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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 596X
Category: Maintenance Trades & Labor

Class Series Concept

See Highway Maintenance Worker 1.


Oversees highway maintenance activities for a section of highway. In coordination with a Highway Maintenance Supervisor or above, performs short and long-range planning and budgeting duties. Performs maintenance project planning with crews in the office and field.

Distinguishing Characteristics

In an assistant role, plans construction procedures, specifications, work schedules, materials needs, and/or plans and coordinates field activities for assigned projects.

Typical Work

Assists in the management of multiple subsections of highway, area wide or region wide specialized crews;

Implements and evaluates workflow priorities for assigned projects;

Inspects work in progress to ensure that work conforms to specifications and adherence to work schedules;

Studies blueprints and selects materials in conformance with specifications;

Reviews permit and franchise applications; recommends requirements and approval; inspects all permit and franchise work;

Plans and coordinates multi-disciplinary process to detect, respond to, and clear traffic incidents so traffic flow may be restored as safely and quickly as possible;

Assists in setting project objectives, goals, and deadlines; develops schedules for obtaining them;

Assists in the management of service patrols;

Serves as incident commander for clearance and repair functions;

Determines incident, highway repair needs and repair resources;

Establishes and operates alternate routes;

Follows up on departmental inquiries and complaints to effect remedial actions;

Manages inventory levels to assure adequate supply within budget restraints;

Identifies problems; analyzes and evaluates operating deficiencies or difficulties; provides management with alternatives and recommended courses of action;

Interviews, evaluates and recommends new and promotional candidates for employment, promotion and dismissal; prepares and reviews employee performance evaluations; provides career counseling and employee corrective action; assigns training to subordinate staff;

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

Consults with region personnel on roadside landscape maintenance matters such as rest area operations, fertilizer, irrigation and pesticide operations, the purchase and operation of equipment, budgeting and manpower scheduling;

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;

May be required to respond to emergencies 24 hours a day;

May supervise lower-level staff;

Performs other work as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: methods and techniques of construction, maintenance and repair related to the area of work assigned; traffic control standards; principles of leading, supervising and training; knowledge in reading and understanding plans, calculating volumes, percentages, applications rates and math equations.

Ability to: plan and follow fiscal and biennial budgets; understand construction or maintenance equipment and project development; train others in the repair and installation of highway safety features; plan, prioritize and schedule work activities; maintain inventories to accomplish work; work in all weather and terrain conditions and a variety of shifts; communicate effectively; use a variety of hand tools; review the work of technical and maintenance staff in the area of work assigned; plan, coordinate and communicate clear instructions; plan jobs.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses, certifications or background check. Some positions require a Commercial Driver’s License.

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

Two years of experience as a Highway Maintenance Worker 3 or equivalent.

Class Specification History

New Class; adopted June 13, 2019, effective July 1, 2019.