PennDOT Event A Hiring Call for Equipment Operators

KING OF PRUSSIA PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation needs help. Literally. It’s looking to hire “winter employees to help with duties such as plowing, dispatching, and maintenance,” PennDOT Maintenance Manager Tony Goreski said Wednesday (Nov. 16, 2022), during an event to discuss how the agency was prepared for the snowy season across southeastern Pennsylvania.

“We are welcoming people to join our well-trained crews, who will deliver the best possible winter service,” Goreski added. Specifically, PennDOT is seeking temporary equipment operators for the winter season to supplement the department’s full-time staff. Several requirements must be met; find them here, along with a list of job openings.

One potentially promising benefit? “Temporary positions many times lead to longer-term employment opportunities,” Goreski noted.

There’s plenty of work to be accomplished, PennDOT representatives agreed at the event in Middletown Township, Delaware County. It’s King of Prussia-based District 6 office is responsible for more than 11,000 snow-lane miles on state highways in Montgomery, Chester, Delaware, Bucks, and Philadelphia counties.

When winter weather hits, PennDOT’s first focus is on interstates, expressways, and higher-traffic roads, where it will continue to keep all routes passable. During larger storms, lower-traffic roadways may take longer to address, it admits, but the agency will continue to plow roads until storms end and roads are cleared.

Equipment operators “have an enormous amount of responsibility during a storm as they plow snow, monitor computers that control the flow of salt, track pavement temperatures, and watch for traffic and possible roadside obstacles,” Goreski added. The district has budgeted $26 million for this winter’s operations in the region, it said.

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