OUR INSTRUCTORS

jimmy ellzey

R. craig appel

Mr. Appel has more than 33 years of experience in the construction engineering and inspection (CEI) industry.  As a Contract Support Specialist, he is responsible for monthly payments to Contractor’s, ensuring compliance with documentation requirements, and quantity verification. Responsibilities also include preparing supplemental agreements and final estimates. Craig also performed duties of a Worksite Traffic Supervisor in New Orleans, Louisiana, who was responsible for seven inspectors as well as collecting and collating data from field study of damaged roads attributed to Hurricane Katrina in Orleans Parish.  Mr. Appel is knowledgeable in all phases of roadway and bridge construction, as well as FDOT standards and specifications, since he has served in both the CSS role and the Senior Inspector role.  Mr. Appel is a FDOT approved instructor for all Maintenance of Traffic (MOT) courses and CTQP classes, Earthwork and FDOT Concrete Field Specification.

Mr. Ellzey has over 24 years of experience in the construction related industry.  With his focus on safety, he quickly became well educated on the wide variety of safety aspects of the construction industry.  Jimmy has instructed Maintenance of Traffic (MOT) courses for various Approved Providers since April 2010.  He began his teaching career by becoming a co-instructor for the Intermediate Level Maintenance of Maintenance of Traffic (MOT) course under the direct supervision of the FDOT District Safety Program Administrator.  From there, James went on to begin instructing the Advanced Level of MOT classes, which also included the Refresher portions of both classes.  To expand on Mr. Ellzey’s instruction experience, he has taught numerous additional safety geared courses, such as Loss Prevention, Coaching the Experienced Driver, and a Commercial Mower Safety Class.  James also instructs Forklift Safety Classes.  Jimmy currently performs as the Senior Safety and Health Specialist for the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District 2.