Highway Maintenance Worker Operator

Full Time
Volker Stevin Highways
Brooks, AB
Application deadline: 13/10/2023
Job ID: RQ23027

This position is skilled in safely operating 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.

Position Accountabilities:

Team Alignment:

  • Actively seek increased responsibilities and take initiative.
  • Demonstrate ability to adapt and deal with issues as they arise.

Work Manage:

  • Demonstrate personal commitment to servicing and maintaining company equipment.
  • Understand and comply with basic labor laws, applicable specifications, and organizational polices.

Quality Influence:

  • Encourage others to achieve a high quality of service and lead by example.
  • Understand and apply company performance standards, Quality Assurance / Quality Control (QA/QC) requirements for all highway maintenance activities.

Highway Maintenance:

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 all potential problems and defects.
  • Ensure vehicles, equipment, facilities, yard, and keys are always secured as per company standards and policy.
  • Ensure maintenance facilities are well maintained and properly stocked with maintenance supplies and equipment supplies.

Hazard Assessment:

  • Complete hazard assessments as required (i.e., pre-job, ongoing, when moving location and as hazards change).
  • 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.

Working Environment/Conditions:

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.

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.
  • Dealing with high traffic volumes in work zones.

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 assigned shop.

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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