Career Details for Highway Maintenance Workers

Highway Maintenance Workers

Also called:

Equipment Operator (EO), Highway Maintainer, Highway Maintenance Worker, Transportation Maintenance Specialist (TMS)

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.

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Safety and Government

  • public safety and security

Arts and Humanities

  • English language

Transportation

  • movement of people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road

Engineering and Technology

  • building and construction

pencil SKILLS

Basic Skills

  • 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

Problem Solving

  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

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Controlled Movement

  • 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

Endurance

  • exercise for a long time without getting out of breath

Attention

  • pay attention to something without being distracted

user PERSONALITY

People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.

  • Dependability
  • Concern for Others
  • Integrity
  • Attention to Detail
  • Cooperation
  • Self Control

computer TECHNOLOGY

You might use software like this on the job:

Spreadsheet software

  • Microsoft Excel

Word processing software

  • Microsoft Word

Electronic mail software

  • Microsoft Outlook

book EDUCATION

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high school diploma/GED usually needed

suitcase JOB OUTLOOK

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AVERAGE

New job opportunities are likely in the future.

SALARY
$38,130


per year, on average
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