Road Tech Trainee, Full-time


Summary: In a training capacity with close supervision, performs a variety of unskilled manual labor and

limited semi-skilled tasks in support of road, bridge, traffic markings and sign construction, maintenance and

operational functions: and other work as required. Incumbent required to obtain a manual-transmission CDL

for advancement to Road Tech I per the attached Addendum.


Distinguishing Characteristics: The Road Tech Trainee is the entry-level position in the Road Tech series

and does not require a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). Incumbents are primarily responsible for

performing unskilled and limited semi-skilled tasks to assist staff in the safe and efficient operation of a variety

of road, bridge, traffic markings and signs, general road maintenance repair, and vegetation management.

Incumbents assist in and learn to perform tasks associated with road systems, bridge, traffic signs and

marking, and general repair and maintenance. Work is typically performed in a team setting.


Abilities* and Working Conditions: Work is generally performed outdoor. Duties require frequent to

continuous standing, walking, squatting, kneeling, bending, twisting, balancing, digging, climbing, overhead

reaching and repetitive grasping and fine motor manipulation. The ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds, and

push/pull 100 pounds. Duties also involve frequent to continuous exposure to loud noises, vibration, slippery

and/or uneven surfaces, dust, fumes from exhaust, paint and welding, hot oil, asphalt, and chemicals, working

at heights, traffic and electrical hazards, and adverse weather conditions including extreme temperatures.


Job Responsibilities:

  • Complies with applicable federal/state laws, Jefferson County Policies and Procedures, and relevant Collective

Bargaining Agreement.

  • Maintains regular and reliable attendance.
  • Maintains confidential communications and protect confidentiality of records/information.
  • Maintains respectful and professional conduct with supervisor, co-workers, and customers.
  • Learns and performs routine road maintenance and construction methods and practices.
  • Learns and uses safe working practices
  • Learns and follows instructions
  • Learns and applies safe and effective use of hand and power tools and equipment.
  • Works effectively as part of a team or independently
  • Applies learned techniques, processes, and procedures
  • Performs measurements and basic math; 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; learn to layout and paint or apply street


  • Assists with work zone traffic control; serves as flagger on maintenance crews; directs traffic around hazards or

crews in the roadway; sets out temporary road signs, traffic cones, and barricades.

  • Performs a variety of manual labor tasks including: brush removal; trims trees, shrubs, and other plants; cuts,

stacks, and sprays weeds with herbicide.

  • Assists higher level Road Techs in the repair and maintenance of roads and right-of-ways; digs ditches; rips

asphalt, places asphalt; shovels, rakes, patches, fill cracks with crack-seal, and levels hot asphalt and cold-mix

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.

  • Learns to operate and then operates a variety of hand tools and small power tools; operates power broom in

sweeping roads; operates front-end loader; operates jackhammer in cutting pavement and demolition of asphalt

or concrete; pressure washers; operates small roadside mowers and weed eaters.

  • Assists with minor servicing, adjustment and maintenance on vehicles and equipment used.
  • Operates vehicles and trucks not requiring a CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) to transport materials and

equipment to work sites; learns to perform and performs pre and post safety inspection on vehicles.

  • Assists in snow and ice removal; installs vehicle chains.
  • May assist in orienting new employees to work environment and safety practices.
  • May perform supervised sign maintenance.
  • May access computer information such as inventory and maintenance records, safety and data sheets; completes

forms and writes basic reports (timecards) on work, time and materials used.

  • Other duties as required.


Minimum Qualifications: High school graduate or equivalent with at least six months experience in the

operation and maintenance of motorized equipment. Experience indicating a basic understanding of office

equipment, basic math skills, state laws pertaining to operation of motor vehicles and equipment on roads and

highways, and occupational hazards and safety precautions, standard traffic signs and markings.


Licenses/Certificates: Valid Oregon Driver’s License with acceptable driving record; within 24 months of hire

(12 months preferred), obtain a manual-transmission CDL, with tanker endorsement.


Background Check: post offer physical and drug test.


Probationary Requirement: Successful completion of a 9-month probationary period.

This job description in no way states or implies these are the only duties to be performed by an employee occupying this

position. Employees maybe required to perform other related duties as assigned to ensure workload coverage. This job

description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change

by the employer as the organizational needs and requirements of the job change.

*The abilities indicated are representative of those needed to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Addendum to Road Tech Trainee Job Description

With Public Works Director’s approval, Jefferson County will allow 3 weeks work time (120 hours) for employee

to complete course through a recognized truck driving school selected by Jefferson County Public Works.

Time for study, travel, and classes beyond 120 hours will be after hours or on the employee’s paid leave.

Jefferson County will pay the course tuition and will reimburse the trainee for up to a maximum of two CDL

testing attempts on work time.

Trainee will provide proof of enrollment, completion of the course and receipts. If the trainee is unable to

become CDL certified for manual transmission with tanker endorsement within 24 months of hire, the trainee

will not advance to Road Tech I and will be terminated from employment for failure to complete the training

program, forfeiting any vacation leave on the books.

If the employee leaves employment with Jefferson County within one year of obtaining the CDL certification,

the incumbent will reimburse the County for the pro-rated amount of monies paid by the County for CDL



The flagger and CPR certification classes will be separate from the above coursework and provided on work



Wage: $18.00+ per hour.