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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 596R
Category: Maintenance Trades & Labor

Class Series Concept

 See Highway Maintenance Worker 1.


Operates a wide variety of heavy highway equipment to maintain and repair highways and highway structures, and performs a variety of highway maintenance or landscape tasks; or as a member of the Incident Response Team, patrols designated state highway segments.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Under general supervision, performs one of the following at the journey-level:


Operate Class A and Class B heavy highway equipment to perform repairs and maintenance to highways and structures. Heavy highway equipment is specifically identified on the Department of Transportation Equipment List.




Patrolling designated state highway segments as a member of the Incident Response Team. Positions assist disabled vehicles, remove debris, and perform traffic control operations to keep travel lanes open and traffic flowing.

Typical Work

Makes field layout and installs stop bars, pedestrian crossings and turn arrows with paint or thermo-plastic materials; paints curbing with curb striping truck; replaces and makes limited new installations of traffic lane buttons, rumble bars and other plastic-epoxy traffic control devices; installs and replaces shoulder delineators using truck-mounted pulling and driving tools;


Assists in assembling, installing and replacing signs, sign components, and sign posts, using a variety of equipment and tools;


Operates graders and mechanical attachments to this equipment; operates trucks in sanding operations, hauling hot mix, pulling spreader box and hauling riprap and other materials; 


Operates Class A and Class B highway equipment as designated on the approved Department of Transportation Equipment List for highway maintenance; earth, snow, and ice removal operations; may be required to operate Class C level equipment on an as-needed basis with appropriate pay provisions except in a training program; 


Serves as gunner and primary or relief driver of large paint striping trucks; 


Assists in routine road maintenance such as: brushing, cleaning culverts, cleaning ditches with a hand shovel or scoop, blading, reshaping and improving shoulders and clearing debris from the highway surface and rights-of-way; 


Transports heavy equipment and materials between work sites; 


Lubricates equipment and makes minor mechanical repair; 


Uses explosives for breaking rock, cutting ditches and clearing rights-of-way; 


Performs traffic control duties when assigned; 


Operates other equipment for training purposes; 


Performs routine patrol or call-out for highway incidents to expedite traffic flow.  Clear debris from highway and may provide motorist assistance; 


Trains other personnel in the operation of Class A and Class B highway maintenance equipment and directs personnel when assigned; 


Maintains good safety and public relations practices; 


Performs basic computer skills to communicate, and retrieve information. Using desktop computers, iPads, Smart phones etc. Word, Outlook, Excel, etc;


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.


Ability to: operate heavy equipment; operate radios and other communication devices; work in all types of weather and terrain; work various shifts; use a variety of hand tools; perform heavy manual labor

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

High school graduation or possession of a GED certificate and two years of highway maintenance, logging, farming, excavation, or heavy equipment experience.




One year of experience as a Highway Maintenance Worker 1 or equivalent. 

Class Specification History

Revise class. Revises minimum qualifications; adopted November 16, 1972.
Revise class. Adds typical work; adopted July, 1973.
Revise class. Revises class code, title (formerly 7336 Equipment Operator 2, Highways), Highway Maintenance Class Study; adopted July 1, 1975.
General revision adopted July, 1978.
Revise class. Revises distinguishing characteristics, minimum qualifications adopted; November 9, 1984.
Revise class. Revises distinguishing characteristics, special pay provision note; 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. 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 Technician 3), 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.