Enhancements to the Training Bureau

The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) engaged The University of Alabama (UA) to examine, evaluate and recommend enhancements to ALDOT's Training Bureau and training program. With 4,500 employees, a central office in Montgomery, and over 50 Division/District offices across the state, training encompasses a wide range of topics, approaches, and needs. The analysis was conducted by a team of UA researchers familiar with industrial and agency training programs and needs, and with ALDOT policies and practices. The team conducted interviews; participated in group discussions; held focus sessions with trainers, supervisors, and employees; conducted surveys; evaluated written and automated records; and otherwise gathered information. The team noted that the various sources of information each provided insight and individual conclusions that merged with and supported conclusions drawn from other sources. This allowed team members to form comprehensive conclusions about the strengths and challenges of prior training efforts, and to make recommendations for enhancements. The recommendations include rolling out a new, energized ALDOT Training Bureau. It also includes addressing and enhancing a wide range of topics like training administration, training coordinators, Training Bureau employees, supervisor involvement, certificate programs, trainer/facilitator selection and development, training assessment, training scheduling, training delivery, a training website, the PeopleSoft records system, and regional collaboration. In addition, the report provides a series of steps for implementation of the proposed new system, and hints for increasing its success.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This research was funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation, University Transportation Centers Program.
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa

    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, P.O. Box 870205
    Tuscaloosa, AL  United States  35487-0205

    University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa

    College of Continuing Studies
    Tuscaloosa, AL  United States  35487-0205

    Alabama Department of Transportation

    1409 Coliseum Boulevard
    Montgomery, AL  United States  36130-3050
  • Authors:
    • Wingenter, Tom
    • Keene, Donna
    • Harris, Tom
    • Rowell, Jim
    • Turner, Dan
  • Publication Date: 2007-3


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 29p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01049495
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UTCA Final Report 05402
  • Contract Numbers: Alabama DOT research project 930634
  • Created Date: May 6 2007 8:43PM