Colorado State Highway Maintenance Trainee: Temporary Position Denver Metro in Denver Metro, Colorado

Highway Maintenance Trainee: Temporary Position Denver Metro



Highway Maintenance Trainee: Temporary Position Denver Metro


$13.30 - $18.91 Hourly


Denver Metro, CO

Job Type

Temporary Full Time (9 mos or less)


Department of Transportation

Job Number

LTC TV Denver Metro



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Department Information

This position is open to Colorado residents and non-resident applicants.

This is a paid temporary position with no benefits and will exist for 9 months or less.

There are 5 vacancies for highway maintenance trainees in various locations in the Denver Metro area.

This position consists of manual labor, working outside taking care of the state highway, bridge and roadway systems through signing/striping activities, installing and removing pavement markings, setting, maintaining and removal of traffic control devices such as signs and cones to establish a safe work zone are the primary duties of this position.

Are you interested in learning how to maintain Colorado's highways? Are you in the process of obtaining a COMMERCIAL DRIVER'S LICENSE, Class A or B? There are a total of 5 vacancies in the Denver Metro Area:

South Metro ( Greenwood, Village, S.Aurora, Parker, Castle Rock)

Southwest Metro (Littleton, Centennial, Lone Tree, Lakewood, Morrison)

Northwest Metro ( Arvada, Westminster, Golden, W. Thornton, Golden)

Northeast Metro ( Commerce City, Brighton, Broomfield)

Bridge Crew (Denver Metro)

This position consists of manual labor, working outside taking care of the state highway, bridge and roadway systems through signing/striping activities, assisting with snow removal activities and installing and removing pavement markings, setting, maintaining and removal of traffic control devices such as signs and cones to establish a safe work zone are the primary duties of this position.

The Department of Transportation (CDOT) is responsible for a 9,146 mile highway system including 3,447 bridges. This includes the heavily traveled I-70 and I-25 corridors. Each year this system handles over 27 billion vehicle miles of travel. Come join us in our commitment to keeping our state highways safe and open to the traveling public!

Description of Job

This position is an entry-level training position where you will learn about CDOT's maintenance operations while finishing obtaining your Commercial Driver's License.

CDOT is responsible for taking care of the state highway and roadway systems through landscape, heavy construction and operating specialized snow removal equipment. As a maintenance employee, you will receive training on specialized equipment such as loaders, motor graders, 2+ ton snow blowers, and using wing attachments to remove snow and maintain the roads and CDOT right-of-way.

This right-of-way is more than the asphalt you drive on – it encompasses the land on both sides of the road and any medians – so daily work can include maintaining the landscape, highways signs, culverts, delineators, road shoulders, rock slide areas, runaway truck ramps, and more.

Major duties and responsibilities include, learning to do the following:

Heavy Construction Trades/Physical Labor:

  • Haul and spread sand, gravel, concrete, asphalt and clay to fill washouts, roadway cracks, berms, and repair road shoulders;

  • Inspect, clean, and repair drainage systems, bridges, tunnels, and other structures;

  • Install and/or repair guardrails, highway markers, warning signals, and highway lighting, using hand tools and power tools;

  • Perform rock fall mitigation and avalanche control, such as traffic control and snow removal from slide areas;

  • Remove litter, hazardous objects and debris from roadways, such as rock, mud and/or deceased animals;

  • Cut grass, dig ditches, empty litter barrels, pick up trash;

  • Assist in signing and striping highways, such as maintaining pavement markings and re-installing traffic signage;

  • Respond to emergencies by following prescribed procedures such as stopping or slowing traffic, operating emergency vehicles, etc.;

  • Set out signs and cones for "traffic control safe zones" around work areas to divert traffic;

  • Graffiti control, sand blasting, remove paint over walls, bridges and signs and using pressure washers, airless paint sprayers;

  • Other duties as assigned.

Heavy Equipment Operation:

  • Drive trucks or tractors with adjustable attachments to sweep debris from paved surfaces, mow grass and weeds;

  • Minor maintenance and repair of equipment;

  • Snow plow and ice removal at all hours to keep roadways clear and safe;

  • Other duties as assigned.

Work Environment:

  • Exposure to loud noise

  • Exposure to fumes, odors, gasses, dusts, etc. that may affect breathing, eyes and skin

  • Required to use appropriate personal protective equipment as appropriate

  • Required to work with chemicals and cleaning products

  • Some equipment requires the use of respirators

  • Work in close proximity to heavy traffic

  • Use of ladders and scissor lifts for heights of approximately 10 – 20'

  • Required to drive CDOT vehicles

  • Some of the positions are NIGHTS ONLY and others are WEEKEND positions

  • Frequently responds to emergencies outsider regular work hours and may work overtime including weekends and holidays

  • Must be willing and be physically able to work in extreme temperatures (hot and cold), variable weather conditions, and at varying elevations up to 12,000 feet for long periods of time

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

This experience must be specifically documented on your application. Additional information submitted after the closing date of this announcement will not be considered in the review of your application.

  • At least one year of experience that includes a combination of heavy construction/physical labor experience, heavy equipment operation, and/or farming equipment operation.

  • A current valid driver's license is required. A Colorado Commercial Driver's License permit is highly preferred.

    Examples of heavy equipment operation experience: Operating single axle dump truck, tandem axle dump truck, front-end loader (3 yards or larger), bulldozer, backhoe, road grader, paving equipment, 15' mower tractors, or farm/ranch equipment such as tractors or combines.

    Examples of heavy construction/physical labor experience: Bricklayer, construction laborer, plasterer, rancher/farmer or concrete finisher.

Necessary Special Requirements: The following conditions must be met and maintained in order to be employed and to continue employment at CDOT in this position, unless exempted by the Maintenance Superintendent or Traffic Program Engineer.

  • May be required to pass a controlled substance test (i.e. drug test), and DOT physical through our medical provider.

  • Must be willing to respond to emergencies outside regular work hours and work overtime including weekends and holidays.

  • Must provide the supervisor with a telephone number where you can be reached for the purposes of responding to an emergency.

  • May be required to live within thirty (30) minutes' driving time, under adverse weather conditions, of where the work station and/or equipment is located. This is necessary in order to report to work in a timely manner in emergency situations. Knowledge of an emergency or hazardous condition may be considered to be notification to report to work station.

Employment Screening

If an applicant reaches the finalist stage of the hiring process, the Colorado Department of Transportation may procure a consumer report and/or investigative consumer report on the applicant in connection with his/her application for employment purposes, as defined under the Fair Credit Reporting Act. These reports may be obtained at any time after receipt of the applicant's authorization. As part of the employment screening an applicant will be requested to disclose any differed judgments and convictions as well an explanation of the circumstances around any arrest or conviction. In the event that a screening returns information that the applicant believes is not accurate, he or she will have an opportunity to dispute the information with "Info Cubic".

Info Cubic, a consumer reporting agency, will obtain the report for CDOT. Further information regarding Info Cubic, LLC, including its privacy policy, may be found online at Info Cubic is located at 9250 E. Costilla Ave., Suite 525, Greenwood Village, CO 80112, and can be reached at 877.360.4636.

The report may contain information bearing on the applicant's character, general reputation, personal characteristics, and mode of living. The information that may be included in the report includes: social security number trace, criminal records check, public court records checks, education records, and driving records checks. CDOT will only request credit reports insofar as they relate to the position for which the applicant is applying. The information contained in the report will be obtained from private and/or public record sources. The applicant will have the right, upon written request made within a reasonable time after receipt of a notice, to request disclosure of the nature and scope of any investigative consumer report.

Supplemental Information

This is a paid temporary position with no benefits and will exist for 9 months or less.

Application Checklist - A completed application must include:

1) A complete CDOT Application for Announced Vacancy (please submit online using the link in this announcement)

2) A complete Supplemental Questionnaire (must submit online as part of your application)

3) To verify driver's license: A photocopy or picture of your current license is required.

A photocopy of the License may be attached to your on-line application or sent to no later than 2 calendar days after submitting your application.

Colorado Department of Transportation

Workforce Staffing

4201 E. Arkansas Ave. RM 290

Denver, CO 80222

Fax: 303-757-9081/ T 303 757 9681



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