Highway Condition Technician

Job Category: Technical & Professional
Directorate Growth, Highways and Infrastructure
Service Suffolk County Council
Contract Type Temporary
Duration Three months initially
Location Suffolk
Job Type Full-time
Start Date ASAP
Hours per week 37
Rate From £9.40 rising to £10.27 after 12 weeks per hour

About the job:

We have an exciting and unique opportunity to join Suffolk County Council as a Highway Condition Technician.

You will work as part of Suffolk Highways to carry out highway infrastructure safety inspections and generate reactive works requests in order to ensure that Suffolk County Council complies with its statutory duty to maintain its general hard and soft landscape infrastructure in a safe condition. You will also undertake highway infrastructure condition assessments so as to provide indicative future preventative maintenance work schedules and assist in providing a responsive service for public enquiries relating to general highway infrastructure.

Suffolk Highways is a collaboration between Kier and Suffolk County Council to meet the primary objective of maintaining roads and delivering new highway infrastructure in Suffolk.

You will be working with personnel from both organisations in integrated teams as part of an alliance that aspires to be as effective, efficient, respected as possible and at the forefront of highway maintenance and improvement service delivery.


Full job description available on request

  • Carry out regular safety inspections of the highway in accordance with the frequency and standards set down in the Highways Management Operational Plan (HMOP) and keep accurate up-to-date records of all inspections;
  • Identify appropriate reactive repairs for highway infrastructure defects, ensuring consistent application of the HMOP matrices to address safety risks for highway users in an appropriate timescale, recording these on the Insight software system as reactive work requests;
  • Where appropriate and safe to do so, undertake minor highway defect repairs (e.g. re-setting traffic signs, filling small potholes, remove temporary signs or traffic management barriers and signs inadvertently left on site by Infrastructure Operations, minor grip cutting, minor cutting of vegetation that obscures signs, rodding kerb outlets, sweeping and disposal of debris);
  • Take and upload into the Insight software system defect and defect location photographs, providing these and sufficient and accurate supplementary details with reactive works requests to enable the efficient and cost-effective deployment of Infrastructure Operations personnel to address reactive maintenance repairs, aggregating Category 2 to Category 6 defects wherever practical;
  • Undertake regular highway condition assessment by recording Category 7 observations and overall highway infrastructure conditions (including photographs);
  • Based upon these assessments, regularly provide the Highway Condition Manager with details of locations where small-scale preventative maintenance (e.g. carriageway or footway patching) would help arrest highway infrastructure deterioration;
  • Contribute to the process of drawing up programmes of planned highway infrastructure maintenance by providing prioritised schedules of works locations and suggested treatments, updating these schedules on a regular basis;
  • Assist the Network Assurance Team in monitoring the activities of the public utilities and other organisations working in or occupying part of the local highway network on an authorised or non-authorised basis, monitoring the condition of temporary and permanent reinstatements and their impact on overall highway infrastructure condition;
  • Regularly assess the condition of trees within the highway, seeking assistance as necessary from arborists/arboriculturalists in effecting works requests for their maintenance/removal;
  • Take effective action in response to highway nuisances such as damaged pedestrian guardrail, vehicle restraint systems, overgrown hedges and dangerous trees and unauthorised occupations of the highway, liaising as necessary with other Suffolk Highways service areas;
  • Promptly authorise all payments and variations for requested works, without fail within three months of completion;
  • When necessary, write basic safety plans and undertake risk assessments in accordance with the Construction, Design and Management Regulations for reactive works requests, particularly on traffic-sensitive road and the primary network, indicating any safe systems of work;

Assist the Customer Services Team regarding routine public enquiries, so as to enable a public response within SCC response standards

  • Knowledge of highway maintenance materials and techniques and good awareness of highway maintenance standards;
  • Knowledge of safety standards for road works with experience of working on live carriageways;
  • Knowledge of construction practice and an awareness of the highway infrastructure design function
  • Working knowledge of MS Word, Excel, Outlook, SharePoint, Insight and Works Manager software systems, in conjunction with highly proficient keyboard skills for producing works requests and entering data onto databases and spread sheets
  • Good problem solving skills with a well-established ability to interpret construction drawings and manage and organise large volumes of data
  • Demonstrable knowledge of appropriate traffic management requirements, including the signing and guarding of highway works
  • Knowledge of highway maintenance intervention standards and codes of practice/guidelines
  • Able to propose and develop economic solutions to highway problems, including prioritisation, with sound financial management skills
  • Knowledge of legislation relevant to highway maintenance (particularly the Highways Act and the New Roads and Street Works Act) with experience of highway enforcement issues
  • Relevant Construction Skills Certification Scheme card
  • HND/HNC in relevant highways (or civil) engineering discipline or equivalent level of knowledge and experience
  • Lantra 12d Traffic Management design qualification or demonstrable equivalent experience;
  • IHE registration for Highway Safety Inspectors or alternative accredited highway safety inspector training;
  • Current New Roads and Street Works Act accreditation.
  • Holiday entitlement of up to 31 days per annum, pro rata (including bank holidays).
  • Permanent equivalent council pay rates offered after 12 weeks
  • 2% pension contribution from employer
  • Flexible working hours
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  • Opportunity to apply for permanent positions as an ‘internal candidate’
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