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FHWA evolves Highway Materials Engineering Course content, delivery

Source: Federal Highway Administration

FHWA is extensively revising its Highway Materials Engineering Academy, which for 20 years has prepared transportation agency staff to develop specifications and guidance; make effective project acceptance decisions; and, design, construct, and maintain assets to achieve a long service life.

“The new training will meet the changing needs of highway agencies by offering the best practices in highway materials engineering, while using today’s diverse platforms for adult learning,” says FHWA’s Michael Rafalowski.

Scheduled for a mid-2014 and January 2015 pilot sessions, the new Highway Materials Engineering Course will feature an orientation and eight modules: Portland cement concrete; Aggregates for transportation construction; Quality assurance; Evaluating recycled materials for beneficial uses in transportation; Soils and foundations; Steel, welding, and coatings; Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design Guide; and, Asphalt materials and paving.

The six-week course will be held at the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Materials Reference Library in Frederick, Md. Training will be delivered through a combination of instructor-led, classroom sessions over four weeks; web-based modules and conferences; independent study; and, laboratory and field experiences. Working with a team of national experts, Harpers Enterprise Inc. is redeveloping the course under an FHWA contract. Additional information on Highway Materials Engineering Course programming and pilot session participation can be obtained from Michael Rafalowski, 202/366-1571; michael.rafalowski@dot.gov.