As part of TRB’s Centennial Celebration, the Technical Activities Council invited all standing committees to submit a Centennial Paper. The Centennial Papers showcase TRB’s standing committees’ past accomplishments and contributions to transportation, demonstrate the committee’s current relevancy and activities, and consider the committee’s role in meeting future challenges and opportunities. This paper was submitted by the Standing Committee on Maintenance and Operations Personnel.
The Standing Technical Committee on Maintenance and Operations Personnel seeks to promote and promulgate timely practical research to guide transportation agencies in meeting the challenges of maintenance workforce transformation. The Committee recognizes that its focus should be broadened from selection and training of personnel to explore the effects of rapid demographic, technological, economic, social-cultural and legal trends. These factors influence how state and local transportation agencies, and contractors performing outsourced or privatized maintenance functions for these agencies, can recruit, train and retain qualified employees.