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Our Gift to You: Training Wrapped with a Bow
Agencies are hiring at a rapid rate, which makes training new hires a big job. Why not give yourself a gift and let NVLTAP do the work?

Read on to see what training resources the NVLTAP is offering to support a successful new workforce, including equipment operation, OSHA, and flagger certification training! 

Identify Your Equipment Training Needs

We’re scheduling equipment operator training classes for the January-March timeframe, such as for Counterbalance Forklift, Skid steer, Backhoe, and Excavator.

Complete this 3-question survey to tell us:
  • What equipment training is needed?
  • How many need to attend?
  • Where does training need to be delivered?
Please complete the survey before December 23, 2021. Note that due to COVID-19 concerns, the vendor needs to conduct training at the agency and classes are capped at 10 people.
Enroll in Safety Training Classes
Establishing a safety culture is a priority with a new workforce. In addition to safety tailgate talks and videos, we’re scheduling OSHA, Flagger, and Basic Work Zone classes across the state.

Need a class to come to your agency? Email Nancy to request a course.

Identify a Career Development Path for New Hires
Thanks to the NVLTAP Advisory Board and the Pool Pact, the Career Development Matrices are updated! Use them to communicate a career pathway and development opportunities to your new hires.
The matrices list:
  • Essential requirements, knowledge, and skills required for Maintenance Workers I, II, and III positions.
  • Training opportunities that correlate to career development.

Promote Open Positions and Internships with UNR
Register to attend University of Nevada, Reno’s Civil Engineering Department Career Fair on February 24 and fill your open positions and internships!

Can’t attend? Email Nancy a job or internship description to promote at the NVLTAP booth.

Discover Innovative Methods to Recruit and Retain Employees

You have hired new staff. But do you have strategies to keep them? The Clear Roads research program identified innovative but practical ways for agencies to build and keep an efficient, diverse, versatile, and committed roadway maintenance workforce. Use the report’s strategies to develop and retain your new hires!

Training Materials Help Agencies Comply with New CDL Regulations
A recently enacted federal rule requires all organizations that provide entry-level commercial driver’s license (CDL) training to meet certain requirements by February 7, 2022.

To help transportation agencies comply, the Clear Roads pooled fund has developed free, downloadable CDL training materials for both instructor-led classroom and behind-the-wheel training.

Learn more and request the training materials from Clear Roads.

Ask Steve

In addition to training, the Nevada LTAP Center provides direct technical assistance on a variety of topics. This includes sharing practices from other agencies around Nevada. This month’s feature is from the City of Reno.

The City of Reno Department of Public Works recently shared an innovative practice for wide crack (T-cut) patches. The repair method provides smooth repair of a wide crack with long-term performance, usually requiring crack filling at the edges. It is most effective if the surrounding pavement is no longer shrinking. If shrinkage is still occurring, cracks will reappear within 1 to 3 years, depending on the shrinkage rate. (In Northern Nevada, most of the wide cracks are due to a high level of absorption that exists in many of our volcanic aggregates.) The City experimented with several repair alternatives before selecting this practice. It is now included in their pavement preservation contracts.
 
Methodology:
  • Grind 24” wide and a minimum of 2” deep trench. Center wide cracks in the grind path. Remove all loose crack sealant, all loose debris, and unsound pavement from the crack down to the base.
  • Fill the existing crack with grindings to ½” above the bottom of the trench. Compact the grindings into the existing crack. Compaction tools and equipment that span the crack width are not allowed. Repeat filling and compacting until the crack is filled.
  • Clean the trench of loose debris.
  • Apply tack coat to all horizontal and vertical faces in the trench prior to placing the hot mix asphalt.
  • Clean all debris from the pavement surface a minimum of 18” clear distance from the trench edges prior to placing hot mix asphalt. Place and compact the hot mix asphalt with a vibratory drum roller.
Note that the T-patch calls for a small milling machine to help create the T-edges. That adds time and cost to the repair, but also prepares the existing crack to receive a long-term correction. 

Have a question? Email Steve.

Training on the Horizon
In-Person Training Virtual Training (live with an instructor) Need more training? Visit the NVLTAP training event calendar.
Contact Steve for your NVLTAP Technical Assistance needs.
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