Highway Technician Certification Program
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In March of 1991, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) established the Highway Technician Certification Program (HTCP) at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. The principal goal of the HTCP is to "certify that individuals have demonstrated abilities to engage in quality control or quality assurance activities in highway work contracted by the WisDOT."
Through revisions in its specifications and contractual practices, WisDOT has developed quality management program (QMP) specifications, placing the responsibility of quality control in the hands of the contractor. WisDOT has specified, as part of their work provisions, that all highway construction materials' personnel be qualified, through the HTCP, to sample and test construction materials to ensure the highest quality product is being produced.
Typically, quality of a highway has been judged on the finished roadway. The quality of highway construction depends on many other factors, such as planning, design, operations, maintenance, safety, traffic, environment, and economy. Part of the quality journey is being able to best satisfy the customer needs and expectations. Quality also depends on utilizing the skills of the best-qualified worker to meet or exceed the job performance expectations established by the customer.
Certification training has contributed to:
- uniform interpretation of test results and specifications
- standardized test procedures, test methods and apparatus
- cooperative working relationships among all parties
- increased worker skills based on merit
- a higher skilled labor force in highway construction materials
- "hands-on" state of the art technology, methods and equipment
- developing the confidence to know you are doing the job right
I look forward to helping you pursue your desired certifications. If you have any questions or concerns, don't hesitate to contact me at 608.342.1545. You can also find additional information on this HTCP website.