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Sign Maintenance

Class code: 003685
Bargaining unit(s): 202
Classification title: Transportation Generalist
Function: Sign Maintenance
Kind of work: Basic level technical and/or skilled maintenance work.

Nature & purpose

Under general supervision an employee in this class performs daily and routine work in the installation and repair of signs to maintain the operational status of the sign program; performs related work as required.

This level is different from the Transportation Associate level in that it requires less direct supervision.  At the Transportation Generalist level, daily work and projects are assigned by the supervisor and/or lead worker. Work/projects are completed with a higher level of discretion than at the lower level.  An employee modifies simple established procedures to improve work processes.

An employee resolves semi-routine yet similar problems using defined approaches learned through work.  An employee at this level is responsible for completing daily work assignments and may identify service needs not currently being met by either taking care of it or bringing it to the attention of the supervisor/lead worker.  Some employees may provide work direction to others as part of a specific assignment. 

Examples of work

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

  • Installs, repairs, and removes permanent signs and messages according to MUTCD and Traffic Engineer Manual and to insure the safety of the motoring and pedestrian public.
  • Installs emergency and temporary signing on detours, constructions projects and other emergency projects so that the motoring public is guided safely through project areas on trunk highways.
  • Installs message painting/taping according to MUTCD and Traffic Engineer Manual and to insure the safety of the motoring and pedestrian public.
  • Stakes sign locations and conducts Gopher One Call to ensure no utility lines are damaged during sign installation.
  • Measures and estimates project work materials and supplies.
  • Conducts field sign inspections to ensure signs and pavement markings are working properly.
  • Determines proper traffic control layout and performs traffic control in accordance with the Traffic Control Field Manual to ensure maximum safety of projects for employees and the traveling public.
  • Transfers and operates the full range of heavy equipment used by MnDOT so that work is accomplished as scheduled.
  • Partially fabricates standard signs such as speed limit numbers, mile markers, and County Road signs so that the correct sign is placed according to sign specifications.
  • Performs simple signCAD work to input standard sign information for Adopt-A-Highway and Specific Service Signs to ensure proper signs are fabricated.
  • Maintains a history of signs using a sign management system (SignTrack) so that charge outs and other paperwork are kept accurate and potential tort claims are minimized.
  • Tracks sign inventory so that signs are ordered and material is on hand when needed.

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

Knowledge of:

  • Practices and/or procedures of signing operations, sign repair procedures, and pavement marking procedures.
  • MN Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices and Traffic Engineering Manual.
  • Gopher-One call and cable location procedures.
  • 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:

  • Using basic hand tools to handling materials (transporting, stockpiling, and mixing).

Ability to:

Equipment - Perform routine scheduled maintenance; calibrate, set up and adjust equipment; and drive and operate mobile equipment including boom.
Information Technology – Operate a personal computer and various software applications.  Complete simple data entry, enter time into timesheet and database programs, enter messages into equipment such as programmable message boards, take reading from electronic equipment such as mapping grade GPS, Dicky-John or similar unit.
Interpersonal - Work cooperatively with peers.  Able to receive verbal instruction and direction.
Leadership - Take responsibility for quality and timeliness of work, respond to unplanned requests, complete assigned tasks and report progress.  Demonstrate behavior consistent with department direction.
Math - Add, subtract, multiply, and divide whole numbers and all units of measure including fractions, decimals, and percentages.
Oral Communication - Articulate job-related questions and comprehend answers.  Communicate in a team setting.
Problem Solving - Able to follow verbal instructions, can work under the direction of others, work independently, and solve routine technical, process, or people-related problems.
Reading - Comprehend notes, letters, memos, electronic mail (Outlook), white papers, proposals, departmental forms, instructional manuals, and highway plans.
Written Communication - Generate notes, letters, memos and departmental forms using Outlook and other computer applications.
Technical - Install permanent and temporary signs.  Performs message painting.  Perform flagging and/or set up work zones.  Monitor sign and other material inventories using SignTrack. 

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.

  • Valid Class B Commercial Driver’s License without Air Brake restriction.  Must obtain a Class A within 6 months of hire, if required.

Minimum Qualifications:

Includes 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 TG level can be achieved with:

  • One year of experience performing any of the following: sign installation and maintenance, roadway and roadside maintenance, driving commercial vehicles, operating heavy equipment, farm experience, snow plow operations, road construction, etc.;
  • 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 lifting up to 100 pounds maximum with frequent lifting and/or carrying of objects and/or tools weighing 50-pounds.  This job also may require walking or standing to a significant degree on rough terrain or may involve sitting with pushing and pulling of arm and/or leg controls.  This job will require strenuous manual labor including but not limited to digging, shoveling, hauling, crawling, bending, pushing, pulling and climbing.

Weather elements:

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

EST:

Rev:

  • 2-15-12 Deleted degree
  • 3-6-13 Removed Degree

T.C.:

Former Titles:

  • Highway Maintenance Worker KH: CI1 100;  PS: B2(19) 19;  AC: B1I 22;  WC: 16 = 157