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Level One: Technical Skills Program Course Listing

The Level One: Technical Skills Program enhances the knowledge of general public works maintenance and construction methods, safety practices, and how local government is organized and operated as it applies to quality public service.

Program Recognition

A certificate is awarded to an individual who participates in all required courses for each level within 6 years of the enrollment date. (Courses completed 3 years prior to enrollment can be grandfathered in.) A person can be enrolled in more than one level at the same time, if desired. Courses may be taken in any order, at any time. In general, a certificate must be earned for the preceding level in order to obtain a certificate at the next level. Individuals with more than 5 years of public works experience may choose to skip Level One and proceed to Level Two, with supervisor approval. Please submit a request to the Kansas LTAP at kutc_training@ku.edu.

Enrollment

Enroll and pay online
Print and mail application with check

Technical Skills Courses

  • Culverts and Drainage
  • Risk and Liability Issues
  • MUTCD for Technicians
  • Snow and Ice Control
  • Road Maintenance (choose two of the following three)
    • ​Gravel Road and Street Maintenance
    • Asphalt Road and Street Maintenance
    • Concrete Road and Street Maintenance
  • Workplace, Jobsite, and Equipment Safety
  • Foundations in Customer Service
  • Government 101 (choose one of the following two)
    • County Government 101
    • City Government 101

Technical Skills Elective Courses

The following courses are not required, but one may be taken in place of one of the workshops listed above.


Course Descriptions

Culverts and Drainage

  • Drainage law and drainage areas
  • Runoff and factors affecting culvert sizing
  • Culvert replacement
  • Culvert types and materials
  • Installation, bedding and back fill
  • Causes of culvert failures
  • Culvert rehabilitation and linking

Risk and Liability Issues

  • Provide a basic understanding of tort liability and risk management.
  • Explain how the responsibility for reducing risk must be assumed at all levels within street and road departments.
  • Present the basic principles of negligence.
  • Present record keeping information.
  • Consider roadway and equipment inspections.
  • Provide an understanding of statutes and procedures to reduce liability.
  • Present activities to prevent and identify accidents and to prepare for litigation.
  • Provide Kansas specific resources.

MUTCD for Technicians

  • Provides an introductory overview of the 2009 edition of the MUTCD, with emphasis on MUTCD applications related to work zones (temporary signing). The course has been updated to include an overview of Revision 2 (effective January 2008) of the 2003 MUTCD.
  • Provides an overview of sign retroreflectivity requirements.
  • Provides an introduction to guidelines for Incident Management (emergency temporary traffic control).

Instruction provided by the TASK Program

Snow and Ice Control

  • Discuss how to get the most out of snow removal equipment.
  • Explain effective use of chemicals in de-icing and anti-icing.
  • Discuss winter planning and staffing.
  • Demonstrate plow hook-up.
  • Discuss appropriate storage of salt and sand.
  • Introduce road weather information systems.

Gravel Road Maintenance

  • Provide basic information on engineering matters such as: aggregate, dust abatement, traffic control, etc.
  • Discuss best maintenance practices for granular surfaced roads, including equipment and operations.
  • Supplemental field day class available upon request. Contact Emily Wilder at kutc_training@ku.edu for more details.

Asphalt Road/Street Maintenance

  • Provide basic maintenance information on patching, sealing, drainage, etc.
  • Discuss new maintenance and road rehabilitation techniques.

Concrete Road/Street Maintenance

  • Explain the practices of designing, constructing and rehabilitating concrete pavements.
  • Discuss concrete types, materials and equipment used, mix design, jointing and sealing, life cycles and cost analysis, strategies for selecting concrete pavement and restoration and overlays.

Workplace, Equipment and Job Site Safety

  • Provide information on developing a safe work culture.
  • Provide information on many of these topic areas: hazard communication, safe equipment operation (such as chainsaws), confined space safety, trench safety, shop safety, fall protection, hazardous materials, safe mowing, controlled substances in the workplace, etc.
  • Facilitate group discussion on safety challenges.

County/City Government 101

  • Provide a practical primer on county and city governments.
  • Enhance skills in educating citizens about county and city governments.

Instruction provided by KAC

Foundations in Customer Service

  • Application and refinement of basic communication skills to typical customer service situations.

Bridge 101

  • Provide participants with tools to improve their knowledge of bridge types, basic terminology, bridge components, and bridge inspections using the National Bridge Inspection form.

Introduction to GIS

  • Introduction to applications of AcrGIS. Provides background on and a hands on experience with GIS software. Learn how to create and edit geospatial data sets, find and import existing geospatial data, perform spatial queries, and create customized maps.

Guardrail Maintenance and Repair

  • Improve technical knowledge of guardrail maintenance and repair
  • Identify major guardrail and end section components
  • Understand materials used in construction and maintenance

Public Works Role in Emergency Management (Webinar)

  • Introduction to the role of Public Works departments in community emergency management. The training is intended to help communities improve their emergency management efforts regarding the functions of public works agencies prior to, during, and after disasters
  • NIMS free online webinar
  • Must be taken with Public Works and Disaster Recovery to receive credit
  • Can be used for either the Level One or Level Two programs but NOT both
  • Mail certificates to kutc_training@ku.edu when complete

Public Works and Disaster Recovery (Webinar)

  • Explains the role of public works during the recovery period, show how and why public works should plan for recovery, describe primary areas that should be included when planning for recovery, describe effective communication and coordination practices during the recovery period.
  • How to select a course of action based on information in a recovery plan, identify opportunities for achieving recovery goals.
  • NIMS free online webinar
  • Must be taken with Public Works and Disaster Recovery to receive credit.
  • Can be used for either the Level One or Level Two programs but NOT both.
  • Mail certificates to kutc_training@ku.edu when complete

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