This course relates to the delivery of maintenance and operations services to the public, commonly known as public works. It will identify the equipment and personnel resources needed for efficient and effective service delivery. Discussions will include what to consider when deciding to either purchase or lease equipment, in-house vs. contracting out work functions, emergency preparedness planning, and environmental responsibilities.

Date & Location

Not currently scheduled.

Topics Covered

  • Operations overview
    • Organizational structure
    • Mission/vision statements
    • Ethics in public works
  • Capital Improvement Programs/funding/approval process
    • Typical useful life of infrastructure (depreciation of assets)
    • Identifying potential funding sources and creating project cost estimates and budgets
    • CIP and project approval process
    • Coordinating with other departments and agencies
    • Equipment acquisition and considerations
  • Emergency preparedness
    • Emergency management operations
    • Priority planning
    • FEMA/damage assessment
    • Organizational roles between local-state-federal agencies
    • Media and crisis management
  • Environmental responsibilities
    • Citizen lawsuits
    • Clean Water Act
    • MS4 & SWPPP requirements
    • Dealing with contaminated sites & soils

Who Should Attend

Individuals who are interested in becoming a supervisor, newly promoted supervisors, or supervisors wishing to enhance their leadership skills, communication, and effectiveness.

Course Instructors

Dave Hutton joined SEH, Inc. in April 2016 as a senior project manager working primarily in their trenchless technology field. He has over 39 years of engineering experience since graduating from the University of Wisconsin—Madison with a BSCE in civil and environmental engineering. He has 16 years of government experience with 12 years as a public works director/city engineer for the cities of Savage and Shakopee. For the last 16 years, he has been a consultant engineer primarily serving Minnesota municipalities and working on city project delivery for a variety of trenchless projects.

Jon Haukaas is the director of public works for the City of Blaine. He brings 24 years of experience in municipal public works in multiple cities. He holds a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from the University of Minnesota and a Masters of Business Administration from Colorado State University. Past teaching experience includes two years as a graduate student teaching assistant at the University of Minnesota in a master’s program and also as a guest lecturer at the Colorado State University civil engineering department. He is an active member in the Minnesota Chapter of the American Public Works Association.



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. This course is subsidized through funding from LRRB and FHWA.