Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Class code: 003676
Bargaining unit(s): AFSCME 207
Classification title: Transportation Generalist Senior
Function: Permits
Kind of work: Intermediate level technical, skilled work and/or lead worker

Nature & purpose

Under general supervision an employee in this class performs moderately difficult duties assisting with the processing and inspection of access, drainage, utility, construction and advertising permits to ensure compliance with MnDOT policies and standards; reviews and processes all specialized permits; investigates accidents on highway property and prepares billings for damage claims; reviews, investigates and initiates resolution of right of way encroachments; performs related work as required.

This level is different from the Transportation Generalist in that at the Transportation Generalist Senior level, an employee initiates and/or prioritizes work activities, completes a variety of work assignments, and chooses the methods in which to complete work using acquired knowledge of the function. 

An employee resolves semi-routine yet uncommon problems by searching for solutions learned from experience.  An employee is responsible for completing multiple projects and/or work activities with competing deadlines and may set some priorities in the completion of work.  Some employees at this level may perform as lead worker having considerable freedom to organize human, equipment, material and other resources as well as prioritize, schedule, assign, direct, guide and report on the work activities of other state employees.

Examples of work

A position may not include all the work examples given, nor does the list include all that may be assigned.

  • Assists in the review and processing of access, drainage and utility permits affecting MnDOT highways, performing limited field inspections of right of way, so that rules, statutes, regulations and special provisions set by permit requirements are followed.
  • Recommends the issuance of right of way permits (utility, access, drainage) by reviewing application information and gathering field data.
  • Assists in the regulation of advertising signs and devices in accordance with the Minnesota Outdoor Advertising Control Act and MnDOT policies to ensure compliance and reports issues to supervisor.
  • Reviews, processes and approves miscellaneous permits (over-dimension permits, parade permits, etc.) according to MnDOT policies.
  • Monitors roadway regulation issues including right-of-way encroachments, unauthorized work on right-of-way and other unauthorized activities on right-of-way to ensure violations are being resolved.
  • Investigates accidents on highway property and prepares billings for claims to so that collections for state property damage can be obtained.

Knowledge, skills and abilities required to be proficient at the job 

Knowledge of:

  • Principles, practices and/or procedures of general traffic and construction, design and safety requirements for state contracts and permits projects sufficient to determine adherence to laws, policies and requirements.
  • Principles, practices and/or procedures of the MN Outdoor Advertising Control Act sufficient to review and process the regulation of advertising signs and devices.
  • Principles, practices and/or procedures of MN State Statutes sufficient to evaluate encroachments on the right- of-way.
  • Right-of-way mapping and construction plans of right-of-way limits sufficient to determine in place right-of-way regarding encroachments and permits.
  • Special provisions in utility, access and drainage permits sufficient to assist in inspections.
  • Working knowledge of English sufficient to read, write, speak and understand oral and written information; communicate with employees and the general public in-person or via two- way radio and other electronic devices; and to maintain routine written logs and simple records.

Skill in:

  • Digital photography sufficient to take, download and print digital pictures.

Ability to:

  • Handle materials (transporting, stockpiling and mixing) using basic hand tools.
Information Technology
  • Perform simple data entry as demonstrated by entering time into timesheet and database programs.
  • Create and edit data files as demonstrated by creating moderately complex reports, memos or letters, and spreadsheets.
  • Develop internet document searches as demonstrated by accessing real estate property information.
  • Work cooperatively with peers as demonstrated by understanding and carrying out verbal instructions and directions within a work group.
  • Interact with MnDOT customers, stakeholders and co-workers as demonstrated by frequently responding to questions/complaints regarding roadway problems.
  • Take responsibility for the quality and timeliness of work as demonstrated by completing assigned tasks, reporting work progress, and displaying behavior consistent with department direction.
  • Add, subtract, multiply and divide all units of measure, including fractions, decimals and percentages as demonstrated by preparing billings for claims, inspecting permits, and determining right-of-way limits.
Oral Communication
  • Articulate job-related questions and comprehend answers as demonstrated by performing the duties of the job.
Problem Solving
  • Receive, understand and carry out verbal instructions and work under the direction of others as demonstrated by completion of work assignments.
  • Work independently and solve routine technical, procedural or people-related issues as necessary to complete work tasks
  • Read and comprehend notes, letters, memos, electronic mail, proposals, department forms and policies, instruction manuals, construction plans and MnDOT manuals sufficient to facilitate effective job performance.
Written Communication
  • Generate notes, letters, memos, and departmental forms as demonstrated by distributing comprehensible and accurate information to supervisors, employees and MnDOT clientele.
  • Research techniques sufficient to locate basic real estate property information including owners, phone numbers and addresses.

Licenses, certifications:  

Some positions may require a driver’s license, as well as endorsements, specific to position demands and/or equipment required to perform the job within the work area posted.

Technical certifications may be required specific to position demands and will be documented on the posting as to the justification of why specific certifications are necessary.

Minimum Qualifications:

Include years of experience, education, and training required at the time of application to be considered eligible for the vacancy.The level of experience to perform this job at the Transportation Generalist Senior level can be achieved with:

  • Two  years of experience performing duties that include inspection and processing of right of way permits, construction plan reading, surveying, design, soils assessment, traffic plan review, right of way review AND/OR water resource plan review.
  • Note:  A Two year Civil or Construction Technology Degree or the following four year degrees:  Architectural, Civil or Mechanical Engineering; Land Surveying / Geomatics; or equivalent may substitute for one year of experience. (In order for education coursework to be considered in lieu of work experience you must submit a copy of your transcripts).
  • Working knowledge of English sufficient to read, write, speak and understand oral and written information; communicate with employees and the general public in-person or via two-way radio and other electronic devices; and to maintain routine written logs and simple records.

Physical capabilities and environmental work conditions:

The physical demands of this job will vary, but typically requires occasionally lifting articles such as 50 pound material samples, and frequent lifting and/or carrying objects or materials such as aggregate, bituminous, concrete samples in various shapes and weights.  This job may require walking or standing to significant degree or may involve sitting most of the time with pushing and pulling of arm and leg controls. 

Weather elements:

May require frequent exposure to weather elements (both cold and hot) on a daily basis.



  • 2-15-12 Updated degree


Former Titles:

  • Highway Technician Intermediate –
    DI1 132; C2 (22) 29; C1I 33;  WC 12 = 206