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October 2000Publication Number: FHWA-RD-00-062

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FHWA Sponsors Highway Materials Engineering Course

A 6-week intensive course on highway materials engineering will be presented this winter by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), through the National Highway Institute. The course is scheduled for January 29 through March 16, 2001, at the University of Nevada-Reno, with a 1-week break from February 19-23.

The course will cover:

  • Materials control and acceptance (quality assurance)
  • Soils and foundations
  • Steels, welding, and coatings
  • Aggregates and unbound bases
  • Asphalt materials and paving mixtures
  • Concrete

These topics will be covered in approximately 150 hours of classroom instruction and 50 hours of laboratory work. The course cost is $4,000.

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify and describe the characteristics and engineering properties of the materials used in highways.
  • Identify and describe the selection criteria and important design properties of highway materials.
  • Describe the important steps and considerations in mix design procedures.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of materials quality assurance and be able to develop an effective materials acceptance plan.
  • Describe the field and laboratory testing procedures and the significance of test results, along with their relationship to laboratory designs.
  • Describe the issues and trends of importance to the State Department of Transportation (DOT) materials engineering personnel.

The course was developed primarily for State DOT engineers who require a basic knowledge of highway materials. In evaluating applications, first priority will be given to employees of State, local, and Federal agencies involved in highway construction. Other major factors that will be considered in rating applicants are the strength of endorsement from the employing agency, applicant's potential to contribute to the employing agency's highway materials program, highway engineering experience, and academic and professional achievements. An FHWA applicant for the course must also be nominated as part of an office's overall training plan.

To apply, a National Highway Institute course application and an employer's statement of endorsement should be sent to Mike Rafalowski in FHWA's Office of Pavement Technology (400 7th St., SW, HIPT-10, Washington, DC, 20590) by November 1, 2000. For more information, contact Rafalowski at 202-366-1571 (fax: 202-493-2070; email: michael.rafalowski@fhwa.dot.gov). Applicants will be notified as to their selection by November 30, 2000.

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