A highway’s maintenance skilled operative will work for public and private companies. They will work on roads in rural and urban areas to repair damaged surfaces (not including motorways). They will use a variety of tools including hand tools, power tools and plant machinery. A highway’s maintenance skilled operative will have to work individually and as part of a team. They must also be able to understand and work to specifications and drawings when working on highway repairs. Using hand or power tools they will perform a multitude of tasks. This could include;
- repairs to potholes
- replacement and reinstatement of pavements and kerbs
- installing street ironworks
- laying new surfaces
They make sure roads are suitable for vehicles to drive on and pathways and pavements are safe for pedestrians to walk on. They may also have to use specialist equipment to locate water, gas and sewer lines. Once these lines are located they may have to excavate around the line by hand to stop damage and disruption. A highway’s maintenance skilled operative will prepare, set up and work within temporary traffic management on roads within rural and urban areas, this allows for smooth movement and flow of pedestrian and traffic restrictions.
A highway’s maintenance skilled operative will have to work under all weather conditions and all times of the day and night. They may have to work reactively to road maintenance and repair as well as working on planned projects. They will have to have a certain level of common sense and a high level of safety awareness as working on roads under busy conditions can be dangerous. A good understanding of health and safety and environmental control will be essential to this job role.