This is work primarily involving responsibility for the preparation, installation, maintenance and repair of highway signs and for the maintenance of the equipment used in sign preparation and the painting of road markings. The work also involves the construction and painting of barricades and a variety of other sign related activities. The nature of the work requires considerable strength and agility.  Some assignments may require skill readily learned on the job.  Many tasks are routine and once learned can be performed without difficulty and under general supervision.  Assignments are typically received in verbal form and may be supplemented by sketches.  All work is subject to inspection in progress and upon completion by supervisory personnel.  The nature of the work may require employees to work emergency situations at odd hours and to be scheduled for emergency calls during non-working hours.  Employees in this class perform a variety of tasks involved in both the maintenance of traffic signs.  Does related work as required. Supervision is not a regular responsibility of the position.  Does related work as required. During the winter, everyone including trainees performs snow and ice control activities, such as operating a single-blade plow or the wing plow in a one-person plowing operation. Winter snow and ice control activities will involve a shift in your normal work hours.



Fabricates, erects, maintains and repairs traffic signs and other traffic control devices.

Operates vehicles used to paint road markings.

Designs or assists in designing specialty signs for unique road problems and situations.

Surveys roads and inspects for damage, missing and needed replacement of signs.

Clears brush and trees around traffic signs to ensure proper sight distances for the motoring public.

Erects poles to which the appropriate sign is attached; removes obsolete or damaged traffic signs.

Assists in setting up detours and other emergency traffic signs during road construction, maintenance and emergency situations; sets traffic counters.

Performs maintenance and painting of public buildings, fixtures and equipment.

Applies markings to county vehicles and equipment such as vehicle numbers and department logo.

Performs safety checks and preventative maintenance on vehicles and equipment.

Assists in maintaining records and work orders for signs that are fabricated, ordered and installed.

Assists in maintaining inventory and orders supplies for fabricating and installing signs and for various painting and road-striping activities.

Responsible for written or computed daily work logs including route/location logs and material logs. Acts as an essential personnel and required to respond to emergency call-ins.

Operates light trucks (less than 26,000 Gross Vehicle Weight Rating); tractor-mounted mowers; patch rollers (less than 9 tons); sewer cleaners; wood chipper; maintainers; forklifts and other similar equipment.

Operates heavy trucks (more than 26,000 Gross Vehicle Weight Rating); Aerial lift trucks, snowplows, with wing (OPP); double wing OPP: catch basin vacuum trucks; self-propelled wideners; large pavement rollers (more than 9 tons); self-propelled street sweepers; front-end loaders; backhoes; over the rail mower windrow loaders and other similar equipment.

Operates truck-trailer combinations (requiring Class A commercial driver license); hydraulic excavators; graders; bituminous pavers; bulldozers; truck-mounted pavement striping machines; track loader, rotary snowplows and other similar equipment.



Working knowledge of methods, materials and tools used in the installation, maintenance and repair of traffic signals and related traffic control devices.

Working knowledge of the occupational hazards and safety precautions of the work.

Working knowledge of the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices relating to traffic signals and related traffic control devices.

Mechanical aptitude.

Skill in the manipulation and care of tools used in the work.

Ability to learn and apply basic principles of electricity, electronics and mechanics to installation, maintenance and repair of electrically operated traffic signals.

Ability to operate motor, powered and manual equipment.

Ability to follow oral and written instructions.

Ability to perform work safely for benefit of co-workers, the motoring public and passers-by.

Willingness to work outside under adverse weather conditions.

Willingness to respond to emergencies and perform overtime work.

Willingness to respond to calls on a twenty-four hour basis.

Physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.



      A. One (1) year of work experience, or its part-time equivalent, in the installation, maintenance and repair of traffic signs or traffic signals and their auxiliary control devices; or,

      B. One year (1) year of work experience, or its part-time equivalent in a highway department, which includes one (1) full season performing installation and maintenance of traffic control devices such as road signs, sign posts, signals, signal posts, road markings and related items used in traffic control.


Possession of Cornell Local Roads Program, Work Zone and Traffic Control for local roads certificate.  Eligibility for and continued possession of the certificate is required for employment.

When required to operate motor vehicles, employees must possess a valid non-CDL or CDL with appropriate endorsements as required by the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles for the class of vehicle(s) being operated.  Eligibility for and continued possession of the license is required for employment.

Possession of Excavator Certification is required to perform excavation duties in accordance with New York State General Business Law.  Certification must be obtained during the probationary period.  Training will commence upon appointment.  Eligibility for and continued possession of the license is required for employment.


9/2022 Date of original composition