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Iowa Department of Administrative Services Highway Technician Associate in Newton, Iowa

Highway Technician Associate

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Highway Technician Associate


$46,800.00 - $58,988.80 Annually


Newton - 50208 - Jasper County, IA

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645 Iowa Department of Transportation

Opening Date


Closing Date

7/22/2024 11:59 PM Central

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Caleb Wilson -

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Job Description

Do you love the outdoors no matter the weather? The Iowa Department of Transportation is looking for individuals who are passionate about Iowa roadways! As a Highway Technician Associate, you’ll spend your days doing a variety of tasks to make Iowa highways and interstates safer while fulfilling our Mission -Making Lives Better Through Transportation. Everything you do will in this role will help contribute to the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Core Values:Safety First, People Matter, Customer Focused, Servant Leadership, and Integrity Without Exceptionalongside your teammates.One day might be repairing pavement, the next might be installing signs, or be out plowing snow. No two days are exactly alike!

While a CDL permit is required upon hire, you must have Class A and endorsements / restrictions on your CDL within 5 months following your hire date. CDL Training for Iowa Department of Transportation employees is provided! Entry Level Driver Training is available if you do not already possess Class A and endorsements / restrictions on your CDL for positions that require it. Those eligible will receive both hands-on Behind-the-Wheel Range and Road training, with web-based Theory training, to fulfill required state and federal regulations.

Location:Newton Maintenance Garage - Within five (5) months, employees are required to reside within 45 minutes driving time, during normal conditions, from assigned work location.

Shift: 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM, Monday through Friday. Hours may vary and are subject to be on call 24 hours a day during emergency and / or weather conditions. Some overnight travel may be required.

No matter the weather condition, you’ll keep the roads safe by:

  • mowing / cutting brush

  • disposing of litter and debris

  • repairing roadside waterways

  • operating snow equipment

  • grading / paving projects

  • assisting paint / bridge crews

  • participating in traffic control for Maintenance activities

  • performing routine maintenance and service of DOT equipment and vehicles

  • using DOT technical devices and software applications

  • completing other duties as assigned


  • May be required to obtain pesticide/herbicide certifications or other certifications as needed

While you keep our roadways safe, we want to share what we offer YOU as a State of Iowa employee:

  • Competitive pay and benefits package including health, dental, flexible spending, and life insurance

  • Insurance benefits start first of the month following 30 days of employment. 2024 health and dental insurance premiums can be found here ( .

  • Opportunities for professional growth and development.

  • Paid time off effective immediately - biweekly vacation, separate sick leave, accruals rollover on a yearly basis, and 9 paid holidays per year.

  • Iowa Public Employee Retirement System (IPERS) Retirement Package with employer match

  • Optional 401A plan with employer contributions.

  • Employee Discount Programs from variety of vendors (vision, cellular, fitness, recreation, season passes, travel, counseling; legal, financial).

We encourage you to view more about the State of Iowa Employee benefits and costs at the State of Iowa Employee Benefits Website ( !

Help make Iowa roadways safe for you and your family. You have the freedom to flourish in Iowa – Apply now!

If you require a reasonable accommodation in completing any screening, interviewing, pre-employment testing, or otherwise participating in the selection process, please direct your request to the Affirmative Action & Equal Employment Opportunity (AA/EEO) Officer at:

Reasonable accommodation such as: interpreter, translator, written materials, modified equipment / devices, ADA access, etc. This does not include scheduling needs.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Applicants must meet at least one of the following minimum requirements to qualify for positions in this job classification:

  • Graduation from high school, GED, or equivalency.

  • A total of four years of education and/or full-time experience, where one year of high school education equals one year of full-time work in highway maintenance or equipment operation.

For additional information, please click on thislink to view the job description. (

Additional Qualification Requirements

  • Positions in this class require possession of a valid Commercial Learner’s Permit upon hire. Within a timeframe determined by the appointing authority, a valid Commercial Driver’s License with the required endorsements and applicable restrictions must be obtained and subsequently maintained to continue employment.

  • In conjunction with Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations (parts 40 and 382), this job requires a pre-employment drug screen and will require ongoing participation in the employer’s random drug and alcohol testing program and will be subject to the regulations regarding the Federal drug and alcohol testing program.

  • Prior to starting employment, all persons are required to have a post offer, pre-employment physical verifying the physical ability to perform the duties described.

  • Within a period of time after hire, as determined by the appointing authority, employees in this class may be required to obtain and maintain Herbicide Applicator certification from the Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.

  • Positions require certification for testing materials and operating specialized equipment as required by the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Technical Training and Certification Program for Highway Materials and Construction; and/or other certifications as required.

  • Travel, including overnight travel, may be required for positions in this class. Employees must arrange transportation to and from assigned work areas.

  • Within a timeframe determined by the appointing authority, employees in designated positions are required to reside within a defined driving time, during normal conditions, from the assigned work location.

  • Employees must respond to emergency situations as required.

  • Employees must be able to work up to 16 consecutive hours.

Why Choose the State of Iowa?

At the heart of our commitment to excellence is a dedication to our most valuable asset – our employees. Discover the outstanding benefits that set us apart as an employer of choice.

Our Robust Benefits Package Includes:

Competitive Compensation:

Enjoy a competitive salary that reflects directly on your skills and expertise.

Keep in mind, your wage is just one part of your total compensation. Unlock the complete value of your employment with the State of Iowa by using our user-friendlyTotal Compensation Calculator ( .Gain insights into your comprehensive annual compensation, including salary and State-provided benefits.

Health and Wellness:

Prioritize your well-being with our comprehensive health plans, including medical, dental, and vision coverage. Enjoy the peace of mind knowing that the State of Iowa covers 90% of the premiums, providing you and your loved ones with excellent coverage at a remarkably low cost.

Retirement Planning:

We are proud to offer the Iowa Public Employees Retirement System (IPERS). A defined benefit plan, IPERS benefits are guaranteed for life, meaning once you retire, you will receive the same monthly benefit for the remainder of your life (once vested). We invest in your long-term financial well-being, so you can retire with peace of mind.Click here to learn more about IPERS ( .

Paid Time Off:

Life is unpredictable, and at the State of Iowa, we understand the importance of work-life balance. Our leave policies, including paid holidays, vacation, and sick leave with unlimited accrual, ensure you have the flexibility you need for personal and family matters.

Professional Development:

Elevate your career with continuous learning opportunities. We support your growth through training programs, workshops, and tuition reimbursement.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP):

We care about your well-being beyond the workplace. Access confidential counseling, resources, and support through our Employee Assistance Program.

Diversity and Inclusion:

Be part of a diverse and inclusive workplace that embraces all backgrounds and perspectives. We believe diversity is a strength that drives innovation.

Join Us - Elevate Your Career:

Ready to elevate your career with the State of Iowa?Click here ( to explore more about our unparalleled benefits and discover what makes us unique. Your success is our priority!


Do you understand that the answers to all of the following questions must be truthful, honest, and accurate to the best of your ability? Please read all questions and answers thoroughly and make sure you understand them completely.Ensure the answers to your questions match the information filled out on your application and the attachments you have uploaded. If the answers to your questions are inconsistent with your application information or uploaded attachments, you will be given zero points for the question.Knowingly misrepresenting the facts when submitting any information related to an application, examination, certification, appeal, or any other facet of the selection process will result in your disqualification from this application and future employment with the state of Iowa.

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Have you filed a registration statement pursuant to the federal Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938, as amended, 22 U.S.C. §611 et seq?

  • No - I have NOT filed a registration statement pursuant to the federal Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938, as amended, 22 U.S.C. §611 et seq

  • Yes - I HAVE filed a registration statement pursuant to the federal Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938, as amended, 22 U.S.C. §611 et seq


    Do you have a High School Diploma or General Education Diploma (G.E.D.)?

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  • No


    If you DO NOT have a High School Diploma or General Education Diploma (G.E.D.) - How many years do you have of COMBINED high school/GED education AND experience in full-time work in highway maintenance or equipment operation? One year of the required experience may be a substitution for each year of the required high school education.

  • Not applicable - I have a High School Diploma or General Education Diploma (G.E.D.)

  • Less than one year of the combined specified experience and education

  • One year to less than two years of the combined specified experience and education

  • Two years to less than three years of the combined specified experience and education

  • Three years to less than four years of the combined specified experience and education

  • Four years or more of the combined specified experience and education


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    When you saw the job posting for this position, what interested you about the position and working for the Iowa DOT?


    Describe a time when you had to work with someone who was difficult to get along with. How/why was this person difficult? How did you handle it?

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645 Iowa Department of Transportation


800 Lincoln Way

Ames, Iowa, 50010



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