The Maintenance Leadership Academy provides an intensive training program to individuals who hold positions as State, district, and county maintenance supervisors. The Academy assists departments that are experiencing high turnover rates and want to decrease
the time for acclimating new managers. The training provides an opportunity for career development, highlighting new technologies in the field of maintenance and the exchange of best practices.
Participants acquire an understanding of the various processes, methods, and materials that are applied to maintain their organization's bridge and highway systems. Participants develop a knowledge base of personnel management, materials selection, equipment
use, and applicable methods to react to problems in bridges, roadways, budgeting, and planning.
The Academy curriculum consists of self-paced lessons accessed via the Web and classroom sessions. Self-paced lessons are completed prior to attending each of the two classroom sessions. Upon enrolling for the Maintenance Leadership Academy, participants
attend a 1-hour orientation Web conference that provides an overview of the Academy's schedule and information on how to access the self-paced lessons.
An example schedule for the Academy is as follows:
- Week 1: Participants enroll and attend a 1-hour Web conference orientation
- Weeks 2-3: Participants complete 22 hours of independent study materials
- Weeks 4-5: Participants attend 8 days of classroom training
- Weeks 6-7: Participants complete 10.5 hours of independent study material and attend a 1-hour homework review Web conference
- Week 8: Participants attend 4 days of classroom training
Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
- Describe the use of maintenance administration in achieving highway agency goals. (Module A)
- Describe how various treatments fit into an overall system preservation program and when to implement them. (Module B)
- Identify appropriate drainage maintenance and roadside management techniques. (Module C)
- Describe the maintenance manager's roles and responsibilities for developing, implementing, and managing a comprehensive plan for dealing with weather-related events. (Module D)
- Explain the maintenance and use of traffic control devices (including work zone plans, work zone traffic control devices, signs, striping, guardrails, and median barriers) in maintenance operations. (Module E)
- Describe how environmental protection issues, regulations and control measures affect highway maintenance activities. (Module F)
This course was designed for State, regional, or county personnel who manage operations programs and deal with oversight and quality assurance over broader geographic areas. They are involved with handling materials, scheduling, budgeting and planning. Participants
have an advanced skill in maintenance activities. Participants enrolling in the Academy will need to have taken NHI-134064 "Transportation Construction Quality Assurance" and NHI-131110 "Pavement Preservation Treatment Construction" or had equivalent training
or experience in these content areas.