• TRB 99th Annual Meeting

      January 12–16, 2020

    • Interactive Program


Annual Meeting Event Detail

Lectern Session 1676

Training, Education, and Career Development for the 21st-Century Roadway Maintenance Workforce

Wednesday 8:00 AM- 9:45 AM
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Nancy Laffey, Applied Pavement Technology, Inc. View Presentation
Sponsored by:
Standing Committee on Maintenance and Operations Personnel (AHD15)
Standing Committee on Transportation Education and Training (ABG20)
Standing Committee on Maintenance and Operations Management (AHD10)

State and local transportation agencies are challenged with recruiting and retaining qualified road maintenance technicans. Older employees are retiring while others leave for the private sector and younger workers are less interested in roadway maintenance jobs.  Meanwhile, new technologies, systems, methods, equipment and expanded duties demand higher skills and knowledge, especially with the advent of connected and autonomous vehicles. It is essential that training programs are developed that improve proficiency of current employees, provide for career advancement, attract new employees and create a "pipeline" of future workers beginning at early high-school level. This session will explore initiatives for this evolving workforce. 

Transportation agencies need to develop training curricula that align with core competencies for roadway and traffic control systems maintenance. This structure is essential for agencies that want a performance-based workforce development program and to communicate career development opportunities that increase retention and advancement.  


Title Presentation Number
How to Build a Training Curriculum That Aligns with Performance Expectations and Workforce Development Goals
Nancy Laffey, Applied Pavement Technology, Inc.
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Making Your Training Valuable: Aligning Training to Business Needs
Thomas Elliott, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
Front Range Community College's A.A.S. in Highway Maintenance Degree
Susan Baillargeon, Front Range Community College
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Tennessee DOT's Reconnect Continuing Education Initiative
Clay Culwell, Tennessee Department of Transportation