Highway Maintenance Workers:

Maintain highways, municipal and rural roads, airport runways, and rights-of-way. Duties include patching broken or eroded pavement, repairing guard rails, highway markers, and snow fences. May also mow or clear brush from along road or plow snow from roadway.

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About the Job

Indiana Average Salary $34,650.00
Average Time to Fill 43 days
Typical Education High school equivalency
Typical Experience None
10 Year Projected Openings (2016-2026) 4,544
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2016-2026) 5.61 %

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Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

Attention to Detail
Work Ethic
Information Gathering

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Handling and Moving Objects

Prepare sites or surfaces for concrete, masonry, or related construction work
Spread concrete or other aggregate mixtures
Adjust equipment to ensure optimal performance
Adjust industrial, manufacturing, or production equipment
Install attachments to machinery or related structures
Apply adhesives, caulking, or sealants
Assemble equipment or components
Level sand, dirt, concrete, or gravel bedding or foundation
Compact materials to create level bases
Spread sand, dirt or other loose materials onto surfaces
Set mechanical or electrical controls or components
Adjust mechanical equipment
Reassemble equipment after repair
Disassemble equipment for maintenance or repair
Dismantle equipment or temporary structures
Install machine or equipment replacement parts
Prepare building surfaces for paint, finishes, wallpaper, or adhesives
Polish stone or concrete using a surfacing machine
Position machines, equipment, or structures
Install electronic equipment, components, or systems
Operate portable hand spray equipment
Install industrial machinery or equipment
Cut construction material
Install building fixtures
Align equipment or machinery
Direct human or vehicle traffic
Paint vehicles, structures and objects using spraying equipment
Weld metal structures
Mix masonry materials such as mortar, grout, slurry, or concrete
Cut masonry material such as stone, tile, or brick
Mix substances or compounds needed for work activities
Assemble mechanical components or machine parts
Set-up heavy construction equipment
Assemble machine tools, parts, or fixtures
Set-up production equipment or machinery
Paint surfaces such as walls
Apply protective sealants or coatings
Install electrical fixtures or components
Operate pipe fitting equipment
Don/Doff public, community, or government services related Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Perform basic carpentry
Sand metal or plastic objects
Bend pipe for gas, air, hydraulic, refrigeration or water lines
Prepare explosives for detonation
Control traffic to increase traffic flow or increase safety
Apply material to fill gaps in surfaces
Adjust measuring or control devices
Adjust electrical or electronic equipment
Calibrate equipment to specifications
Install/Remove finish hardware such as locks or hinges
Mix chemicals safely according to instructions
Solder metal parts, piping, or components
Weld metal parts and components
Install plumbing, piping, or water handling systems
Install electrical or electronic cables or wiring
Install/Replace measuring or control devices such as meters or regulators
Assemble electrical components, subsystems, or systems
Distribute traffic control or caution signs or markers
Perform basic plumbing
Install gauges or controls
Treat greenery or surfaces with protective substances
Assemble/Disassemble manufactured mechanical products, engines, or machinery by hand
Apply adhesives to construction materials
Set-up welding equipment
Set-up electronic systems test equipment
Connect hoses to equipment or piping
Set-up specialized rigging
Prepare compounds or solutions to be used for repairs
Don/Doff construction, extraction, or mining related Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Build construction forms or molds
Dismantle/Reassemble rigging
Assemble/Disassemble manufactured wood products by hand
Construct electrical parts or fixtures
Cut metal or plastic material
Cut flexible flooring material such as carpet, vinyl, or linoleum
Solder electrical or electronic connections or components
Perform combination welding or cutting procedures
Install water or sewer treatment plant equipment
Position structural components
Connect electrical components or equipment
Prepare chemicals for work application
Install watering, fog, or cooling systems
Apply grouting or mortar
Install heating, ventilation, or air conditioning (HVAC) equipment
Drill holes in earth or rock for activities such as blasting
Drill holes in construction materials

Performing General Physical Activities

Build structures in construction, repair, or manufacturing setting
Review construction specifications
Erect scaffold on work site
Dig holes or trenches
Construct wooden frameworks or structures
Install structures such as fences, markers, or guard rails
Finish concrete surfaces
Operate jackhammer in accordance with safety regulations
Repair wooden frameworks or structures
Repair structures in construction, repair, or manufacturing setting
Move materials, equipment, or supplies
Repair cracks, defects, or damage in installed building materials
Erect supports and hangers for equipment and piping
Anchor wooden structures, frameworks, or forms
Lay masonry material such as brick, block, paver, stone, or tile
Install siding or sheeting materials
Install drywall, plasterboard, or wallboard
Install glass in windows, skylights, or other structural surfaces
Install storm, sanitation, or water piping systems above and below ground
Install prefabricated building components
Install construction support structures such as lathing, back up frames, or metal studs
Install shock-absorbing or acoustical paneling or tiles on wall or ceiling
Move heavy objects in construction, extraction, or mining settings
Build masonry structures including kilns or furnaces
Install sheet metal assemblies in supportive framework
Mark reference points or cutting lines on workpieces
Repair prefabricated wooden building components
Assemble temporary equipment or structures
Perform structural repair or assembly work
Repair sheet metal products
Perform concrete fabrication
Fit construction materials such as wood
Join wood or other construction materials
Install green structural components, equipment or systems
Install interior wood fixtures such as doors, floors, window frames, trim, or stairs
Move heavy objects in installation, maintenance, or repair work
Install insulating materials
Install wooden structural components such as sub flooring, rough framing, or partitions
Move construction or extraction materials to locations where they are needed
Install roofing materials such as shingles, tile, slate, or asphalt
Remodel residential or commercial structures
Apply plaster, stucco, or joint compound mixtures to walls or ceilings
Assemble structural components
Protect structures or surfaces near work areas to avoid damage
Position construction forms or molds
Repair masonry structures including kilns or furnaces
Move heavy objects in janitorial or groundskeeping settings
Pour materials into or on designated areas
Clean work sites
Load or unload materials used in construction or extraction
Clean rooms, floors, or facilities in installation, maintenance, or repair settings
Stack containers, materials, or products
Move large objects using heavy equipment
Load/Unload containers, materials, or products
Remove debris or vegetation from work sites
Apply herbicides, fertilizers, or pesticides
Climb ladders, scaffolding, and structures to reach work
Remove worn, damaged or outdated materials from work areas
Clean surfaces in preparation for work activities
Transplant plants and crops
Irrigate lawns, trees, plants, or crops
Cultivate lawns, turf, or gardens
Plant greenery to improve landscape appearance
Cut brush for removal or trimming
Plant trees or other landscape plants
Plant agricultural crops
Attach moisture barrier sheeting over construction surfaces
Identify relevant safety procedures
Fell trees for timber or land clearing

Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment

Level machines, equipment, or structures
Clean installation, maintenance, or repair tools, equipment, or machinery
Lubricate machinery, equipment, or parts
Align machines, equipment, or structures
Maintain construction machinery or equipment
Replace malfunctioning or worn mechanical components
Perform preventative maintenance on manufacturing equipment
Maintain physical building or grounds of property
Complete routine building maintenance
Clean construction or extraction related tools, equipment, or machinery
Maintain work tools or equipment
Maintain mining machinery or equipment
Prepare equipment for maintenance
Repair mechanical equipment or machinery
Maintain manufacturing or production equipment
Replace gas, steam, sewer, or water piping or fixtures
Adjust clearances of mechanical or electrical components or parts
Maintain grounds keeping equipment and tools
Conduct tests to locate mechanical system malfunction
Maintain welding machines or equipment
Overhaul industrial or construction machinery or equipment
Operate grounds maintenance equipment
Overhaul power-generating equipment or machinery
Repair construction machinery or equipment
Repair gas, steam, oil, sewer, or water piping or fixtures
Maintain watering, fog, or cooling systems
Calibrate mechanical equipment or instruments to specification
Repair grounds keeping equipment and tools
Maintain mechanical machinery or implements
Repair work tools or equipment
Repair malfunctioning or worn mechanical components
Repair measuring or control devices
Repair railroad equipment or tracks
Repair mechanical controls
Overhaul major vehicle systems such as engines or transmissions
Repair cargo or passenger vehicle
Maintain equipment or systems to ensure proper functioning
Repair finish hardware such as locks or hinges
Maintain cargo or passenger vehicle
Repair specialized rigging
Repair commercial transportation equipment

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Booster Skills & Certifications

Job Seekers possessing booster skills & certifications, such as those listed below, added to core skills are more marketable, harder to find and expensive to hire.

Hard to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be hard to fill. These skills and certifications make a job seeker more in demand because the skills are not widely available.

Expensive to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be expensive to fill. Job seekers with these skills and certifications are likely to earn more money.

Skill or Certification Certi - fication Hard to Fill Expensive to Fill
Commercial Driver's License
Project Management Certification (e.g., PMP)
Construction Inspection
Bridge Construction

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