Courses

Arkansas Technology Transfer

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These classes are free to city and county employees and paid for by The Federal Highway Administration and The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department.

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T² Course List (grouped by category)

  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 36,000 people are injured by chain saws annually. This course covers how to safely operate a chain saw, preventive maintenance, proper safety equipment, knowing your environment, and how to avoid an accident.

    (Live delivery, 4 hours)

  • Many road and utility crews work in or around confined spaces which can contain potentially hazardous atmospheres. This course will train employees how to properly check and work in these environments using Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and federal guidelines.

    (Live delivery, 7 hours, most training is taught at Trench Safety Inc. in North Little Rock)

  • This hands-on course provides directions on how to respond to cardiac arrest, breathing, and first aid emergencies. It also provides guidance on the importance of identifying warning signs and the importance of timely responses.

    (Live delivery, 7 hours)

  • Arkansas has more than 500 roadway fatalities each year. One of the ways to reduce this number is through education. This course covers safe driving practices like, buckling up, work zone safety, intersection safety, pedestrian safety, and motorcycle safety. It also covers the danger of aggressive and distracted driving, as well as the dangers of driving under the influence.

    (Live delivery, 4 hours)

  • These classes covers daily equipment inspections, efficient operator techniques, and public safety concerns using OSHA and manufacturers’ guidelines. Classes can be requested in the following:

    • Backhoe Loader Safety
    • Bulldozer Safety
    • Dump Truck Safety
    • Equipment Safety
    • Forklift Certification
    • Forklift Safety
    • Motor Grader Safety
    • Shop Safety
    • Trackhoe Safety

    (Live delivery, 4-7 hours, variable depending upon request)

  • One work zone injury occurs every 14 minutes in the United States. This course provides guidelines that will help to keep the workers, equipment, and traveling public safe. It also includes safety measures for short term and long term work zone traffic control, flagging operations, traffic control technician, and supervisor training. It also covers the requirements of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) Part 6 and federal standards for signing and pavement marking applications.

    (Live delivery, 7 hours)

  • This course provides trenching and excavating information on how to identify hazardous workplaces and correct workplace environments as specified by OSHA and federal guidelines. This includes planning, proper assessments, measurements, site visits, and tests.

    (Live delivery, 7 hours, most training is taught at Trench Safety Inc. in North Little Rock)

  • 3D modeling and advanced computer applications can be used in all phases of construction from planning and design to surveying, construction, and inspection. This course provides an overview of the different ways 3D modeling can be implemented, and how local agencies can work effectively with consultants and contractors who are already using 3D technologies. Specific course topics include surveying applications, quantity estimation, and automated machine guidance.

    (Live or online delivery, 3 hours)

  • Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) includes a number of techniques for constructing and/or replacing bridges while minimizing the impacts to the traveling public or responding to catastrophic weather events. Topics such as slide-in bridge construction, Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil – Integrated Bridge System (GRS-IBS), and pre-fabricated sections are included.

    (Live or online delivery, 3 hours)

  • Are potholes a problem? Proper asphalt pavement maintenance techniques are important for keeping your roadways in good condition. Learn the most efficient methods for preserving the integrity of your asphalt roadways so that you can prioritize projects and maximize maintenance dollars. At the conclusion of this class, you will be familiar with preventive maintenance plans, failure modes of asphalt pavements, best practices for pothole patching, crack sealing and filling, and chip seal basics. This class is offered as a 3.5-hour instructor-led workshop, in either classroom or webinar format. An optional field exercise may also be included with classroom workshops. Personnel, equipment, location, and traffic control for field exercises must be provided by the requesting agency.

    (Live or online delivery, 3.5 – 6 hours, variable depending upon request)

  • This course provides innovative ways to replace structures more efficiently, with less construction time. The training includes accelerated construction exercises, ways to protect the environment, and how to reduce road user impact cost.

    (Live delivery, 4-7 hours, variable depending upon request)

  • Avoiding potential culvert installation problems can save time and funding. This course focuses on proven practices that work and follow OSHA guidelines. These practices include proper culvert sizing, shoring, installation, maintenance, inspections, and erosion control.

    (Live delivery, 4-7 hours, variable depending upon request)

  • Dirt and gravel roads are a vital part of the state’s transportation system, but these roads can experience a number of issues relating to erosion and deterioration after heavy rainfall events. This training provides best practices and innovative techniques for separating water and roadway to provide a quality roadway while also maintaining natural drainage conditions.
    This course provides the required training for the Arkansas Unpaved Roads Grant Program.

    (Live delivery, 4 - 6 hours, variable depending upon request)

  • More than 80% of Arkansas county roads and more than 13 % of Arkansas city streets are unpaved. Maintaining these roads can be very costly and is a growing concern for our local governments. This course provides practical guidance for best practices in constructing and repairing gravel roads, as well as, stabilizing eroding drainage ditches.

    This class is taught by the University of Arkansas at Monticello (UAM). (Live delivery, 4-7 hours, variable depending upon request)

  • The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) is the national standard governing all traffic control devices, and it plays a critical role in improving the safety and mobility of road users. It is important for local agencies to be informed regarding current issues, and to be aware of updates to the requirements. This class covers MUTCD requirements for signs, markings and signals, as well as speed limits, school areas, work zones, and intersections.

    (Live delivery, 4 hours)

  • Managing a roadway network can be a daunting task, but learning the basics of pavement management can provide you with policies and systematic methods for maintaining quality roadways. In this class, you will learn how to establish current assets, assign condition ratings for roadways, match treatments to distresses, and explore options for implementing and customizing a pavement management system for your agency.

    (Live or online delivery, 3 hours)

  • The Federal Highway Administration has recommended a number of proven safety countermeasures, and many of these techniques are applicable to local roads. This class provides a description of specific strategies for reducing the number of accidents relating to roadway departure, intersections, and pedestrians, as well as methods for assessing risk factors on the local roadway network.

    (Live or online delivery, 4 hours)

  • Sediment from construction and maintenance activities can pollute waterways and lead to unnecessary fines. Learn the basics of stormwater management and best management practices for preventing erosion and controlling sediment.

    (Live or online delivery, 3 hours)

  • This training includes current traffic signal terminology, traffic signal design requirements, operational maintenance, troubleshooting, preventative maintenance, and safety issues. The training also provides guidance based on the MUTCD. Basic and Advanced classes are available.

    (Live delivery in Hot Springs, 16 hours: 2 days)

  • Warm mix asphalt refers to chemical and organic additives and processes that allow asphalt to be produced and placed at cooler temperatures. This class explores the various methods used to produce warm mix, as well as the many benefits associated with its use. Guidance for managing contracts involving warm mix asphalt is also included.

    (Live or online delivery, 3 hours)

  • This course provides information about federally mandated drug testing and how to properly conduct random drug tests. It also explains how to recognize drug and alcohol abuse and the appropriate steps to take when a problem has been identified.

    (Live delivery, 2 hours)

  • This course focuses on effective guidelines to identify the different types of working groups and applicable ways to communicate with the employees and the public.

    (Live delivery, 4-7 hours, variable depending upon request, mostly taught at Pulaski Technical College in Little Rock)

  • With the increasing need for communication and data collection, computer knowledge is in demand. This course includes the fundamental functions and operations of Microsoft Access.

    (Live delivery, 7 hours, most training is taught at Pulaski Technical College in Little Rock)

  • With the increasing need for communication and data collection, computer knowledge is in demand. This course includes the fundamental functions and operations of Microsoft Excel.

    (Live delivery, 7 hours, most training is taught at Pulaski Technical College in Little Rock)

  • With the increasing need for communication and data collection, computer knowledge is in demand. This course includes the fundamental functions and operations of Microsoft PowerPoint.

    (Live delivery, 7 hours, most training is taught at Pulaski Technical College in Little Rock)

  • With the increasing need for communication and data collection, computer knowledge is in demand. This course includes the fundamental functions and operations of Microsoft Word.

    (Live delivery, 7 hours, most training is taught at Pulaski Technical College in Little Rock)

  • Need to go to a meeting but don’t have time to travel? Webinars are a great way to get needed information while at your desk. This course focuses on how to effectively participate in a webinar, including interacting, asking questions, chatting, and participating in poll questions.

    (Online delivery, ½ to 1 hour as requested)