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Maintenance Trainee Program - Coos Bay, OR

Maintenance Trainee Program (ODOT18-1608mtp)

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Announcement: ODOT18-1608mtp
Maintenance Trainee Program
Highway Division – Davis Slough Maintenance Crew

Work Location: 61036 Hwy. 101 S., Coos Bay, OR 97420

Why join the Oregon Department of Transportation? Because you can make a difference!
The Oregon Department of Transportation's Maintenance Trainee Program is designed to bring new employees into our maintenance field and provide them with training and experience. This on the job training program prepares participants for future careers as transportation maintenance specialists 2.

Applicants are not eligible for the program if they have more than 16 months experience in maintenance. Upon completion of the trainee program, the successful candidate will advance to the higher transportation maintenance specialist 2 job classification. 
Compensation starts between $2,749 - $3,129 per month. Upon completion of the program, compensation will be $3,273 per month.
We are recruiting for a Maintenance Trainee Program opening on our Davis Slough Maintenance Crew in Coos Bay.
We invite members of all diverse communities to join our workforce as we endeavor to best serve Oregonians from every background. ODOT values diversity and inclusion because they are good for Oregon. We believe that by welcoming differences, encouraging new ideas and views, listening to and learning from each other, and providing opportunities for professional enrichment we are better able to serve those around us. We thank you for considering this employment opportunity.
Additional Details:

  • This position is represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU/OPEU).
  • For more information on the Maintenance Trainee Program click here.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Perform minor surface repair including hand, pothole and concrete patching and small inlay work, build or repair roadway shoulders and bike paths, and perform minor construction.
  • Sweep highway facilities such as shoulders and intersections; perform clean-up of sidewalks, graffiti, paving, bridge walks, and islands.
  • Dig and clean ditches, catch basins and drainage systems. Repair culverts, inlets and erosion.
  • Maintain roadside turf and arboreal areas; clean brush, mow grass, spray pesticides and herbicides, and dispose of roadside debris.
  • Maintain, repair or replace guardrails, barriers, fences, glare screens, roadway delineators or milepost markers; apply, maintain and/or replace roadway/highway striping and legends.
  • Respond to accidents and other emergencies; secure area by providing traffic control and coordinate activities of other agencies and the public to ensure the safety of the public and crews; assist with clean up involving accidents and spills.
  • Service and repair equipment and tools.
  • Perform rest area maintenance and minor building maintenance including janitorial, landscaping, painting, and light carpentry.
  • Maintain, install, and replace signs and sign posts.
  • Plow snow and sand roadways.
  • Read and interpret plans and layouts for projects.

Eligibility Criteria: To be eligible for this training program, you must have less than 16 months of experience in the following:
Maintenance and/or construction experience in roadway/highway, bridge, sign, drawbridge or landscape (any type of ground maintenance, including tree, shrub and lawn maintenance; sprinkler system maintenance, cleaning ditches and catch basins, or work related to professional/commercial or public landscaping, farming or logging)
Experience in each of the following areas:

  • Operating heavy and/or light motorized equipment.
  • Using hand and power tools.
  • Performing minor servicing of equipment.
  • Applying safety procedures.


  • Experience operating construction and maintenance machinery to include one or more of the following types: Front-end loader, road grader, bulldozer, backhoe, tractor/low-boy, and 5- or 10- yard dump truck.

Desired Attributes/Application Scoring Criteria: In addition to your related work experience and education, we will use the attributes below to determine whom to interview. You are not required to have all of these attributes, but please make sure that the ones you do have are clearly demonstrated in your application materials. Your application materials may be graded on spelling, grammar, punctuation, and presentation.

  • Experience working in a team environment.
  • Public contact experience.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively.
  • Ability to accept and adapt to change.
  • Demonstrated accountability and integrity.

Note: Must be able to communicate verbally and in writing in English.
Special Qualifications:

  • Driving is an essential function of this position. You must possess a current, valid Commercial Driver License A (CDL-A) OR the ability to obtain one within six (6) months of hire (ODOT will provide CDL training and cover training cost). We will conduct pre-employment driving records checks on our final candidate(s).
  • This position requires a maximum 30 minute response time to 61036 Hwy. 101 S., Coos Bay, OR 97420 for emergency call-outs.

Working Conditions:

  • Operate on or near heavy equipment and power tools. 
  • Exposure to noise, adverse weather, dangerous equipment, pesticides, fertilizers, and hazardous waste materials. 
  • Manual labor is required.  Must walk, stand, bend, and stoop for extended periods of time and lift up to 60 pounds. 
  • Must be able to work safely with power and hand tools and be able to operate government vehicles/equipment.    
  • Occasional work outside of normal shift including weekend or night shift work is required.
  • Employees are to be available at any time for emergency, on-call, and weather-related purposes.
  • May be required to work in confined spaces, over large bodies of water, and excavations to depths of 20 feet.

Learn More and Apply!

This recruitment closes at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, June 14, 2018.

Click here to learn more and to apply! Please note that we can only accept applications and/or resumes through our website.

For questions about the job announcement or online application, please call 503-986-7146 or email

ODOT is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. 

Posted on: Thursday, May 24, 2018
This listing expires on: Thursday, June 14, 2018

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