Asphalt Technology


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This one-week training program is taught by NCAT for those who are involved with asphalt construction. Many engineers from all sectors of the asphalt industry need to become more knowledgeable of asphalt materials and construction practices in order to successfully build, preserve, and maintain a sustainable highway system.

Goals and Objectives

The purpose of this intensive course is to provide a basic understanding of all phases of asphalt technology. Upon completion, the participant will be able to make knowledgeable decisions related to asphalt pavements and communicate effectively with asphalt specialists when the need arises.

Program Content

This course consists of 4.5 days of intensive lectures, demonstration of laboratory tests (no hands-on), and discussions concerning all phases of asphalt technology such as:

  • - Asphalt Binders: refining, physical properties, binder testing, and modified asphalt binders;
  • - Aggregate: aggregate testing and required aggregate properties for high performance;
  • - Asphalt Mixtures: desirable mix properties, types of mixes, volumetric mix design, and laboratory performance testing;
  • - Construction: asphalt plant operations, laydown and compaction methods, and quality control/quality assurance of asphalt mixes; and
  • - Asphalt Pavement Design/Rehabilitation: design, maintenance, rehabilitation, and recycling.

Laboratory demonstrations include asphalt binder characterization tests, aggregate characterization tests, asphalt mix design and analysis (including Superpave), and other miscellaneous performance tests.


Each participant will be provided a copy of the Hot Mix Asphalt Paving Handbook 2000 and a binder containing a print-out of the PowerPoint presentations. The participant will leave the course with materials needed for general reference when the need arises in practice.

Fees, Refunds, & Deadline

The registration fee of $1,100 includes the training program, course materials, one group dinner, and break refreshments. Costs for housing, food and transportation are the responsibility of each participant. Prepayment and registration can be submitted separately, but both must be received no later than ten days prior to the start date of the course. If payment is not received by that time, the participant will be removed from the registration list. Cancellations received at least ten days prior to the course start date will result in a full refund. No refunds will be provided for course cancellations after that date; however, substitutions will be accepted.


NCAT will accept applications from practicing engineers in either the private or the public sectors in the United States and abroad. This includes personnel from the state DOTs, the FHWA, FAA, military services, county engineers, consulting firms, material producers, and contractors.

Continuing Education

The course will provide 3.6 CEUs or 36 Professional Development Hours.


This course will be conducted at NCAT's main research facility at 227 Technology Parkway in Auburn, Alabama. Hotel accommodations are close by.

To obtain more information on this course, please contact Stacie Hunter.