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Elmer Taborn, Highway Maintainer

Elmer Taborn, Highway Maintainer

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Workforce Opportunities Coordinator
(217) 558-3963

Illinois Department of Transportation
2300 S. Dirksen Parkway
Springfield, IL 62764

Highway Maintainer (HM)

Full-time permanent HMs operate CDL Class “A” licensed vehicles including maintenance trucks, pavement marking equipment, tractors, mowing machines, snow plows, salt spreaders, as well as other equipment including compressors, jack hammers and generators. HMs perform labor relating to maintenance of roadways including but not limited to repairing and patching concrete, bituminous and other roadway surfaces, loading and unloading trucks, spreading salt, sand, gravel and asphalt, filling in shoulder ruts, cleaning and repairing bridges, etc.

Who is eligible?

An excellent candidate for this program will require knowledge, skill and mental development equivalent to the completion of eight years of elementary schooling and possession of a class “A” CDL with endorsements of “N” (tankers) or “X” (tankers with hazardous materials) and non-restrictive air brakes, before an applicant can participate in the examination.

Veteran’s preference applies to the full-time/permanent IDOT Highway Maintainer positions. The application process for these positions is administered through Central Management Services (CMS).

What are the benefits of being a HM?

Benefit Package: IDOT HM's qualify for the state of Illinois’ benefit package. All full-time permanent staff are eligible for a wide-range of benefits, including a generously defined benefit retirement plan, defined contributions benefit options, paid life insurance, high-quality health insurance options, paid vacation time, and extras like tuition reimbursement.

Professional Enhancement: IDOT encourages its employees to engage in training classes designed to enhance professional skills and careers.

Location: IDOT has opportunities across the state.

Flexible Hours & Paid Holidays: Many employees have flexible schedule options, along with paid holidays.

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