Training videos help maintenance staff focus on essential duties

A series of short training videos created for winter maintenance staff are helping them spend as much time as possible keeping highways safe, while learning about technology that helps them save time.

The videos illustrate how the transportation department's Winter Automated Reporting System works. There are five videos, which cover getting started, how to view a daily summary of data and submitting information, among other topics. The videos are each one to two minutes long.

"That was the whole point, make them as short as possible," said Rene Wright, the transportation management system coordinator. "We wanted to make them short enough that they wouldn't interfere with the maintenance crews' daily work."

The videos offer a condensed version of a paper training manual, and incorporate graphics and animation to illustrate how the Winter Automated Reporting System works. They're narrated by Laura Meyer, a training specialist in human resources.

The reporting system transfers data from maintenance trucks to an app. The app is part of a process that automatically creates and completes labor, equipment, stockpile, location and timesheet information in TAMS.

"They really like them," Wright said of the reaction staff had to the videos. "They're very easy to access. They can watch the videos as their schedule allows."


Published 09-02-16