Highway Maintenance Workers
Highway Maintenance Worker,
Equipment Operator (EO),
Transportation Maintenance Specialist (TMS),
What they do: Maintain highways, municipal and rural roads, airport runways, and rights-of-way. Duties include patching broken or eroded pavement and repairing guard rails, highway markers, and snow fences. May also mow or clear brush from along road, or plow snow from roadway.
- state Avg. Salary $$$$$$41,425Download Career Flyer
What do they typically do on the job?
- Set out signs and cones around work areas to divert traffic.
- Flag motorists to warn them of obstacles or repair work ahead.
- Perform preventative maintenance on vehicles and heavy equipment.
Career interests describe the perspectives and interests of people who enjoy the type of work involved in this career.
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People who want to pursue this career have knowledge in these areas.
Safety and Government
Public safety and security
Arts and Humanities
Movement of people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road
Engineering and Technology
Building and construction
Whether you have received formal training or not, these types of abilities are helpful in this career.
Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat
Use your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down
Hand and Finger Use
Keep your arm or hand steady
Hold or move items with your hands
Exercise for a long time without getting out of breath
Pay attention to something without being distracted
People who want to pursue this career have skills in these areas.
Keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
Work values describe how your core beliefs align with those commonly needed for this career.
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
Does this sound like something you'd like to do?
1. Do some research
- Identify how your interests, values, and strengths match this occupation
- Talk to someone who works in this field or spend a day job shadowing
- Use the colleges and training directory to explore programs related to this career
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Data for NSI career cards comes from the following: Idaho Department of Labor, US Bureau of Labor Statistics, O*NET, MyNextMove, and Career OneStop