements, types of culverts, proper replacement techniques, inventory and maintenance, environmental issues, best management practicies, application scenarios, and reporting and keeping certification.  Upon successful completion of the workshop, attendees with be eligible to apply for recertification 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 can not 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 perfomance is essential for any organization to function efficiently and effectivley. 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 evalution, 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 Competent Person Training – 5 Safety

 This course covers OSHA standard 1926 subpart P as it relates to:

  • Soil classification
  • Sloping and benching
  • Timber shoring
  • Aluminum hydraulic shoring
  • Requirements for protective systems
  • Manufactured tabulated data
  • Site specific engineering
  • General requirements and competent person  responsibilities        


Excavator Operation - 5 Technical

Learn how to operate an excavator with one day in-the-field “hands-on” training. Basic techniques and excavator maintenance will be taught, as well as instructor-led training “on the excavator.” The class will be small, so participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and interact with the instructors.


First Aid, CPR, and AED Training - 5 Safety

The Heartsaver First Aid Course provides training in basic first-aid procedures and CPR--including the first-aid skills recommended by OSHA--in a format that can be delivered in a single day. Its highly effective video-based format enables students to experience case-based scenarios in a realistic setting. 

The CPR portion of the class will include adult, child, and infant CPR and choking.

Instructors introduce a topic, then show a video segment to present cases for discussion or to demonstrate a particular skill. Students then practice the skill in small groups The Heartsaver First Aid course is specifically designed to train anyone who might be the first to respond in the workplace or community, and can be tailored to address the needs of a specific workplace or group of employees. 

Course completion cards will arrive via U.S postal mail approximately 3-4 weeks after the completion of the course. We can provide proof of attendance at the end of the class for those that need immediate documentation. 


Flagger Certification – 5 Safety

Flaggers are in a very dangerous and responsibility-ridden position, playing a crucial role in temporary traffic control. The safety of workers, motorists, and pedestrians is dependent upon the flagger’s performance. Since the flagger position involves safety, proper training is vital; flaggers are expected to pass a test to prove their proficiency and competence level. Students will receive their ATSSA Flagger Certification in the mail (upon passing the exam). This certification will be valid for 4 years. 


Full-Depth Reclamation – 5 Supervisory

 The full-depth reclamation process rebuilds worn out pavements by recycling the existing roadway. Full-depth reclamation uses the materials from the old deteriorated asphalt pavement and base materials. These materials are then pulverized, mixed with cement and water, and compacted to produce a strong, durable stabilized base for either an asphalt or concrete surface. Deteriorating roads are a constant problem. The cost of asphalt has more than doubled. This seminar will present state-of-the-art information on full-depth recycling with cement. This is not a highly technical presentation.


Fundamentals of Leadership - 5 Supervisory

This workshop is designed to define LEADERSHIP and how it is different than management and to understand the role of human behavior in leadership, explaining how it influences employees toward the achievement of objectives.


Geosynthetics – 3 Technical

This course introduces the world of geosynthetics, beginning with a brief history of how they evolved, a discussion of the different types of geotextiles, what they are, how they are made, how they differ, and more. The course then looks at other geosynthetics and their uses, including geogrids and geocells. The course is presented using non-technical language and includes several demonstrations.


Grader Operation & Training – 5 Safety & 5 Technical

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


Gravel Road Maintenance - 5 Technical

Throughout the roadways of New Hampshire, gravel roadways are abundant. In order to extend the life of these roads, it is important to ensure regular maintenance. This course is taught from a realist's perspective and provides ideas on everyday operations related to gravel roads. Topics that are discussed include: the basics of good drainage, cutting ditches, maintaining crowns, culvert installation and maintenance, blading on routine dragging, cutting out washboards, and spreading new material. 


Green SnowPro Certification Training - 5 Environmental

Winter operations, especially the use of salt, are a large portion of parking lot and roadway maintenance in NH. This workshop will address the environmental impacts of salt and why it is important to be conscious of these effects. We will cover everything from how to prepare for winter to cleaning-up after a storm, all while minimizing salt use. 

Liability management through developing customer-specific winter maintenance policies will be discussed, as well as the other economic benefits of becoming certified. 

Upon successful completion of a brief exam, attendees will be a New Hampshire Certified Green SnowPro, specialized in reduced-salt winter maintenance by the UNH Technology Transfer Center. 


Green SnowPro Refresher for Recertification - 2 Environmental

This course was developed as a refresher workshop for the Green SnowPro Certification class. It touches upon the same information as Green SnowPro, and is required for recertification.


Guardrail Installation and Maintenance - 5 Technical

This class is for individuals that maintain and install guardrail systems. There will be some brief discussion on design of the systems and where they should be installed. Tips on things to watch out for while installing or inspecting guardrails will be included. This class will be an opportunity for participants to ask questions and express concerns about guardrails they are responsible for. 


Harassment Prevention Training - 5 Supervisory

This workshop will discuss definitions of harassment and other related terms, including ways to prevent them from happening in the workplace. Harassment comes in many forms, including sexual, ethnic, religious, disability, physical and psychological.

Questions to be answered during the class are: how to create an environment to reduce and eliminate a culture of harassment, how do you address it when it occurs, and why do we as managers and supervisors care about harassment?


Incident Command Systems for Public Works – 10 Safety

DHS/FEMA guidelines suggest that Incident Command Systems (ICS) 100 be presented to all first responders, ICS 200 to responders & front-line supervisors, and ICS 300 and ICS 400 to Command & General Staff positions within the ICS structure that would be activated & filled during an actual event/incident.

The majority of first responders in local agencies must have ICS 100/200 training in order for the agency to be eligible for DHS/FEMA preparedness grants, including agencies with over 50 members, members of the county sheriff’s departments, and the State Police.

Public Works are first responders! The following guidance is from Homeland Security Presidential Directive 8 (December 17, 2003) when defining first responders: “(d) The term “first responder” refers to those individuals who in the early stages of an incident are responsible for the protection and preservation of life, property, evidence, and the environment, including emergency response providers as defined in section 2 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 101), as well as emergency management, public health, clinical care, public works, and other skilled support personnel (such as equipment operators) that provide immediate support services during prevention, response, and recovery operations.”


Installation and Maintenance of Culverts - 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 longer 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 of which has its own properties and advantages. The focus of this workshop is culvert installation and maintenance, and is geared toward public works directors, road agents, or others who clean, inspect, or install culverts. 


 Introduction to Computers – 5 Technical

This workshop is for anyone who is unfamiliar with or wants to learn more about how to use computers. Topics covered will include: computer terminology and components; how using computers can save money, time, and resources; and ergonomic work stations. The workshop will give a basic overview of Microsoft Office products. Also, participants will be instructed in how to modify computer system settings and use the internet, working with browsers, search engines, and email.


Introduction to Public Works Series – 5 Safety & 5 Technical

This is a two-day series to cover basic public works knowledge. Use this course as an introduction for new employees or anyone new to public works! This class will spend one hour covering each of the following 10 topics:

  1. Drainage & Culverts
  2. Trench Safety
  3. Workzone Set-up & Safety
  4. Flagging Safety
  5. Public Works Employee Safety
  6. Winter Maintenance for Operators
  7. Technical Math for Road Projects
  8. Municipal garages
  9. Pavement Preservation
  10. Gravel Road Maintenance


Invasive Plants – 5 Environmental

In this workshop, you will learn the definition of “invasive plant,” how to identify some of the invasive plants that are a problem in NH, and how these plants impact the environment and transportation infrastructure. Best management practices (BMP) for roadside invasive plants will be described, especially as they relate to routine maintenance activities such as mowing, ditching, scraping, dredging culvert inlets, stockpiles, soil stabilization, and structure maintenance. A field trip will be taken to identify plants in the field and possible maintenance scenarios using BMPs learned in the workshop will be discussed.


Know Before You Dig – 5 Safety

Take this workshop to learn how to prepare for an underground excavation. Learn the steps to take before, during, and after an excavation. Learn about Digsafe and proper planning before your operation. Learn trench safety and how to protect yourself and your employees from a collapse, all while earning a certificate in “Trench Safety” from Primex.


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Land Use Planning & Highway Departments - 5 Supervisory

This class will explain the connection between DPW’s, highway departments, and land use planning. The major points of focus are different types of boards/commissions and their influence, Master and Capital Improvement Plans, the creation and purpose of documents like Zoning Ordinances, Regional and Metropolitan Planning Commissions,  and finally the NHDOT 10-year transportation plan. The instructor will also discuss helpful hints and tips for working with elected/appointed land use boards/committees.


Lines, Levels & Layouts – 5 Technical

 This program was designed with small town and city road departments in mind. In this fast-paced workshop, learn the basics of field measurement. The instruction will be simple, practical, and include “hands-on” field work. If you can, bring a calculator and/or “pop” level. 


Listening & Effective Communication- 5 Supervisory

Would you be surprised to learn that most people actively listen only 25% of the time? That means that people don’t really hear what is being said three-quarters of the time-You giving assignments for the day, you listening to residents voice their concerns, boards not listening to your advice or guidance, you not listening to the members of your team-At our workshop on “Listening & Effective Communication” we’ll discuss why people find it so difficult to listen. AND we’ll discuss how to effectively get our messages communicated and understood.

You’ll learn…how to assertively communicate; how to actively listen; how to listen for what is not said and understand its impact; and how to judge non-verbal communication (only 30% of interpersonal communication is verbal!).


Maintenance of Local Roads - 5 Technical

This training session will cover a brief overview of an asphalt mix design, and then concentrates on identifying the cause of a variety of asphalt distresses and the proper maintenance operation to perform. It also covers asphalt laydown prodecures and proper chip seal operations. A brief session on how to determine rates of application (how much oil and rock; determine yield on paving) will also be presented, so a calculator will be helpful!

The roadway portion covers information on the majority of different materials used in construction and maintenance of local roads. The session will explain the safe handling, temperature limitations, and proper application.

Finally, the gravel section covers the common activities in maintaining gravel road suraces. It addresses the causes of the common problems (besides lack of money!) on gravel roads and how best to attack and eliminate these problems. The course also covers basic blading operations and procedures for maintaining gravel surface roads. All the material is presented in a straightforward, non-technical manner. 


Managing & Delegating for Municipalities – 5 Supervisory

Managers are often promoted without receiving management training. This workshop will introduce managerial concepts such as defining the difference between managing and doing, delegation, management by objective, managing employees, and accessing resources. There will be opportunities to discuss specific managerial issues.


Math for Construction - 5 Technical

This workshop is intended for people who wish to review knowledge and improve math skills. The workshop will teach math procedures for adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing numbers. It will cover methods to determine percent slope, ratios, area, volume, and rate of application. Common formulas to determine area and volume of various shapes will be discussed. The language used will be easy to understand and directly relate to real-world problems in road maintenance. 


Municipal Garages & Safety – 5 Safety

A safe working environment is very important, not only to keep employees safe, but also to avoid liability on the municipality’s behalf.  This workshop will focus on municipal garages and how to make them safer.  Instructors will discuss basic information on shop safety rules, the importance of inside shop safety and outside shop safety, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) and how to read them, proper labeling, and information on waste and how to properly dispose of it.


Municipal Manager & Supervisor Series – 10 Supervisory

The Municipal Manager and Supervisor Series is to expose new or seasoned supervisors to ideas and concepts related to their management position. Municipal managers or administrators and Selectboard members can also benefit from this training. Topics that will be covered are:

  1. Tort Liability/Risk Management
  2. Municipal, Budget & Labor laws
  3. Creating & Selling a Budget to the Selectboard & Public
  4. Inspection & Maintenance of Municipal Bridges
  5. Emergency Communications
  6. Winter Maintenance Fundamentals
  7. Public Relations
  8. Communicating & Delegating
  9. Supervising Employees
  10. Employee Safety


Municipal Road Safety & Trees – 5 Safety

This workshop will cover many topics relating to municipal road safety & trees. Topics will include tree maintenance, BMPs, planting and pruning trees, assessing a tree's safety & damage after a storm, PSNH, and municipal coordination on tree removal. There will also be speakers covering the topics of public relations and legal issues relating to trees on municipal roads.


MUTCD (Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices) – 5 Safety

The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) defines the standards used by road managers to install and maintain traffic control devices. The Traffic Sign Handbook for New Hampshire Local Roads contains portions of the MUTCD, as well as some of the State of New Hampshire rules. The Handbook’s standards and rules apply to traffic signs appropriate for use on rural and residential roadways in New Hampshire.

This workshop will provide participants with working knowledge of the MUTCD. Participants will understand the history of the MUTCD, its purpose, and the structure and language of the manual. However, the focus of this seminar is for participants to learn how to apply this information to their local municipality.


NH Public Works Mutual Aid - 5 Safety

This workshop will examine the NH Public Works Mutual Aid Program. The workshop will cover: how to join Mutual Aid, using the website and how to access information during an emergency, requesting and providing aid, road standards and mitigation, water/wastewater effort of Mutual Aid, the municipal perspective, finances during an emergency and damage assessment, talking to the press, and examples of when towns used Mutual Aid.

Once your town is a member of Mutual Aid, it has access to hundreds of personnel and thousands of pieces of equipment to solicit use during an emergency.


NH Road Law for Municipalities – 5 Supervisory

 What is a “public highway”? How do state laws define a public highway? These are the first of many questions addressed in this workshop. Many legal issues will be discussed to ensure that participants clearly understand rules and regulations governing local roads. Presentation and discussion will emphasize the authority, responsibility, and limitations on road managers and other municipal officials.

The instructor will explain the legal process for highway dedication, acceptance, discontinuance, and layout. These classes will provide a basis for describing regulations, maintenance duties, and liability. Specific topics include Class V and VI roads, winter roads, scenic roads, drainage, utilities, speed limits, weight limits, bonding, stonewalls, tree cutting, and mailboxes


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OSHA Roadway Construction Training – 5 Technical

This is a 2 day introductory course to OSHA Standards which will cover the following topics:

  • Electrical Safety & Mechanized Equipment
  • Roadway Work Zones & Confined Spaces
  • Excavations & Trenching
  • Personal Protective Equipment  & Occupational Health
  • Night Work
  • Fall Prevention & Protection


Pavement Preservation  - 5 Technical

Preventative maintenance treatments allow road managers to keep roads in good condition rather than allowing them to deteriorate and then having to rebuild. Many municipalities have limited budgets and must protect their assets. 

Participants attending this worksop will learn of different pavement treatments to extend the life of their roads. 


Planning & Predicting for Winter Maintenance - 5 Technical

Winter operations are a large portion of highway maintenance in NH. This workshop will address the basics of winter operations. It covers everything from how to prepare for winter to cleaning-up after a storm. Personal safety will be discussed, from mounting a plow to reporting accidents. Also, attendees will participate in a discussion about deicing and anti-icing practices. 

This is a good workshop for new hires as well as a refresher for seasoned professionals.


Plan Reading - 5 Technical

Project plans are the "how to" intructions for constructing a project. Knowing how to decipher plans will give the reader all the information needed in a construction project. This hands-on workshop will help participants develop an understanding of plans. They'll gain knowledge to interpret plans for record keeping and cost estimating. This workshop is specifically designed for public works employees who work with engineering plans. Attend this workshop to gain familiarity with plans and to practice calculating material quantities. 


Preventing Runovers & Backovers/Roadway Safety Plus

Preventing Runovers & Backovers is designed to help reduce fatalities and accidents in the roadway construction industry by separating trucks and heavy machines from workers on foot in the work zone. The Roadway Safety Plus portion teaches participants how to use the Roadway Safety Plus Software, which is considered highly advanced, interactive software for roadway construction safety. Each attendee is provided with the software, and is encouraged to use the program for continual learning. People who should attend this workshop are road managers, road supervisors, foremen, and personnel in charge of workers' safety training


Project Planning - 5 Technical

A complex task for road managers is planning reconstruction and rehabilitation projects. Causes of deterioration and the best solution must be determined, and an accurate cost estimate must be prepared. In this workshop, participants learn about all of the items to be considered when planning a project and the financial calculations involved in the budgeting process. The group activity will be an interactive virtual tour of a road in need of improvement led by experienced NHDOT and private engineers. The group will review the road, discuss why the road has deteriorated and determine a plan for possible solutions based on their experiences and what has been presented in the course. They will then make an estimate of quantities and go through the process of estimating the associated project costs.


Public Relations for Public Works – 5 Supervisory

Public works departments are highly visible in their communities. This workshop will help managers improve the public’s perception and overall image of their department. There are easy, inexpensive ways to improve the department’s public relations. Learn how to positively and proactively influence elected officials, and the public in order to gain the support you need.


Public Works & Emergency Management - 5 Supervisory

Is your highway department or public works department part of your local emergency management plan? Does your Emergency Management Director know who to call in an emergency requiring infrastructure support? Road departments and public works are addressed by the federal government as “first responders” yet they often have to edge their way in to be heard by local emergency management.

In this workshop you’ll learn what preparations you can make to assure your department’s readiness in an emergency; who you should be communicating with locally, regionally and statewide. You'll learn how the incident command system (ICS) can be utilized for a local road crew and for a large department to effectively and efficiently respond to an emergency. You’ll learn about the value of the NH Public Works Mutual Aid Program and how it can stretch your resources and minimize costs resulting from an emergency.


Reconstruction Project Planning - 5 Technical

A complex task for road managers is planning reconstruction and rehabilitation projects. Causes of deterioration and the best solution must be determined, additionally an accurate cost estimate must be prepared.

In this workshop, participants will plan a project and prepare cost estimates. The group activity will be instructed by experienced, private and NHDOT project planners, and road managers from surrounding municipalities. 

Specifically, particpants will walk a road in need of rehabilitation, discuss why the road has deteriorated and determine possible solutions among a variety of options. For the bst solution, they will make an estimate of quantities. In the classroom, they will total the quantities and estimate the project cost. 


Recycled Material in Road Projects - 5 Environmental

Information on the use of recycled materials in road construction has generally been directed at the State or Federal level. This workshop will address how municipal engineers and local road agents can use recycled materials in their projects. There will be an introduction on recycled materials with economic, environmental, and policy issues regarding the use of recycled materials. An overview of crushed concrete and glass use will be addressed and a summary of other materials used, such as asphalt shingles, foundry slag, and compost. 


Recycling and Solid Waste - 5 Environmental

This workshop offers participants a course in "Recycling 101," and will teach the basics of recycling within municipalities. The workshop will instruct on how to establish a recycling program initially, as well as how to maintain those already in place. Topics covered include incentives to recycling, how to manage street waste, new laws concerning recycling, and how to finance recycling. Participants will also learn about solid waste, how to dispose of it, and how to treat solid waste as a budget item. 


Road Safety 365 – 5 Technical

Rural roads account for approximately 40 percent of the vehicle miles traveled in the U.S., but 55 percent of fatalities. The fatality rate for rural crashes is more than twice the fatality rate for urban crashes. Over 3/4 of all U.S. road miles are rural and almost 80 percent of the 3 million miles of rural roads in the U.S. are owned and operated by local entities (FHWA statistics).

This workshop will help teach the fundamentals of making safety a priority by including it in the traditional decision-making process 365 days a year. Through practical exercises and discussions, the emphasis is on operations and maintenance to reflect the predominant, day-to-day responsibilities of the municipal department. The benefits and potential cost-savings of safety initiatives are also shown using local agency examples. 


Roadside Mowing Safety - 5 Safety

This class will focus on how to be a responsible  operator when using mowing equipment. Topics that will be covered include the following:

  • Being a responsible operator
  • Safety management of hazards and risks
  • Pre-operation safety
  • Active operation safety
  • Post operation safety
  • Safety practices during maintenance


Road Surface Management System - 10 Technical

The UNH T2 Center developed the Road Surface Management System to meet the managemt needs of small to mid-sized municipalities. This update contains new analytical tools developed to ease maintenance and budget planning. With RSMS the local road manager can: inventory their paved and unpaved roads, determine and record surface conditions, consider a number of alternative repairs for each road, apply proven tehniques and management principles, and develop multi-year plans and budgets to maintain and repair local roads. A central feature of RSMS is easy data collection and processing. To help users apply the management system, UNH T2 Center conducts a thorough, two day workshop. Participants receive the trial version software program and documentation at the end of the workshop. 


Sign Inventory Management Systems - 5 Technical

Motorists rely on traffic signs to regulate, warn, and guide themselves and others. Courts have consistently held governmental entities responsible for adequate placement and maintenance of traffic signs. Governmental entities can only delegate the task of traffic sign maintenance to its highway department. The entity is ultimately repsonsible for adequate traffic signs. 

Originally, the UNH T2 Center developed the SIMS Software Program, which has since been upgraded by PWS Solutions: Participants will receive a trial version of the software with the registration fee. However, fully functioning software can be purchased from PWS Solutions for an additoinal cost. 


Stream Crossings - 5 Environmental

Participants will learn about NHDES stream water crossings and the rules. Topics to be discussed are: how the flowing water in rivers and streams changes the landscape and how it is affected by land use, the biological aspects of stream crossings, how climate change can affect stream crossings, identifying inadequate culverts, and information on considerations for replacing crossings. Instructors will also give an update on the NHDES stream crossings rules, permitting processes, and provide information on potential funding sources available to upgrade culverts. 


Sustainability – 5 Supervisory

Sustainability management and succession planning are critical for all organizations. A good manager will ensure business will run as usual when one or multiple employees leave the workforce at the same time. There are many pieces to creating a sustainable business. This workshop will define “sustainability management” and how it relates to municipal highway departments, how training and record-keeping are essential, aspects of a good sustainability management plan, and how to present this plan to selectmen and town officials.


Tractor/Mower Safety - 5 Safety

Tractor/mower operator safety training is very important. There is the potential for serious injury and even death in the kind of work public works employees perform every day. This workshop will include classroom instruction and a hands-on activity where participants will drive a safety performance course. A pre-test, post-test, and written exam will be conducted as part of the workshop. 


Traffic Sign Retroreflectivity Summit - 5 Safety

This workshop will discuss the nighttime visibility requirements for roadway signage. It will educate attendees regarding the definitions of important terms, why retroreflectivity is important, legal requirements, maintenance options, and PWS Signs computer software. 


Treating Pavement Beyond Preservation - 5 Technical

Routine maintenance and pavement preservation have been shown as the most cost effective strategy for maintaining a road network. Unfortunately, due to budget shortfalls and other factors, many roads have deteriorated beyond the point of preservation and are in need of more significant repairs or rehabilitation. 

This course will take an in-depth look at the numerous rehabilitation options that are available today and will provide information on what options are best suited for varying pavement conditions.


Vegetation Control - 5 Environmental

Roadside vegetation is something that can impact your job. This workshop will cover many topics on the subject of vegetation control. The main topics discussed will be how plants grow, various equipment and herbicides commonly used, mechanical and chemical control methods, and the legal aspects of improper vegetation control. 


Wetlands Permits - 5 Environmental

Participants will learn how to complete wetlands permit applications and how to work with the Wetlands Bureau. They will learn jurisdictional laws and legalities concerning wetlands permits. Information will be shared on hydric soils, plant identification, and jurisdictional rules. 

Course objectives are to provide basic tools to identify plant species, causes and prevention of erosion, process of completing a wetlands permit, and design tips for roadway construction. 


Winter Maintenance Fundamentals - 5 Technical

Winter operations are a large portion of highway maintenance in NH. This workshop will address the basics of winter operations, from how to prepare for winter, to cleaning-up after a storm. Personal safety will be discussed, such as mounting a plow and reporting accidents. Also, attendees will participate in a discussion about de-icing and anti-icing practices. This is a good workshop for new hires, as well as a refresher for seasoned professionals. 


Workzone Traffic Control – 5 Safety

Throughout the country’s roadways, there are universally recognized controls in work zones that motorists are familiar with. There are minimum standards in the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). These standards will be referenced throughout the day.

This workshop has been tailored to train individuals who work on low volume roads. Safety is emphasized in this workshop because it is often overlooked when road repair is needed with a minimum crew size. Proper work zone set-up and how to efficiently direct motorists will be discussed. Effective work zone design and installation, concepts using signs and devices for detours, construction zones, and maintenance sites are also discussed.