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

Marshall Dougherty, P.E. - AMOT, Basic Surveying, Engineering 

Provide  educational and instructional training services for a government  training center since February 2009. Principle area of training is  Advanced Maintenance of Traffic and Intermediate Maintenance of Traffic,  both full and refresher courses. Provide, and assist in,

Basic Survey training geared for local agency field personnel.

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.

Alan Bush, P.E. - AMOT, Basic Surveying, Engineering 

In responsible charge of the preparation and implementation of Maintenance of Traffic plans assuring their compliance with Standard Specifications, Design Standards, CPAM and Plans Preparation Manual. Inspected Maintenance of Traffic on Traffic Operation, Maintenance and Construction projects.   

Master of Science, Civil Engineering

Roy Weddle. - IMOT, IMSA, Management

Senior Sign and Marking Technician responsibilities include:

Setting up, working in, and inspecting work zones on a daily basis.

Ensure work zones are set up in accordance to FDOT requirements.

Inspect regulation concerns during milling operations, lane shifts, lane closures, road closures, and detour operations to ensure FDOT compliance.

United States Air Force (Retired)

Robert Burch, CHST - RSA, Trenching, Leadership/Supervision, Accident Investigation, Safety

Has more than twenty five years experience in construction and Public Works, additionally twenty years as a safety consultant, accident investigator and expert witness.   

More than thirty years in heavy/highway construction, heavy equipment operation and demolition. Experience includes; heavy equipment operation, supervising construction projects, teaching construction industry classes and three years as Public Works supervisor. 

Gary Bennett - Railroad Safety, Right-of-Way, Track Maintenance



Michael Chodakowsky. - IMOT

Started with Lee County DOT and after holding every position in the Signs and Markings Division he became the Traffic Operations Superintendent. For over 30 years he has performed MOT duties, inspected, and instructed MOT.


Larry Hagen, P.E., PTOE  - Traffic Operations Engineering, Traffic Signal, Professional Engineers Courses