State Seeks Veterans to Fill IDOT Highway, Emergency
Traffic Patrol Posts in Cook County
Veterans get preference in filling frontline jobs that
clear roads of snow and ice, help drivers in distress
CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and the Illinois
Department of Veteran’s Affairs (IDVA) are teaming up to make Illinois veterans
aware of well-paying job opportunities as Highway Maintainers in Cook County. In
addition, IDOT has openings for Spanish speakers in its high-visibility
Emergency Traffic Patrol (ETP) unit which assists drivers in trouble on Chicago
“Governor Blagojevich is committed to ensuring that veterans can put their
many skills to use serving the citizens of Illinois, and I applaud IDOT for
making this extra effort to reach out to find qualified veterans to fill these
very demanding and important jobs,” said IDVA Acting Director Tammy Duckworth.
“There are many great career opportunities for veterans in state government, and
this is one that many veterans are extremely well-suited for.”
“We know that our veterans have risked their lives overseas to protect our
way of life and keep our homeland safe,” said IDOT Secretary Timothy W. Martin.
“We want them to know there are also well-paying opportunities for them to serve
right here at home, keeping our roads clear and safe for motorists. These are
tough, demanding, dangerous jobs. But anyone who has risked their life serving
in Baghdad, should be able to handle working as a Highway Maintainer on the Dan
Ryan, Kennedy, Ike or Stevenson expressways.”
IDVA will make applications and information about the jobs available at its
Veterans Services Offices in Cook County and the surrounding area and will also
work with state commanders of veterans’ organizations to make their members
aware of these opportunities.
The starting salary for Highway Maintainers is $3,750 per month; for the ETP
Spanish Speaking position, which is also technically a Highway Maintainer, the
salary is $4,028 per month. Applications should be submitted to the state's
hiring agency, the Department of Central Management Services (CMS), where
applicants will also complete Civil Service testing. Applicants are encouraged
to apply by February 15 as IDOT expects to begin the hiring and interview
process for these positions at this time.
The main requirement for both Highway Maintainer and Highway
Maintainer/Emergency Traffic Patrol jobs is possession of an Illinois Class “A”
Commercial Driver’s License, with endorsements for tankers and non-restricted
air-brakes, and a good driving record for the last year.
Highway Maintainers work out of IDOT maintenance yards and are required to
drive and operate heavy duty maintenance trucks, plows and salt spreaders,
tractors, mowers, pavement marking equipment and other heavy equipment, and to
perform arduous manual labor. They are responsible for cleaning and clearing
right-of-ways along IDOT highways and roads and for patching and repairing roads
and bridges as needed.
ETP workers drive heavy-duty, bright yellow tow trucks on patrol along
Chicago area expressways. They are responsible for providing roadside assistance
to motorists and deal with a range of traffic emergencies – anything from minor
fender benders to major crashes involving semi-trucks.
Interested candidates for both jobs must take the Highway Maintainer test
with CMS in order to be placed on a list of eligible candidates. Having a
Commerical Driver’s License is required to take the test. Qualified veteran
applicants with an "A" grade on their Civil Service test are considered top
candidates for open positions.
Information about the testing process and applications are available online
and in person at the James R. Thompson Center at 100 W. Randolph, 3rd Floor,
Chicago, IL 60601. Information may also be obtained by phone at 312-793-3565.
On an ongoing basis, officials from CMS' Veterans Outreach Program provide
professional counseling to Illinois' veterans about how to obtain state
employment. Through the past year, these officials have attended 25 job fairs
and counseled nearly 500 veterans. Interested veterans may learn more about the
program or to begin the process of state employment by calling 1-800-643-8138.