Business Engagement and Compliance

On-the-Job Training Program

ADOT has established an On-the-Job Training (OJT) program in accordance with the regulations of the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), 23 CFR Part 230. As a condition of receipt of funding, ADOT has signed an assurance that it will comply with 23 CFR Part 230.

Transportation- and construction-technology jobs are among the best-paying jobs in the country. According to the U.S. Department of Labor's 2006 Bureau of Statistics Career Guide to Industries, job opportunities in the construction industry are continuing to grow with an expected increase of 11 percent through the year 2015.

The need for construction-industry employees is due to the anticipated number of retiring workers over the next decade as well as the limited number of skilled workers available in this field. Despite the economic benefits and the market for workers, in many parts of the nation, minorities, women and disadvantaged individuals continue to be under-represented in the construction industry compared to their representation in the same or similar jobs within the civilian labor force. Since 1971, the FHWA OJT program has required state transportation agencies (STAs) to establish apprenticeship and training programs that target under-represented segments of the U.S. workforce, including minorities, women and disadvantaged individuals. Creative OJT Supportive Services programs can enhance both training and retention of well-qualified employees for employers and the industry at-large.

What is the OJT program?

The OJT program was created to accelerate expansion of the pool of qualified women, minorities and disadvantaged persons in the highway-construction industry. Participants can be trained for a variety of positions:

  • Heavy-equipment operator
  • Ironworker
  • Commercial driver
  • Welders
  • Highway surveyor
  • Highway inspection/testing
  • Traffic controller/flagger
  • Highway-related carpentry
  • Block mason
  • Concrete finisher
  • Pipe layers / pipe fitter
  • Electrician
  • Highway-related painter
  • Traffic controller