WISCONSIN'S EDUCATION AND TRAINING FOR HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING AIDES OR TECHNICIANS

THE RAPIDLY EXPANDING HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION PROGRAM WILL REQUIRE THE TRAINING OF SEMI-PROFESSIONAL AIDS AND TECHNICIANS WHO MAY BE ASSIGNED TO MANY JOB RESPONSIBILITIES NOW BEING CARRIED ON BY PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS. THE ENGINEERS MAY THEN BE REASSIGNED TO PROFESSIONAL JOB RESPONSIBILITIES FOR WHICH THEY HAVE BEEN TRAINED. THE WISCONSIN SYSTEM OF VOCATIONAL EDUCATION DURING RECENT YEARS HAS DEVELOPED TECHNICIAN TRAINING PROGRAMS IN A NUMBER OF FIELDS WHERE THE NEED FOR SEMI-PROFESSIONAL AIDS AND TECHNICIANS IS INCREASING MARKEDLY. CURRICULA AND MINIMUM STANDARDS FOR THE CONDUCT OF SUCH TRAINING PROGRAMS HAVE ALREADY BEEN APPROVED BY THE STATE BOARD. WHEN THE NEEDS FOR SEMI-PROFESSIONAL AIDS AND TECHNICIANS WAS BROUGHT TO THE BOARD'S ATTENTION A PROGRAM WAS WORKED OUT FOR COOPERATION WITH THE HIGHWAY COMMISSION IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF TRAINING PROGRAMS FOR HIGHWAY AIDS IN CITIES OF THE STATE WHERE DISTRICT HIGHWAY OFFICES ARE LOCATED. THE CURRICULUM HAS BEEN PREPARED COOPERATIVELY BY SELECTED VOCATIONAL SCHOOL OFFICIALS AND HIGHWAY AND ALLIED CONSTRUCTION PERSONNEL. TEACHERS, WHO IN SOME INSTANCES WERE EMPLOYED ON HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION DURING THE SUMMER OF 1957, MADE AN ANALYSIS OF THE JOB REQUIREMENTS FOR HIGHWAY AIDS AND TECHNICIANS. BASED ON THIS EXPERIENCE, SPECIFIC COURSES TO MEET THE TRAINING NEEDS HAVE BEEN DEVELOPED. PROFESSIONAL WORKERS AND ENGINEERS PRESENTLY EMPLOYED IN HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION WILL BE UTILIZED TO PROVIDE SOME OF THE TECHNICAL INSTRUCTION. THE TRAINING PROGRAM WILL BE CONDUCTED ON BOTH A FULL-TIME DAY AND PART-TIME EVENING BASIS. THE DAY PROGRAM WILL EMPHASIZE TRAINING FOR INITIAL EMPLOYMENT AND THE EVENING SCHOOL PROGRAM WILL PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES TO EMPLOYED HIGHWAY WORKERS TO UPGRADE THEMSELVES FOR INCREASED RESPONSIBILITIES AND PROMOTION. IT IS BELIEVED THAT THIS COOPERATIVE TRAINING EFFORT WILL TO SOME DEGREE ALLEVIATE THE SHORTAGE OF TRAINED SEMI-PROFESSIONAL PERSONNEL REQUIRED FOR THE EXPANDED HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION PROGRAM. /AUTHOR/

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  • Accession Number: 00200262
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Sep 12 1994 12:00AM