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Publication Number: FHWA-HRT-06-028
Date: August 2006

Announcing the 2007 Highway Materials Engineering Course

Applications are now being accepted for the 2007 session of the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) annual Highway Materials Engineering course. Targeted towards State department of transportation engineers who require a basic knowledge of highway materials, the 6-week course offers an intensive introduction to materials, mix design procedures, and quality assurance.

The curriculum, which includes 150 hours of classroom time and 50 hours of laboratory work, focuses on materials control and acceptance; soils and foundations; steels, welding, and coatings; aggregates and unbound bases; asphalt materials and paving mixtures; and concrete.

Participants will study the engineering and design properties of highway materials, as well as the selection criteria for these materials. In addition, attendees will learn mix design procedures and field and laboratory testing procedures. "Upon completion of the course, participants will be well-equipped to develop an effective materials acceptance plan," says Michael Rafalowski of FHWA's Office of Pavement Technology.

The course will be held at the University of Nevada-Reno from January 29 through March 16, 2007. A 1-week break is scheduled for February 19-23, 2007. The course fee is $6,100. Travel and other expenses for participants must also be funded by their own agencies.

Applications are due to FHWA by November 1, 2006. Candidates will be notified of their status by December 1, 2006. The criteria for selection include the strength of the endorsement from an applicant's agency, potential contributions to the agency's highway materials program, highway engineering experience, and academic and professional achievements. Employees of State, local, and Federal agencies involved in highway construction will receive priority.

"Upon completion of the course, participants will be well-equipped to develop an effective materials acceptance plan."

More details on the course and an online application are available at www.fhwa.dot.gov/Pavement/materials/131023.cfm. For additional information, contact Michael Rafalowski at FHWA, 202-366-1571 (fax: 202-493-2070; email: michael.rafalowski@fhwa.dot.gov).

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