Asphalt Engineers Workshop (In-State)

In-State Training

Bring our experts to your location for convenient on-site training. NCAT developed this educational program for agency engineers to provide a clear and up to date understanding of asphalt technology and best practices to provide the public with a cost-effective and sustainable roadway system. Engineers involved with materials, construction, design, preservation and rehabilitation of asphalt pavements will benefit from the workshop.

Registration Information

The suggested class size is 24 participants. Contact Stacie Hunter for additional information or to schedule a course.

Goals and Objectives

The workshop provides technical background in all phases of asphalt paving technology and relates that knowledge to current state practices to improve pavement performance. Upon completion, engineers will return to their department with improved expertise in fundamental asphalt principles, pavement design, material quality, and construction practices used to achieve a quality asphalt pavement. The workshop also covers pavement performance, construction troubleshooting, preservation, and rehabilitation. Engineers will be able to communicate effectively with asphalt specialists when the need arises.

Program Content

This intensive five-day program takes place from 8:00 am Monday until 12:00 noon on Friday. The workshop includes lectures, laboratory demonstrations, and peer discussions to understand all phases of asphalt technology for practicing agency engineers. Topics include:

  • - Asphalt Binders: sources, physical properties, binder testing, Superpave performance grading, and modified asphalt binders;
  • - Aggregate: geology, aggregate properties, aggregate testing, and blending to meet mixture criteria;
  • - Recycled Materials: properties of reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP) and recycled asphalt shingles (RAS), influence on asphalt mixture, construction, and performance;
  • - Asphalt Mix Design: desirable mix properties, types of mixes, volumetric mix design, and laboratory performance testing;
  • - Construction: asphalt plant operations, paving and compaction practices, and quality assurance of asphalt mixes;
  • - Asphalt Pavement Design: traffic, material, and climate inputs, performance criteria, and consideration for constructability;
  • - Asphalt Pavement Performance: performance measures, types of distress, and pavement management systems; and
  • - Asphalt Pavement Preservation and Rehabilitation: selecting the right pavement, at the right time, using the right treatment to extend pavement performance.

Laboratory demonstrations include asphalt binder characterization tests, aggregate characterization tests, asphalt mix design, and current mixture performance tests.

Course Materials

Each participant is provided a course notebook and other supporting documents. A copy of the NCAT textbook, the Hot Mix Asphalt Paving Handbook, may be provided. These documents are valuable practical references.

Continuing Education

The course provides 3.6 continuing education units or 36 professional development hours.

Workshop Testimonials

“This asphalt training course equipped WSDOT engineers to make better decisions related to pavement design, construction and quality control. Participants have a renewed confidence and understanding of how project engineering decisions made today will influence the long term performance of Washington State's asphalt pavements.” Jeff Uhlmeyer, State Pavement Engineer, Washington State Department of Transportation

"The NCAT Asphalt Engineers Workshop that we held here in Washington provided an unique opportunity for our construction, design and project engineering staff to better understand each phase of asphalt pavement design, construction, inspection and testing. The instructors do a great job of covering the current practices while providing an opportunity for the host state to incorporate their specific requirements to round out the training. Regardless of your background in asphalt, this workshop has something for you." Joe DeVol, Assistant State Materials Engineer, Washington State Department of Transportation


This one-week workshop is taught by two NCAT staff members with over 50 years of combined professional experience.


In-state training is one of the most cost-effective ways to facilitate your organization’s learning and development needs. Agencies are responsible for NCAT staff time, travel expenses and printed training materials. A training room and access to the laboratory are also required. Contact Stacie Hunter for additional information or to schedule a course.