Our Instructors


Robert Burch, CHST - Heavy Equipment, OSHA, Safety

Ø   Instructor for continuing education courses occupational safety and health including Hazmat, OSHA 500 and 501 courses. 

Ø Certified MSHA instructor, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) research projects,  Authorized instructor OSHA Construction & General Industry Courses, Served on the FHWA committee for Highway Safety Project Development, Served on the OSHA E-Z trial panel, 40 CFR      Part 172-Subpart H required training for CDL Hazmat drivers

Ø Published author of 12 technical and engineering books

Gordon Burleson, P.E. - AMOT, Plans Reading, Roadway Design, Engineering

Training  includes areas of highway/street maintenance, road construction, and  work zone traffic control. Assist counties in reviewing crash sites to  determine if highway signing and pavement markings or other processes  can improve roadway conditions at the site. Act as expert witness for  attorneys in Florida on accident cases involving highway construction  and maintenance work zones.

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

John Swift, P.L.S., P.E. - AMOT, Surveying, Stormwater, ADA, Project Manager, Highway Construction Inspection, Plans Reading, Roadway Design, Signs/Markings, Greenbook

Has  over 48 years of federal, state, county and municipal highway  engineering experience and administrative responsibility for providing  planning and engineering to public and private sectors. In responsible  charge of preparing and inspecting maintenance of Traffic plans and  construction sites.

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

Don Purcell - AMOT, Signs/Markings

Traffic Superintendent – 14 years total years of service 27 years

Member Community Traffic Safety Team /District 1 /Charlotte County

Issue Right of Way Permits to all contractors and review MOT plans

Review MOT plans to determine if they comply with State standards both on County and contract roadway and drainage projects.

Supervise and direct the Signing and Marking Department on Signage and 

Roadway markings.


Michael Chodakowsky - IMOT, Plans Reading, Basic Surveying, Asphalt

Started in 1978 with Lee County DOT in Signs and Markings and became the Road Superintendent to include all TTC. Have been teaching TTC, IMOT/AMOT since 1988 as well as Pilot Escort classes. Taught IMSA Signs and Markings 1,2,3 and Signals 1 for years.