Technical Aspects of Public Works

Course Number: APWA X005

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In this course we’ll review the basic principles of public works engineering functions and examine the materials and methods used in public works projects. Topics include soils, aggregates, bitumen, concrete, utilities, plan review, traffic counts, flexible pavement design, erosion control, surveying, public land survey, construction methods, basic project management, contracts, bidding, and records.

Instructor: Jon Watson, Public Utilities Superintendent, City of Brooklyn Park

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Watson has over 35 years of experience in public works and has served as the public utilities superintendent for the city of Brooklyn Park for the past 20 years. He has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Minnesota and holds state water and sewer licenses.