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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 596S
Category: Maintenance Trades & Labor

Class Series Concept

See Highway Maintenance Worker 1.


Leads lower level Highway Maintenance Workers performing maintenance activities for a specific sub-section of highway




Leads an incident response crew and serves as the primary liaison to other agencies in a unified command structure for major incidents.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Under general direction, this level leads lower-level Highway Maintenance Workers performing maintenance activities on a specific sub-section of highway and regularly performs maintenance or incident response tasks with the assigned crew.

Typical Work

Patrols and inspects an assigned sub-section of roadway; determines the need for highway maintenance work, prioritizes, and schedules personnel and equipment accordingly; inspects for illegal right-of-way encroachment, roadway safety, and signing to ensure quality as set forth by state standards and specifications; responsible for consumable inventory;


Leads personnel performing highway maintenance activities 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 separator, 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 attenuators repair, sign replacement, pavement striping and marking; performing blasting operations;


Takes the lead for an area-wide incident response operation; responds to incidents; establishes traffic control; provides input to other agencies; establishes detours; collects information at the scene; develops and distributes monthly incident response rotation schedule; responds to inquiries about the incident response program; 


Under supervision, for a specific sub-section of highway, positions may perform planning, scheduling and budgeting of activities to accomplish the work;


Operates a variety of equipment and hand tools; 


Repairs or installs drainage facilities and structures; 


Leads one or more crews engaged in vegetation management; design, planting and maintenance of a variety of ground cover plants and trees; 


Reports any signs illegally posted, encroachments or other irregularities on the highway right-of-way in their section; 


Maintains good safety and public relations practices; 


Arranges for the purchase of repair or replacement parts; arranges rental or lease of privately owned equipment; 


Performs traffic control duties; 


Prepares and submits time, equipment, gasoline and oil reports for the personnel and equipment under their jurisdiction; 


Trains subordinate personnel in equipment usage, safety, highway maintenance and public relations; 


Performs other related work as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: methods and techniques of construction, maintenance and repair related to the area of work assigned; operational characteristics of mechanical equipment and tools used in the area of work assigned; safe work practices; traffic control standards; principles of leading and training.


Ability to: lead personnel; plan, prioritize and schedule work activities; maintain inventories to accomplish work; work in all weather and terrain conditions, and a variety of shifts; work at heights; communicate effectively; use a variety of hand tools; lead, organize, and review the work of technical and maintenance staff in the area of work assigned; read and interpret basic maps and blueprints; perform heavy manual labor; use desktop computers, iPads, smart phones etc. to communicate, and retrieve information using Word, Outlook, Excel, etc.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certifications. Some positions require a Commercial Driver's License (CDL).


Positions for Incident Response teams must obtain fingerprint card and successfully pass an FBI background check prior to performing incident response duties in an authorized emergency vehicle.

Desirable Qualifications

One year of experience as a Highway Maintenance Worker 2, or Maintenance Specialist 3; or two years' experience as a Maintenance Technician 2, Bridge, or Maintenance Specialist 2.

Class Specification History

Revise class. Revises minimum qualifications; adopted December 6, 1971.
Revise class. Revises title (formerly Highway Maintenance Leadman), general revision; adopted September 7, 1973.
Revise class. Revises class code (formerly 7068) revised, Highway Maintenance Class Study; adopted July 1, 1975.
Revise class. Revises definition, distinguishing characteristics, minimum qualifications; adopted September 12, 1982.
Revise class. Revises distinguishing characteristics; adopted December 13, 1985.
Revise class. Revises minimum qualifications; adopted October 13, 1989.
Revise class. Revises minimum qualifications; adopted April 10, 1992.
Revise class. Revises definition, distinguishing characteristics, minimum qualifications, general revision; adopted September 10, 1993.
Revise class. Revises minimum qualifications; adopted February 14, 1997.
Revise class. Revises class code (formerly 71150), 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.
Revise title (formerly Maintenance Lead Technician), definition, distinguishing characteristics, typical work, legal requirements and desirable qualifications; added knowledge and abilities; base range salary adjustment; adopted June 13, 2019, effective July 1, 2019.