Highway Maintenance Workers
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Also known as:
Highway Maintainer, Highway Maintenance Crew Worker, Highway Worker, Lane Marker Installer, Road Patcher, Road Sign Installer
Highways are an essential part of America. All across the country, people use highway to travel to work, for vacations, to visit family, and even just to go shopping. Because of this, out nation's roads are in constant need of maintenance. Snow, storms, and heavy equipment also add to the burden.
Highway maintenance workers keep our nation in gear, by repairing and restoring these roads. These men and women patch damaged pavement, erect guardrails, and establish highway markers to improve safety. They also clear brush and plant trees - making traveling not only safer - but more pleasant as well.
Many of them are employed by state and local governments. On the job, they develop skills with an array of tools, including posthole diggers, power tools, picks, and saws. In some areas of the country, highway maintenance workers make repairs on airport runways.
This job is good for people who like physical activity, the outdoors, and a certain amount of freedom from the everyday workplace. Highway maintenance workers have the satisfaction of knowing that after a good day's work, they may have helped prevent an accident - or at least made travel a little more pleasant.
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|Dealing and handling conflict|| |
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Erect, install, or repair guardrails, road shoulders, berms, highway markers, warning signals, and highway lighting, using hand tools and power tools.
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.
Clean and clear debris from culverts, catch basins, drop inlets, ditches, and other drain structures.
Inspect, clean, and repair drainage systems, bridges, tunnels, and other structures.
Haul and spread sand, gravel, and clay to fill washouts and repair road shoulders.
Flag motorists to warn them of obstacles or repair work ahead.
Remove litter and debris from roadways, including debris from rock and mud slides.
Drive trucks to transport crews and equipment to work sites.
Dump, spread, and tamp asphalt, using pneumatic tampers, to repair joints and patch broken pavement.
Set out signs and cones around work areas to divert traffic.
Perform preventative maintenance on vehicles and heavy equipment.
|Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates||Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.|
|Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships||Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.|
|Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work||Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.|
|Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material||Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.|
|Getting Information||Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.|
|Performing for or Working Directly with the Public||Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.|
|Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment||Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.|
|Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings||Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.|
|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.|
|Building and Construction||Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.|
|Education and Training||Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.|
|Administration and Management||Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.|
|Mechanical||Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.|
|Customer and Personal Service||Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.|
|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.|
|Monitoring||Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.|
|Complex Problem Solving||Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.|
|Active Listening||Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.|
|Speaking||Talking to others to convey information effectively.|
|Troubleshooting||Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.|