Sign Foreman

Website Hamilton County

DEFINITION Under general supervision, erects, repairs, and takes down road signs; provides lead-work supervision to sign crew maintenance workers; maintains sign inventory and related records for Secondary Road traffic control devices and 911 signs. Operates a variety of heavy equipment, machinery, tandem and semi-tractor/trailer trucks to perform snow and ice removal and to construct, maintain, and repair county roads. JOB FUNCTIONS ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Travels the road system, evaluates the need for new signs and sign repairs, and ensures that signs meet uniform guidelines such as reflectivity, setting, and size. Coordinates, supervises, monitors, and participates in the set-up and operation of traffic control signing in the maintenance work zones when warranted. Responsible for submission of timely locate requests through the Iowa One-Call system. Uses a meter and measures the location for signs; reads maps to pinpoint location of buried cables, utilities, and drainage infrastructure; marks points where holes are to be dug; uses power auger and/or shovel and digs holes; sets posts and bolts sign to the structure. Includes operation of power driver for steal posts/anchors. Repairs, sets-up and takes down barricades; repairs and replaces flashing lights and batteries on barricades. Provides leadership to small crews for specified sign maintenance and construction projects. Maintains records on approximately 10,000 signs and reflectors such as location and condition; Page 2 of 5 maintains sign inventory; recommends requisition of sign materials; conducts ongoing physical inventory of signs. Maintains inventory using electronic software such as, but not limited to, Cartegraph and the ICEA Service Bureau Sign Inventory tool. Maintains constant surveillance of conditions of signs; takes input from employees concerning deficiencies in County signage; uses electronic devices and software programs such as, but not limited to, the ICEA Work Order tool to document all deficiencies, repairs, and signage related activities. Keeps accurate written and electronic records of hours worked on time sheets and on electronic devices furnished by the County. Conducts a night inventory of the signage for approximately half of the county on an annual basis; repairs, upgrades, and fixes signage shown to be deficient during the inventory. Maintains a plan to keep all signage in the County up to current retroreflectivity and material standards. Operates single and tandem axle trucks, semi-tractor/trailer trucks, bucket truck, pickups, and man lifts. Operates tractors, mowers, posthole diggers, snow plows, spreader, and other motorized and mounted equipment customarily used in the operation and maintenance of roads, roadsides, ditches, bridges, culverts, buildings, grounds, and related facilities. Operates air hammers, chainsaws, welders, shovels, picks, and other hand tools as required. Make minor repairs and perform servicing on equipment in the field. Assists in the maintenance of both motorized and non-motorized equipment and facilities. Assists in general building, grounds, and equipment maintenance and servicing work. Keeps accurate written and electronic records of parts, materials, and labor when servicing equipment on forms furnished by the County. Operates the above equipment for road and right-of-way maintenance, including snow and ice removal. Makes verbal reports to the Maintenance Superintendent as to deficiencies observed on the road system. Makes reports to the Shop Foreman as to problems with equipment. Other duties as may be assigned. OTHER JOB FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES May occasionally operate heavy excavation equipment including bulldozers, backhoes, front end loaders, etc. and specialized equipment including air compressors, etc. for roadside ditching, erosion control and road, bridge, and culvert maintenance, construction, and removal. Occasionally operates front end loader, single and tandem axle trucks, and tractor-trailer trucks. May occasionally fill in for other positions in the absence of coworkers and/or serve on various employee committees. May assist with inspection of work completed by contractors on construction or maintenance projects. May spray ditches, guardrail, and other various area for weed control purposes. Page 3 of 5 Attend safety meetings, workshops, training sessions, and other meetings as required. Occasionally interacts with the public in a positive and professional manner. Assesses mailbox damage complaints and repairs mailboxes damaged by County operations. Other duties as may be assigned. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature of level of work performed by employees assigned to this job classification. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required of employees assigned to this job classification. EQUIPMENT & TECHNOLOGY OPERATION REQUIRED Bucket truck, lifts, dump trucks, loaders, tractor-trailer combinations, pickup truck, mowers, tractors, snow plows, rollers, seeders, chain saws, hand-operated equipment such as rakes, shovels, post-hole diggers, and various other hand tools. Also operate telephones, computers, tablets, cameras, and various other electronic devices. PHYSICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL CHARACTERISTICS GENERAL PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS Possess the physical strength, coordination, and ability sufficient to do strenuous manual work including climbing, stooping, lifting, pushing, pulling, carrying, and moving weights up to 100 pounds and operate motorized equipment for long hours in all types of weather conditions including sub zero temperatures, heat, humidity, rain, etc. Must be able to traverse adverse terrain including but not limited to roadways, ditches, fields, timber, streams, creeks, and drainage ditches. ENVIRONMENTAL CHARACTERISTICS The work is performed both inside and outside. Must work outdoors for long hours in all types of weather conditions including sub-zero temperatures, heat, humidity, rain, snow, ice, etc. Work is subject to a variety of potentially dangerous conditions, such as adverse terrain, moving traffic, heavy equipment, tight work zones, slippery surfaces, etc. Includes exposure to noise, dust, fumes, heat, inclement weather, mechanical hazards, chemical hazards, oils and atmospheric conditions that affect the respiratory system or skin. EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE Experience in supervision of employees. Experience in road maintenance activities. Experience in the operation of heavy equipment. Completion of a standard high school degree or GED. LICENSES AND CERTIFICATES Possess a valid Commercial Driver’s License in the State of Iowa including tractor-trailer, air brakes, Page 4 of 5 and tanker endorsements. KNO WLEDGE, ABILITIES, AND SKILLS Specific knowledge of all aspects of the MUTCD. General knowledge of the principles and practices of sign fabrication, repair, and installation; county and state traffic laws; Federal sign regulations; and safety practices related to the work. General knowledge of road and highway maintenance activities. Knowledge of equipment operation and repair. Knowledge of the occupational hazards and safety precautions necessary for proper operation of motorized equipment or tools. Knowledge of all County policies which affect the administration of maintenance and construction of the roadway system. Knowledge of sound leadership and management techniques. Knowledge of safe excavation and safe work zone practices. Knowledge of the occupational hazards and safety precautions necessary for the proper operation of motorized equipment or tools. Ability to follow written and oral instructions and policies. Ability to see defects in the signage and road systems requiring repairs or maintenance. Ability to communicate effectively and clearly with other employees and the public. Ability to use technology to completely and accurately record work needed, work performed, and materials used. Must possess the ability to apply logic and think scientifically to define problems and identify a solution. Ability to self-direct and self-motivate. This individual must: exercise good judgement in evaluating situations and making recommendations; present ideas concisely and clearly; perform public relations duties through direct contact with citizens; cooperate and work effectively with other employees; read a map to determine locations; follow written and oral instructions and policies; accept and follow direction from a supervisor; communicate effectively, politely, patiently, and clearly with other employees and the public; exercise productive and efficient time management practices; motivate other employees; contribute to a positive departmental morale; be a positive and contributing member of the tem; portray and promote a positive image of the department. COMMUNICATION AND RELATIONS ABILITIES Especially in safety sensitive situations (such as working in dangerous weather conditions or working with hazardous materials), must possess the ability to express/exchange information, alerts, and ideas by the spoken word and to recognize such sounds as acceptable hearing. Ability to speak the English language distinctly to communicate with other team members and citizens. Capable of developing and maintaining effective working relationships with departmental staff and citizens. GENERAL PRINCIPLES Marginal functions of the position that are incidental to the performance of essential job duties have been excluded from this job description. All requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities. Prospective employees and incumbents are encouraged to discuss possible accommodations with the County. Job descriptions in no way state or imply that the description includes every duty to be performed by the employee in the position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties required by their supervisor. The County reserves the right to change or reassign job duties or combine positions at any time.

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