Instrument School

Highway Instrument Training Program

When funding for the Interstate Highway System was secured in 1956, the push was on for states to begin grading and paving the very next spring. According to a paper submitted to the County Engineer's Conference held in December 1956, Iowa Highway Commission Personnel Engineer James Hoag said the Iowa 1957 construction program was expected to almost quadruple the highway plan of 1955.

During this time period a shortage of qualified highway engineers was being felt around the country. With the additional work brought by the interstate, Hoag said some state departments were as far as five years behind in the design of plans for appropriations that were already available. In Iowa , cooperation between Iowa State College and the Iowa Highway Commission provided a training school for technicians to alleviate the pinch in our state. While the school stressed that the participants were not going to be trained engineers, the engineering work they would be able to complete would free up a great deal of time for the professional engineers on staff.

The following are links to papers presented to the Annual County Engineers Conference in the year specified

HIGHWAY INSTRUMENT TRAINING SCHOOL
R.E. Patterson Jr. Associate Professor
Engineering Extension Service
Iowa State College
Highway Instrument Training School presented Dec. 11, 1956

TALK ON SURVEYING SHORT COURSE
Chester Wells, Assistant Resident Engineer
Iowa Highway Commission
Talk on Surveying Short Course presented Dec. 11, 1956

HIGHWAY COMMISSION SURVEYING SCHOOL
James Hoag, Personnel Engineer
Iowa Highway Commission
Highway Commission Survey School presented Dec. 11, 1956

INSTRUMENTMAN TRAINING PROGRAM
Don Zierath, Personnel Engineer
Iowa Highway Commission
Instrumentman Training Program, presented Dec. 1, 1959

Additional background information

INSTRUMENTMAN TRAINING PROGRAM
Marvin O. Krause, Consulting Engineer
Registration of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors presented Nov. 29, 1960