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The New Mexico LTAP Center provides technical assistance and trainings to support workforce development with the aim of helping local governments and municipalities across New Mexico meet their transportation needs. Our mission is to provide technology transfer in the surface transportation arena, and to promote surface transportation and worker safety to all New Mexico public works and transportation agencies.

NM-LTAP provides low cost workforce development trainings that range from developing leaders to succession planning.  Perhaps you aren’t sure what you need and just want to increase your transportation body of knowledge, we have weekly webinars just for you.

Just as no two people are the same, so is the case for New Mexico communities. Our courses are not one sized fits all and we work with you to develop the skills you need. Take a look at the classes below and if you want to request a course just fill out this form. 

ADA Compliance Program Training

This full-day course provides attendees with an understanding of the authorities, regulations, and coverage of the program; an overview of the FHWA's ADA compliance program; and clarifies ADA compliance standards. Participants, whether recipients or public entities, will know the recipients and public entities' responsibilities under the ADA and related statutes.

AutoCAD Best Practices

This one day, 6 hours of instruction course will cover principles and techniques of computer graphics applications in the construction industry using AutoCAD® with an introduction to civil engineering design. Use 2-D AutoCAD to draft professional quality, discipline-specific, scalable drawings and gain efficiencies in documentation and production of drawings. Demonstrate how to properly layout and draft: Plans, Sections, Elevations, Profiles, and Details in model space using the Global Layer manager. Drawing Actual vs Nominal for construction, shop, or fabrication drawings. Mastering the concepts of Model and Paper Space. Create and use Model Space blocks and Attribute blocks appropriately, and Paper Space Titleblocks and Titleblock Attribute blocks. Properly use Dimensioning tools and Layer/ Line-type management (Model Space or Paper Space). Master the use of Viewport Management and image/ external reference (Xref) managers to gain efficiency in construction document production. Managing, producing and transmitting files at various levels of need, such as plotting to PDFs, e-transmitting electronic files with Xrefs.

This course is for beginner (6 months) to intermediate (years) AutoCAD users. Additional topics to be discussed will be Civil 3-D, Revit, InfraWorks …

Grant Writing Workshop

This full day workshop will introduce a step-by-step approach to understanding the essential components of developing a successful grant proposal. This session will cover the A to Z of crafting a winning proposal from conducting a needs assessment and generating ideas to drafting a compelling narrative, goals and measurable objectives, and a workable budget plan. Included will be a detailed, interactive look at logic models as a tool for developing outcome measurements. At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to list the major components of a grant proposal, provide examples of elements that make each component successful, and be able to develop a simple logic model. 

Introduction to Geospatial Survey

This course provides an understanding of the principles of modern geospatial surveying techniques, including Global Positioning Systems (GPS), Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), Real-Time Kinematic (RTK), and Post-processed Kinematic (PPK). These techniques can be used for a variety of applications to collect locational information for use in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Course topics include:  planning for data collection; actual field data collection; data post-processing using differential correction; using GPS/GNSS/RTK/PPK data in GIS software packages. A combination of lectures, demonstrations, hands-on exercises, and field sessions will be used. The hands-on exercises in the course will be focused on using mapping-grade GPS/GNSS equipment and survey-grade RTK/PPK equipment as well as differential correction. A range of equipment will be used to get a feel for the pros and cons of the various types of survey units. This will not only provide students with hands-on knowledge of how to operate the equipment, but will also aide students in developing a better understanding of what type of equipment is needed for a particular application.

Introduction to GIS 

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are computer-based technologies to collect, integrate, analyze, query, model, and visualize geographic data. GIS is widely used to explore the relationships between where features are (location, size, and shape) and what they represent (descriptive information known as attribute data). This course provides an introduction to the concepts, principles, and theories of GIS, with emphasis on the nature of geographic information, data models and structures for storing geographic information, geographic data editing and manipulation, and simple spatial analysis and modeling techniques. Upon completion, students will have the ability to identify geospatial products/applications, conduct typical GIS analyses, and understand the differences between raster and vector data models.


  • Spatial data acquisition
  • Spatial data editing, QA/QC, and basic metadata
  • Spatial data query and visualization
  • Basic spatial analysis
  • Map design

Introduction to Online Mapping

Online mapping or Web mapping is a process of compiling and delivering geo-spatial data in the form of an interactive web application. Online mapping services allow users to interact with geographic data, query data, finding landmarks, obtaining addresses, etc. This course provides information on current and emerging online mapping technologies and capabilities. The emphasis of this class will be hands-on experience in the following aspects of Internet-enabled mapping:

  • The basic concepts behind web mapping technologies that enable the delivery of maps and mapped data through web browsers
  • The Open Standards that facilitate the exchange of map images and geospatial data over the internet
  • The use of published standards-based services in desktop mapping applications that implement those standards
  • The deployment of Web-based geospatial map and data services
  • Creating, Editing, and Updating data online 

Introduction to MUTCD and Work Zones 

This two-day course provides an introductory overview of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) for Streets and Highways, the science behind traffic control devices and their effectiveness, pavement marking, school zones, and an introduction to work zones. The course will also cover temporary traffic control devices and plans, work zone inspection, and work zone safety.


  • Regulatory Signs
  • Warning Signs
  • Guide Signs
  • Colors and Functions
  • Pavement and Curb Markings
  • Temporary Traffic Control
  • Work Zone Inspection
  • Work Zone Safety
  • Sign Supports
  • Installation and Removal of Traffic Control Devices

Introduction to Unmanned Airborne Systems (UAS) Mapping

This full day course starts with a brief overview of the UAS mapping technology and its rules and regulations. The principles of UAS data collection are explained along with hands-on practice in flight planning and execution. The main focus of this course is on processing the collected imagery using structure from motion technique and deriving orthophoto mosaics and ultra-high resolution digital terrain models (DTMs) and digital surface models (DSMs) of land surface, vegetation and structures. More advanced topics include multitemporal 3D data analysis, fusion with lidar data and 3D visualization with applications in transportation engineering. During this course, students will learn how to use 3DR Tower, Agisoft Photoscan and QGIS to, among other things:

  • Flight design, planning, and execution
  • Align collected aerial images
  • Derive high-spatial resolution orthophoto mosaics and DTMs and DSMs
  • Use derived products to conduct spatial analysis

MUTCD and Temporary Traffic Controls

Day 1: The instructor explains the difference between the MUTCD and State Highway Standards to allow personnel working under specific jurisdictional requirements to understand the appropriate applicability.

Day 2: An adult education course to help individuals familiar with temporary traffic control provide the day 1 training, using the course materials provided, within their organizations This course supports your succession planning needs. 

NHI Traffic Signal Design and Operation 

There is a need to understand that the congestion and delays that exist on our streets and roadways can be better managed with a thorough understanding of effective traffic signal timing and optimization. Well-developed, designed, implemented, maintained, and operated traffic signal control projects are essential to this process. Engineering tools are available to design, optimize, analyze, and simulate traffic flow. This course addresses the application of the “Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices” (MUTCD) to intersection displays, as well as signal timing, computerized traffic signal systems, control strategies, integrated systems, traffic control simulation, and optimization software. The course is divided into two primary parts: Traffic Signal Timing and Design, and Traffic Signal Systems.

  • Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  • List the steps required to plan, design, and implement a signalized intersection
  • Devise an appropriate data collection plan for planning, designing, and operating a signalized intersection
  • Perform a warrant analysis using the MUTCD warrants, including local policies
  • Design basic phasing of the intersection - which movements will get a separate phase, and how they are numbered
  • Calculate signal timing at the design stage for both actuated and coordinated operational strategies, including pedestrian clearance intervals
  • Determine location of signal displays
  • Select signal-related signs and pavement markings, including turning-movement signs and advance warning signs

NHI Transportation Performance Management for Pavements

Recent legislation has resulted in new requirements for national performance measures and targets in several measure areas, including pavement conditions. Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) established the requirements, and Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) continued them. Most States and other transportation agencies have established their own measures for pavement conditions; however, few transportation officials have experience in managing a performance-based program with specific outcome-oriented pavement targets.

This course is intended to review concepts in Transportation Performance Management (TPM), identify specific measures used for characterizing pavement conditions, and provide methods for analyzing and recommending pavement condition targets and approaches for monitoring pavement networks. One important aspect of TPM is monitoring performance once targets have been established and using information on current performance to guide decision making. The final portion of the course focuses on performance monitoring and approaches for updating performance targets over time.

The target audience for this course primarily consists of professionals responsible for pavement analysis, pavement project selection, evaluation of pavement investment strategies and associated risks, recommending pavement targets, and monitoring pavement condition. This audience may include pavement engineers, asset managers, planners, performance management, and programming staff of State and local agencies, consultants, and FHWA staff.

Open Source and Free GIS Software and Applications

Open source and free software has gained popularity in recent years, because it is free and compatible with different operating systems such as Windows, Mac OS and Linux. The course objective is to introduce students to the acquisition, editing, manipulation, and display and analysis of spatial information using Free Open Source Geographic Information Systems software (FOSS GIS). This course is designed to be an introduction to these technologies, primarily for students interested in infrastructure management, environmental management, public policy and administration, and nonprofit management, fields that GIS is becoming a critical tool. In addition, given this is a hands-on course, it is designed specifically to focus on nonprofit management, where the cost and accessibility of FOSS GIS may be particularly beneficial. It also teaches the following essential skills of operating a functional GIS using QGIS (formerly Quantum GIS, software package. 

  • Spatial data acquisition
  • Spatial data editing, QA/QC, and basic metadata
  • Spatial data query and visualization
  • Basic spatial analysis
  • Map design

Pavement Preservation and Maintenance

This full day course will cover the basic types of pavement failures, distress identification and severity. It will look at the difference between preventive maintenance and reactive repairs. The course will discuss the use of various repair methods and their use of the pavement management concepts. After determining the type of pavement distress this course looks at the alternative repair methods that are available. The applications covered include: fog coat, slurry seal, scrub seal, cape seal, with special emphasis on chip seal. The course details how each application is performed, when to use them, and the type of oils used. A discussion will include chip seal methods and how to perform a good chip seal, along with the hazards that lead to a poorly performing chip seals and the materials used. The class will also cover the basics of emulsions and cutbacks, with a discussion of thin overlays, cold in place recycling, and full depth reclamation.

Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Measures

This half day class will review effective pedestrian safety projects, address the need for non-data-based reviews and identify methods for addressing the needs of the tribal pedestrians and bicyclist. Eleven percent of all crashes that occur on tribal lands are pedestrian related. The primary mode of transportation for a number of tribes is pedestrian and bicycle. Therefore, a safe transportation system must address the needs of the multi-modal transportation system.  A traditional data analysis of crash data reports does not generally show the full picture of the concerns of this traveling population. This class will review several safety projects that have been funded, address the need for non-data based reviews and identify methods for addressing not only the needs of the tribal pedestrians but also the bicyclist. 

Roadway Drainage Structure Inspection and Repair 

This course will discuss basic road design characteristics as they relate to drainage, soil characteristics, basic hydrology (drainage areas, runoff factors, and rainfall intensity), hydraulics (culvert materials, sizing culvert, sizing ditches), and placement of culverts, culvert end treatments, and culvert and ditch maintenance.  The participants will have an understanding of the makeup of roadway drainage and the qualities that increase the service life of the road. This course is set up to create discussion among participants, to include local conditions, concerns and techniques. While this course does not provide design criteria for engineers, it is intended to cover the needs of all people responsible for roads, from managers to operators.

Road Safety 365

This one-day workshop focuses on processes for incorporating safety into all aspects of local and rural road projects, and on making safety a priority through inclusion in the traditional decision-making process—365 days a year.  The course stresses the importance of road safety, and illustrates how it can be integrated into rural/local transportation project development at all stages: planning, design, construction, implementation, operations, and maintenance.  Through practical exercises and facilitator-led discussions, the emphasis is on operations and maintenance to reflect the predominant, day-to-day responsibilities of rural/local transportation agencies.  The benefits and potential cost savings of safety initiatives are shown using examples from rural/local agencies.

Roadway Safety Audits and Road Safety Audit Reviews

Road Safety Audits (RSA) is a full day training session. Participants in this course will learn how to improve transportation safety by applying proactive approaches to reduce accidents and their severity in local roads. These techniques provide an examination of a roadway by an independent, qualified audit team. The RSA is a way for an agency to improve safety and to communicate to the public how they are working toward accident reductions. This two-day course includes topics such as: RSA definition and history, how to conduct an RSA, and reviewing and identifying the common safety issues found with RSA’s. The topics will be illustrated with group discussions, practical application, and case studies of RSA’s. After completing RSA, participants should be able to:

  • Define why we need Road Safety Audits,
  • Describe the process for completing a Road Safety Audit,
  • Describe Risk and Safety,
  • Recognize common issues found while conducting RSA’s,
  • Demonstrate how to perform an RSA through examples.

Roadway Safety Data Collection and Safety Plan Development

As a part of the Federal Transportation Act, every state has set-a-side funding titled as the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) to address the crash locations on all roads.  As a part of this effort the states have developed a State-wide Safety Plan that identifies the types of issues that lead to these fatal, serious and other injury crashes. The goal of this full day course is to assist local agencies in the development or updating of a safety plan by reviewing the State plan and discussing: 

  • A typical Safety Team within an organization
  • The need for a system wide review the crash data and perceptions
  • Looking and addressing the four Es, Engineering, Education, Enforcement and Emergency Response
  • Tools that can be used in this process
  • Some common local impacts to Safety

Roadway Safety & Temporary Traffic Control

As supervisors and employees plan for the maintenance and construction season following the winter, those agencies may need to reinforce their knowledge concerning working on their transportation system.  The decisions made by the agency, the employee or a contractor can affect the safety and liability of the employee, the traveling public and the agency. 

This course will review some of the basic concepts and typical solutions to reduce the hazards found as workers start to repair, reconstruct and make improvement to the transportation system. The students will review concepts on Temporary Traffic Control, Flagging, Night Work, Worker Safety, as well as Roadway and Roadway Safety and Legal issues.

Safety on the Job

The most dangerous occupation in the United States is Transportation construction and Maintenance.  Annually the industry loses 500 employees and has 5,000 serious injuries occurring on the job, changing lives and costing companies and agencies in personnel and dollars. The one organization that develops National Standards for Employee Safety is OSHA.  All states have accepted the OSHA Standards as the National Standard for Employee Safety. This full day course focuses on teaching the ways that the organizations and the employees can protect themselves from being injured or killed. This training course was developed to enable employers and employees to refresh themselves in the proper operation and working environments to protect those employees. 

Succession Planning in Public Works

Succession planning is one of the most critical issues facing Public Works agencies today as the baby boomer generation continues to exit the workforce taking with them years of experience and institutional knowledge. Planning for this experience gap will allow agencies to more seamlessly continue operations in the short and long term future. The goal of this course is to educate municipalities and the general public sector in the topic of succession planning by providing relative tools and information. This full day training course will discuss best practices and provide implementation tools for succession planning in public works.

Traffic Signal Design and Operation

There is a need to understand that the congestion and delays that exist on our streets and roadways can be better managed with a thorough understanding of effective traffic signal timing and optimization. Well-developed, designed, implemented, maintained, and operated traffic signal control projects are essential to this process. Engineering tools are available to design, optimize, analyze, and simulate traffic flow. This course addresses the application of the “Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices” (MUTCD) to intersection displays, as well as signal timing, computerized traffic signal systems, control strategies, integrated systems, traffic control simulation, and optimization software. The course is divided into two primary parts: Traffic Signal Timing and Design, and Traffic Signal Systems.

Transportation Asset Management

The large inventory of aging roadways and bridges, the dramatic fluctuations in construction costs, the retirement of experienced transportation workers, and the increased competition for available funding have amplified the challenges transportation agencies face as they manage their highway systems. Over the last decade, a number of state highway agencies have established Transportation Asset Management (TAM) programs to help document asset conditions, to allocate funding, and to determine the most effective use of available funds. TAM programs provide the processes and tools necessary to help transportation leaders make informed project decisions that can improve the overall operational efficiency of the organization. This full day course covers the basic tenets of an asset management program, how it is useful and looks at pavement preservation strategies.

Unpaved Roads Maintenance and Design

A “Gravel Road” being defined as a roadway that does not have an asphalt or concrete driving surface and can be better defined as an unpaved roadway.  The driving surface could be gravel, either crushed or natural materials, or natural material that has not been processed.  Most “unpaved” roads are low volume (less than 100 vehicles per day).

Counties, Cities and even state DOT crews are seeing shrinking budgets and increasing costs to maintain all of their transportation system.  This course will present practical methods used by other counties and cities to improve the level of service while reducing some of their costs of maintaining these unpaved roads, by looking at:

  • the subgrade,
  • the surface material,
  • the volume and type of traffic,
  • the shape of the road,
  • how to reduce the cost of maintenance.

This program will provide a set of tools which will assist the agency in determining the level of performance of their surface material.