Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Snow and Ice

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

Nature & purpose

Under general direction or supervision, provided by a work team, higher level employee, or a supervisor, an employee in this class performs moderately difficult roadside maintenance to keep the roadway safe and in good repair according to MnDOT standards; and related work as required. 

This level is different from the Transportation Generalist level 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.

  • Performs all aspects of lead worker responsibilities (and assumes responsibilities of Sub area supervisor in his/her absence) to ensure crews meet goals and time frames established by project needs and achieves project/program objectives.
  • Plans, performs, reviews and inspects traffic control setups while completing tasks associated with snow and ice control and do so in accordance with department policies, standards, state statutes and OSHA safety guidelines.
  • Acts as a technical expert and performs job duties in the area of snow and ice operations, equipment maintenance in accordance with plans, standards and specifications so that department and district objects are met.
  • Directs and manages snow and ice shifts, including prioritizing call outs, contacting local law enforcement, recording data, and performing snow and ice removal so that roadways are cleared of snow and ice and safe for travel while also ensuring that existing data is current so that work planning and budget management can be accomplished.
  • Maintains technical expertise resulting in consistently current technical knowledge, quality decision making and improved customer relationships. 
  • Monitors inventory and orders materials as needed.  Provides training, guidance, and instruction to others in work planning measures, and computer applications in order to develop and maintain a highly skilled work force.

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.  Drive or 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 Automated Vehicle Location (AVL) on their vehicle, Force America and Maintenance Decision Support System (MDSS), 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.  Lead crews.  Look for opportunities to improve processes.
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.  Deliver pre-planned informational presentations to groups.  Answer questions from the public in one-on-one situations, either in the field or by phone.
Problem Solving - Follow verbal instructions and can work under the direction of others; work independently and solve routine technical, process, or people-related problems.  Advise or direct others.  Determine when an issue warrants a creative departure from normally followed processes, practices, or guidelines.  Teach others (Crew Chiefs).
Reading - Comprehend notes, letters, memos, and electronic mail (Outlook); comprehend white papers, proposals, departmental forms, and instructional manuals; and read construction plans, MnDOT manuals and spec books.
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 certification 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 Senior level can be achieved with:

  • Two years 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).
  • Valid Commercial Driver’s License or ability to acquire upon hire (as designated on posting).
  • 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 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