This two-day course includes one day of classroom training and one day of hands-on training delivered on-site using the hosting agency's facilities and equipment.

Day one consists of classroom instruction that will cover tort liability that operators need to know, road hazards, daily equipment maintenance, safety PPE, principles of a good road, proper profile, proper blading techniques and maintenance of roads, safe operation, snow removal, and how to build a road to include slopes, super elevations, ditches, and drainage. The training is centered on the operator and techniques for operating a grader.

Day two includes field training conducted at the hosting agency's road site, where attendees will have the opportunity to operate the equipment and practice what they've learned.

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Dates & Locations

The training will be hosted by the following agencies on the dates indicated below.

Hosting Agency: Wabasha County Highway Department

  • Classroom day: August 12, 2019 (all operators attend)
  • Hands-on training: August 13–15, 2019 (operators will split into groups and attend one of these days)


To register, please send an e-mail to Katherine Stanley at or call 612-626-1023. The registration fee is $250 per person and includes lunch on the classroom day. Space is limited, so early registration is recommended.

Who Should Attend

Motor-grader operators and supervisors who manage motor-grader operators should attend this program. New operators find the training helpful and experienced operators feel it is a good refresher course. Supervisors who attend will stay abreast of new developments and operating techniques.

Course Instructor

Brian Lindberg has been a heavy equipment operator for 40 years. He grew up on a family farm and started blading roads for the township at 18 years old. Brian spent 34 years at Polk County, MN, five years as road foreman and 29 years running blade, where he maintained a route of 81 miles and completed many grade projects across the county. Brian has also worked for private contractors and owned a landscape/lawn service on a part-time basis. He started instructing grader operators for Minnesota LTAP in 2019.


Informational Contact

Contact Katherine Stanley at or call 612-626-1023.


This workshop is presented by the Minnesota Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) at the Center for Transportation Studies, University of Minnesota. Minnesota LTAP is sponsored by the Minnesota Local Road Research Board (LRRB) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). This course is subsidized through funding from LRRB and FHWA.