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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 29, 2010


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Josh Kauffman    217.558.0517


State Agencies Host Information Fair for Veterans

Learn the Duties and Responsibilities of the Highway Maintainer Learn the Process in Applying for the IDOT Highway Maintainer Position Get Resources for Obtaining a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) – Class A

PEORIA – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is teaming up with other state government agencies and organizations to make Illinois veterans aware of well-paying job opportunities as Highway Maintainers. The state is hosting an Information Fair in Peoria on Monday, August 2nd at Carver Community Center, 710 W. 3rd St. The fair is scheduled from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

“We all know how hard our veterans have worked to keep our way of life safe and to keep our homeland protected,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Gary Hannig. “We want to make veterans aware of good-paying job opportunities right here at home, by keeping our roads clear and safe for the motoring public.”

“The state of Illinois is a leader in providing job opportunities for veterans who have faithfully and courageously served our nation,” said Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Director Dan Grant. “We commend our colleagues at IDOT for joining the many agencies and institutions that are committed to supporting the employment needs of Illinois veterans.”

The starting salary for Highway Maintainers is $4,143 per month. Interested candidates must take the Highway Maintainer exam administered by CMS to be placed on a list of eligible candidates. Candidates are also required to have a Commercial Driver’s License Class A with endorsements N (‘tankers’) or X (‘tankers with hazardous materials’) and non-restrictive air brakes, to take the test. Veteran’s preference does apply to the highway maintainer position.

Among other duties, 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.

Information about the application and testing process will be available at the information fairs. Employment applications are available online at: www.cms.illinois.gov.
 

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