Asphalt Contractor 2020-2021 Training Guide

With some training courses for the asphalt industry cancelled or going virtual over the next year, this guide offers a list of opportunities for contractors to continue learning, despite the pandemic

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As businesses around the world postpone and cancel in-person meetings in response to the Coronavirus, workplace training is emerging as one of the earliest and hardest-hit activities. However, now is not the time to give up on your employees and their future success at your company. While some manufacturers may be canceling or postponing their training, other companies are moving ahead with their training courses, making sure to follow all CDC recommended guidelines. 

*These dates and schedules were accurate as of press time but are subject to change. Please contact each company directly for up-to-date information.

Astec, Inc.

ASTEC, INC., an Astec Industries company, has announced the dates for the 2021 Customer Schools. Six weeks of schools will be available and attendees can choose to attend one of these sessions:

  • January 4-7 
  • January 11-14
  • January 25-28
  • February 8-11
  • February 15-18
  • February 22-25

Registration opens Thursday, October 1, 2020 for all attendees, both domestic and international. 

The safety of our customers and our employees is our top priority. Our response to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic is informed by the current best-practices and guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We will be taking every step possible following both state and local Covid-19 guidelines to ensure a safe a successful school for 2021. The class size will be limited due to Covid-19.

Caterpillar, Inc. 

Phone: 1-763-315-5516 

Email: cat_mpls_training@cat.com

Website: www.cat.com/en_us/by-industry/paving/real-world-training-solution.html

Due to the current situation, Caterpillar has not yet released the 2021 paving products training schedule. Caterpillar continues to monitor the situation for safe travel and in-classroom training for attendees. Log into the new Caterpillar Paving Campus at https://catpavingtraining.logicbay.com/dlms/login/ for more information. If it is your first time registering, allow 24-48 hours for approval.

The following courses will again be offered in 2021: 

F-Series Asphalt Paver Service Training

This 4-day course provides theory and hands-on training for customer technicians. Upon completion, students will be able to trace the flow of oil through hydraulic systems, test and adjust hydraulic pressures, troubleshoot hydraulic and electrical systems, and explain ECM functions and calibration steps for the AP1000F, AP1055F, AP600F, AP655F, AP500F and AP555F asphalt pavers. 

Fee: $1400

Paving Operations Training

This course is designed for paving supervisors and paving crew members with one or more years of experience with the lay down of hot mix asphalt. Training is taught using Cat “F” Series Pavers with Caterpillar Grade and Slope systems. The daily curriculum includes classroom and hands-on training. 

Classroom interactive sessions include fundamentals of paving; Paving By the Numbers; understanding grade and slope controls; screed adjustments; understanding mat defects; compaction basics. 

The hands–on training portion of the class include transverse and longitudinal joint construction; feeder system set-up and adjustments; variable width paving; grade/slope set-up and troubleshooting; ECM calibration; critical screed adjustments. 

Fee: $3,100

For additional details regarding training, contact Ron Wilson, Training Consultant for Caterpillar Paving Products at 763.315.5516, or email Cat_Mpls_Training@cat.com

Roadtec

Phone: 1-800-272-7100

Website: Roadtec.com/training

Roadtec, Inc. offers Paving Professionals Workshops (PPW) and Technical Service Schools in Chattanooga, TN. Students have direct access to experienced instructors and skilled professionals who provide detailed classroom instruction and hands on demonstrations.  

Course: Paving Professionals Workshop (PPW)

Students receive comprehensive instruction in asphalt paving from industry leaders. PPW is ideal for those wishing to learn about proper surface preparation, asphalt laydown, preventative maintenance and more.

Session 1: January  4 - 5

Session 2: January  6 - 7

Session 3: January  11 - 12

Session 4: January  13 – 14

Course: Technical Service Schools:

Students gain experience in the operation and maintenance of Roadtec equipment through instruction from experienced and skilled factory specialists. Each session covers Pavers, Mills and the Shuttle Buggy MTV.

Session 1: January  18 - 22

Session 2: January  25 - 29

Session 3: February 8 - 12

Session 4: February  15 – 19

TransTech Systems, Inc.

Phone: 1-800-724-6306 or 518-370-5558
Website: transtechsys.com 

COURSE: Online Training

Mobile friendly and at your convenience, you may review any number of TransTech Systems videos to assist with learning more about the PQI (non-nuclear asphalt density gauge) or the SDG (non-nuclear soil density gauge). These videos are great for new customers or as a refresher once your season gets under way. These videos are available at your fingertips anytime you are ready! It’s as easy as going to our website or searching for “TransTech Systems Inc” within YouTube.

COURSE: Density Clinic

TransTech Systems, Inc. offers FREE density clinics. Our team provides a class that covers overall density, as well as operation and use of the non-nuclear density asphalt or soil gauge.  Please call TransTech Systems if your company is interested in scheduling a date!  Our clinics are by appointment, and dependent upon social distancing protocol, may be in person (at our office) or virtual.  When your team completes the TransTech Density Clinic, each member will receive an Operator Training Certificate.  Call today!

Troxler Electronic Laboratories, Inc.

Phone: 1-877-TROXLER (1-877-876-9537)/1-919-549-8661

Email: training@troxlerlabs.com

Website: www.troxlerlabs.com

Online training site: www.troxlerlearningcenter.com

ONLINE COURSES:

Our online courses allow to you to earn certifications and gain new skills/refresh old ones when it suits your schedule. For more information or to register for a course, click Online Training - NEW on the Training menu at www.troxlerlabs.com.

NEW COURSE: Troxler Nuclear Gauge User Training- 3400 Series Gauges

This course trains nuclear gauge users on the Troxler Model 3400 series gauges. The technology used, proper procedures, maintenance, and safety tips are the focus of this new course. This is the perfect course for new gauge users.

COURSE: Nuclear Gauge Safety Training plus Hazmat

Every new nuclear gauge operator must undergo safety training and be certified to use nuclear gauges. (Our online course is accepted for certification by most state agencies.) 

Topics Covered:

·        Radiation safety fundamentals and principles

·         Regulatory requirements

·         Portable gauge theory and operation

·         Gauge maintenance

·         Gauge packaging, storage, and transport 

COURSE: Radiation Safety Officer Training—NEW!

This course teaches a radiation safety officer (RSO) the responsibilities of the job. 

Topics Covered:

·         Radiation safety fundamentals and principles

·         License application and renewal

·         Regulatory requirements, record-keeping, and other RSO responsibilities

·         Incidents and accidents

·         Inspections

COURSE: Hazmat Certification/Recertification

This course satisfies US Department of Transportation (DOT) Title 49 CFR, Part 172, Subpart H training requirements for individuals shipping or transporting hazardous materials. (Hazmat recertification is required every three years.) 

COURSE: Refresher Course for Nuclear Gauge Operators

If you work in a state that requires gauge operators to renew their radiation safety training periodically, this course will fulfill that requirement. (Please note, however, that it is not a hazmat recertification course.) 

Topics Covered:

·         Radiation safety

·         New regulatory requirements

·         Operating and emergency procedures

·         Maintenance

·         Transportation procedures 

COURSE: Compaction & Density Testing

In this course, you will learn the basic principles of compaction and density testing methods (with an emphasis on nuclear testing methods). 

IN-PERSON or VIRTUAL CLASSES:

Due to current restrictions and limitations on in-person training we are scheduling these classes as they are requested.  If you are interested in scheduling one of the classes below, please contact us at training@troxlerlabs.com.   

In-person, hands-on non-nuclear and nuclear gauge training is available at our headquarters in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, and through our regional sales and service representatives by request. (To schedule a session, contact us at training@troxlerlabs.com.) 

CLASS: Nuclear Gauge Safety Training plus Hazmat

Every new nuclear gauge operator must undergo safety training and be certified to use nuclear gauges. (Our in-person class is accepted for certification by all state agencies.) 

Topics Covered:

·         Radiation safety fundamentals and principles

·         Regulatory requirements

·         Portable gauge theory and operation

·         Gauge maintenance

·         Gauge packaging, storage, and transport 

CLASS: Radiation Safety Officer Training

This course teaches an RSO the responsibilities of the job. 

Topics Covered:

·         Radiation safety fundamentals and principles

·         License application and renewal

·         Regulatory requirements, record-keeping, and other RSO responsibilities

·         Incidents and accidents

·         Inspections 

CLASS: Hazmat Certification/Recertification

This course satisfies DOT Title 49 CFR, Part 172, Subpart H training requirements for individuals shipping or transporting hazardous materials. (Hazmat recertification is required every three years.)

Wirtgen America Inc.

Phone: 1-615-501-0600

Website: https://www.wirtgen-group.com/en-us/customer-support/training/

The 40,000+ sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility houses eleven classrooms as well as four bays dedicated exclusively to training so hands on training can take place regardless of weather. The CTT includes a 5-acre test track for equipment demonstrations and hands-on application training for the WIRTGEN GROUP products as well as an on-site cafeteria for meals and snacks during your sessions.

WIRTGEN

COURSE: W 200Fi Series Cold Milling Operation

This course covers safe work practices on & around cold milling machines. Participants learn about Wirtgen cutting technology & operation/application best practices for the W200Fi series cold milling machine. Machine operator controls, Level Pro Active, & daily/ routine maintenance are covered in detail. Participants are provided the opportunity to apply what they learn preparing them for daily machine operation. 

Fee: $570

COURSE: W 200i Series Cold Milling Operation

This course covers safe work practices on and around cold milling machines. You learn factory-recommended operational practices for the W 200 series cold milling machines. Machine operator controls and Level Pro+ will be reviewed in detail preparing you for daily machine operation.

FEE: $570 

COURSE: W 200i Series Technical Service

This course covers safe work practices on and around the W 200i series cold milling machines. You will learn factory-recommended maintenance practices for proper maintenance of W 200i series cold milling machines (The W 200Fi is not covered in this course).

FEE: $855

COURSE: W 100CFi - W 150CFi Cold Milling Operation

This course covers safe work practices on and around cold milling machines. You will learn about cutting technology, best practices of operating a Wirtgen compact cold-milling machine, operator controls, Level Pro Plus, and routine maintenance. This course prepares you for daily machine operation.

FEE: $570 

COURSE: W 100CFi /W150CFi Technical  Service

You will learn factory-recommended practices for maintenance of Wirtgen 100-150CFi cold milling machines. After completing this course, you will be better prepared to diagnose machine problems and increase machine uptime.

FEE: $855 

COURSE: WR 200 Series Cold Recycling Operation

To familiarize you with the machine and its many components. Safety practices, machine safety documentation and safety components will be covered. The controls and functions will be covered in detail. Finally, we will examine daily machine maintenance and component wear identification.

FEE: $570 

COURSE: WR 200 Series Cold Recyclers Technical Service

The WR 200 Series Soil Stabilizer will be the focus of this course. This course covers safe work practices on and around Soil Stabilizer machines. You will learn factory-recommended maintenance practices for proper maintenance of WR 200 Series Soil Stabilizer machines. After completing this course, you will be better prepared to diagnose machine problems and increase machine uptime.

FEE: $855


Wirtgen Slipform Pavers

COURSE: SP 25/25i Technical Service & Operation

This course covers safe work practices on and around slipform pavers. You will learn the fundamental principles of slipform machines pertaining to the application capabilities of the machine. You will learn to set up and adjust the basic control and operation of the machine and how to locate and assign the machine control components, on-board computer and display operation. You will also learn to have a basic understanding of concrete and concrete mixes. After completing this course you will better understand the individual function groups of the machine and basic settings and application setup.

FEE: $645

 COURSE: SP AutoPilot 2.0 Operations & Application

This course covers safe work practices on and around Wirtgen slipform machines. You will learn the fundamental principles & application capabilities of SP 15i/25i pavers equipped with AutoPilot 2.0. You will also learn how to locate machine components & recognize their functions, how to set up & adjust the machine for AutoPilot applications, & perform machine/display operations. Additionally, you will learn functional principles & basic operation, as well as the menu system of the Wirtgen Field Rover, Base Station, & elevation controls.

FEE: $855 

COURSE: SP 60i / 90i / 124i Operations & Application

This course covers safe work practices on and around Wirtgen slipform machines. You will learn the fundamental principles & application capabilities of mainline slipform pavers. You will also learn how to locate components & recognize their functions (on-board computers, display, etc.), how to set up & adjust the machine for inset application, & perform machine/display operations. Additionally, you will be able to recognize how different concrete mixes affect the final product. 

FEE: $1,282.50 


VÖGELE

COURSE: Vögele 10’-3i Super Technical Service

After completing this course, you will be better prepared to perform service repairs and diagnose operational problems of the Super 200X-3i paver. You will learn factory-recommended procedures for doing service repairs and troubleshooting electrical and hydraulic systems. You will also get an in-depth look at all controls and displays.

FEE: $1,140 

COURSE: Vögele 8’-3i Super Technical Service

After completing this course, you will be better prepared to perform service repairs and diagnose operational problems of the Super 170X-3i paver. You will learn factory-recommended procedures for doing service repairs and troubleshooting electrical and hydraulic systems. You will also get an in-depth look at all controls and displays.

FEE: $1,140 

COURSE: Vögele Paver Operations/Application

This course covers how to safely operate and work around a Vögele paver. You will learn factory-recommended best practices for machine operation and for performing daily and scheduled maintenance. After completing this course, you will be better prepared to operate a Vögele paver according to manufacturer’s recommendations. You will learn principles and concepts of paving related to the operation of the Vögele paving machines.

FEE: $570

COURSE: Vögele Super 1800-3iSJ Operations Service

This course covers how to safely operate and work around a Vögele paver. You will learn factory-recommended best practices for machine operation and performing daily and scheduled maintenance. After completing this course, you will be better prepared to perform service repairs and diagnose operational problems of the Super 1800-3iSJ paver. You will learn factory recommended procedures for doing service repairs and troubleshooting electrical and hydraulic systems. You will also get an in-depth look at all controls and displays.

FEE: $1,140 

Course: Vogele Super 1800 - 3iSJ Technical Service

This course prepares you to safely perform basic machine operations as well as service a Vögele Super 1800-3iSJ paver. You will learn the steps to prepare the paver for work, as well as how to calibrate the spray system according to job specs, & apply spray paving operation best practices. In addition, you will learn the locations & functions of the machine’s controls/components, as well as how to troubleshoot, test, diagnose, & repair the various systems (spray, air compressor, electrical, & hydraulic). 

FEE: $855

 

HAMM

Course: Hamm Compact Asphalt &  Dirt Rollers

This courses offers a general introduction to application and technical information of HD 8-14 Compact Rollers and H5-7 Soil Rollers. This course covers how to safely work on and around HAMM compaction equipment. You will learn factory-recommended best practices for proper upkeep of compaction machines. After completing this course, you will be better prepared to complete a machine startup, diagnose machine problems, and help increase machine uptime.

FEE: $570

 

WIRTGEN GROUP

COURSE: WITOS FleetView Basics

This course covers will allow you to navigate through the different views within WITOS FleetView. You will explore ways to track ma- chines, schedule alerts for maintenance and radius parameters as well as easily export historical data.

FEE: $285

SPECIAL OFFERINGS

Florida International University Paving Academy hosted at Wirtgen America

COURSE: Paver: Machine Operations & Quality

This course is part of the Florida International University (FIU) Paving Academy, a certificate program established by FIU College of Engineering & Computing, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Green Paving Initiative.

It provides equipment owners, operators, user-fixers, paving crews and technicians with efficient, effective and safe methods for getting the most out of paving  equipment. Day 3 consists of a course review and final exam (70% required to pass). Participants who achieve a passing score earn a certificate from Florida International University.

FEE: $500

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