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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Category: Maintenance Trades & Labor


Plans, budgets, schedules and supervises the work of one or more highway maintenance crews and has responsibility for maintenance of a specific section of highways; or supervises one or more crews with a full-time district or area-wide assignment.

Distinguishing Characteristics

This level may be distinguished from the Maintenance Lead Technician by the responsibility for several sub-sections of highway which comprises one section.  Supervises one or several crews assigned to maintain a specific section of highways; or one or more crews with a full-time district or area-wide assignment.  Positions with district or area-wide responsibility will be evaluated on the basis of the complexity of activities and the number and levels of personnel supervised. 

Generally reports directly to a Maintenance - Operations Superintendent or Maintenance - Operations Assistant Superintendent.  Usually supervises one or more Maintenance Lead Technicians.  This level may be distinguished from the Maintenance - Operations Superintendent level and the Maintenance - Operations Assistant Superintendent level by the absence of supervisory responsibility for all maintenance activities within a Maintenance Area. 

Employees in this class may operate highway equipment in the case of an emergency.  Trains or assists in training other maintenance personnel.

Typical Work

Plans, budgets, schedules and supervises highway maintenance crews engaged in specialized maintenance, repair and reconstruction of roadway features including:  roadway maintenance; asphalt paving, patching, repairing bridge ends and concrete surfaces, rebuilding and reshaping shoulders; drainage maintenance; ditching, slide removal, repairing flood damage, cleaning and replacing culverts, catchbasins and bulkheads, cleaning sedimentation basins and oil water separators, placing riprap on dikes, bridges, river and stream banks; vegetation management; tree and brush removal, pesticide application, maintaining wetlands; rest area maintenance; snow and ice control; highway safety features; guardrail and impact attenuator repair, sign replacement, pavement striping and marking; drilling and shooting rock, stumps, and beaver dams; redecking bridges, patching concrete decks, repairing sidewalks, columns, handrails and balasters on bridges; 

Recommends actions related to employment, promotion, demotion, transfer or discharge, or adjudication of grievances affecting subordinates; 

Uses computer in the development of the annual maintenance plan including fund availability and staffing requirements, and to prepare records and reports pertaining to work accomplished and expenditures, reporting of personnel and accident information; 

Arranges for the purchase of repair or replacement parts; 

Communicates and coordinates with police and fire departments during emergency situation on a 24-hour basis; 

Meets with the general public, public agencies or community organizations in order to promote or maintain favorable public relations; 

Reviews permit and franchise applications, recommends requirement and approval, inspects all permit and franchise work; 

Reviews highway location and construction plans, attends plan and review and preconstruction conferences, reviews construction work in progress and completed projects; 

Directs, supervises and is charged with the security, maintenance and proper use of plant facilities, motor vehicle equipment, tools, materials, and supplies; 

Directs and is responsible for the acquisition of materials and supplies and maintains an inventory of all consumables; 

Arranges rental or lease of privately owned equipment; 

Responsible for traffic control; 

Patrols assigned section or sections, inspects for illegal right-of-way encroachment, roadway safety, maintenance needs, and signing to ensure quality as set forth by state standards and specifications; 

Prioritizes and assigns work to Maintenance Lead Technicians and crews, schedules equipment and materials as needed; 

Conducts periodic crew safety and training meetings to ensure safe work practices and compliance with new regulations including confined space, fall restraint and traffic control; 

Inspects steel, concrete and wooden bridges, recommends repair as needed; 

Plans lay out of shrub beds and lawn area; placement of trees and liners; 

Develops and monitors an annual vegetation management program, makes recommendation on proper pesticide application, purchasing and inventory of pesticides, preparing and maintaining records and reports of applications; 

Applies best management practices as they pertain to environmental and wildlife issues; 

Responds to emergencies 24 hours a day; 

Performs other related work as required.

Legal Requirement(s)

A Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Class A without air brakes restriction is required. 

The appropriate license will be required for personnel engaged in the supervision of pesticide operations.

Desirable Qualifications

Two years of experience as a Maintenance Lead Technician, Maintenance Lead Technician, Bridge, Maintenance Technician 3, or Maintenance Specialist 3.

Class Specification History

Revise class. Revises minimum qualifications; adopted December 6, 1971.
Revise class. Revises title (formerly Highway Maintenance Foreman), general revision; adopted September 7, 1973.
Revise class. Revises class code (formerly 7069) Highway Maintenance Class Study adopted; July 1, 1975.
Revise class. Revises definition, distinguishing characteristics, minimum qualifications; adopted September 12, 1980.
Revised definition, distinguishing characteristics, minimum qualifications adopted November 9, 1984.
Revise class. Revises minimum qualifications; adopted October 13, 1989.
Revise class. Revises minimum qualifications adopted April 10, 1992.
Revise class. General revision, revises desirable qualifications; adopted May 10, 2007, effective July 1, 2007.
Base range salary adjustment adopted 6/30/2017, effective 7/1/2017.

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