Technician Awards The Texas Department of Transportation and the Hot Mix Asphalt Center presents Quality Control/Quality Assurance Technicians an award for their efforts to achieve excellence in the performance of their assigned duties. This is an annual program to award achievement in Hot Mix and Soils Materials and Testing by HMAC Certified Technicians. QC/QA Technicians are an invaluable part of our industry. This program honors those who strive to be their best and who dedicate their careers to helping the industry be its best. Who Qualifies? A technician from each level of Hot Mix Asphalt Certification (1A, 1B, and 2) and one technician from the Soils and Flexible Bases Certifications (101, 102, 103, 201, and 202) will be chose to receive the award. How are the Winners Determined? The HMAC Steering Committee will review all the nominations and announce the winners at the TXAPA Annual Meeting. Awards Presentation The winning technicians will be recognized during the TXAPA Annual Meeting at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort in San Antonio, September 17-20, 2019. Winners are invited to celebrate their accomplishments at an awards presentation luncheon hosted by TXAPA. Nominations and Deadlines Please take the time to nominate a deserving technician by Tuesday, April 30, 2019. Simply download the Nomination fillable PDF form here. 2018 Winners Humberto Uresti – Level 1A Our Level 1A technician of the year has worked for the Pharr District for almost 21 years now. He started his career in the District working in the soils department, and in 1999 was placed in charge of all hot mix. This individual has played an integral role in the quality of millions of dollars of hot mix in the last 19 years. He was promoted to the lab lead worker in June 2015 and his leadership has been a crucial part of the Pharr District’s Quality Assurance program. He is the “go to guy” for all material issues and in diagnosing and finding solutions at the plant and in the field. And plays a vital role to the District’s goals of quality and excellence. Jose Mata – Level 2 Our Level 2 technician of the year comes out of West Texas. During his time at CSA Materials he has risen from Technician to their QC Manager through his hard work, technical ability and professionalism. A willingness to work long hours and weekends to ensure that quality product of 12 quarries and 3 hot mix plants covering 80,000 square miles within West Texas. He played in instrumental role in the design and testing of premier tire track facilities like Continental, Cooper, Firestone and Goodyear. When asked about Jose Mata a TxDOT representative said, “Jose works tirelessly in formulating a mix that will give us maximum life, compaction and durability” and they also said “they respect his dedication to quality and his commitment to go the extra mile”.