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Highway Maintenance Worker- Advanced (DOT/GO/THOPS #19003)

By May 4, 2023

New Mexico Department of Transportation

$16.79 – $26.87 Hourly

$34,932 – $55,891 Annually

This position is a Pay Band 55

Posting Details
This posting will be used for ongoing recruitment and may close at any time.  Applicant lists may be screened more than once.

Why does the job exist?
The position is with the Geotechnical Exploration team, which operates drill rigs and related types of heavy equipment throughout New Mexico to investigate the geology and subsurface conditions affecting highway improvement and foundation design projects.

How does it get done?
Key responsibilities include:

1) Sampling of soil and rock using hollow stem augers, split spoon samplers, thin-walled tube samplers, rock core barrels and various other specialized sampling devices;
2) Proper handling and delivery of samples to the State Materials Laboratory or assigned contract laboratory for testing;
3) Maintaining assigned vehicles and equipment; and
4) Assisting with traffic control operations.

Who are the customers?
New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) and consultant Geotechnical Design Engineers;
NMDOT Bridge Bureau;
NMDOT Drainage Bureau; and
The traveling public.

Ideal Candidate
The ideal candidate will have/be:

* Experience in the safe operation of medium duty to heavy duty equipment.
* A clean driving record, experience driving vehicles having a gross vehicle weight rating of 26,001 pounds or greater, and experience towing trailers having a gross vehicle weight rating of 10,000 pounds or greater.
* Capable of servicing equipment and performing minor repairs.
Minimum Qualification
High School Diploma or Equivalent and one (1) year of experience maintaining roads and operating medium to heavy-duty equipment to include loader, blade, five and ten yard dump truck, self ‘propelled broom, roller, and/or mower. This position may require Herbicide, Tanker and/or Hazmat endorsement. Substitutions Apply. See Substitution Table below.

Statutory Requirement:
Must possess a New Mexico Drivers License and a New Mexico Class A CDL at time of hire. Post-offer Physical and Pre-Employment Drug Test are required for safety sensitive classifications.
Substitution Table
These combinations of education and experience qualify you for the position:



High School Diploma or Equivalent
# of months or years of experience specified in the minimum qualification

Associate’s Degree
Zero years of experience
• Education and years of experience must be related to the purpose of the position.

• If Minimum Qualification requires a specific number of “semester hours” in a field (e.g. 6 semester hours in Accounting), applicants MUST have those semester hours in order to meet the minimum qualifications. No substitutions apply for semester hours.

Employment Requirements
New Mexico Class A Commercial Driver’s License at time of hire.  Weekly, routine travel is required.

Working Conditions
State of New Mexico employees may be impacted by the Public Health Order dated December 19, 2022, which requires facilities licensed or certified by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”), including all hospital types, long-term care facilities, nursing homes, hospice facilities and rehabilitation facilities, as well as assisted living facilities and adult day care settings, to adhere to all COVID-related requirements prescribed by CMS, including, but not limited to masking and staff vaccination.

Work is performed primarily in the field in varying weather conditions – hot or cold, humidity, wind, rain and snow; exposure to sunlight, dust, pollen, chemicals, rough/rugged terrain, insects and reptiles, noxious plants and infected trash; exposure to moving mechanical parts, high precarious places, toxic fumes/chemicals and/or airborne particles, hazardous chemicals and/or asphalt and petroleum products; exposure to temperatures up to 150 degrees around oil distributor operations; high speed/high volume traffic and loud noises; subject to falls and bruises, considerable physical strain; standing for extended periods of time doing traffic control or walking long distances for litter control; hand dexterity required for some duties; numerous specific vision abilities to include: close, distance, color and peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus; some climbing, reaching, kneeling and crawling to perform job duties; ability to lift up to 50 pounds. Work may also be performed in an office setting with exposure to visual/Video Display Terminal (VDT) and extensive personal computer and telephone usage to include working with faxes, copiers and printers. May be required to work irregular hours and is subject to call out for weather, accidents and/or emergencies on short notice; willingness to accept change of geographical assignments; interaction with the public.

Weekly, routine travel is required.
Supplemental Information


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Agency Contact Information: John Gillentine (505) 629-8244

For information on Statutory Requirements for this position, click the Classification Description link on the job advertisement.

Bargaining Unit Position
This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement and all terms/conditions of that agreement apply and must be adhered to.

To apply for this job email your details to john.gillentine@dot.nm.gov

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