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UUCIS Completes Another Successful Year

June 15, 2015

By Monica Heil, Education & Training Committee

The APWA-MN Underground Utility Construction Inspector School (UUCIS) has completed another successful year. The 2014-2015 school year included Minnesota locations in Richfield and Duluth, as well as a location in Minot, ND.  













UUCIS 2014-2015 Class
Front Row:  Rick Reichstadt (MnDOT), Matt Lindaman (City of Hastings), Kerrwin Dempsey (City of St. Louis Park), Chip Devries (City of Coon Rapids), Nicholas Hahn (City of Inver Grove Heights), John Schmeling (City of Inver Grove Heights), Matt Barnard (City of Lakeville), Mike Juen (MnDOT), Brent Massmann (City of Bloomington), Monica Heil (UUCIS Subcommittee Chair).  Back Row: Josh Bautch (City of Coon Rapids), R.J. Kakach (City of Golden Valley), Brandon Stenglen (City of Moundsview), Bob Cockriel (APWA – Minnesota Chapter President)  Justin Wagner (City of Northfield), Terry Hassing (WSB & Associates, Inc.), Andrew Tussing (City of Northfield), Matt Rowedder (City of Golden Valley), Chad Fischer (City of Maple Grove), Gene Berger (WSN), Anthony Knowlen (City of Arden Hills) Joe Feriancek (City of Shakopee), Chris McKenzie (UUCIS Facilitator).

The Underground Utilities Construction Inspector School was developed by the Minnesota Chapter of the American Public Works Association to provide trained and knowledgeable construction inspectors for underground infrastructure construction. Classes are designed to engage both new and seasoned construction inspectors, by providing real-world examples of issues commonly encountered in the field, as well as information about new and emerging technologies in underground utility construction. 

Sessions are conducted once-a-month on Friday mornings for eight months beginning in October of every year. Beginning with the 2015-2016 school year, metro area participants gather at the City of Bloomington’s Public Works Facility to learn first-hand from public works and engineering professionals about construction related practices, issues, and technologies.  

The UUCIS will also host an out-state location in St. Cloud for the 2015-2016 school year. Registration for the upcoming school year will open in August 2015.

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