Minnesota Department of Transportation

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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 installing and repairing 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/leadworker.  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.
  • Identifies and reports sign maintenance concerns (sign graffiti cleaning, vegetation control, damaged signs, and improper sign installation) to leadworker/supervisor.
  • Determines proper traffic control layout and performs traffic control to conform with the Traffic Control Field Manual to ensure maximum safety for employees and the traveling public.
  • Installs emergency and temporary signing on detours, and other emergency projects so the motoring public is guided safely through project areas on trunk highways.
  • Implements pavement markings and signing updates conforms to leadworker or supervisor direction.
  • Measures and estimates project work materials and supplies.
  • Installs message painting/taping to ensure it conforms to leadworker direction.
  • Partially fabricates standard signs (speed limit numbers, mile markers, County Road signs) so the sign is designed to conform to specifications.
  • Prepares basic traffic work orders.
  • Conducts field inspections to ensure signs and pavement markings are installed properly.
  • Stakes sign locations and conducts Gopher State One Call to ensure no utilities are damaged during sign installation.
  • Updates and tracks inventory using a sign management software system (Transportation Asset Management System).

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 on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, Traffic Engineering Manual and Traffic Control Field Manual.
  • Gopher State 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 handle materials (transporting, stockpiling, and mixing).

Ability to:

Equipment - Perform routine scheduled maintenance; calibrate, set up and adjust equipment; and transfers and operates the full range of MnDOT heavy equipment.
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 a mapping grade GPS.
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 – Clearly express 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 forms to disseminate clear and accurate information to supervisors, employees, and MnDOT clientele using Outlook and other computer applications.
Technical - Install permanent and temporary signs. Performs message painting. Perform flagging and/or set up work zones. Updates and tracks inventory using a sign management software system (TAMS).

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.



  • 2-15-12 Deleted degree
  • 4-10-23 Updated Class Specification


Former Titles:

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