Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Snow and Ice

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

Nature & purpose

Under general direction or supervision, an employee in this class assists in the maintenance and operation of snow and ice control to ensure safe and clear roadways; and 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.

  • Maintains roadways for snow and ice control:  removes snow from roadways and shoulders; opens and widens roadways of large accumulations of snow; removes snow from rights of way or yards; applies anti-icing and de-icing chemicals on stretches of highway under slippery conditions; removes frozen ice and material from culverts; and performs night or dawn patrols.
  • Prepares and inspects winter equipment – maintains snowplow equipment, cutting edges and sanders; and cleans equipment post storm.
  • Performs preseason snow route inspection and performs post storm cleanup including machine or hand sweeping of bridges, guardrails, sidewalks, crossovers, medians, ramps, and roadways.
  • Performs winter stockpile setup and transfer of anti-icing and de-icing chemicals.  Includes all setup work associated with liquid anti-icing and de-icing chemicals, hauling, mixing, measuring, and reporting. 
  • Performs all work related to installing, repairing, maintaining, and removing snow fences; replacing mailboxes.
  • Maintains documentation on snow and ice data for accurate reporting of inventory and resource management.
  • Performs traffic control set-ups and/or provides notification to dispatch of disabled vehicles.

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

Knowledge of:

  • MnDOT policies and procedures and state and federal OSHA rules and regulations sufficient to safely operate and maintain winter equipment.
  • Snow and ice control operations sufficient to operate snowplows, loaders, 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.

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
Information Technology - Perform simple data entry; enter time into timesheet and database programs.  Enter messages into equipment such as programmable message boards.  Take readings from electronic equipment such as a mapping grade GPS unit or similar unit.
Interpersonal - Work cooperatively with peers and receive verbal instruction and direction.
Leadership - Take responsibility for quality and timeliness of work; respond to unplanned requests; complete assigned tasks and report progress; and demonstrate behavior consistent with department direction.
Math - Add, subtract, multiply, and divide whole numbers; add, subtract, multiply, and divide all units of measure, including fractions, decimals, and percentages; do pre-algebra problems; perform operations with monomials; and calculate ratios and proportions.
Oral Communication - Articulate job-related questions and comprehend answers; and communicate in a team setting.
Problem Solving - Follow verbal instructions and can work under the direction of others; work independently and solve routine technical, process, or people-related problems.
Reading - Comprehend notes, letters, memos, and electronic mail (Outlook); and comprehend white papers, proposals, departmental forms, and instructional manuals.
Written Communication - Generate notes, letters, memos, and departmental forms.  Use Outlook.

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 (Priority 1 drivers) or B (Priority 2 drivers) Commercial Drivers License without Air Brake restriction. 
  • In addition, some positions may require tanker and/or hazardous materials endorsement  or tanker/loader certifications

Minimum Qualifications:

Includes years of experience, education, training, certifications, and licenses 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 level can be achieved with:

  • One year of experience performing activities in snow and ice, soils, road surface maintenance, roadside maintenance, bridge maintenance, signs, or related activities (roadway maintenance, driving commercial vehicles, operating heavy equipment, or farm experience).
  • 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.
  • Valid Commercial Driver’s License or ability to acquire upon hire (as designated on posting).

Physical capabilities and environmental work conditions:

The physical demands of this job will vary, but typically requires lifting 100 pounds maximum with frequent lifting and/or carrying of objects such as 50-pound bags of de-icing chemicals and plow blades.  This job also may require walking or standing to a significant degree on rough terrain or may involve sitting most of the time 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 (cold) on a daily basis.



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Former Titles:

  • Highway Maintenance Worker - CI1 100, B2 (19) 19, B1I 22, WC 16=157