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Caltrans News Flash Highlights New Maintenance Training Center in Stockton

Caltrans News Flash #156

Date: January 4, 2018
District: District 10
Contact: Maria Rocha
Phone: (209) 948-7977
Contact: Tamie McGowen
Phone: (916) 657-5060

STOCKTON – Imagine trying to learn a new skill next to a busy freeway as big rigs, cars and motorcycles roar by. That isn't the best or safest setting for focused training.

With worker safety and more effective training in mind, Caltrans has built an outdoor Training Center at District 10's Stockton campus. The setting brings everything you'd find on the roadside to a quiet environment - free of roadway safety concerns. For now, the Training Center is focused on using and repairing remote irrigation control systems and other irrigation work, but it has the potential for classes in everything from electrical work to pruning and planting.

In the latest Caltrans News Flash, Maintenance workers attend a class at the Training Center, then repair a pipe break. The center allows the trainer to simulate a pipe break and repeat the exercise if needed, something you can't do on the roadside. The center has many stations, including pumps, flow sensors and a cistern. Workers like learning in this comfortable setting. Their supervisors say good training builds skill and confidence, which boosts morale.

With the additional funding from Senate Bill 1, projects are being accelerated. More culverts, potholes, signals and bridges are being repaired and replaced. Caltrans has a growing need to train Maintenance workers, and the new Training Center is an innovative solution.

For more on the Training Center and Caltrans' water conservation efforts, see the article "Strategy to Cut Water Use Pays Off Big" in the September 2017 issue of MileMarker A Caltrans Performance Report.

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This Caltrans News Flash is the 156th in a series of videos highlighting Caltrans' activities that present the wide-ranging and critical work that Caltrans does to enhance California's economy and livability.To see more of these and other videos, search for #CaltransNewsFlash on Twitter or visit Caltrans News Flash on YouTube (

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