Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Highway maintenance workers and technicians

Transportation Specialist Series

Keeping Minnesota's roadways safe demands a highly trained and motivated workforce.

Whether it’s plowing snow, repairing guard rail, filling potholes, paving roads, inspecting bridges or repairing and maintaining roads in other ways, MnDOT’s Transportation Specialists work to keep roads safe for their fellow Minnesotans.

Kim Peterson

What drives me

“The best part about my job is every day there is something new, something different.”

–Kim Peterson
Transportation Generalist

Transportation Associates & Transportation Generalists

Our entry-level position is called a Transportation Associate. To apply for a TA positions may require a Commercial Learner's Permit (CLP), Class A or B with no air brake restriction. If you already hold a Class A or B CDL with no air brake restriction plus have one year of related job experience, you may qualify to apply for a Transportation Generalist position. Tanker endorsements are required for some positions. Please list all your endorsements on your resume when you apply.

Hourly wage ranges

$22.82 - $23.51/hour; $47,658 - $49,089/year.

Transportation Associates work as trainees who perform skilled roadway surface and roadside maintenance activities. Following the one-year training period will be an automatic promotion to Transportation Generalist, with good performance.

$24.39 - $30.60/hour; $50,926 - $63,893/year.

Entry-level technical and skilled work involving transportation design, construction and maintenance activities.

$26.28 - $33.98/hour; $54,873 - $70,950/hour.

Intermediate-level technical and skilled work, and/or lead work.

$27.74 - $37.83/hour; $57,921 - $78,989/year.

Senior-level technical and/or specialized work.

Wage increases

Wage increases occur every six months with good performance.


Learn about TSS career path advancement in each job field.

Employment denials

Occasionally, a qualified job candidate is denied employment at MnDOT due to the results of a background check. Please read this notice about job denials for more information.

Application process

If you see yourself in a job like this, review the information on how to apply.

Reasonable accommodations

If you need a reasonable accommodation for testing, please request when scheduling your test so that we can make necessary arrangements.

The State of Minnesota is an equal-opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on disability, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, membership or activity in a local human rights commission and sexual orientation.


If you have questions, call MnDOT's Information Line, 651-234-7421 to leave a message. Your call will be returned within two business days.