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Highway Technician

Date Posted:  Jan 24, 2023
Requisition ID:  419017

Indianapolis, IN, US, 46219


Work for Indiana

Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana’s communities every day.


At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion – Our goal is to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace, with a workforce that is representative of the State of Indiana population. As a proud equal opportunity employer, reasonable accommodations may be available to enable individuals with disabilities to interview and to perform the essential functions of a role.


Next Level benefits at the State of Indiana are here! Be sure to review our expanded benefit package offerings below.


About the Indiana Department of Transportation:

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) provides a dynamic workplace that serves Indiana citizens, improves our state’s quality of life, and enhances its economic opportunity. INDOT has a number of innovative programs and projects, including Public-Private Partnerships, Green Initiatives, and cutting-edge uses of materials and assets. As part of the State of Indiana, INDOT offers a competitive total compensation package, as well as outstanding work/life balance. Whether you are an established professional in the transportation field or just starting your career, INDOT has exciting and challenging opportunities for you. 


Salary: This position traditionally starts at an hourly rate of $24.26 an hour. Salary for this position may be commensurate with education and job experience.


CDL Positions: Candidates with a current CDL will earn an additional $1 per hour for this position. Candidates without a CDL will be given 90 days to obtain their CDL, with training provided by INDOT, and will then earn an additional $1 per hour upon successfully obtaining their CDL.


Location: This position is located in INDOT's Central Office, Indianapolis.

About the Job:

As the Highway Technician, you will be responsible for performing general highway maintenance duties that keep INDOT assets in good working condition to ensure customer satisfaction. As a Highway Technician, you may serve in various highway specialty areas like bridge, highway, facilities, construction etc. You will operate equipment, perform physical activities, conduct testing, inspection, surveys, and report project data depending on the job assignment. You will perform snow and ice removal and other winter operations duties as required. A CDL is required for this position. 

A Day in the Life:

The essential elements of the job duties: 

  • Comply with all Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) safety policies and procedures. 
  • Operate basic highway maintenance/ traffic equipment to maintain, repair and clean highways and rights-of-way. 
  • Ensure staff are completing work assignments as directed and report problems to the supervisors. 
  • Communicate with contractors to ensure procedures comply with INDOT standards and specifications. 
  • Perform winter operations duties including snow and ice removal. 
  • Perform regular inspections and routine equipment maintenance such as: minor repairs, preventative maintenance, refueling, and pre-trip inspections. 
  • Maintain, repair, and install traffic signs, route markers, pavement markings. 
  • Perform emergency response activities such as clean-up, traffic control, lane closures, placement of signs and erecting barricades. 

These additional duties may be performed depending on the job assignment: 

Bridge Maintenance Specialist 

  • Provide unit crews with technical expertise, oversight, and specialized equipment to ensure work is completed and report problems to the Bridge Maintenance Supervisor. 
  • Operate basic and intermediate highway maintenance and bridge equipment to maintain, repair and clean bridges, highways, and right-of-ways. 


  • Sample and test construction materials according to quality assurance and specification requirements. 
  • Visit material producers’ plants, construction job sites or INDOT facilities to collect material samples for testing.  
  • Perform various test on materials incorporated into INDOT construction or maintenance contracts.  
  • Calculate and record the test results in the INDOT reporting system. 


  • Involved in planning, design, construction, and rehabilitation of state-owned highways and bridges.  
  • Perform construction inspection, which include assisting the project supervisor/engineer.
  • Ensure construction tests, measurements and inspections are completed and recorded in a timely manner. 
  • Perform facility maintenance such as repairing and installing brine making and storage systems. 

Geotechnical Services 

  • Maintain qualifications for the required Soil Test procedures. 
  • Operate and maintain geotechnical laboratory equipment to perform soil & rock testing. 
  • Prepare and perform advance testing on soils & rock samples such as Resilient Modulus Testing (MR), strength testing (QU & Triaxial), Proctor, Sulfate, Organic Tests etc. 

The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time. 

What You'll Need for Success:

This person must have the following requirements to be considered for employment: 

  • High School Diploma or High School Equivalent (HSE). 
  • Must have valid commercial driver’s license (CDL) Class B, or ability to obtain within 90 days. 
  • Pass and submit to a drug test as a condition of employment. 
  • Knowledge of federal, state, and local highway guidelines, laws and regulations, principles, and practices for purposes of construction inspection, testing, maintenance, and repair of highway. 
  • Knowledge of drafting and surveying techniques. 
  • Ability to independently lead and coordinate the work of a crew in the field. 
  • Ability to read, interpret and follow technical documents. 
  • Must be able to endure exposure to inclement weather. 
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds. 
  • Ability to perform physical activities such as lifting, dragging, stooping, standing, and walking for long periods of time. 

May need additional requirements depending on the assigned specialty: 


  • Ability to read, interpret and follow technical documents such as AASHTO, ASTM, INDOT specifications, and Indiana Test Methods (ITM). 
  • Ability to pass the INDOT Certified Testing Technician program. 


  • Ability to pass the INDOT Certified Inspector program. 

Geotechnical Services 

  • Ability to demonstrate proficiency by passing the Office’s Proficiency Exams. These exams are: Classification & Atterberg Proficiency Test, Electrochemical Proficiency Test, Strength & Proctor Proficiency Test, Resilient Modulus Proficiency Test. 

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes: 

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) as well as vision and dental plans
  • Wellness Rewards Program: Complete wellness activities to earn gift card rewards
  • Health savings account, which includes bi-weekly state contribution
  • Flexible work scheduling options, including the potential for hybrid remote work for employees whose work may be performed outside state facilities
  • Deferred compensation 457B account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options
  • A robust, comprehensive program of leave policies covering a variety of employee needs, including but not limited to:
    • 150 hours of paid new parent leave
    • Up to 15 hours of paid community service leave
  • Combined 180 hours of paid vacation, personal, and sick leave time off
  • 12 paid holidays, 14 on election years
  • Education Reimbursement Program
  • Group life insurance
  • Referral Bonus program
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • Free Parking for most positions
  • Free LinkedIn Learning access


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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