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Instructor: Todd Macalady, Executive Director  

Southwest TTAP

1838 Commerce Dr, Lakeside, AZ 85929

Office: (602) 910-8367 


The Program: 

The Motor Grader Operator Training Program (MoGO) can be either a one-day or two-day program that utilizes experienced operators to teach others efficient and safe operating practices. You decide which option is best for your people.
The one day option is a classroom session with lunch and refreshment breaks. It involves participants from several different cities or counties to promote discussion and to exchange ideas. A section on Urban Applications has been added to the classroom session. There is no written work or test required during the program. The two day option adds a field day. Instructors travel to local sites to advise participants while they operate their own equipment on their own location. This is a very beneficial day for all operators and especially new ones. There is a separate charge per person per day, you will need to specify which option you want.

Who Should Attend:

Motor grader operators and the supervisors who manage motor grader operators should attend this program. New operators find the training helpful and experienced operators feel it is a good refresher course. Supervisors who attend will stay abreast of new developments and operating techniques. Course participants should be familiar with basic equipment operations prior to attending.

The Instructors:

Each program utilizes a team of instructors who have had extensive on-the-job experience operating motor graders.
A lead instructor teaches the classroom portion of the program and leads discussions, using videotapes and slide presentations. The assistant instructors help answer questions, promote group discussions and share their own expertise.

For the field-day activities, the instructor team splits up. Each instructor travels to a local site to observe road conditions and meet with individual operators who run their own equipment on location. Whenever possible, the field day is the day following the classroom session.

Dates and Locations:

The dates and locations for the MoGO training session are determined after applications are received. A site convenient to several counties or cities planning on attending is located. If a particular time or place is important to you, please contact Todd or Becky to discuss.

Materials and Certificates:

Participants receive a packet of materials including tips and safety information. Each person also receives a certificate at the end of the classroom session.

Day 1 – Classroom Instruction:

8 a.m. - Registration
8:30 - Instruction and discussion on the following topics
          Motor grader video

  • Drainage

  • Snow Removal Video

  • Uncontrolled Intersections

  • Pot holes

  • Geo-textiles

  • Safety

  • Pulling shoulders

  • Crown

  • Dealing with complaints

  • Windrows

  • Railroad Approaches

Day 2 - Field Day:

Personal instruction on your local roads with your operators and your equipment. The instructing team can stress topics of particular importance to a local area. It will be necessary for the county to provide a pickup with a radio to get instructors to all locations in the time allocated.


  • Aggregate

  • Problems associated with gravel roads

  • Bridge Approaches

  • Driveways

  • New Equipment

  • Washboarding

  • Secondary Ditches

  • Tort Liability

  • Retrievers

  • Ruts

  • Articulation

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