Asphalt Raker, Senior

City of Seattle, WA
September 1, 2023
Seattle, WA
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Position Description
Vision: Seattle is a thriving and equitable community powered by dependable transportation.

Mission: To deliver a transportation system that provides safe and affordable access to places and opportunities.

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is a nationally recognized municipal transportation agency at the leading edge of multi-modal transportation. In our quickly growing city, accessibility, safety, affordability, and reliability - are top of mind for us every day! Our core values drive our work toward creating an equitable, sustainable, and vibrant city for all. SDOT's core responsibilities include maintenance and operations of the city's transportation right-of-way, the expansion of the city's bicycle and pedestrian network, care of over 240 bridges, permitting use of public spaces and enhancing access to the regional transit system. With approximately 950 dedicated staff, SDOT maintains an operational presence 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in all weather conditions to serve and ensure Seattle's public mobility.

Position Overview:
The Asphalt Raker Senior will be working with a team of professionals focused on creating a safe, interconnected, vibrant, affordable, and innovative city for all. Under general supervision, and reporting to the Asphalt Paving Crew Chief, the Senior Asphalt Raker will work as a lead on job sites, assisting in planning difficult large asphalt jobs, and training laborers. The position will also work independently to determine material requirements and order as needed. A knowledge of asphalt mixtures and their application to large and complex jobs, tools and equipment involved in the jobs, and proper screed adjustment in utilizing self-propelled spreaders is required.
Job Responsibilities

  • Assigns jobs to member of the paving crew and checks and corrects the work of the paving crew.
  • Advises supervisors of material requirements, size, duration, and extent of large jobs.
  • Assists Crew Chief in planning of large projects.
  • Evaluates new equipment to determine if it meets departmental needs.
  • Distributes, rakes, tamps, and smooths asphaltic materials on large and complex jobs.
  • Performs large and difficult asphalt raking jobs where drainage is critical.
  • Determines mix needed to complete job and orders from vendor.
  • Uses jackhammer, compressor, extruder, ground pounder, and related equipment as needed.
  • Repairs utility cuts (water, gas, City Light, and private contractors) by removing temporary material and replacing with permanent hot asphaltic material. Performs other related duties of a comparable level/type as assigned.
  • Sets up traffic control at worksite in accordance with safety policies and practices.
  • Trains laborers and Asphalt Rakers in performance of job duties.

Minimum Qualifications:
Two years' experience in hot asphalt construction, maintenance and repair.
Or an equivalent combination of education and experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the position duties.
Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience working around heavy equipment and traffic
  • Ability to set up and utilize automatic screed leveling system on a paving machine
  • Experience with a smart level and/or laser level for grade Experience setting a paving project (equipment, labor, and material needs) while keeping within budget constraints.
  • Knowledge and understanding of compaction rates related to a variety of street types and mix designs
  • Ability to read, understand, and implement blueprints and design drawings
  • Ability to accurately resolve complex drainage issues utilizing a paving machine or by hand raking
  • Good communication and customer service skills when interacting with the general public, coworkers, and other City staff at all levels

Other Requirements:

  • Current Washington State driver's license; Flagging Card; First Aid/CPR certification.

Work Environment/Physical Demands:

  • Work is performed around heavy equipment and heavy power tools and requires strenuous physical exertion.
  • Position requires daily exposure to heavy traffic, extreme weather, loud noises from machinery, dust, and the heat and fumes of asphaltic material.

Additional Information

Your application will not be reviewed if these items are missing or incomplete.

Hiring Process

Applications are reviewed after the posting closes. Qualified candidates must submit the following to be considered:
Completed NEOGOV online application.Supplemental questionnaire responses. Offers of employment are contingent on verification of information provided by the applicant as part of the application process, including potential background check, pre-placement physical exam, and full driver's abstract.

Please note this job advertisement is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilitiesand activities may change at any time with or without notice.

The full salary range for this position is $34.94 - $36.31 per hour.

The City of Seattle offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, holiday, and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance for employees and their dependents.

More information about employee benefits is available on the City's website at:

The City of Seattle offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, holiday and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance for employees and their dependents.

More information about employee benefits is available on the City's website at:
"Most" Employees Plans - Human Resources |

Closing Date/Time: 9/5/2023 4:00 PM Pacific

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