Equipment Operator Sub-journey / Journey

State of Alaska
Full Time $22 - $28 Per hour AK State Of Alaska: Department Of Transportation And Public Facilities HQ, 3000, Nome-Teller Hwy, Nome, AK 99762, United States Apply before 7/1/2024 5:00



The Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) Northern Region Maintenance & Operations is looking for an Equipment Operator Sub-Journey 2 / Journey 1 to help us 

Keep Alaska Moving!

Salary Information:Equipment Operator - Sub-Journey 2 - $22.88 - $25.17 Hourly
Equipment Operator - Journey 1 - $25.51 - $28.09 Hourly

What you will be doing:

This is an entry-level apprenticeship training program for candidates interested in an Equipment Operator career path, giving opportunities for career advancement, the ability to obtain a Commercial Driver's License (CDL), and the experience to flex up to an Equipment Operator Journey 1 at the end of the training program. At the conclusion of the first year, and upon successfully passing an equipment operating evaluation, the incumbent will be promoted to an Equipment Operator Journey 1. 

The apprentice will be involved in flagging and general laborer duties and trained to operate loaders and dump trucks. Summer duties will include patching asphalt and gravel services using 8-yard trucks, loaders, water trucks, rollers, sweepers, and various smaller tools such as machine mounted power brush cutting equipment, as well as hand brush cutting, hand patching, litter control, flagging, repairing/replacing damaged signs, guardrails, and fences. Winter duties will include removing snow and ice from highways, bridges, and city streets using plow trucks with attachments and loaders following established maintenance practices, and sanding techniques using sand trucks. In addition, you will be responsible for performing manual labor, shop cleanup, and general vehicle maintenance consisting of cleaning, greasing, changing blades, and performing minor repairs to equipment including fabrication and welding.

As a vital maintenance crew member, this role involves engaging in diverse responsibilities associated with the year-round upkeep of state highways within the Fairbanks District. The scope of work encompasses operating and maintaining both heavy and light-duty equipment, ensuring the upkeep of vegetation, signs, barricades, fences, bridges, culverts, drainage structures, bike paths, and road surfaces within the State Right-of-Way. Additionally, the position involves executing traffic control duties, including flagging, to ensure a safe working environment. The nature of the role requires a commitment to shift work. Join us in contributing to the maintenance and enhancement of essential transportation infrastructure.

Our organization, mission, and culture:

The State of Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities’ mission is to Keep Alaska Moving. We are working toward a modern, adaptable, flexible transportation system that will be resilient as we tackle our challenges. We believe collaboration, communication, and coordination increase our ability to succeed. Creating teams that are focused on results, working together, and leveraging resources across our department, with community and private sector partnerships, increases our ability to accomplish our mission and serve Alaskans.

The benefits of joining our team:

Joining the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOT&PF) offers an array of benefits, with career growth opportunities at the forefront. As an integral part of Alaska's infrastructure development and maintenance, DOT&PF provides employees with a dynamic and diverse work environment where they can continually enhance their skills and climb the career ladder. The department values professional development, offering training programs and mentorship opportunities to help individuals expand their expertise and advance in their chosen fields. With the vast and unique challenges of Alaska's geography and climate, employees can work on groundbreaking projects that contribute to the state's growth, making the DOT&PF an ideal choice for those seeking a fulfilling and evolving career in transportation and public facilities.

The State of Alaska has a generous benefits package and an excellent retirement plan. Please see here for more information:  

The DOT&PF core values are integrity, excellence, and respect.  We support an environment focused on teamwork and collaboration to achieve results.  We succeed in achieving our transportation mission through building credibility with our customers, stakeholders, and the public. A successful candidate will have sound judgment, decision-making, and a strong ethical and professional conduct history.

The working environment you can expect:

This position is located in Fairbanks, Alaska. As part of the Fairbanks Maintenance & Operations team, the selected candidate will perform numerous year-round highway maintenance and operations tasks within the Fairbanks District boundaries. The Maintenance and Operations environment can be fast paced with frequently changing conditions, and priorities can change in an instant; a successful applicant will change along with them. 

Working at the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) offers a uniquely challenging and rewarding environment. With Alaska's diverse and expansive terrain, coupled with its extreme weather conditions, employees of the DOT&PF can work in various locations, including remote locations and urban centers, addressing a wide range of transportation needs. Their roles demand adaptability and resourcefulness as they maintain and improve roads, bridges, airports, ports, and public facilities in a state known for rugged terrain and extreme seasonal changes. This work not only presents professionals with a range of fascinating challenges but also allows them to contribute to developing and maintaining critical infrastructure against the backdrop of Alaska's breathtaking natural beauty, reflecting a strong commitment to safety and environmental responsibility.

Who we are looking for:  

  • Accountability: Holds self and others accountable for measurable high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results. Determines objectives, sets priorities, and delegates work. Accepts responsibility for own actions and decisions. Complies with established control systems and rules.

  • Conscientiousness: Displays a high level of effort and commitment towards performing work; demonstrates responsible behavior.

  • Flexibility: Is open to change and new information; rapidly adapts to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles.

  • Self-Management: Sets well-defined and realistic personal goals; displays a high level of initiative, effort, and commitment towards completing assignments in a timely manner; works with minimal supervision; is motivated to achieve; demonstrates responsible behavior.

  • Teamwork: Encourages and facilitates cooperation, pride, trust, and group identity; fosters commitment and team spirit; works with others to achieve goals.

To view the general description and example of duties for the position please go to the following link: 

Minimum Qualifications

Vacancies in this job class are filled through Union referral, except for promotions, demotions, transfers, and emergency appointments.

This job class is part of a series of competency based class specifications created for career areas within the Labor, Trades, and Crafts Unit. The class specification identifies the levels of work and wage grades within the career area, the core and specific competencies of the career area, required work behaviors, certifications, and physical requirements. The competency specification for this job class is available at  

Additional Required Information


At time of interview, applicants are requested to provide:

  • A current copy of your CDL with endorsements if you have one.


  • A current copy of your valid Driver’s License, if you do not have a CDL


This recruitment is open to Alaska Residents only. Applicants must meet  to be considered for employment at this time.

This position is flexibly staffed. This vacancy may be filled at either the Equipment Operator Sub-Journey 2 or Journey 1 level, depending on the applicant's training and/or experience. The full range of salaries is listed above. Starting salary will be determined by the level the position is hired at. If filled at the Sub-Journey 2 level, promotion to Journey 1 will occur upon successful completion of the probationary period and required training, as well as the applicant meeting the minimum qualifications of the higher job class.

SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONSThis recruitment utilizes a supplemental questionnaire as part of the application process. These questions may be a mix of written, multiple-choice, and select all that apply questions. The answers you provide to the questions will be an opportunity for you to tell us about your experience and/or education. The answers will be used to determine which applicants will advance to the interview phase of the recruitment and selection process; please be as thorough and accurate as you can.

This position requires the incumbent to possess a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) per federal regulations (49 CFR 383), to register with the federal CDL Drug & Alcohol Testing Clearinghouse prior to performing safety-sensitive duties, and to provide consent to the Employer to review driver information in accordance with 49 CFR 382.
Equipment Operatory Journey 1

A Class A Alaska Commercial Driver's License (CDL) is required at time of hire. A conditional hire approval can only be given for endorsements. This means that the proposed appointee must successfully obtain an N-Tanker endorsement within 120 days of hire and sign an agreement to this effect as a condition of employment. 

Equipment Operator Sub-Journey 2

A Class A Alaska Commercial Driver's License (CDL) is required for this position. A conditional hire approval can be given to applicants that do not yet possess a Class A CDL. This means that the proposed appointee must successfully obtain a Class A CDL within 120 days of hire and sign an agreement to this effect as a condition of employment.

Selected candidates must comply with the DOT&PF Drug and Alcohol Policy and procedures and CANNOT start work in a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) position until Management Services or designee has received confirmation of the proposed appointee passing the required Pre-Employment drug test. According to federal regulations, all violations and refusals will be maintained with the Federal CDL Drug & Alcohol Testing Clearinghouse database.

WORK EXPERIENCEIf using work experience not already documented in your application, also provide the employer’s name, your job title, dates of employment, and whether full-or part-time. Applications will be reviewed to determine if the responses are supported, and minimum qualifications are clearly met. If they are not, the applicant may not advance to the interview and selection phase of the recruitment.NOTE: Attaching a resume or curriculum vitae is not an alternative to filling out the application in its entirety. Noting "see resume or CV" or any similar response on any portion of your application may lead to a determination your application is incomplete and removal from consideration for this job posting.

To verify education is being used to meet and/or support the required minimum qualifications/competencies, you must fill in the Education section of the application. If you have not obtained a degree, please indicate the number of units completed. Copies of transcripts are required to verify educational credentials used to meet or support the minimum qualifications/competencies for a position and are required with each application. (Unofficial is okay; please ensure the institution/URL name is listed on the transcripts). Transcripts can be attached at the time of application or provided at the time of interview; if not, transcripts will be required before employment.

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements, if applicable. If utilizing this education you must show that the education credentials have been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs; or an accredited U.S. state university reports the other institution as one whose transcript is given full value, or full value is given in subject areas applicable to the curricula at the state university. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.

RECRUITMENT NOTICEThis recruitment may be used for more than one (1) vacancy. The applicant pool acquired during this recruitment may be used for future vacancies for up to ninety days after this recruitment closes. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply to each recruitment notice to ensure consideration for all vacancies.
EEO STATEMENTThe State of Alaska complies with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Individuals with disabilities, who require accommodation, auxiliary aides or services, or alternative communication formats, please call 1-800-587-0430 or 465-4095 in Juneau or (907) 465-3412 (TTY) or correspond with the Division of Personnel & Labor Relations at: P. O. Box 110201, Juneau, AK 99811-0201. The State of Alaska is an equal opportunity employer.

Contact Information

For specific information about this position, please contact the hiring manager at the following:

Name: Ron Davis, Maintenance and Operations Superintendent

Phone: (907) 451-2359