Highway Maintenance Worker Operator

Full Time
Volker Stevin Highways
Gleichen, AB
Application deadline: 19/07/2024
Job ID: RQ24154

This position is skilled to safely operate a variety of heavy equipment used in highway maintenance work. A Highway Maintenance Worker/Operator is responsible for highway maintenance, maintenance and operation of equipment and will perform labor intensive duties as required ensuring that the Highway Maintenance Program is delivered according to contract specifications.

Working Environment/Conditions:

Within a nature of 24/7 operation, the following work conditions are potentially needed to be considered:

Winter Conditions:

  • Long hours and days of continuous service.
  • Significant shift work, on-call, and night shift work required.
  • Poor visibility when plowing.
  • Plan and schedule working shifts and call-ins.
  • Work will be performed outdoors in various weather conditions, e.g. extreme cold; ensure preparedness with proper clothing and Personal Protective Equipment.
  • Deal with traffic on poor road conditions.
  • Deal with accidents/emergencies on highways.

Summer Conditions:

  • Long hours working on highways.
  • Significant shift work, on-call, and night shift work required.
  • Work will be performed outdoors in various weather conditions, e.g. extreme heat conditions, windy and rainy conditions; ensure preparedness with proper fluids for hydration, clothing, Personal Protective Equipment.
  • Deal with high traffic volumes in work zones.

Hazard Assessment:

  • Complete hazard assessments as required (i.e. pre-job, ongoing, when moving location and as hazards change). Job Management:
  • Demonstrate versatility in operating, understanding and willingness to learn how to properly operate various pieces of heavy equipment.
  • Complete all required documentation such as fuel logs, schedule forms, road reports, highway maintenance records, equipment repair requests, safety and environmental documentation as related to specific jobs, etc.
  • Understand the role and requirements for each task assigned to.

Emergency Duties:

  • Ensure appropriate signage and other appropriate traffic control devices are in place. Respond as required to emergency situations: weather related, wildlife, accidents etc. as defined in Operations Excellence Training Modules (OETM), contract provisions, and relevant Alberta Transportation Specifications.Operating and Labor:
  • Operate equipment and perform labor intensive duties for snow and ice control, roadside maintenance, road surface maintenance, traffic control maintenance, bridge maintenance and highway maintenance.
  • Inspect, maintain, and operate equipment to company standards and promptly report any and all possible problems and defects.
  • Ensure vehicles, equipment, facilities, yard and keys are always secured as per company standards and policy.
  • Possess stamina to perform and sustain physical labor including standing/walking/climbing, and strength to lift and maneuver materials and equipment weighing up to 100 lbs. with proper equipment.
  • Reside within 30 kilometers of assigned shop.
  • Work regularly scheduled hours including shift work and on-call duties as per company policy.
  • Ensure maintenance facilities are well maintained and properly stocked with maintenance supplies and equipment supplies.

The ideal candidate for this position will possess the following:

Qualifications & Experience

  • Valid Class 1 (preferred) or Class 3 driver’s license with air endorsement.
  • Clean and valid driver’s abstract.
  • Experience in snowplow operation -minimum 50 hours behind the wheel.
  • Experience and aptitude for operation and minor maintenance of light, medium, and heavy equipment.
  • Ability to perform physically demanding tasks.
  • Valid Standard First Aid Certificate (preferred).
  • Must reside within 30 minutes of shop.

While we thank all applicants for their interest, only those selected will be contacted for an interview.

About Volker Stevin Highways

Our story begins in 1996 with the privatization of Highway Maintenance in the Province of Alberta. We started our operations in Southern Alberta, and have maintained the roads, and bridges in the Lethbridge Contract Maintenance Areas ever since. In 2001, we assumed responsibility for the Calgary area, and further expanded our operations in 2016 with the 30-year maintenance contract of the North East section of the Anthony Henday Drive in Edmonton. In August 2019 we added all of Mountain View County and Clearwater County to our areas and currently maintain approximately 30% of the provincial road network (~ 18,500 lane km’s). Over 200 plow trucks, and more than 350 people, work all year round to provide safe roads and bridges to the travelling public in Alberta.

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