Skilled Laborer

Application Deadline: 2022-09-30
Job Type: County
Job Description:

Job Title Skilled Laborer Highway
Salary $27.20 – $29.50 Hourly
Job Type Full time (1.0FTE)
Location Dane County Highway & Transportation,
2302 Fish Hatchery, Madison, Wisconsin
Department: Highway & Transportation
Dane County offers a wide range of benefits including fully paid dental and HMO health insurance premiums for full time employees/pro-rated for part-time employees. The County will also provide contributions towards POS health insurance premiums and short/long term disability. Additional benefits available include long term care, vision coverage, flex spending account and deferred compensation programs paid in full by the employee and a wellness program (for further details visit Employees hired after 7-1-11 must be expected to work a minimum of 1200 hours annually to be enrolled in the Wisconsin Retirement System when hired. Dane County also provides 6 weeks of paid parental leave for birth or adoption of a child.
Under direction, as a principle assignment, to operate heavy motorized equipment used in the construction and maintenance of streets, roads, highways, bridges and drains; and to do related work.

Examples of Duties
Operates heavy motorized equipment including motor graders, large capacity loaders, backhoes, large road rollers, large snow plows, large trucks, tractors, cranes, oil distributors, crawler shovels, chip spreaders and other similar equipment of comparable size and complexity; makes excavations, digs ditches, cuts road grades, rolls asphalt for street and road construction or repair; hauls dirt, gravel, rock, sand or other materials used on construction or repair jobs; plows snow and applies ice control materials; sees that equipment is properly serviced with gas, oil, water and lubricants; may perform minor repairs and sees that maintenance and major repairs are performed; performs or assists with manual work in maintenance or construction and repair, including repair of cracked or broken pavement, broken or missing guard rails, bridge repair, cutting brush, trimming or cutting down trees and shoveling ice and snow off bridges and out of culverts and drains.
Must be able to read and write at the tenth grade level and have one year of relevant experience in the repair and maintenance of roads (e.g., repairing potholes, snow plowing, etc.) or two years experience in a construction or maintenance related field (e.g., applicants would have experience in building construction, landscaping, farm operation, park maintenance or railroads). Also requires six months experience operating loaders or equivalent equipment operation. Preferred experience includes substantial emphasis in the operation of heavy earth moving and construction equipment such as motor graders, bulldozers, scrapers, skid steers, backhoes, etc. Applicants who have participated and completed a County sponsored internship program will be considered to have met the minimums of this position.

Special Requirements
Possession of a valid Wisconsin Class “B” commercial driver’s license at time of application and a Class “A” commercial driver’s license with air brake and tanker endorsement within six months of appointment. Everyone who has a commercial driver’s license (“CDL”) must be registered in the US Department of Transportation’s Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse. Registration is available at
Candidates who reach the final selection stage will be subject to a thorough driving record background check. Applicants must pass drug/alcohol testing after a conditional offer of employment has been made. Must be available to work nights, holidays and weekends (during summer hours this includes Fridays) for emergencies. Must be able to lift up to fifty (50) pounds unassisted and heavier loads with assistance.
Background Check Statement: Some positions may require a criminal background check which can include fingerprinting due to the nature of the job’s responsibilities. Wisconsin’s Fair Employment Law, s. 111.31 – 111.395, Wis. Stats., prohibits discrimination because of an arrest or conviction record.? However, Dane County may disqualify an applicant if the position’s responsibilities are substantially related to the applicant’s criminal history (e.g., the nature of the crime and its relationship to the position, whether hiring, transferring or promoting an applicant would pose an unreasonable risk to the business, its employees, customers and vendors, etc.) Management reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.
Knowledge of traffic and safety regulations as they apply to heavy motorized construction and maintenance equipment; knowledge of proper traffic control procedures and signing; knowledge of the methods, materials and equipment used in the construction, maintenance and repair of asphalt, concrete and gravel roads, highway and related surfaces; knowledge of the repair and maintenance of culverts, bridges and other drainage structures; knowledge of safe working and driving procedures; knowledge of procedures for hot/cold asphalt patching of roadways and bridges; knowledge of vegetation maintenance procedures; skill in the operation of heavy equipment for work such as cutting grade; skill in the operation of motor grader, track loader, backhoe, concrete saw, large truck, shouldering machine, paint truck, crane, oil distributor, excavator, chip spreader, and other similar equipment of comparable size and complexity; skill in the use of common hand tools such as shovels, axes, saws, hammers, pliers, and wrenches; ability to service and to make minor repairs and adjustments to equipment; ability to operate truck over 35,500 GVW with snow and ice control attachments, front end loaders, road rollers, tractors, lawn mowers, chain saws, air hammers, drills, and other motorized equipment; ability to operate 60# hammer, (seldom periods of time to extended periods of time) that may include all day long, or for a week moving earth, grading and rolling road surfaces; ability to read plans and construct off of plans; ability to make math calculations; ability to judge distance and read maps; ability to perform minor mechanical repairs and routine preventive maintenance on engines and equipment; ability to do heavy manual work; ability to construct small structures; ability to be innovative and work without close supervision; ability to tactfully and courteously communicate (orally and written) with the public and co-workers; ability to work effectively and cooperatively with others; ability to read and write.

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