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Level I: Technical Skills Program Course Listing

The Level I: 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 I and proceed to Level II, with supervisor approval. Please submit a request to the Kansas LTAP Program by emailing Kristin at kbkelly@ku.edu.

Technical Skills Courses:

1. Culverts, Drainage and Levee Maintenance

2. Risk and Liability Issues

3. MUTCD for Technicians

4. Snow and Ice Control

5. Road Maintenance (choose two of the following three)

—Gravel Road and Street Maintenance

—Asphalt Road and Street Maintenance

—Concrete Road and Street Maintenance

6. Workplace, Equipment and Job Site Safety

7. Foundations in Customer Service

8. 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 may be taken in place of one of the other workshops listed above.

  1. Bridge 101
  2. Introduction to GIS

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 backfill
  • Causes of culvert failures
  • Culvert rehabilitation and linking

Instruction provided by KS LTAP

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 recordkeeping 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 resources.

Instruction provided by KS LTAP

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.

Instruction provided by KS LTAP

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.

Instruction provided by KS LTAP

Asphalt Road/Street Maintenance

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

Instruction provided by KS LTAP

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.

Instruction provided by KS LTAP

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.

Instruction provided by KS LTAP

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.

Instruction provided by KAC


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