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Locating and Marking Classroom Training

  • 3M offers a two-day comprehensive training class designed to benefit channel, customers and 3M personnel. Workshops are conducted by 3M Technical Service instructors with years of field application experience. These workshops are performed at our Austin, Texas location. Class sizes are limited to ensure a low student-to-instructor ratio, maximizing student participation and understanding.

    There is no charge for attendance at the class, but participants are responsible for their own travel expenses.

    Theory of operation is intermixed with hands-on training to reinforce classroom presentations and discussions. Upon completion of training, each participant receives a 3M Certificate of Completion.

    Utility Locator Classroom Training Details

    Dates & Registration
    3M utility locator classroom training is located in Austin, Texas. Class size is limited to 8 - 10 participants. To register for your free training class, please contact us or call 512-984-5936.

    Feb 14-15
    May 9-10
    Aug 15-16
    Oct 17-18 

    Utility Locator Classroom Training Schedule

    Day 1 - 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Instructor: Gary Morris


    • Classroom and Field Training
    • Basic Theory – Understanding the concept of a good locate
    • Dynatel Transmitter set-up / hook ups / functions
    • Direct Connect, Dyna-Coupler and Induction Methods
    • Dynatel Receiver set-up / functions
    • Hands-on field locating using Direct Connect, Dyna-Coupler and Induction Methods
    • Basic Theory - Sheath Faults / Earth Return Faults
    • Hands-on Fault Locating
    • Sonde (Active Duct Probe) Locating

    Day 2 – 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Instructor: Gary Morris


    • Classroom and Field Training
    • Basic Theory & Operation - Electronic Markers; iD Markers and Passive Markers
    • Dynatel iD Marker Locator set-up / functions
    • iD Marker Templates – PC Tools installation and use
    • iD Markers and GPS integration
    • GPS and GIS Overview
    • 3M Locating & Marking website review of available locating and product help
    • Additional questions, or help, as time permits

    Training Location:
    The 3M Austin Training Facility within the 3M Plant, located at the corner of Research Blvd. (aka, Interstate Hwy 183) and Duval Rd., in Building 1.

    Street Address: 11705 Research Blvd., Austin, TX 78759


    • Leave Austin Bergstrom Intnl. Airport going West on Presidential Blvd. – 0.6 miles
    • At the Stop light turn left onto Bastrop Hwy/TX-71 E.
    • Merge onto the highway – 1.2 miles
    • Merge right onto US-183 N. – 16.3 miles
    • Take the Duval Road exit and merge to the right lane. – 0.2 to 0.3 miles
    • At the Stop light turn right.
    • Turn left at the first street.
    • The 3M Austin Plant is on the left side.
    • Turn into the parking lot at the second left turn.
    • Park and proceed to the Building 2 entrance.
    • Security is located near the entrance and they will admit you. Sign-in and obtain your security badge. Your instructor will be contacted when you arrive and will then escort you to Building 1.

    Area Hotels:
    There are many hotels in the area. Three of the frequently used hotels that are close to the 3M facility are:

    • Hilton Garden Inn (Austin NW Arboretum); 11617 Research Blvd; Austin, TX 78759; 512-241-1600
    • Staybridge Suites (Austin Arboretum); 10201 Stonelake Blvd; Austin, TX 78759; 1-800-225-1237
    • Staybridge Suites (Austin NW); 13087 US Hwy 183 North; Austin, TX 78750; 1-800-225-1237

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