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Highway Maintenance Trainee Permanent Part-Time and Temporary Positions
CDOT | Winter Park, Colorado
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Highway Maintenance Trainee -

Permanent Part-Time and Temporary Positions Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) Granby, Winter Park, Hot Sulphur, Rabbit Ears Entry-level permanent part-time and temporary training positions available across Grand County. Pay ranges from $14.15 - $16.09 per hour depending on location. Learn to perform roadway maintenance and heavy equipment operation while pursuing your CDL Class A or B. A regular driver's license is required. Potentially higher salary with construction and/or heavy equipment experience. Lodging, transportation and per diem available for candidates living outside of Grand County. Our employees are skilled leaders at all levels of the organization, making a direct impact on public safety in the communities they serve. To obtain an application, please call 970-826-5160 or 970-724-9685, stop by 260 Ranney Street in Craig or 32156 Hwy 40 in Kremmling. 

This position is a temporary entry-level training position where you will learn about CDOT's maintenance operations while pursuing your CDL Class A or B.
CDOT is responsible for taking care of the state highway and roadway systems through landscape, heavy construction and operating specialized snow removal equipment.  As a maintenance employee, you will receive training on specialized equipment such as loaders, motor graders, 2+ ton snow blowers, and using wing attachments to remove snow and maintain the roads and CDOT right-of-way. 
This right-of-way is more than the asphalt you drive on – it encompasses the land on both sides of the road and any medians – so daily work can include maintaining the landscape, highways signs, culverts, delineators, road shoulders, rock slide areas, runaway truck ramps, and more.   
As a maintenance employee, you will need to be able to think on the fly and react quickly to whatever situation you encounter.  Employees may be the first on a scene and so receive CPR and first aid training. 

Work assignments are frequently performed under hazardous, high volume traffic situations including bad weather conditions. Night and shift work are required for many positions, including working weekend hours and holidays as needed or required.  Employees are required to be on a rotating on-call basis, and must respond to emergencies 24 hours per day/7 days per week.  There is also an opportunity for overtime pay, especially during the winter. 

Major duties and responsibilities include, learning to do the following:

Heavy Construction Trades/Physical Labor:

  • Haul and spread sand, gravel, concrete, asphalt and clay to fill washouts, roadway cracks, berms, and repair road shoulders; 
  • Inspect, clean, and repair drainage systems, bridges, tunnels, and other structures; 
  • Install and/or repair guardrails, highway markers, warning signals, and highway lighting, using hand tools and power tools;
  • Perform rockfall mitigation and avalanche control, such as traffic control and snow removal from slide areas;
  • Remove litter, hazardous objects and debris from roadways, such as rock, mud and/or deceased animals; 
  • Cut grass, dig ditches, empty litter barrels, pick up trash; 
  • Assist in signing and striping highways, such as maintaining pavement markings and re-installing traffic signage; 
  • Respond to emergencies by following prescribed procedures such as stopping or slowing traffic, operating emergency vehicles, etc.; 
  • Set out signs and cones for "traffic control safe zones" around work areas to divert traffic; 
  • Graffiti control, sand blasting, remove paint over walls, bridges and signs and using pressure washers, airless paint sprayers;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Heavy Equipment Operation:

  • Drive trucks or tractors with adjustable attachments to sweep debris from paved surfaces, mow grass and weeds; 
  • Minor maintenance and repair of equipment; 
  • Snow plow and ice removal at all hours to keep roadways clear and safe; 
  • Other duties as assigned. 

Work Environment:

  • Exposure to load noise
  • Exposure to fumes, odors, gasses, dusts, etc. that may affect breathing, eyes and skin
  • Required to use appropriate personal protective equipment as appropriate
  • Required to work with chemicals and cleaning products
  • Some equipment requires the use of respirators
  • Work in close proximity to heavy traffic
  • Use of ladders and scissor lifts for heights of approximately 10 – 20'
  • Required to drive CDOT vehicles
  • Some of the positions are NIGHTS ONLY and others are WEEKEND positions
  • Frequently responds to emergencies outsider regular work hours and may work overtime including weekends and holidays
  • Must be willing and be physically able to work in extreme temperatures (hot and cold), variable weather conditions, and at varying elevations up to 12,000 feet for long periods of time.


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