MICHIGAN ENGINEERING INVENTORY TREND STUDY

CLIMATIC CONDITIONS IN MICHIGAN MAKE IT NECESSARY TO PERFORM THE MAJOR PORTION OF ROAD CONSTRUCTION WORK DURING SUMMER MONTHS. THE PROGRAM OF EMPLOYING COLLEGE ENGINEERING STUDENTS DURING SUMMER MONTHS HAS ENABLED THE HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT TO SUPPLEMENT ITS FIELD FORCES DURING THE HEAVY PART OF THE CONSTRUCTION SEASON. A WORK-STUDY PROGRAM WAS INAUGURATED WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT. A GRADUATE PROGRAM KNOWN AS THE ENGINEER TRAINEE PROGRAM WAS STARTED WHICH CONSISTS OF ONE YEAR OF EXTENSIVE ROTATIONAL, ON-THE- JOB, PRACTICAL WORK AND UP TO SIX MONTHS OF SPECIALIZED TRAINING IN THE FIELD OF FINAL ASSIGNMENT. THE TRAINEE IS ASSIGNED TO EIGHT SEPARATE FUNCTIONAL SECTIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT DURING HIS FIRST THIRTEEN MONTHS. HIS DUTIES ARE VARIED OR ROTATED AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE BY HIS IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR TO DETERMINE HIS OUTSTANDING CHARACTERISTICS AND ABILITIES. THE PERFORMANCE RATING IS GIVEN FOR EACH ASSIGNMENT. FOLLOWING COMPLETION OF THE ROTATION PORTION OF THE TRAINEE PROGRAM, THE YOUNG ENGINEERS ARE IN A POSITION TO RECEIVE PERMANENT CLASSIFICATIONS IN THE DEPARTMENT IN A SPECIALIZED FIELD OF WORK. IN ORDER TO MEET INCREASED WORK LOAD, THE HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT IN COOPERATION WITH THE CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION IS SETTING UP A SERIES OF TECHNICAL CLASSIFICATIONS IN THREE MAJOR ENGINEERING FUNCTIONS: ROUTE PLANNING, CONSTRUCTION AND DRAFTING. A SURVEY IS BEING MADE AS TO THE POSSIBILITY OF USING ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT IN THE FIELD OF CONTRACT PROGRAMMING AND CONTRACT COMPUTATIONS. IT IS CONCLUDED THAT THE HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT MUST CONTINUE TO INTEREST YOUNG PEOPLE IN HIGHWAY ENGINEERING AND HELP THEM THROUGH IN-SERVICE TRAINING AND EDUCATION.

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  • Accession Number: 00200296
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Apr 10 1994 12:00AM