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.Number of Jobs in 2010: 2,202
Number of Jobs in 2020: 2,238
Yearly Job Growth Rate: 1.6
Annual Openings: 62
Entry Wage: $12.18
Median Wage: $15.73
Education Requirement: High school diploma or equivalent
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- Flag motorists to warn them of obstacles or repair work ahead.
- Set out signs and cones around work areas to divert traffic.
- Perform preventative maintenance on vehicles and heavy equipment.
- Drive heavy equipment and vehicles with adjustable attachments to sweep debris from paved surfaces, mow grass and weeds, remove snow and ice, and spread salt and sand.
- Drive trucks to transport crews and equipment to work sites.
- Haul and spread sand, gravel, and clay to fill washouts and repair road shoulders.
- Dump, spread, and tamp asphalt, using pneumatic tampers, to repair joints and patch broken pavement.
- Clean and clear debris from culverts, catch basins, drop inlets, ditches, and other drain structures.
- Remove litter and debris from roadways, including debris from rock and mud slides.
- Erect, install, or repair guardrails, road shoulders, berms, highway markers, warning signals, and highway lighting, using hand tools and power tools.
- Inspect, clean, and repair drainage systems, bridges, tunnels, and other structures.
- Perform roadside landscaping work, such as clearing weeds and brush, and planting and trimming trees.
- Inspect markers to verify accurate installation.
- Paint traffic control lines and place pavement traffic messages, by hand or using machines.
- Apply oil to road surfaces, using sprayers.
- Measure and mark locations for installation of markers, using tape, string, or chalk.
- Place and remove snow fences used to prevent the accumulation of drifting snow on highways.
- Apply poisons along roadsides and in animal burrows to eliminate unwanted roadside vegetation and rodents.
- Blend compounds to form adhesive mixtures used for marker installation.
Indivduals currently working as Highway Maintenance Workers can easily transition into any of the occupations lisated below.
- Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators
- Rail-Track Laying and Maintenance Equipment Operators
- Pile-Driver Operators
- Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators*
- Rail Yard Engineers, Dinkey Operators, and Hostlers
- Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers*
- Service Unit Operators, Oil, Gas, and Mining
- Helpers--Extraction Workers
- Gas Compressor and Gas Pumping Station Operators
- Pump Operators, Except Wellhead Pumpers
* The occupation mentioned is in demand in the state of Maine, and is projected to employ new workers each year.
Occupational data obtained from the Maine Department of Labor and O*NET
Last updated on January 29, 2013