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