Highway Technician Certification Program instructors recognized

February 18, 2013
Left-right: Howard Barker, The Rettler Corporation; Keith Lundin, WisDOT; Joe White, WisDOT; Lew Kollmansberger, Mead and Hunt, Inc.; and Robert Downing, WisDOT. Not pictured: John Brophy, WisDOT.


PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — A unique program at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville features instructors who recently received recognition for excellence in their field. The Highway Technician Certification Program at UW-Platteville exists to certify that individuals have demonstrated abilities to engage in quality control or quality assurance activities in highway work contracted by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Courses are taught by subject matter experts from the highway construction industry.

The HTCP is administered by the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science at UW-Platteville. The program trains highway material technicians through its continuing education program. Courses offered through the HTCP vary in length from one day to one week.

On Jan. 30, the Wisconsin Transportation Builders Association/Wisconsin DOT Contractor-Engineer Conference was held. A group of six instructors from the HTCP at UW-Platteville received the Quality Management Program Award at the conference. Award recipients were Robert Downing, Joe White, Lew Kollmansberger, Keith Lundin, John Brophy and Howard Barker. The instructors work together in the UW-Platteville program as aggregates instructors.

“The QMP award recognizes outstanding highway certified materials technicians who have displayed exceptional leadership roles in developing quality materials used in highway construction projects,” said Raymond Spellman, director of the Wisconsin DOT HTCP at UW-Platteville. Contractors, consultants and the Wisconsin DOT choose the award winner and this year elected to give it to the group of instructors who teach aggregate courses in the HTCP.

A number of qualities were identified that put the instructors from UW-Platteville at the forefront in their field. These qualities include HTCP certification, quality management program promotion, cost savings, time savings, quality improvement, being a team player and a positive attitude.

Written By: Ethan Giebel, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194, giebele@uwplatt.edu


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