TC3 fills training gaps with launch of new courses

April 26, 2018

TC3 has launched five more courses that users identified as top priorities during the company’s annual national outreach. Two of the newly launched courses—“Warm Mix Asphalt” and “Environmental Predecessor Series: Air Quality”—are available for free through May 2018.

The TC3 technical service program develops, maintains, and provides access to a quality training curriculum that enhances the competency of the nation’s transportation workforce. It would not be possible without user input.

Warm Mix Asphalt

This course, which is recommended for 2 professional development hours (PDHs), provides an overview of warm mix asphalt placement for quality control technicians and inspectors. It briefly describes the production process of warm mix asphalt as it compares to hot mix asphalt, as well the financial and environmental benefits of warm mix asphalt, and what inspectors should look for during plant production. The placement and compaction process of warm mix asphalt is also covered. This course emphasizes effective communication between contract personnel and state departments of transportation (DOTs), as well as quality control plan requirements, including target temperatures for compaction.

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

  • Define warm mix asphalt;
  • Explain the difference between warm and hot mix asphalt;
  • Describe how warm mix asphalt is produced, including any special processing equipment;
  • Describe how warm mix asphalt is placed;
  • List key details that technicians and inspectors should be aware of during the application process;
  • Describe the compaction process for warm mix asphalt; and
  • Explain how quality control and acceptance are performed once completed.

Environmental Predecessor Series

Predecessor information for any given environmental study is required to properly complete the analysis and gain an understanding of when certain tasks can be performed. This series covers the following predecessors:

The target audience for this training is anyone involved with National Environmental Policy Act documents or performing air quality, archaeology, community impact or noise assessment activities. This four-part series, recommended for 3.5 PDHs, could include various DOT departments, environmental sections, or consultants.

Please note: The courses with “Texas DOT” in the titles contain content that is specific to that state. Be sure to take the training that is not specific to Texas unless you are a Texas DOT employee or contractor.

Training subscriptions

More than 90% of the curriculum is eligible for PDHs. When a trainee takes a PDH-eligible course, the training hours can contribute toward continuing education for licensure renewal.

TC3 offers prepaid training subscriptions available for purchase through the TC3 Training Store. These subscription options allow organizations to purchase TC3 training courses at discounted prepaid rates for their employees or members, which results in cost savings on training. Available options include annual unlimited courses per user and bulk-hour pricing.