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Featured Classes

Paver Hydraulic and Electrical Systems - Blaw-Knox

Session # 201, Oct. 3-7, 2016, Chambersburg, PA
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Paver and Compactor Operation and Maintenance (Topcon)

Session # 101, Oct 11-14, 2016, Shippensburg, PA
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Paver and Compactor Operation and Maintenance (topcon)(ESp.)

Session # 110, Jan 24-27, 2016, Phoenix, AZ
Note: Class is for Mexican/Latin American (Spanish speaking) Paving Crews
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The Road InstituteⓇ focuses our training efforts on you, the paving contractor and various other occupations within the asphalt paving industry.  A few of the many topics we cover are - asphalt paving training, compactor operator training and paving operator training.

We provide the paving contractor, operator, agency and industry personnel with the “important link” between equipment technology and industry applications. Our Operator courses / seminars are designed to improve an operator’s skills with both theory (classroom) and hands-on operation of Volvo Road Machinery equipment.

Classes will be held at the Road Institute in Chambersburg, PA The Customer Center Shippensburg, PA, and at our Road Institute West location in Phoenix, AZ.

We do not require that a student own or operate Volvo Road Machinery equipment as a prerequisite to attending training. We are interested only in providing the best operator training in the industry.

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Meet our team

Wayne Tomlinson
Wayne has 26 years of experience in roles related to equipment service, system specification and training. In 1999, Wayne joined the road machinery business as a Technical Service Representative assisting dealers and customers with compaction products. In 2004, he joined the Road Institute® as the Compaction Training Specialist conducting operation and applications training for asphalt and soil compaction products.
Flemming Knudsen
Flemming has 41 years in the construction equipment industry and 25 years with paving specifically. He began working for a manufacturer, worked for a dealer and an end user. Most of his career was spent as a trainer and field product support representative. He joined Volvo and the GCD training group as a paver specialist in 2008 and recently joined the Road Institute® full time and focuses on paver operator and service training.
Gustavo Marin
Gustavo has over than fifteen years of technical experience and a broad range of knowledge and skills around electronics and diesel engine software and hardware development. Since 2011, Gustavo served as Product Support Engineer for road machinery equipment in VCE Latin America and was located in Curitiba, Brazil. At the end of 2015, he took the position of Product Manager – Aftersales Competence Development. In this position, he will produce and deliver dealer technical training materials globally, covering Compaction and Shippensburg-produced Paving products.

Stan Rakowski

Stan has worked for manufacturers of compaction and road building equipment since 1979, and has 35 years of factory and field experience with compaction equipment. He began working as a service representative for a compaction equipment manufacturer traveling extensively for new machine start-up, operator training and service training for dealers and customers and to solve problems in the field. Duties also included production of technical manuals and teaching of efficient operating methods and best practice techniques to improve quality of asphalt pavements. He joined Volvo and the GCD group in 2011 and has joined CST in 2015 and focuses on compaction and skid steer training.

Course Descriptions

Please find a list below of all of our course listings at Road Institute

Paver and Compactor Operation and Maintenance

Objective: To utilize applied training techniques to instruct paving and compaction best practices to those people with interest or responsibility in the operation / management of...

Automatic Grade and Slope Systems

Objective: To teach those people with responsibility for or interest in the operation of the Automatic Grade and Slope Systems (Blaw-Kontrol and Topcon System V or P32); and how to correctly...

Paver Screed Operation and Adjustments

Objective: To teach persons, with responsibility or interest in, the principles of operation of the paver, maintenance, mechanical adjustments, screed set-up, and screed running adjustments...

Paving and Compaction Application Seminar

Objective: To utilize applied training techniques to teach paving and compaction best practices to those people with responsibility for or interest in operation / management of contemporary...

Soil Compaction Application Seminar

Objective: To teach people with responsibility for or interest in the operation of soil compaction equipment to correctly and safely utilize a soil compactor to its fullest potential while...

Paver Hydraulic and Electrical Systems - P7000

Objective: To familiarize technicians with the hydraulic and electrical systems of the Volvo P7000 series pavers. This will include hands-on troubleshooting. Who should attend: Anyone...

Paver Hydraulic and Electrical Systems - Blaw Knox

Objective: To familiarize technicians with the hydraulic and electrical systems of the Volvo Blaw-Knox pavers. This will include hands-on troubleshooting. Who should attend: Anyone...

Small Asphalt Compactor Mechanics

Objective: This instructor led course will give you a general product overview of the Shippensburg manufactured Small Asphalt Compactors (less than 7 ton). General service course for...

Large Asphalt Compactor Mechanics

Objective: This instructor led course will give you a general product overview of the Large Asphalt Compactors (7 ton and larger). General service course for personnel with basic asphalt...

Soil Compactor Mechanics

Objective: This instructor led course will give you a general product overview of the Shippensburg manufactured Soil Compactors. General service course for personnel with basic soil...

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Student Quote

A 45 year paving veteran said after attending a Road Institute course, “Very informative and a really good week!” Feb, 19, 2016.
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Directions and hotel information

Chambersburg location

The Chambersburg Training Facility is located in Chambersburg, PA - Exit 20 off of I-81, Cumberland Valley Business  Park.

The closest airports to Chambersburg, PA are:

  • Harrisburg, PA (60 min. away) / Most major airlines - MDT
  • Baltimore, MD (120 min. away) / Most major airlines - BWI
  • Washington, DC (120 min. away) / Most major airlines – IAD

Transportation between airport and hotel and to and from training is the responsibility of the student.

Recommended Hotels available near the Chambersburg facility:

  • Country Inn & Suites, Beddington Ave, (717) 261-0900
  • Holiday Inn Express, Wayne Ave, (717) 709-9009
  • Fairfield Inn, Wayne Ave, (717) 264-1200
  • Hampton Inn, Lesher Road, (717) 261-9185

Directions to the Road Institute:

  • Take I-81 North to the Scotland exit (exit 20) off of Interstate 81 and turn onto route 997 north.
  • Go 2.8 miles to traffic light at intersection of routes 11 and 997 (Sheetz gas station is on the right).
  • Continue straight on 997 North (at the Sheetz intersection) for 1.2 miles to the next traffic light; located at the intersection of routes 433 and 997.
  • The intersection of route 997 and route 433 is a "5-way intersection." Take the second left (the first or hard left is route 433 south do not take this one).
  • Travel 0.3 miles to first traffic light and turn left onto Advantage Ave.
  • Travel 0.5 miles to first stop sign and continue straight on Advantage Ave.
  • Go 0.4 miles to building 56 (the building number is painted on the side of the building) which is located at the intersection of Advantage Ave. and Superior Ave.
  • The student parking area is located along the chain link fence located on the left-hand side of Advantage Ave and on the left-hand side of Superior Ave. Look for the "Road Institute Student Parking" signs.
  • The main entrance into building 56 is located about half way up, on the Advantage Ave. side and the Road Institute entrance is closer to the designated parking area on the same side.
  • If entering through the main entrance, pass through two sets of double doors take the first hallway on the left.
  • The training center is straight ahead through the double doors.
  • The classroom is located at the far end of this area on the left-hand side.
  • If entering through the Road Institute door, you will be in the training area; with the large classroom to your immediate left and the lab area and small class room down to your right.

Shippensburg Location

The Volvo Customer Center is located at 200 Rowe Road, in Shippensburg, PA.

The closest airports to Shippensburg, PA are:

  • Harrisburg, PA    (60 min. away)    Most major airlines    MDT
  • Baltimore, MD    (120 min. away)   Most major airlines   BWI
  • Washington, DC (120 min. away)   Most major airlines   IAD

A favorable rate has been negotiated with the Shippen Place Hotel, 32 East King Street, Shippensburg, PA, Tel. 717-532-4141

  • Other Hotels available near the Shippensburg facility:
  • Country Inn & Suites, Beddington Ave    (717) 261-0900
  • Holiday Inn Express, Wayne Ave            (717) 709-9009
  • Fairfield Inn, Wayne Ave                         (717) 264-1200
  • Hampton Inn, Lesher Road                     (717) 261-9185

Directions to the Training Facility: Address: 200 Rowe Road Shippensburg PA, 17257

  • From Chambersburg take I-81 North (from Shippensburg take I-81 South) to the Scotland exit (exit 20) off I-81 and turn onto route 997 north.
  • Go 2.8 miles to traffic light at intersection of routes 11 and 997 (Sheetz gas station is on the right).
  • Turn Right on 11 go approximately 4 miles and turn left on to Rowe Road.
  • The Customer Center will be on Left over the hill.

Note: GPS can be used

Phoenix Location

The Phoenix Training Facility is located at 4323 E. Winslow Ave in Phoenix, AZ.

The closest airport is:

  • SkyHarbor (about 3 miles from the facility); all major airlines

Recommended Hotels available near the Phoenix facility:

  • Drury Inn & Suites Phoenix-Airport, 3333 E. University Dr, (602) 437-8400
  • Holiday Inn & Suites Phoenix Airport, S. 48th Street, (480) 543-1700

Directions from the Sky Harbor airport to the Drury Inn & Suites Phoenix-Airport is as follows:

  • Exit Sky Harbor Airport heading East, take the ramp to AZ-143 S / I-10 S
  • Merge onto S 44th St
  • Turn right onto E University Dr
  • Turn Left onto E Elwood St and right into hotel

Directions from the Drury Inn & Suites Phoenix-Airport to the Road Institute West / Arnold Machinery - Phoenix:

  • Turn left onto E. Elwood St
  • Turn right on to University Avenue and follow to 44th Street
  • Turn right on 44th Street
  • Take your first right on to Winslow Avenue
  • Arnold Machinery is the second building on the left

Directions from the Sky Harbor airport to the Holiday Inn & Suites Phoenix Airport is as follows:

  • Exit Sky Harbor Airport heading East, take S 44th St. heading south
  • S. 44th comes to an end at University Drive, Turn Left on University Drive 
  • Follow University Drive to 48th Street, turn right 
  • Hotel is a block down on the right

Directions from the Holiday Inn & Suites Phoenix Airport to the Road Institute West / Arnold Machinery - Phoenix:

  • Take 48th Street north
  • Turn left on to University Avenue and follow to 44th Street
  • Turn left on 44th Street
  • Take your first right on to Winslow Avenue
  • Arnold Machinery is on left side, second building down.

*Transportation between airport, hotel and training center is the responsibility of the student. However, arrangements can be made with the hotels listed above for shuttle service.

Contact Us

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For Additional Information or Questions: Volvo Road Institute 1280 Superior Ave, Chambersburg, PA 17201, 1-866-497-4501
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