Trends Summer 2019 | Page 21

National Highway Institute training program offers engineers practical approach to learning By Tawny Quast W hile a college engineering program is logically the first step to learning the ins-and-outs of the profession, ask any practicing engineer, and they will likely say their learning didn’t stop with their college diploma – in fact it was only just the beginning. Being an engineer requires continual learning to keep up with the current state of practice. And that recognition is exactly why the Federal Highway Administration’s National Highway Institute exists. The National Highway Institute (NHI) is the training arm of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Established by Congress in 1970, the organization has a long history of innovation and expertise in delivering transportation training to practicing engineering and others in the industry. While college gives a taste of the nuances of transportation engineering, NHI’s programs delve deeper into the details, said Carolyn Eberhard, NHI instructor liaison. “Most of the college courses give a 15,000-mile overview of a course, while most of (NHI’s) courses go down to 5,000 miles,” Eberhard explained. “Our courses go more in-depth, and they likely have instructors who have hands-on experience that have implemented what they’re teaching. It offers a practical approach to learning.” │21