Caltrans North Region Virtual Contractor's Boot Camp 


Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 10:00 AM PST
Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 12:00 PM PST

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Robynn Spence 
 Caltrans D3 
Caltrans Districts 1, 2, and 3 invite you to attend the Caltrans NR Virtual Contractor's Boot Camp. This outreach will consist of a series of daily trainings and presentations allowing Department staff and contractor representatives to share information on the requirements to work on Caltrans projects, finding contracting opportunities, Labor Compliance and DBE Compliance, and how to prepare a successful bid.  

Day 1  1/19/2021 

  • Session  1 – 10:00AM – 11:30AM Opening Remarks & Contracting Tips Q&A Panel

This session will begin with featured speaker introduction from D1, D2, & D3, followed by a Contracting Tips Question and Answer Panel presented by Caltrans Professionals, Primes and DBE Firm Representatives.

Day 2  1/20/2021

  • Session 2 - 10:00AM - 12:00PM - Introduction to Public Works Contracting Presentation 

 In this session, NorCal PTAC Staff will present a general overview of the requirements for subcontractors looking to work on Caltrans projects, including bonding, insurance requirements and prevailing wage requirements. 

Day 3  1/21/2021  

  • Session 3 - 10:00AM – 11:00AM Find Caltrans Contracting & Bid Opportunities Presentation

In this session, we will again be joined by NorCal PTAC Staff to learn how to navigate through working with Caltrans information websites to find contracting opportunities, vendor registration and the bidding process, find contracts on Cal eProcure, view past purchases and curent bids, and other resources for DBE's and Small Businesses.  

Day 4  1/26/2021 

  • Session 4- 10:00AM – 11:00AM - Caltrans Labor Compliance Presentation

In this session, Caltrans staff will discuss prevailing wage requirements for construction contracts, labor compliance laws and regulations, codes and statutes, wage determination & classifications and payroll requirements.

Day 5  1/27/2021 

  • Session 5 - 10:00AM – 12:00PM - Caltrans DBE Compliance Before and During Construction Presentation 

In this session, Caltrans staff will present tips on finding a certified Disadvantage Business Enterprise (DBE) firm, networking, outreach, common pit falls, and tips.  Contractors will gain an understanding of DBE Committment, dealing with DBE subcontractors, communication and proper documentation. 

Day 6  1/28/2021

  • Session 6 - 10:00AM – 12:00PM - Estimating & Bidding the Basics Presentation and You have a Contract, Now What? Q&A Panel 

In this session, NorCal PTAC staff will drill down in detail on how to prepare successful bids.  The instructor will cover the basics of preparing an estimate in a format generally used as an industry standard.  The use of Excel spreadsheets is key to this exercise.

  • The Bid Format
  • Preparing the Spreadsheet
  • Cost of General Conditions (Jobsite OH & Supervision)
  • Subcontractor & Vendor Outreach for Pricing
  • Quantity Take-offs
  • Pricing of Labor
  • Pricing of Materials & Equipment
  • Factoring in the Schedule

Following the presentation, contractors have the opportunity to ask about PTAC supportive services, understanding contract requirements, plans, specifications and estimate (PS&E) final acceptance.