In this job, you’ve got a lot of responsibility riding on your shoulders. Not to mention the shoulders along winding roads, cliff edges and bridges. You’ll install the guardrails on either side of the highway at these critical points to protect motorists. You will need a Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) in order to drive an equipment truck and trailer to transport equipment and material to and from job sites. Training is mostly on the job.
In highway construction, safety is first, second and third. So you may be surprised by how much fencing is required. Which means you’ll stay busy installing wire fencing on overpasses; plastic mesh during construction and along medians; metal mesh along rocky cliffs; sound barriers – as well as any other fencing required to protect the free flow of traffic.
Roads have to communicate with drivers – to let them know where they are, where they’re going, not to mention how fast they can go to get there. In this job, you’ll erect all the signage along and over roads and highways. You’re responsible for deciding where best to place each type of sign, from mile markers to the large structures that stretch across all lanes, then making sure each is securely installed.
Put your sharp eyes and steady hands to valuable use. You’ll operate the equipment that places marking material on pavement. You’ll also transport materials and equipment to the job site, so a Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) is required. Plus, you’ll load and unload pavement-marking supplies and signs; prepare the work area; grind off old lines and pavement markings, if necessary; set up and remove construction signs and traffic control items at the job site; clean, maintain and repair all equipment; plus perform other work-related duties as assigned. Training is mostly on the job.
Accidents can happen. Your job as an attenuator installer is to make sure that if they do, they aren’t bad ones, in order to protect the other workers. You’ll install attenuators that deflect or absorb the energy of any errant vehicle that crashes into them. You must be trained in the proper methods of installation, transporting, setup, operations and preventative maintenance of all types of attenuators. Training is on the job.