Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Sign Maintenance

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

Nature & purpose

Under general supervision an employee in this class provides ongoing, daily work direction to a sign crew in the installation, repair, or fabrication of signs to maintain the operational status of the sign program; 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.

  • Provides ongoing and daily responsibility to organize human, equipment, material and other resources; and prioritize, schedule, assign, direct, guide and report on the work activities of other state employees so that the work is completed in an efficient and effective manner.
  • 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.
  • Conducts day and night time field sign inspections to ensure signs and pavement markings are working properly.
  • Determines proper traffic control layout, performs traffic control, and/or develops traffic control plans in accordance with the Traffic Control Field Manual to ensure maximum safety of projects for employees and the traveling public.
  • Assists in the inspection and placement of signs on construction projects to ensure they are placed according to plans, MUTCD and Traffic Control Field Manual.
  • Transfers and operates the full range of heavy equipment used by MnDOT so that work is accomplished as scheduled.
  • Monitors the sign inventory so that signs are ordered and material is on hand when needed using SAMMS.
  • 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.

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

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of signing operations, sign repair procedures, sign standards, and/or 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 - Set up work zones and develop work zone plans using the MN Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devises.  Install permanent and temporary signs.  Monitor sign and other material inventories.

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.

  • Class A Commercial Driver’s License with no Air Brake restriction.
  • Some positions may require TAPE Certifications.

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 TGS level can be achieved with:

  • Two years of experience performing sign operations (e.g. sign repair and installation, sign fabrication, message painting, etc.);


  • One year of experience performing sign operations and one year of experience performing a combination of any of the following:  sign installation and maintenance, roadway, roadside or bridge maintenance, driving commercial vehicles, operating heavy equipment, farm experience, snow plow operations, road construction, construction inspection, permits, materials/soils testing, 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.



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