Practical Math: Using Common Math Skills to Solve Everyday Problems on the Job (Reno)

This course session (May 25, 9:00–3:00 PT) has been cancelled. Please stay tuned for future sessions.

This workshop is for anyone who needs to solve common on the job problems—using the math you already know! Whether you love it, hate it, or are ambivalent about math—the simple things you already can do will help you to produce units of measure like the volume of a cylinder, the square footage of an area; flatten a slope, or ascertain whether you have enough supplies or equipment on hand to finish a job, and more.

This course builds on basic math skills that we provide through an assessment and associated review materials. Then by using a step by step approach, complex problems you encounter at work will be broken down into manageable problems. You will identify what you need to know, what you already know, and how to proceed. You will be encouraged to ask questions, work through some problems, and build your confidence in what you can do.

At the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Perform calculations by using the proper order of math processes.
  • Identify the best solution path for job-related word problems.
  • Convert a problem into a mathematical equation.
  • Calculate formulas to solve typical job-related math problems.

Prerequisite Assessment

After registering, you’ll be asked to take a brief exam to assess your knowledge of the techniques used in the class. If you do not pass the exam initially, you will be provided with online review material and asked to take this exam again. The exam is intended to give the instructor an idea of the participants’ math knowledge and as a refresher of the some of the calculations we will perform together in class.


Rand Bowling, P.E. is a consultant and a technical advisor to the Nevada LTAP following careers in the public and private sectors of transportation. Randy is a former Nevada LTAP Program Manager and was a founding principal in the Reno-based engineering firm of Bowling Mamola Group, serving governmental and private clients. Randy’s previous experience includes a decade at the Nevada Department of Transportation in the Construction and Environmental fields.


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