CLACKAMAS COUNTY

CLASSIFICATION NO. 401
Established: 10/14
FLSA: Non-Exempt
EEO: 8

ROAD MAINTENANCE ASSISTANT

CLASS CHARACTERISTICS

Under close supervision, performs a variety unskilled manual labor and limited semi-skilled tasks in support of road construction, maintenance and operational functions; and to do other work as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

The Transportation Maintenance Division within the Department of Transportation and Development maintains the County's roads, bridges, culverts, and buildings and equipment related to the County’s road and ferry systems.

The Road Maintenance Assistant is an entry-level position primarily responsible for performing unskilled and semi-skilled tasks to assist staff in the safe and efficient operation of a variety of road construction, maintenance and repair equipment. Incumbents assist in and learn to perform tasks associated with road systems repair and maintenance. Work is typically performed in a team setting.

The Road Maintenance Assistant is distinguished from the higher level Road Maintenance Worker (SBP) classification which is responsible for the safe and efficient operation of a variety of road construction, maintenance and repair equipment, including heavy and complex machinery requiring a Commercial Driver's License (CDL).

TYPICAL TASKS

Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Assists with work zone traffic control; serves as flagger on road maintenance crews; directs traffic around hazards or crews in the roadway; sets out temporary road signs, traffic cones, and barricades at work sites.
  2. Performs a variety of manual labor tasks including: brush removal; trims trees, shrubs, and other plants; cuts, stacks, and chips brush.
  3. Assists Road Maintenance staff in the repair and maintenance of roads and right-of-ways; digs ditches; rips asphalt, cleans and installs culverts; removes debris from roadway and shoulders; prepares potholes, cracked, and broken pavement for patching; loads and unloads tools, equipment, and materials.
  4. Learns to operate and then operates a variety of hand tools and small power tools.
  5. Assists with minor servicing, adjustment and maintenance on vehicles and equipment used.
  6. Operates light vehicles and other automotive equipment not requiring a Commercial Driver’s License to transport materials and equipment to work sites; learns to perform and performs pre and post safety inspection on vehicles.
  7. May access computer information such as inventory and maintenance records, and material safety and data information; completes forms and writes basic reports on work, time and materials used.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS

Some Knowledge of: Operation and maintenance of motor equipment; basic office equipment, including personal computers and software programs; basic state laws pertaining to operation of motor vehicles and equipment on roads and highways; basic occupational hazards and safety precautions.

Skill to: Learn and perform routine road maintenance and construction methods and practices; learn and use safe working practices; learn and follow instructions; learn and apply safe and effective use of hand and power tools and equipment; work effectively as a team or independently; apply learned techniques, processes and procedures; perform measurements and arithmetic computations; establish and maintain effective working relationships with other County employees; maintain positive public relations at work sites; notice and report safety problems and simple maintenance needs; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Duties require frequent walking, squatting, kneeling, bending, twisting, balancing, digging, climbing, grasping, and the ability to lift and carry up to 80 pounds, and push/pull 100 pounds. Duties also involve frequent to continuous exposure to loud noises, vibration, slippery and/or uneven surfaces, exhaust fumes and dust, hot oil, asphalt, and chemicals, working at heights, traffic and electrical hazards, and adverse weather conditions including extreme temperatures.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

Incumbents perform after-hours emergency response to road closures on a call-out basis.

Must pass a pre-employment drug test.

Driving is required for County business on a regular basis or to accomplish work. Incumbents must possess a valid driver’s license. Incumbents must possess and maintain an acceptable driving record throughout the course of employment.

Employment is contingent upon passing a post-offer physical assessment. Accommodation requests will be reviewed on an individual basis in compliance with State and Federal legislation.

MINIMUM RECRUITING STANDARDS

Any satisfactory combination of experience and training that demonstrates possession of the required knowledge and skills.

OTHER INFORMATION

The Road Maintenance Assistant is part of a promotional career path. Incumbents in the Road Maintenance Assistant classification may be promoted to the Road Maintenance Worker classification upon completion of an approve training and development plan. Possession of the required knowledge, skills and abilities at the higher level must be documented in an approved promotional appraisal form.

Edited: 07/16