Highway Maintenance Workers
Also called: Equipment Operator (EO), Highway Maintainer, Highway Maintenance Worker, Transportation Maintenance Specialist (TMS)
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Highway maintenance workers maintain much more than the traffic arteries that crisscross the country; they keep up all sorts of other roads, too, including county roads, airport runways, and public rights-of-way. In their unending pursuit to keep America’s roads in good condition, highway maintenance workers repair guard rails, road markings, and snow fences, and also patch broken pavement and potholes. They mow ditches, clear litter and brush or undergrowth in the summer, and plow snow during the winter. Highway maintenance workers almost always work 40 hours a week and some may find the work conditions strenuous. The majority of the work day is spent outside, often in high or low temperatures, around contaminants and heavy machinery. Safety gear and protective clothing are worn much of the time. Most highway maintenance workers have a high school diploma or equivalent.
What they do: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.
On the job, you would:
- 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.
Safety and Government
- public safety and security
Arts and Humanities
- English language
- movement of people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road
Engineering and Technology
- building and construction
- keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
- listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
- noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
- quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat
- use your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down
Hand and Finger Use
- keep your arm or hand steady
- hold or move items with your hands
- exercise for a long time without getting out of breath
- pay attention to something without being distracted
People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
- Concern for Others
- Attention to Detail
- Self Control
You might use software like this on the job:
Word processing software
Electronic mail software