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Highway Maintenance Workers - 47-4051.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Maintain highways, municipal and rural roads, airport runways, and rights-of-way. Duties include patching broken or eroded pavement and repairing guard rails, highway markers, and snow fences. May also mow or clear brush from along road, or plow snow from roadway.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Equipment Operator (EO)
  • Highway Maintainer
  • Highway Maintenance Crew Worker
  • Highway Maintenance Technician
  • Highway Maintenance Worker
  • Maintenance Technician
  • Maintenance Worker
  • Transportation Maintenance Operator
  • Transportation Maintenance Specialist (TMS)
  • Transportation Worker

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Apply oil to road surfaces, using sprayers.
  • Apply poisons along roadsides and in animal burrows to eliminate unwanted roadside vegetation and rodents.
  • Blend compounds to form adhesive mixtures used for marker installation.
  • Clean and clear debris from culverts, catch basins, drop inlets, ditches, and other drain structures.
  • Drive heavy equipment and vehicles with adjustable attachments to sweep debris from paved surfaces, mow grass and weeds, remove snow and ice, and spread salt and sand.
  • Drive trucks to transport crews and equipment to work sites.
  • Dump, spread, and tamp asphalt, using pneumatic tampers, to repair joints and patch broken pavement.
  • Erect, install, or repair guardrails, road shoulders, berms, highway markers, warning signals, and highway lighting, using hand tools and power tools.
  • Flag motorists to warn them of obstacles or repair work ahead.
  • Haul and spread sand, gravel, and clay to fill washouts and repair road shoulders.
  • Inspect markers to verify accurate installation.
  • Inspect, clean, and repair drainage systems, bridges, tunnels, and other structures.
  • Measure and mark locations for installation of markers, using tape, string, or chalk.
  • Paint traffic control lines and place pavement traffic messages, by hand or using machines.
  • Perform preventative maintenance on vehicles and heavy equipment.
  • Perform roadside landscaping work, such as clearing weeds and brush, and planting and trimming trees.
  • Place and remove snow fences used to prevent the accumulation of drifting snow on highways.
  • Remove litter and debris from roadways, including debris from rock and mud slides.
  • Set out signs and cones around work areas to divert traffic.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Apply paint to surfaces.
  • Clean equipment or facilities.
  • Compact materials to create level bases.
  • Direct vehicle traffic.
  • Dismantle equipment or temporary structures.
  • Drive trucks or truck-mounted equipment.
  • Inspect completed work to ensure proper installation.
  • Inspect industrial or commercial equipment to ensure proper operation.
  • Install fencing or other barriers.
  • Maintain mechanical equipment.
  • Maintain plumbing structures or fixtures.
  • Mark reference points on construction materials.
  • Measure work site dimensions.
  • Mix substances or compounds needed for work activities.
  • Move construction or extraction materials to locations where they are needed.
  • Operate equipment or vehicles to clear construction sites or move materials.
  • Operate road-surfacing equipment.
  • Pour materials into or on designated areas.
  • Remove debris or vegetation from work sites.
  • Spread concrete or other aggregate mixtures.
  • Spread sand, dirt or other loose materials onto surfaces.
  • Treat greenery or surfaces with protective substances.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Advanced Equipment Operator (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Cannon Crewmember (Army - Enlisted)
  • Cavalry Scout (Army - Enlisted)
  • Combat Engineer (Army - Enlisted)
  • Concrete and Asphalt Equipment Operator (Army - Enlisted)
  • Engineer Equipment Operator (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Heavy Repair Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Horizontal Construction Engineer (Army - Enlisted)
  • Pavements and Construction Equipment (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Pavements and Construction Equipment Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Pavements and Construction Equipment Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Pavements and Construction Equipment Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Pavements and Construction Equipment Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic (Army - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Highway-Maintenance Worker
  • Lane-Marker Installer