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Colorado Department of Transportation Maintenance Training Academy (MTA) Overview. MTA Origin. Established: 1999 Original Objectives: To provide required CDOT training courses to Transportation Maintenance workers

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Colorado department of transportation maintenance training academy mta overview

Colorado Departmentof TransportationMaintenance Training Academy (MTA) Overview


Mta origin
MTA Origin

  • Established: 1999

  • Original Objectives:

    • To provide required CDOT training courses to Transportation Maintenance workers

    • To provide consistent training throughout the state in order to standardize operating procedures

  • Original Funding: Contributions from each Maintenance Section


Mta training programs
MTA Training Programs

  • 1,500 employees trained annually over 45 weeks

  • New Hires

  • Transportation Maintenance

  • LTC Ops

  • Specialty

    • Electrician

    • Mechanic

    • Storeroom

    • Structural Trades

    • Traffic

    • Welder


Mta courses
MTA Courses

  • Safety

  • Defensive driving

  • CPR & first aid

  • Equipment inspection & maintenance

  • Traffic control

  • Storm management

  • Environmental/water quality

  • National Incident Management System

  • Survival skills

  • Leadership

  • Computer skills

  • Drug and alcohol

  • Diversity

  • Workplace harassment


Mta facilities
MTA Facilities

  • Former Colorado Army National Guard base

  • Classroom and office building (classroom capacity: 48, 24, 10)

  • Four dormitories (old mess halls) containing 32 sleeping rooms (15, 6, 6, 5 room dormitories)

  • Meal service through Colorado State Patrol Academy dining hall



Mta staffing
MTA Staffing

  • Academy Director

  • Program Assistant

  • Instructors:

    • Selected Maintenance managers and supervisors

    • CDOT subject matter experts

    • External contract trainers


Mta budget
MTA Budget

  • Approximately $1 million (annual)

    • Includes:

      • Staff compensation

      • Contract trainers

      • Operating expenses

      • Facilities (e.g., custodial, classrooms, dormitories)

      • Food service

    • Excludes:

      • Employee (attendee) salary & travel

      • CDOT course developer & instructor salaries


Curriculum design oversight
Curriculum Design & Oversight

  • 20+ member MTA Curriculum Committee

    • Representatives selected by each Section’s Maintenance Superintendent

    • Membership representative by Maintenance Section, position level (TM I to Superintendent), and specialty areas


Maintenance as a family
Maintenance as a “Family”

  • Application of “Family Systems” theory to strengthening work units

    • Similarities of families to work units

    • Use of family counseling strategies

      • Communication & conflict resolution skills

      • Roles, responsibilities, and expectations of members

  • Partnership with Univ. of Denver psychologists



Mta contact information
MTA Contact Information

  • David C. Wieder, P.E.

    • Maintenance & Operations Branch Manager

    • 303.512.5502

    • [email protected]

  • Jason Brunner, Ph.D.

    • Academy Director

    • 303.512.5531

    • [email protected]


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