Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Oct. 18, 2016

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MnDOT offers second training session to prepare snowplow operators for winter

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A second session of the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s snowplow operator training program, or SPOT, is going on the next two weeks at Camp Ripley near Little Falls, Minn.

More than 100 snowplow operators from MnDOT, the city of St. Paul and Anoka and McLeod counties are learning safety measures, plowing techniques and best practices to use for the winter ahead.

The session also provides trainees with updates on new equipment, policies and procedures related to winter highway maintenance operations.

“More than 1,500 snowplow operators clear 30,000 lane miles of state highway each winter to ensure that motorists can get to where they want to go,” said MnDOT Commissioner Charlie Zelle. “Getting people safely to their destinations is a team effort.”

As part of SPOT, MnDOT maintenance supervisors and other staff provide classroom and hands-on training and share their experiences and insights with the trainees.

“Our snowplow operator training program offers unique and specialized training that makes our snowfighters ready for any type of winter Minnesota has to offer,” said Steve Lund, state maintenance engineer.  

SPOT began in 2004. When the current session ends Oct. 28, MnDOT will have trained more than 1,500 snowplow operators.

The first session was held in September with more than 120 snowplow operators from MnDOT and the city of Minneapolis.