Highway Maintenance Worker



Highway maintenance workers keep municipal, county, and city highways and roads in safe condition. They repair guardrails and snow fences; put up stop signs; paint dividing lines between traffic lanes; and fix potholes caused by weather or heavy traffic. Use snowplows and blowers to clear the roads. Tasks vary with the location.

Duties:

  • Load and unload construction materials, and move materials to work areas
  • Assist tradespersons, and others in various activities
  • Assist in aligning pipes and perform related activities during oil and gas pipeline construction
  • Assist in drilling and blasting rock at construction sites and other demolition
  • Level earth to fine grade specifications using rake and shovel
  • Direct traffic at or near construction sites

Essential Skills:

  • Working with numbers to perform calculations
  • Tasks require greater memory use than most jobs
  • Must be able to work and interact with co-workers to get the job done
  • Follow guidelines to arrange objects or actions in a certain order
  • Maintain and install equipment on a routine basis and determine when maintenance is needed

Skills:

  • Working with numbers to perform calculation
  • Tasks that require greater memory use than most jobs
  • Able to work and interact with co-workers to get the job done
  • Follow guidelines to arrange objects or actions in a certain order
  • Maintain equipment on a routine basis and determine when maintenance is needed

Education:

    A high school diploma is required

Education Requirements :

  • On the job training is required
  • Apprenticeship: 480 hours in school and 6280 hours on the job
  • May need general construction labouring experience
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Available Programs:

  • OYAP

Program Description:

Construction Craft Workers are multi skilled trades people who prepare, excavate, backfill, and clean up a work site. Individuals learn practices and procedures and gain blueprint reading and worksite skills. They learn procedures for handling equipment and tools safely and for handling construction materials on site. Learn procedures for assembling and dismantling scaffolding, ramps, catwalks, formwork and barricades at construction sites to industry standards of practice and occupational health and safety standards.

Schools:

  • ALGONQUIN COLLEGE-CONSTRUCTION TECHNIQUES
  • CONESTOGA COLLEGE-CONSTRUCTION TRADES TECHNIQUES
  • GEORGE BROWN-CONSTRUCTION CRAFT WORKER
  • GEORGE BROWN-CONSTRUCTION TECHNIQUES
  • LOCAL 183 OR OTHER LOCAL LABOUR UNION
  • SAULT COLLEGE-CONSTRUCTION CRAFT WORKER


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What to Expect
Michelle Nowicki

Highway Maintenance Worker

I didn’t really sit down and choose the construction industry for a career.  I just always worked in jobs that ended me up where I am today doing highway maintenance work.  In Canada highway maintenance is all the things you think about like fixing guardrails and patching pavement but it…
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Essentials Skills
Highway Maintenance Worker


  • Working with numbers to perform calculations
  • Tasks require greater memory use than most jobs
  • Must be able to work and interact with co-workers to get the job done
  • Follow guidelines to arrange objects or actions in a certain order
  • Maintain and install equipment on a routine basis and determine when maintenance is needed
Financial Expectation

Highway Maintenance Worker

Education Roadmap

Highway Maintenance Worker

Career ETA: 1 years

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