Making the Connection Between Planning and Technology

The innovative format used in yesterday’s session, Connecting the Way We Plan and Deliver Transportation with Emerging Technologies, allowed students and future transportation leaders to engage directly with a few of our most important industry leaders around the very topics that will define how our transportation system evolves. Merging the advantages of technology with sophisticated management strategies will be critical to the future of transportation but Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO) hasn’t always been the easiest concept to explain or understand. Most know that it can bring efficiency and save money, but many aren’t clear on how to apply it. That’s why organizers of a top-line panel used a new strategy to enlighten attendees.

Sponsored by the National Operations Center of Excellence (NOCoE) and planned and moderated by Laurie Matkowski of Gannett Fleming, the session featured a rendition of the Match Game, with Ms. Matkowski serving as the “host.” Students from Michigan DOT’s co-op program served as the “contestants” matching their answers with the celebrity panel made up of Jennifer Cohan, Delaware DOT (DelDOT) Secretary, Leslie Richards, Pennsylvania DOT (PennDOT) Secretary, Kirk Steudle, Michigan DOT (MDOT) Director, Andrew Bremer, Managing Director of Drive Ohio, and Patrick Son, Managing Director of NOCoE.

This lively new session format not only entertained the packed room but meaningfully engaged our current industry leaders around the challenges that may define the careers of our future transportation leaders, including the nature of the workforce, generational divides around technology, and understanding the nature of how our transportation system is managed.

The discussion wasn’t entirely about technology itself, but also about the way we organize our agencies and how that can impact the adoption and integration of technologies. Secretary Cohan of DelDOT and Chair of the NOCoE Board of Directors, emphasized the importance of land use planning and its effect on the transportation system. She emphasized positive impact regional organizations play managing and operating the transportation system and highlighted the opportunity that can be found in working more collaboratively with partnerships outside of the traditional transportation role. Secretary Richards of PennDOT discussed their priority of ensuring that the transportation industry reflects the diversity of the people using the transportation system and how the changes in this approach they’re making today, is the foundation for the next generation workforce.

Read more at Transportationops.org!

Tools for the Zombie Apocalypse: Avoiding the Brain Drain in Transportation Organizations

Information is coming in and knowledge is going out more rapidly than anticipated. Not only are we losing knowledge from long-time employees, but consultants and contractors have an equal amount of knowledge that could escape at any moment.

  • How can transportation agencies make sure that essential knowledge is retained?
  • How can they make sure that employees have access to the right information at the right time to be effective and contribute to the success of the organization?

This session will focus on recent guidance and current practices that transportation agencies can apply to tackle these challenges.   Presiding: Becky Burk, Maryland State Highway Administration

For more information, check out the event flyer.

REGISTER HERE

Part I: July 13, 2018, noon-1pm ET

Avoiding Brain Drain in Transportation Organizations

Part II: August 8, 2018, noon – 1pm ET

Avoiding Brain Drain in Transportation Organizations

NTTD Annual Conference

Oct 7-11, 2018, in Chattanooga TN – Transforming Transportation Training

Registration is open!

Each year NTTD highlights innovative training policies, programs and technologies that serve the unique needs of the transportation community, bringing together DOT staff and trainers, LTAP personnel, and national training resource experts from federal, university and private sector organizations. Members of the transportation training community exchange ideas about training innovations and resources, develop collaborative relationships and networks, and learn from leading experts in the field.

Keynote Address: Commissioner John Schroer (TDOT), AASHTO President

Registration is open! This year NTTD has several new registration options, including an early registration discount ($375.00 before July 31st), and a discount if more than one person from your organization registers for the conference. As trainers and networkers, we know of the added value when more than one member of an organization attends meetings and can work together, during and after the conference. Register today! Our colleagues at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville are managing registration to keep it secure and efficient.

Conference location & accommodations:

Room Reservations are now open.

Chattanooga Downtown Marriott for 103.00 USD per night
Book your group rate for National Transportation Training Directors 2018

Discover Chattanooga.

Confirmed Presentations and Workshops for 2018 (Schedule & descriptions to be posted soon)

  • TDOT’s Reconnect Program: Advancing workers with no Post-secondary education experience (TDOT staff)
  • Cooperation Pays: LTAP & DOT Training Program models for cooperation and coordination (LTAP presenters from CT, KY, ND, and others)
  • Tech in the Classroom for Learner Engagement (Garrett Wheat LADOT)
  • Video Content Management for Training Support (TDOT)
  • Planning and Training for a Successful Future -Advancement & Leadership (Maxine Wheeler, ALDOT)
  • From Presenter to Trainer workshop (with the National Highway Institute)
  • Supporting Emerging Leaders: Refresh your approach to organizational leadership training (Christine Hetzel, VTAOT; Tony Loomer, ITD)
  • State Sharing – a state-by-state overview of new innovations & practices

For more information, please visit the registration page at http://nttdonline.net/nttd-annual-conference/ 

Ninety-Eight Years Later: Empowerment in the 21st Century Workforce

On June 5, 1920, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau was established to promote the welfare of wage-earning women and to help advance opportunities for gainful employment. At the time, women represented just 21 percent of the workforce. Today, women comprise 47 percent of America’s workforce. Last month, the unemployment rate for adult women dropped to an 18-year low of 3.3 percent.

President Trump’s Administration is working to help all Americans access good, family-sustaining jobs. At the Women’s Bureau, we are focused on empowering women to thrive in all aspects of America’s dynamic economy.

Apprenticeships ‒ an earn-while-you-learn career pathway ‒ can help women enter careers in which they are historically underrepresented, such as construction, manufacturing, and STEM fields.

As the wife of a retired service member, another priority near to my heart is helping military spouses in the workplace. Nearly 80 percent of civilian military spouses move as a result of their spouse’s military service. Unfortunately, 40 percent of military spouses report that it took seven months or longer to find employment following a move.

Occupational licensing can create unnecessary barriers by restricting entry and re-entry into the workforce. The Department of Labor is encouraging states to evaluate and reduce unnecessary licensing burdens for individuals like military spouses who move across state lines with their service member. President Trump also recently signed an Executive Order that advances the Administration’s commonsense efforts to improve the portability of occupational licenses.

Finally, we are working to find the balance between families’ access to affordable, quality childcare and workforce participation. President Trump included a paid parental leave proposal in his Fiscal Year 2018 and 2019 budget requests – the first time in history such a proposal was included in a budget request.

Ninety-eight years since our establishment, the Women’s Bureau remains committed to helping women thrive in the 21st century workforce.

Patricia Greene is the Director of the Women’s Bureau.

For the whole article, please visit the Department of Labor website.

Know a veteran looking for a job? Check out Career One Stop

Put your military skills to work! Visit Career OneStop  and share this link with resources to help with resume writing, interview prep, networking, finding jobs, and matching military skills to civilian careers. The site will show you local job openings in those areas.

If you already know the career field or occupation you want to search for—and don’t want to search based on your military experience—please visit the Job Finder.

Totally Trades! Conference Inspires Girls to Explore Nontraditional Careers

The Totally Trades! Conference at Northern Maine Community College allows 8th grade and high school girls to consider careers in fields that are traditionally dominated by men.

“We just want them to remove gender from the equation today, think more broadly about careers and exploration and activities just to spark their thinking,” said coordinator Suzanne Jandreau.

Rachel Drost has known for years that she wants to go into building construction. This event is right up her alley.

“Right now I’m the only girl in my class so it’s kind of hard sometimes, but you learn how to do it, you learn to use different muscles you probably haven’t used before,” said Drost.

Close to 140 girls participated- they came from 16 different schools from all over Aroostook County. They got hands on experience in trades like welding, plumbing and heating, and heavy equipment operation. Sally O’Neal was a truck driver for the Maine Department of transportation 28 years ago, now she’s a transportation crew technician.

“We don’t take no for an answer anymore. Can’t do it? We can do it,” she said.

She can, and now these young women know that they can too.

Check out the full video of this program on Wagmtv.com!

A Career Trucker Helps To Steer The Path For Self-Driving Trucks

When Jeff Runions started his trucking career nearly 40 years ago, he had high hopes for what the job might bring.

“I wanted the American dream.”

Since then he’s seen the industry from every step of the ladder — as an independent owner-operator, a full-time company driver, a parts manager, and finally a trucking depot manager.

In his latest job developing autonomous trucks, Runions, 58, has a front row seat to what many see as the future of the 700 billion dollar trucking industry. He’s found himself in the middle of a heated race between Silicon Valley juggernauts like Uber and Google to get their self-driving trucks out onto the road first.

“It’s like when they went to the moon,” Runions says. “We’re not going to the moon, but it feels kinda like a new technology’s coming up and how many people would think a semi would be driving itself?”

Jeff Runions, during his years as an owner-operator, with his truck.

Courtesy of Jeff Runions/Courtesy of Jeff Runions

Runions, who lives in Jacksonville, Fla., works a startup called Starsky Robotics — a company smaller than Uber or Google. Instead of trying to beat their competition to developing fully autonomous vehicles, Starsky’s strategy is to develop trucks that are fully autonomous on the highway — then let remote drivers take the wheel from offices filled with arcade-style consoles, when they hit city streets.

The strategy is still in its testing phase: Runions is a safety-driver. He sits in the driver’s seat of the truck cabin, ready to take control if there’s trouble. His test rides range from an hour and a half to eight hours-long.

“I come up with some suggestions once in a while and they do work. I’m not an engineer like these guys are, but sometimes they listen to me. So, that means I’m part of the team too,” he said.

Runions, after all, has nearly four decades of experience in the trucking industry under his belt.

In the mid-80s, he became an owner-operator, and purchasing a truck and leasing out his services on contract to freight companies.

For a while, Runions enjoyed the freedom that came with having his own truck and the camaraderie he found with fellow truckers he met while crisscrossing the country.

“We were like the cowboys of the old days, doing our own thing,” he said. “We were truckers, and we were young. We were having a good time.”

But as the years dragged on, life on the road began to lose its luster. Between regular sleep deprivation and a diet based on truck stop junk food, Runions started to feel that the trucker lifestyle was unhealthy. And the hectic schedule took a toll on his family life.

After fuel prices surged in the early 2000s, Runions decided that going it alone didn’t make financial sense for him anymore. After more than 20 years of contracting himself out, Runions sold his truck and took a job with a commercial trucking company.

But he soon found that the new gig had its own downsides.

“A normal driver that works for a company, they gotta stay out three weeks at a time, and they give them two days off when they get home,” he said. “Soon as they get home, after their two days, they gotta go right back out for 21 more days. That ain’t much of a life. Then you’re staying in that box again.”

Runions eventually worked his way up to management, but despite the position’s better pay, he found its hours and stress were even worse.

“I was always in there from 3 o’ clock in the morning to 3 o’ clock in the afternoon,” he said. “I was [worn] out, so I decided to try something that was different. And you can’t get more different than this.”

Runions came across an online ad for a technology company in search of experienced truck drivers. At first, he was unsure about getting behind the wheel of a self-driving truck, but he says he’s come to enjoy the work and its hours. “I’m home when I need to be,” he said. “I’m a happy person now.”

Runions says that since he began as a test-driver in early 2017, he’s heard pushback from people who doubt the safety of autonomous vehicles.

“People are scared of this technology because they don’t understand exactly what’s going on with it,” he said.

Read more about Jeff and the future of self-driving trucks at NPR.org

With our Shortage of Skilled Workers, Career and Technical Education is Ready to be Taken Seriously

This story is part of Map to the Middle Class, a Hechinger Report series that explores how schools can prepare young people for the good middle-class jobs of the future.

MANCHESTER, N.H. — It was tough to nail down a favorite: maybe the chicken cordon bleu with sweet potatoes. But the lasagna was also amazing, and it was hard to top the scalloped potatoes that came with the prime rib.

Delivered desk-side on Thursdays before last bell, still hot from the kitchen and packed takeout style in brown paper bags, the meals were a buzzy new collaboration between Manchester School of Technology (MST) business students and the school’s Culinary Arts program. Beyond providing a weeknight meal plus leftovers to the 30 teachers and administrators who bought $60 memberships to the plan, the effort was also born of urgent need.

Career and technical education (CTE) programs such as those offered at MST — which feature academically and professionally rigorous classes and send graduates off to postsecondary programs at high rates — may be uniquely positioned to prepare young adults for the future of work.

As traditional blue-collar industries decline across the country, the casualties of automation and offshoring, they are increasingly being replaced by skilled service jobs such as those in health care, information technology and finance, according to research by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. While good middle-class jobs are disappearing for people with only high-school diplomas, New Hampshire, with its workforce aging, is struggling to fill 17,000 jobs, many of them in skilled occupations.

And it’s only going to get worse. The state is losing its youth. Nearly 50 percent of New Hampshire’s college-going high school graduates are leaving the state. A significant factor is that college education in New Hampshire is the priciest in America. Those who leave seeking a more affordable education often do not return to the state to work, live and start families.

High-quality CTE, experts hope, will address many of these issues with retooled, up-to-date programs that help propel students to postsecondary education and, in the process, give them more in-state connections and prepare them not only for in-demand jobs but for the flexibility the future will require.

But career and technical education is in some ways still caught in the shadow of what experts call “grandpa’s vocational school.” Historically, such programs were limited to a handful of skilled trades that did not necessarily lead to well-paying jobs; students were separated into vocational and nonvocational categories early in their academic careers.

Like many career and technical schools, the Manchester School of Technology used to offer only a part-time program for juniors and seniors from nearby high schools, but MST gave itself a face-lift in 2012 when it launched its own full-time high school. Today, in the hope of getting young people excited about learning — and keeping them closer to home — the school is trying to cross-pollinate academic and technical instruction, which is how the chicken cordon bleu with sweet potatoes came about.

At MST, where students may study a wide range of sought-after careers, from game design and aeronautical engineering to HVAC and nursing, teachers and administrators are working overtime to innovate and prove the school’s worth, hoping to both increase and highlight the value of CTE in today’s job economy. Principal Karen Hannigan Machado travels annually to Washington to secure her school’s $650,000 allotment of Perkins funding (those funds are “just a drop in the bucket,” she said). Teachers and school counselors visit local middle schools to evangelize about MST’s college and career opportunities, and they organize open houses and special events to coax local businesses to provide internships for students.

To read the full story, visit PBS.com

NETWC Spotlights

Check out the programs and people who have recently been highlighted by the Northeast Transportation Workforce Center!

Aviation Explorer Post

Toddy Thomas Middle School from Fortuna, California won the 2018 Garrett Morgan Sustainable Transportation Competition with their piezoelectric project titled “Small Steps, Big Difference.” Sponsored by the Mineta Transportation Institute, the Garrett Morgan Competition fosters student interest in transportation-related careers. Using the MTI Teacher’s Guide, and guided by their sponsor, Caltrans District 1, Toddy Thomas presented a project that would harness the energy of the human step to power their school bus.

Aviation Explorer Post

On April 18th, a new Aviation Explorer Post was started at Morristown Airport. The goal of the post is to help young men and women, ages 14-20, learn about careers in aviation. At the first meeting, the Explorers toured the airport and discussed which careers the post will focus on at future meetings. Pilot, air traffic controller, maintenance, and design are some of the areas that will be covered by active professionals. The post is chartered to DM Airports Ltd., and plans to meet on the first and third Wednesday of each month. New Explorers are welcome and can register at https://tinyurl.com/aviationexploring.

   

More women leaders needed for Transportation Projects

Women leaders make a difference. Minority leaders make a difference. Small business leaders make a difference. Our transportation system touches everyone in our diverse population, so it’s critical to gain input, perspectives and talent from all parts of our community.

Better representation in the leadership ranks will help ensure major infrastructure projects are designed and built to meet the wide-ranging needs of our entire community. Inclusive leadership won’t happen by accident; luckily, there are people and companies working to make it a reality.

   

AutoCare Association Participates in Workforce Conference

Bill Hanvey, president and CEO of the Auto Care Association, recently participated in the National Association of Workforce Boards’ “The Forum 2018” annual conference where he and other representatives from the nation’s largest employment sectors met to discuss solutions for finding and retaining qualified employees.

   

St. Johnsbury Academy Students Learn Trades Right On Campus

Unlike most programs in the state, Career and Technical Education at St. Johnsbury Academy is integrated into the larger academic school. As a result, 80 percent of the full student body takes at least one CTE course during their academic career, and two-thirds of the students who focus their time in CTE go on to secondary education in their trade field or employment in that field. In this program you’ll hear from five students and two teachers in the CTE program at the Academy. They are kids who love to “work with their hands” and “learn by doing,” hoping to graduate from high school with employable skills.

   

NJ Strives to Stay Ahead in Transportation, Logistics, and Distribution

New Jersey’s business and government leaders recognize the value in the state becoming a major center of distribution and logistics, so they are looking for its education system to help New Jersey remain a step ahead. Business leaders say they have plenty of jobs available in this sector and want colleges to evolve, so well-trained workers are available here in the Garden State well into the future.

   

Electrify Pennsylvania Transportation System

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection soon will begin recommending projects to receive funding from the state’s settlement allocation (nearly $120 million) to help right this wrong and offset the vehicles’ additional pollution. State leaders should select projects that achieve long-term emissions reductions and help focus our transportation sector on building infrastructure for clean electric vehicles.

   

UMES Summer Transportation Institution Pushes to Stimulate Interest in STEM Career

Middle schoolers participated in the Summer Transportation Institution at UMES during June 19th to July 7th, 2017. This program provides awareness and hopes to stimulate interest towards transportation and STEM-related careers.  Students are able to explore these fields through field trips and hands on activities.

   

3 Reasons to Hire a Hero

As thousands of American employers know, hiring veterans is a smart move. There are more than 7 million veterans in the U.S. labor force, meaning they’re either employed or actively looking for work. If you’re curious about working with veterans, here are three great reasons to hire one:

   

Forget Autonomous Cars; Autonomous Ships are Already Here

The Women In Trucking Association (WIT) is proud to announce that Insights Success magazine has named Ellen Voie, its president and CEO, as one of the “30 Most Empowering Women in Business.” Voie founded WIT in 2007 to promote the employment of women in the trucking industry, remove obstacles that might discourage women from considering a career in transportation, and celebrate the successes of association members. WIT has grown dramatically over the past decade and now exceeds 4,500 members.

   

Women In Trucking Association CEO Named One of the “30 Most Inspirational Leaders in Business”

The Women In Trucking Association (WIT) is proud to announce that Insights Success magazine has named Ellen Voie, its president and CEO, as one of the “30 Most Empowering Women in Business.” Voie founded WIT in 2007 to promote the employment of women in the trucking industry, remove obstacles that might discourage women from considering a career in transportation, and celebrate the successes of association members. WIT has grown dramatically over the past decade and now exceeds 4,500 members.

Container shipping takes on digital initiatives

“Maersk’s partnership with IBM, announced in March, to develop blockchain solutions for freight is one example of potential mutual benefit. According to one estimate, shippers spend twice as much on shipping processes, including documentation, as they do on actual freight movement.”

 

Transportation Technology Wises Up

Self-driving trucks, intelligent highways and freight-hauling apps are changing the way goods can be transported and delivered. Semi-autonomous vehicle technologies also offer a potential solution to the shortage of truck drivers,  with many drivers having recently retired from the industry. These advanced technologies may actually extend the careers of aging drivers and attract even more candidates to the industry, including women.

12 Stats About Working Women

This Women’s History Month, we’re taking a look at women’s contributions to the U.S. labor force.  Here are some noteworthy statistics we’ve rounded up!

 

Graduate Student Internship in Division of Capital Investment Planning & Development

The NJDOT Bureau of Research has issued this posting on behalf of the division of Capital Investment Planning & Development. The CIPD requires the assistance in the identification, preparation, and submission of project modifications or amendments to the STIP in accordance with the MOU for TIP/STOP changes between the three MPOs, NJ Transit, and NJDOT, fully executed October 2012.

 

Why Apprenticeships Are Taking Off

For the last decade, the Manpower Group, a human resources consultancy, has tracked the skills gap. It found that employers across the globe are facing the most acute talent shortage since the recession in 2007. Of the more than 42,000 employers surveyed, 40 percent said they are experiencing difficulty filling roles.


Operating Engineers Training Programs

Over the years, IUOE local unions throughout the U. S. and Canada have developed and implemented comprehensive training programs that are widely recognized as the best in a number of industries. Our aim has been and continues to be to provide highly skilled, safe, and productive heavy equipment operators and stationary/facilities engineers to the construction, pipeline, stationary and environmental industries.