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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Category: Maintenance Trades & Labor


Responsible for maintenance of a specific sub-section of highway or leads a district-wide, area-wide, section-wide crew or incidence response crew and may operate a wide variety of heavy highway equipment.

Distinguishing Characteristics

This level may be distinguished from the Maintenance Technician 2 or 3 by the prime responsibility for maintenance of a specific sub-section of highway as indicated by District Section Map.  It can further be distinguished from the Maintenance Supervisor by the multiple sub-sections of highway assigned to the supervisor and the number and classification levels of personnel led.  It can also be distinguished from the Maintenance Supervisor by the performance of regular highway maintenance tasks with the crew. 

Positions with district-wide, area-wide, or section-wide responsibility will be evaluated on the basis of the complexity of activities supervised and the number and levels of personnel under lead responsibility.   

May operate Class B highway equipment in the absence of a qualified operator.  Class B highway equipment is specifically identified on the Department of Transportation Equipment List.  Trains or assists in training other maintenance personnel. 

Maintenance Lead Technician positions generally report to a Maintenance Supervisor.

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; 

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; redecking bridges, patching concrete decks, repairing sidewalks, columns, handrails and balasters on bridges; 

Takes the lead and supervises the 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; 

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; 

Responsible for traffic control; 

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.

Legal Requirement(s)

A Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Class A, with endorsement N and without air brakes restriction is required.  Some positions may require the H endorsement which must be attained within 60 days. 

The appropriate license will be required for personnel engaged in blasting, pesticide applications or backflow operations.

Desirable Qualifications

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

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