Technical Committees

APWA's Technical Committees are focused on specific public works areas and their role is to:

  • provide direction and oversight to educational programs, services, and products within the technical area of expertise in support of the strategic plan and APWA goals and objectives    
  • provide a forum for APWA members to exchange ideas, technologies, and information on public works practices
  • identify and promote research needed to advance public works practices in the specified topic(s)



Appointment Information:
  Committee members and chairs are appointed by the APWA President-Elect in late Spring. Term of service for members is two-years, with three terms maximum.  Generally, the qualification basis for appointment to the committees is to be as a “highly knowledgeable subject matter expert” in the specific area of committee responsibility with diversity of technical backgrounds and experience, geographic diversity and be representative of APWA’s broad membership. However, each committee description provides more detailed information regarding the ideal candidate. Geographical location of committee members is considered in the appointment process as well as representation of APWA’s broad membership.

Time Involvement: All committees meet individually on the Saturday prior to PWX. (See the 2019 PWX committee meeting schedule for dates and times of committee meetings.) These expenses are not reimbursable. Each individual committee meets for a one-day planning meeting in the spring.  These expenses are reimbursable.  Generally, each committee meets by conference call about ten times a year for approximately one hour per call.  Outside reading of minutes/documents/agendas may take 2-5 hours per month.  Additional work will be based upon commitment of committee members to various assignments.

Committee Work Products: All committees share the common expectation of completing educational work products in a variety of formats-which includes but is not limited to:

  • planning of hands-on training at conferences - PWX and Snow;    
  • serving as guest speakers at other discipline-specific conferences or for hearings and briefings on the Hill;
  • planning and presenting webinars and learning programs;
  • designing eLearning training through the Learning Management System;
  • writing articles for the Reporter, other professional journals, APWA publications and tool box items.

The role of the committee member is vital. Individuals must be aware of the commitment and duties to which they are agreeing prior to submitting a nomination. This video will provide a general overview of the qualities and expectations for a committee member. Please review this video in its entirety to better understand your commitment prior to submitting your appointment acceptance form.



To nominate yourself or a colleague, go to the National Nominations Portal.

Current technical committees are listed below. Visit the committee's webpage for full details.

Asset Management

The Asset Management Committee’s mission is to support APWA members that operate, improve and maintain public works and infrastructure through advocacy, education, resource development, and member engagement in the field of asset management.

The qualification basis for a committee member is asset management experience from both large and small sized cities. In addition the committee is looking for both senior public works leaders and emerging public works leaders.

Learn more about the Asset Management Committee
View the committee's charter

Emergency Management

The committee’s mission is to provide APWA members with resources and a forum for exchanging and developing ideas, knowledge, and technologies for achieving disaster resiliency through the mitigation from, preparation for, responding to, and recovering from all hazards (manmade and natural).  The committee also is an advocate to promote the recognition of public works' important role(s) in emergency management.

The qualification basis for an Emergency Management Committee member would be experience in mitigating, preparing, responding and recovering from all hazards (manmade and natural). The committee is also seeking advocates to promote the recognition of public works’ important role in emergency management.   

Learn more about the Emergency Management Committee
View the committee's charter

Engineering and Technology

The Engineering & Technology Committee’s mission is to encourage sharing and application of knowledge about engineering and technology and advancing these practices in public works, pursuing APWA’s mission to develop and support the people, agencies, and organizations that plan, build, maintain and improve our communities.

The qualification basis for an Engineering and Technology Committee member is someone who is an expert on engineering and technology aspects of bridges, sewers, water, and other public works disciplines.  An ideal candidate should also be dedicated to supporting the people, agencies, and organizations that plan, build, maintain, and improve our communities via engineering and technology.

Learn more about the Engineering & Technology Committee
View the committee's charter

Facilities and Grounds

The mission of the Facilities and Grounds Committee of the APWA is to provide APWA members with the resources for exchanging and developing ideas, information, skills, knowledge, and technologies for the operation, management, and maintenance of public buildings, grounds, and parks.

The qualification basis for a Facilities and Grounds Committee member is a member who appreciates the importance of public buildings, parks, and public spaces in communities. An ideal committee member should have expertise in building security, life safety systems, as well as building operating systems. It is also recommended that geographical location of committee members be considered in the appointment process and be representative of APWA’s broad membership and currently engaged in facilities management and grounds and/or urban forestry.

Every effort will be made to appoint a minimum of two members from each of the following groups within APWA: member active in facilities management, member active in grounds and/or urban forestry, and a Young Professional.

Learn more about the Facilities & Grounds Committee
View the committee's charter


Fleet Services

The Fleet Services Committee’s mission is to support excellence in fleet management, through advancing the leadership, education and promotion of fleet proficiency to APWA members, agencies and organizations.

The qualification basis for a Fleet Services Committee member would preferably be someone with his/her CPFP. The candidate should have a track record of displaying excellence in public fleet. Additionally, the candidate should be an expert in public fleet management, maintenance, sustainability, and disposal of public fleet assets and equipment. One member will be appointed by the President-Elect to serve as the liaison to the APWA Certification Council. It is encouraged that members hold a Certified Public Fleet Professional credential (CPFP).

Learn more about the Fleet Services Committee
View the committee's charter


Leadership and Management

The committee’s mission is to advance public works professionalism through research, application and advocacy of innovative leadership and best management practices and to provide resources to public works professionals in management and leadership.
 
The qualification basis for appointment to this committee is a member who is passionate about supporting Public Works leaders; from the Public Works Director to the front-line worker. The member should be an expert in Public Works management concepts and be able to adapt those practices to multiple disciplines within Public Works.  

Learn more about the Leadership & Management Committee
View the committee's charter


Solid Waste Management

The Solid Waste Management Committee serves its members by supporting APWA's role as the recognized leader in public works by providing its members with the resources for exchanging and developing ideas, information, skills, knowledge, and technologies for the operation, management, and maintenance of solid waste facilities.

The qualification basis for a Solid Waste Management Committee member is someone who seeks to provide professional knowledge to those that are responsible for the collection, transfer, processing and/or disposal of solid waste. A committee member should not only be an expert in these fields, he/she should be an expert in management plans, material supply, and safety. Additionally, a committee member should be ardent about sharing expertise to better communities.

Learn more about the Solid Waste Management Committee
View the committee's charter


Transportation

The Transportation Committee’s mission is to provide APWA members with resources for exchanging and developing ideas, information, skills, knowledge, and technologies for the advancement of APWA’s transportation objectives and to develop and promote environmentally sound, sustainable, cost effective, and safe systems that enhance the livability and quality of life in our communities through active public involvement.

The qualification basis for a committee member is an expert in Transportation. An ideal candidate would have experience in one or more of the following areas: Connected Vehicles, Federal Transportation, Project Delivery, Road Safety, Sustainable Transportation and Winter Maintenance.

Learn more about the Transportation Committee
View the committee's charter

Utilities and Public Rights-of-Way

The mission of the committee is to provide education and information raising awareness about utility-related issues and promoting the best use of the public rights-of-way.

The qualification basis for an UPROW Committee member should be an expert on Utilities and Public Rights-of-Way. An ideal candidate would have experience in new technology, fiber installation, and small cell installation.

Learn more about the Utilities & Public Rights-of-Way Committee
View the committee's charter

Water Resources Management

On behalf of APWA members, the Water Resources Committee promotes and provides education on best management practices for water resources to achieve resilient and sustainable systems.

Water Resources includes potable water, wastewater, reuse and stormwater. An ideal candidate would have experience in two or more of these areas. A candidate with the Certified Stormwater Manager (CSM) would be valued.

Learn more about the Water Resources Management Committee
View the committee's charter