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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Category: Maintenance Trades & Labor


Performs a variety of skilled and semi-skilled highway or landscape maintenance tasks as a member of a crew and operates a variety of highway equipment, tools and/or applies pesticides. 

Distinguishing Characteristics

This class is the entry level for the performance of highway maintenance tasks.  Incumbents operate Class A highway equipment that is specifically identified on the Department of Transportation Equipment List.  Works under the general supervision of a higher-level Maintenance Technician. 

Typical Work

Regularly makes minor repairs to roadways, roadway shoulders and related structures such as bridges and guardrails and guardrail posts; picks up rubbish, debris and dead animals; cleans ditches and culverts by using a hand shovel; sweeps bridges and traffic islands;  

Cuts brush, trees and other vegetation on the right-of-way; assists in the landscaping of highway rights-of-way and in the planting and maintenance of a variety of ground cover, plants and trees; plants, transplants, trims, prunes, weeds, sows seeds, fertilizes, labels, picks litter; stakes and waters landscaped areas; trims and mows grass;  

Operates Class A equipment as designated on the approved Department of Transportation Equipment List on a regular basis; may be required to operate Class B and C level equipment on an as-needed basis with appropriate pay provisions except in a training program;  

Performs preventive maintenance on equipment and hand tools;  

Responsible for traffic control when assigned;  

Repairs and replaces guardrail posts and bands; paints sign posts and buildings with a brush, roller or spray gun; assists in the painting of traffic arrows, crosswalks and stop bars using templates, spray gun and brush;  

Operates snow and ice control equipment; loads trucks from stockpiles or pits; cleans ditches of debris, dirt and other obstacles with a hand shovel or mechanical equipment to ensure a good flow of water;  

Squares and cleans holes in the roadway and knocks off rough edges with a jackhammer or other hand tools and patches with Portland cement concrete, hot or cold asphalt mix;  

Operates a truck in order to pull spreader box, haul riprap, hot or cold mix, sand, gravel and other materials and equipment used for highway maintenance and repair;  

Installs and removes culverts; 

Makes minor repairs to damaged roadside signs; assists in the installation and repair of highway signs and guardrail;  

Applies pesticide when assigned;  

Cleans rest rooms at rest areas, replenishing toilet supplies; empties garbage and litter containers and transports litter to disposal site; sweeps, cleans and maintains rest area sidewalks and parking strips; cleans, sweeps and washes picnic tables; answers questions and assists motoring public;  

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

Acts as flagger, places traffic cones and other traffic control devices to ensure a smooth flow of traffic;  

Occasionally will assist with rough carpentry, stone masonry and cement work and uses the appropriate tools connected therewith;  

Maintains good safety and public relations and practices;  

Performs other related work as required. 

Legal Requirement(s)

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

  1. A Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Class A, with endorsement N and without air brakes restriction must be attained within the first year of employment.
  2. The Department of Transportation certification to operate both the dump truck and front end loader will be obtained in the first six months.
  3. The appropriate license(s) will be required for personnel engaged in pesticide application or backflow operations.

Desirable Qualifications

One (1) year of experience as a Maintenance Trainee.  OR Eighteen (18) years of age; high school graduation or possession of a GED certification and one year of experience in highway engineering, or highway maintenance work or driving a truck (26,000 GVW or over) or operating heavy equipment while performing work such as landscaping, farming, forestry or construction.  OR Four years of experience as a Rest Area Attendant - Transportation and satisfactory completion of dump truck and front end loader certification. 

SPECIAL NOTE:  Maintenance Technicians 1 shall be advanced to Maintenance Technicians 2 after completing two years of satisfactory service as a Maintenance Technician 1 and passing a qualifying written examination.

Class Specification History

Revise class. Revises minimum qualifications; adopted October 12, 1971.
Revise class. Revises title (formerly Highway Maintenance Man 1), general revision; adopted September 7, 1973.
Revise class. Revises class code (formerly 7065), Highway Maintenance Class Study; adopted July 1, 1975.
Revise class. Revises distinguishing characteristics, minimum qualifications, special provisions; adopted September 12, 1980.
Revise class. Revises minimum qualifications (deletes special note); adopted April 10, 1981.
Revise class. Revises minimum qualifications; adopted May 14, 1982.
Revise class. Revises minimum qualifications, general revision; adopted January 14, 1983.
Revise class. Revises definition, adopted June 15, 1984.
Revise class. Revises distinguishing characteristics, general revision; adopted December 13, 1985.
Revise class. Revises minimum qualifications; adopted October 13, 1989.
Revise class. Revises minimum qualifications; adopted February 9, 1990.
Revise class. Revises minimum qualifications; adopted June 15, 1990.
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. General revision; adopted May 10, 2007, effective July 1, 2007.

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