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Transportation Operations Institute

Vision Statement

The Transportation Operations Institute strives to offer quality/innovative instruction to address the current and future needs of the rapidly changing global transportation maintenance industry.

Mission Statement

The Transportation Operations Institute (TOI) in partnership with Mohawk Valley Community College offers innovative instruction and training by supporting


The Transportation Operations Institute had its beginning in mid–year 2000. At this time, a meeting was held with the Commissioner of the NewYork State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT), several of his deputy commissioners, Mohawk Valley Community College President (MVCC) and several of his staff.

MVCC had, and continues to provide welding certification classes to all NYSDOT people requiring this training. The Commissioner inquired whether there were other transportation–related programs that could be provided by MVCC.

A joint meeting was held which included representatives from NYSDOT and MVCC. The team met for several weeks to develop a vision and mission statement, and strengths, weaknesses and opportunities to measure the success or failure of this program. Additionally, training courses that were applicable at the time were identified.

Several visits were made to talk to people at the policy level in NSDOT to get their input and approval.

As this project began to mature, it became apparent to all of us that we were developing a program that was needed and unique for municipal highway transportation.

We at MVCC are proud to continue our heritage of offering innovative, first of its kind courses, that provide occupational/technical training to all highway transportation municipalities and other agencies under the new Transportation Operations Institute at Mohawk Valley Community College. 

Training Programs

Transportation Maintenance

Equipment Operations School
Commercial Drivers License
Training for Licensing to obtain a Commercial Drivers License B.
Equipment Covered: heavy dump truck.*
Snow Plowing School
Learn to become proficient in snowplowing technique, procedures, including one-person operation. Also equipment safety, and use of equipment, including classroom–shop, dry run and certification.
Equipment Covered: one person snowplow, rotary plow, front end loader, calibration of automatic spreader controller (Dickey John.) *
Paving School
Learn to become proficient in paving technique, procedures, safety and use of equipment.
Equipment covered: paver, roller, widener. *
Earth Moving School
Learn to become proficient in earth moving technique, procedures, safety and use of equipment.
Equipment Covered: backhoe,maintainer, windrow loader, hydraulic excavator, grader, bulldozer. *
Roadside Maintenance School
Learn to become an operator in all aspects of mowing and roadside maintenance.
Equipment Covered: bucket truck, stump grinder, sewer cleaner, brush chipper, sweeper, paint stripe-machine, herbicide truck *
Bridge Maintenance
Learn to become proficient in bridge maintenance that includes under bridge, climbing/rigging skills, cutting/welding skills.

* Equipment includes, but not limited to described equipment.

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Masonry 1
This course introduces the student to the fundamental concepts of masonry and concrete construction. The instruction will include theory and emphasize hands-on experience. This course includes, but will not be limited to the following: concrete design, construction methods and materials, tools, foundations, walls and flat work.
Masonry 2
This course introduces the student to the fundamental concepts of block masonry construction. The instruction will include theory and emphasize hands-on experience. This course includes, but will not be limited to, the following: history, development and manufacturing of mortar and block, hand and power tools, mixing mortar, laying block, safe use and care of scaffolding.
Masonry 3
This course introduces the student to the fundamental concepts of brick masonry construction. The instruction will include theory and emphasize hands–on experience. This course includes, but will not be limited to the following: history, development and manufacturing of brick, mortar, bonding, corners, hand and power tools, mixing mortar, laying brick, safe use and care of scaffolding.

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Carpentry 1
This is an introductory course designed to instruct the student in the proper use and selection of hand and power tools and shop safety. Other topics include the selection of materials, planning a project and completing a project. The course will be taught by lecture/laboratory sessions.
Carpentry 2
This course covers the basic skills required to do basic floor and wall framing, sheathing insulation, dry wall and paneling installation and finishing. The course will be taught by lecture/laboratory sessions.

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Technical Electricity 1
An introductory course designed to provide the student with basic knowledge and skills necessary for personal growth in any electrical service technician program. The course includes an in-depth study of electron theory. Ohm’s Law, series and parallel circuits, electrical energy and power relationships. Methods of generation of electromotive force, electromagnetism, motor principles and capacitance as these apply to D.C. circuits are included in the course. Uses, construction and calibration of voltmeters, ammeters and wattmeters are also investigated.
Technical Electricity 2
A continuation of the introductory electrical course designed to reinforce and apply previously acquired information to alternating current (A.C.) circuits. This course investigates A.C. sine wave generation, mutual inductance, inductive and capacitive reactance, instantaneous values of voltage and current as well as real and apparent power. Uses, construction and calibration of A.C. metering equipment are an integral part of this course. Practical application of each topic in both introductory courses will be included in all laboratory experiments conducted by students.
Technical Electronics
Fundamental properties of semiconductor materials and the utilization of these materials in devices such as diodes, bi–polar transistors, field effect transistors, thyristors and common substrated integrated circuits are investigated. Experiments pertain to various rectifiers, voltage regulators and elementary amplifier circuits. Emphasis is placed on student ability to construct, troubleshoot, modify and repair those circuits considered fundamental to the operation of electronic equipment.

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Transportation and the Environment

This course is designed to give participants a general working background on environmental topics. The course will assist participants with standard maintenance operations, developing both large and small highway projects,managing transportation facilities, and the environment in respect to right-of-ways.
The course will provide the participant with a general knowledge of the many different environmental issues and concerns, such as water resources, wetlands, wildlife, beaver problems, hazardous waste, air quality, noise, cultural resources, contaminated soils, fuel storage, waste disposal, vegetation management and stormwater management. A general working overview will be provided on laws, rules, regulations and guidance. Resource contacts and best practices will be discussed to assist participants on how specific environmental issues should be addressed. The course will also address the new SPEDS regulation MS4.
This course is flexible and can be designed to put special emphasis on certain subjects to fit your particular needs.

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OSHA Guidelines and Regulations
These courses for private or public sector personnel cover OSHA policies, procedures, and standards, as well as construction and general industry health and safety principles. Topics include scope and application of the OSHA standards that affect public and private sector personnel the most. Examples might include: Lockout/Tagout, Hazard Communication, Ladder Safety, Rigging Safety, to name a few.

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Supervisors Safety Training Seminar

This course is for both new and experienced supervisors. The seminar provides participants the opportunity to develop or improve the skills necessary to provide a safe accident injury free work environment. The seminar includes instruction on the following:
Role Of The Supervisor
Duties and responsibilities including the importance of the supervisor as a trainer and mini safety meeting table–top exercises.
Accident Causes
Identify unsafe conditions and equipment; unsafe acts by employees; proper job training along with group discussions and problem solving.
Accident and Injury Investigation
The key to accident prevention is understanding how the incident occurred. The seminar explains the importance of the supervisors role in an accident/ injury investigation; understanding evidence, interviewing witnesses and group problem solving exercises.
Human Relations
Learn the importance of good relationships in improving work productivity, study the basic needs and desires of employees and use them to motivate co-workers and subordinates.
Personal Protective Equipment
Learn the various types and importance of proper use and training. Understand the supervisors responsibilities toward PPE and the OSHA requirements.
Hazard Awareness And Control
Learn the definition, purpose and need of identifying, eliminating and controlling workplace hazards. Students learn to develop job safety analysis for workplace tasks to eliminate workplace injuries.

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Traffic Control for Workzones (Basic)

This is a one day introductory course designed for the student to understand the basics of Traffic Control and safe work procedures within established Workzones. The student develops a clear understanding of flagging procedures associated with Maintenance and Protection of Traffic as well as the knowledge and skills needed to meet traffic control needs. This seminar includes instruction on the following:
Duties and responsibilities of the flagger, including the importance of traffic control at emergency operations, legal authority of the flagger and understanding driver characteristics and how they can impact traffic control. Signaling Devices – Identify the Manual of UniformTraffic Control Devices (MUTCD) required signaling devices, their applications and use.
Basic Workzones
Develops an understanding of basic Workzone applications and flagger roles in multi-flagger Workzone situations. Placement And Operation Of The Flagger Station – This segment instructs the student on the proper flagger station site placement and distance, flagger visibility, position, procedures and night flagging.
Signs and Related Equipment
The student learns the various types and importance of traffic control advanced warning signs and their proper use as well as supplemental devices used to enhance traffic control.
Accident and Incident Reporting
Discussion of the importance of the flagger’s role as an observer and information resource if an incident or accident would occur in or near the Workzone.

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Workzone Safety Training

This is two day course designed for individuals or work teams responsible for establishing and providing safe Workzone environments. It provides participants with a knowledge and understanding of the requirements for the maintenance and protection of traffic on streets and highways. Instruction includes the following:
Planning Workzone Traffic Control
Identifies Key factors to be considered when establishing short and long Workzones. Discusses components necessary for the development of a traffic control plan and how they can impact traffic control.
Workzone Traffic Control
Identifies the principles and components of a proper Workzone with instruction and discussion on Advanced Warning Area, Transition Area, Activity Area, including buffer space and Work Area and the Termination Area. Included in the instruction is the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) Devices, their applications and use.
Traffic Control and Flagging
Develops an understanding of traffic control, procedures, applications and flagger roles in multi–flagger Workzone situations.
Moving Workzones
Discusses the use and implementation of buffer and shadow vehicles, truck mounted impact attenuators, arrow boards.
Workzone Problem Solving
Student participation exercise that involve hands on Workzone problem solving where students identify and develop maintenance and traffic control solutions for typical highway configurations.
Legal Liabilities and Public Officers Law
Discussions on steps that can be implemented for protection from liability from improper Workzones.

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Drainage and Culvert Inspection
Learn the proper procedure for culvert design and installation. Learn practices associated with stream protection and erosion control. Become aware of environmental impact and roadside safety. Learn techniques of assessing conditions of existing culverts.

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Advanced Technology

(GPS) Global Positioning Systems
Basic GPS theory and use of GPS equipment to gather data in the field. Satellite mission planning, use of controller software, and sources of error in GPS. Use of correction files or real time systems for correction. At the completion of this course, the technician will have the ability to take the GPS system into the field, and perform the necessary steps to bring good positional data back to the engineer’s office.
What makes a leader different from a manager? See if you can identify the highly effective qualities and characteristics, and best practices of a good leader. This is an excellent seminar for anyone interested in team growth and development.
Public Sector Ethics
Designed for public sector employees, this course discusses business ethics generally and the NewYork State Public Officers Law specifically. Examples will be presented and discussed. The course emphasizes a practical, non-legal approach to the topic.
(GIS I) Introduction to Geographic Information Systems – 2 Day
GIS is a technology that can be applied to a variety of tasks where location matters, such as asset management, vehicle routing, or site selection. It provides a linkage between digital maps and databases. Most databases contain a location component such as an address – GIS can be used to manage, analyze, map, and query this information.
This course provides a conceptual overview of GIS technology with hands-on exercises utilizing ArcView GIS. Topics include: applications using GIS; map projections and coordinate systems; map scale; methods of data conversion; and data sources (including the Internet).
Students will also learn the basics of ArcView GIS and how to:

  • Edit shape and database information
  • Query and analyze GIS data
  • Create charts and maps

Students that would like to learn more advanced concepts and techniques, and gain additional practical experience should also enroll in the second course (Intro to GIS II).

(GIS II) Introduction to Geographic Information Systems – 3 Day
This course builds upon the concepts introduced in the Introduction to Geographic Information Systems I course (which is a prerequisite for this course). This hands-on course will introduce the student to some of the advanced techniques used in GIS.
Topics include: using GIS data from Internet sources; projecting GIS data; adding scripts and customizing ArcView GIS projects; and using aerial photography and imagery in GIS projects.
Students will complete an in-class project that is typical of how GIS is used in the workplace. The project will include: retrieving data from different sources on the Internet, getting the data into the same coordinate system, performing various analyses, and outputting a report and map.

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Oxy–Acetylene Welding Procedures
This course is designed to instruct students in the theory, proper methods and use of acetylene equipment that will enable them to oxy–weld and cut in all positions.
Electric Arc Welding Procedures
This course is designed to provide proficiency in oxy–acetylene welding procedures. This will include the theory and use of electric arc welding. Instruction will be provided in welding ferrous and nonferrous metals in all positions, including the theory of pipe design and cutting.
Welding Procedures for MIG and TIG
This course is designed to instruct the student in the theory and use of TIG (Tungsten Inert GAS) welding and MIG (Gas Metallic Arc). Welding non–ferrous and ferrous metals in all positions. Plasma welding, cutting and safety procedures.
Welding Certification
This course is designed to instruct the student in welding codes consisting of set regulations covering permissible materials, service limitations, fabrication, inspection, testing procedures and qualifications of welding operations. Special emphasis will be placed on preparation for the New York State Welding Certificate Exam.

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Facility Maintenance

Learn how to run and maintain a regional site, including equipment maintenance, staffing and maintaining the facility, both headquarters and sub-locations. An introduction to building and grounds management and maintenance.
Included as part of this course would be information pertaining to the mechanical systems associated with the building environment. Topics include introduction to HVAC, electric, carpentry and masonry.

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Management Training

Management in the Public Sector
This second level course concentrates on the changing management environment. The role of teams and the manager as a participant in the larger organization are discussed. In addition, group communications, group delegation, and group motivations are discussed.
Supervision in the Public Sector
The objective of this course is to help new (or newer) supervisors develop the skills needed to supervise others. To accomplish this objective, the participants will discuss core supervisory tasks including communications, decision making and problem solving, delegation leadership, and motivation.
Basic Management
In this seminar, we cover a number of timely, focused topics that you need to ”survive“ in the world of management.
Problem-Solving Tools
In this fast paced seminar, the instructor will cover a variety of methods designed to help you solve problems quickly.
Organizational Communication
We communicate every day of our lives and still problems persist. This seminar will outline basic models of communication and how to reduce barriers and apply new tools to enhance performance.
Stress Management
STRESS!!! This seminar will show you how to recognize the symptoms of stress and how to formulate strategies to overcome them.
Conflict Resolution
Today's workplace can create a lot of problems. This session will help you to identify the types and sources of conflict and cover ways to overcome them.
Performance Management
One of the critical roles of the manager is to help improve employee performance. In this seminar, you will have the opportunity to learn to distinguish between ”external“ and ”internal“ motivators.

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Traffic Control Devices

Introduction to Traffic Signals and Safety Control Devices
This is an introductory course designed for the student to understand the basic principles/fundamentals of Traffic Control Devices as they apply to highway safety of the traveling public. Traffic signals, emergency warning devices, and police/fire/ambulance pre-emption controls are among the topics to be discussed.
Basic Traffic Signal Device Technology
A continuation of Introduction to Traffic Signals and Safety Control Devices. This course focuses on the basic electrical, electronic and mechanical properties of traffic control systems. Emphasis placed on the technical components of control devices used by various government transportation agencies and their contractors.
Prerequisite: Completion of Introduction to Traffic Signals and Safety Control Devices.
Advanced Traffic Signal Device Technology
A continuation of Basic Traffic Signal Device Technology course. This course focuses on the elements necessary for design, installation, repair and inspection of traffic control devices used in highway safety. Computer interfacing, relating the operation of these devices will also be discussed. Prerequisite: Completion of Basic Traffic Control Technology.

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General Skills

Basic Computer Technology Computer Applications –Trades
An introduction to the use of a personal computer and its software as an engineering tool for work enhancement. Hands-on exposure to the computer and its hardware. Windows environment, introduction to CAD, word processing and spreadsheets will be stressed.
Reading,Writing and Oral Communication
This course prepares the student to perform effectively in both the oral and written contexts of occupational communications. A blend of formal lectures and student participation, the course includes practice in giving oral presentations, writing business letters, resumes, memos, instructional materials and reports, and using visual aids.

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Contract Administration

A course that will provide information on interpreting plans and specifications, contract documents, contract compliance requirements, disputed work and dispute resolution, changed conditions and change orders.
Other Contract Administration: Project health and safety, liquidated damage assessments, damage clauses, time extensions, value engineering, insurance requirements and bonds, prevailing wages, etc.
Appraisal of Partial (right of way) Acquisitions
This is a hands–on how–to applications course that deals with the special problems in the valuation of both fee and permanent easement acquisitions required for transportation projects. Topics that will be discussed include the valuation process in general and techniques to value the part acquired and severance damages to the remainder. The participants should have knowledge of real estate appraisal.
Property Management for Public Agencies
The course will assist public agencies in establishing a cost effective property management program. Topics that will be discussed include identifying properties that are potential income generators, establishing a database, decision making, valuing the real estate, and entering into permits, leases, and sales agreements.
Public Outreach
Involving the public in transportation projects is a requirement in this modern day with SEQRA and NEPA compliance. This course will outline the types of public outreach and their appropriate application to various types of transportation projects, ranging from resurfacing to new construction.
Emergency Management
Emergencies are unpredictable. That is why they are called emergencies. Proper management of resources can save valuable time in stabilizing the situation, restoring the infrastructure to pre-emergency conditions, and finally, beginning to address remedial actions to prevent recurrences. This course will outline the Incident Command System for Emergency Response, which is the mandated system in New York State. The activities of the Highway Emergency Task Force will also be discussed.
Highway Plan and Specification
This course will provide instruction to reading and interpreting New York State Highway Plans, including understanding NewYork State standard specifications.

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Corporate Education

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