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Highways maintenance technicians oversee the maintenance and repair of highways and roads. They regularly monitor for damage, deal with public enquiries, liaise with local authorities and utility companies, and make repairs to pavements, street furniture, road markings and more.
While there are no formal qualifications needed to become a highways maintenance technician, there are several routes you could take to help you pursue this career. You could complete a college course, an apprenticeship or apply directly to an employer for work.
You should explore these routes to becoming a highways maintenance technician, to find out which is the right one for you. Although some of these options have certain qualification requirements, many employers are more interested in people who are enthusiastic, willing to learn and can follow instructions.
You may need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card to work on a construction site.
Although there are no set entry requirements, anyone considering a career as a highways maintenance technician would benefit from achieving GCSE qualifications (or equivalent) in maths and English.
You could study for a Level 1 Certificate in Construction Skills or a Level 2 Diploma in Construction and Civil Engineering Operations to improve your abilities and job prospects.
You could apply for a road surfacing operative intermediate apprenticeship, or highways maintenance intermediate apprenticeship.
You'll need 2 - 3 GCSEs, usually including maths and English, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship.
Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16. As an apprentice, you’ll be fully employed by your company and expected to work a minimum of 30 hours a week. Your time will be split between on-the-job experience and a college or training provider.
You could apply directly to an employer to become a highways maintenance operative or technician, especially if you have some previous on-site or groundworks experience. This would give you the opportunity to develop your skills by learning from more experienced members of the team, and your employer may provide training to help you progress in your career.
Work experience is essential to gaining employment within the construction industry. You could gain this at school, or by working weekends and holidays with a company or relative who works as a highways maintenance technician. Potential employers will always be pleased to see work experience listed on your CV.
Desirable skills for a highways maintenance technician include:
Highways maintenance technicians are responsible for the local roads and streets in a given area. They ensure that requests for repairs are actioned and that all highways and footways are well maintained.
The duties of a highways maintenance technician often include:
James Gunn is a Highways Maintenance Technician at VolkerHighways, part of VolkerWessels UK. They specialise in highways maintenance, civil engineering, hard and soft landscaping and street lighting.
The expected salary for a highways maintenance technician varies as you become more experienced.
Hours and salary depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do.
* Salaries have been collected from multiple industry sources and have been updated as of 2019
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As a highways maintenance technician, you could complete training to become a mastic asphalter.
With experience, you could move into more senior roles, such as a site supervisor, team leader or highways control manager.
Alternatively, you could set yourself up as a self-employed contractor.