Highway Maintenance Workers

Maintain highways, municipal and rural roads, airport runways, and rights-of-way. Duties include patching broken or eroded pavement, repairing guard rails, highway markers, and snow fences. May also mow or clear brush from along road or plow snow from roadway.

Median Annual Wage: $36,580

Education: High school diploma or equivalent (78%); Post-secondary certificate (14%); Less than high school diploma (8%)

Projected Growth: Slower than average (3% to 7%)

Related Job Titles: Equipment Operator (EO); Highway Maintenance Worker; Highway Maintainer; Highway Maintenance Technician; Transportation Maintenance Specialist (TMS); Truck Driver; Transportation Maintenance Operator; Highway Maintenance Crew Worker; Highway Worker; Heavy Equipment Operator

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Highway Maintenance Workers.

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  • Set out signs and cones around work areas to divert traffic.
  • Perform preventative maintenance on vehicles and heavy equipment.
  • Drive heavy equipment and vehicles with adjustable attachments to sweep debris from paved surfaces, mow grass and weeds, remove snow and ice, and spread salt and sand.
  • Drive trucks to transport crews and equipment to work sites.
  • Haul and spread sand, gravel, and clay to fill washouts and repair road shoulders.
  • Dump, spread, and tamp asphalt, using pneumatic tampers, to repair joints and patch broken pavement.
  • Clean and clear debris from culverts, catch basins, drop inlets, ditches, and other drain structures.
  • Remove litter and debris from roadways, including debris from rock and mud slides.
  • Erect, install, or repair guardrails, road shoulders, berms, highway markers, warning signals, and highway lighting, using hand tools and power tools.
  • Inspect, clean, and repair drainage systems, bridges, tunnels, and other structures.
  • Perform roadside landscaping work, such as clearing weeds and brush, and planting and trimming trees.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Highway Maintenance Workers.

  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Highway Maintenance Workers.

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