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Highway Maintenance Workers

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Maintain highways, municipal and rural roads, airport runways, and rights-of-way. Duties include patching broken or eroded pavement, repairing guard rails, highway markers, and snow fences. May also mow or clear brush from along road or plow snow from roadway.

    Work Activities
    • Set out signs and cones around work areas to divert traffic.
    • Flag motorists to warn them of obstacles or repair work ahead.
    • Perform preventative maintenance on vehicles and heavy equipment.
    • Drive trucks to transport crews and equipment to work sites.
    • Erect, install, or repair guardrails, road shoulders, berms, highway markers, warning signals, and highway lighting, using hand tools and power tools.
    • Clean and clear debris from culverts, catch basins, drop inlets, ditches, and other drain structures.
    • Haul and spread sand, gravel, and clay to fill washouts and repair road shoulders.
    • Drive heavy equipment and vehicles with adjustable attachments to sweep debris from paved surfaces, mow grass and weeds, remove snow and ice, and spread salt and sand.
    • Inspect, clean, and repair drainage systems, bridges, tunnels, and other structures.
    • Remove litter and debris from roadways, including debris from rock and mud slides.
    • Dump, spread, and tamp asphalt, using pneumatic tampers, to repair joints and patch broken pavement.
    • Apply poisons along roadsides and in animal burrows to eliminate unwanted roadside vegetation and rodents.
    • Measure and mark locations for installation of markers, using tape, string, or chalk.
    • Paint traffic control lines and place pavement traffic messages, by hand or using machines.
    • Perform roadside landscaping work, such as clearing weeds and brush, and planting and trimming trees.
    • Apply oil to road surfaces, using sprayers.
    • Inspect markers to verify accurate installation.
    • Place and remove snow fences used to prevent the accumulation of drifting snow on highways.
    • Blend compounds to form adhesive mixtures used for marker installation.
    Skills
    • Operation and Control

      Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

    • Operation Monitoring

      Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

    • Coordination

      Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    0
    Workplace Documents
    3
    Graphic Literacy
    3
    Abilities
    • Control Precision

      The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.

    • Multilimb Coordination

      The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.

    • Arm-Hand Steadiness

      The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

    Knowledge
    • Public Safety and Security

      Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Transportation

      Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $41,910/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $20.15/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 7,850
    • Yearly Projected Openings 810
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Dependability
    • Concern for Others
    • Integrity
    • Attention to Detail
    • Cooperation
    • Self Control
    Tools
    • Mowers
    • Front end loaders
    • Dump trucks
    • Drain or pipe cleaning equipment
    • Aggregate spreaders
    Technology
    • Word processing software
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Presentation software
    • Office suite software
    • Data base user interface and query software