Category Archives: Employee Focus

#WorkForUsWednesday – September,

We’re halfway through the week, which means it’s #WorkForUsWednesday. There are three new positions here at UDOT. Check them out!

UDOT’s mission is to innovate transportation solutions that strengthen Utah’s economy and enhance quality of life. Come join a workforce of over 1,600 employees who all work hard to keep Utah moving.

  • Recruitment #09974 – Environmental Performance Manager (Environmental Manager), Complex – Environmental, Opens 9/14/16, Closes 10/3/16
  • Recruitment #10026 – Transportation Technician II (2 positions), Region 4 – Salina, Opens 9/21/16, Closes 10/02/16

Visit the Utah State Jobs website for more information on the specific job roles and to actually apply for these position. Simply filter the search criteria by department to (810) Department of Transportation, and you’ll be on your way.

We hope to see you proudly wearing UDOT orange soon.

#WorkForUsWednesday – September 14, 2016

For this week’s #WorkForUsWednesday, there are two new openings. Transportation Technicians are the imperative to the work we do.

UDOT’s mission is to innovate transportation solutions that strengthen Utah’s economy and enhance quality of life. Come join a workforce of over 1,600 employees who all work hard to keep Utah moving.

  • Recruitment #09895 – Transportation Technician II, Region 4 – Escalante, Opens 9/08/16, Closes 9/18/16
  • Recruitment #09908 – Transportation Technician II – Ogden, Region 1 – Ogden, Opens 09/12/2016, Closes 09/20/2016

Visit the Utah State Jobs website for more information on the specific job roles and to actually apply for these position. Simply filter the search criteria by department to (810) Department of Transportation, and you’ll be on your way.

We hope to see you proudly wearing UDOT orange soon.

Region Two Sign Crew Members Get a Silver Barrel Award for Quick Installation

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Silver Barrel Award recipients (From left): Jayson Kesler, Amber Mortenson and Brandon Butters with UDOT executive director Carlos Braceras.

Sign Crew members Jayson Kesler and Brandon Butters and Traffic and Safety Coordinator Amber Mortenson received the Silver Barrel award Wednesday for their quick work getting a crosswalk up and ready for kids walking to school.
Earlier this month, region two was given the approval to install a school crosswalk across 3500 South and 6180 West due to some recent school boundary changes.
After a site visit Amber Mortenson contacted Jayson Kesler, lead at the sign crew, and explained to him that we needed signs up before school started that coming Wednesday. Jayson and crew went out and installed the foundations and posts later that day. The sign installation was delayed until the pavement markings could be installed.
Just a few days later, the city requested they be allowed to stripe the crosswalk since they had a crew available and it was needed the very next morning. So late in the day Amber again called on Jayson and his crew with a emergency request, asking them to in stall the signs before 6:45 the next morning.
Jayson did not hesitate and told Amber he would make it happen. Jayson’s entire crew is working on SR-150, most of them are even staying locally to make the job more efficient, so they were not close. Jayson Kesler and Brandon Buttars made the drive at 3:30 am to get the signs from the station and have them installed before the kids started crossing at 6:45 am.
The kids had a safe passage and the local police thanked them for helping make that possible on such short notice.
The sign crew always does what is asked of them with a smile and without complaining.

 

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The Silver Barrel Recipients with the entire Region Two leadership team.

#WorkForUsWednesday – August 31, 2016

It’s Wednesday, which means it’s #WorkForUsWednesday at UDOT. We have openings across the state. Check them out!

UDOT’s mission is to innovate transportation solutions that strengthen Utah’s economy and enhance quality of life. Come join a workforce of over 1,600 employees who all work hard to keep Utah moving.

  • Recruitment #09682 – Transportation Technician II – Region 4, Beaver – Opens 8/25/16, Closes 8/31/16
  • Recruitment #09751 – Transportation Technician I Seasonal, Region 3 – Lehi – Opens 08/25/2016, Closes 09/30/2016
  • Recruitment #09767 – Field Engineer (Engineer III) – Region 4, Hurricane, St. George – Opens 08/25/2016, Closes 09/07/2016
  • Recruitment #09787- Instructional Designer (E-Learning Instructional Designer), Complex – Training, Opens 08/26/2016, Closes 09/05/2016

Visit the Utah State Jobs website for more information on the specific job roles and to actually apply for these position. Simply filter the search criteria by department to (810) Department of Transportation, and you’ll be on your way.

We hope to see you proudly wearing UDOT orange soon.

Employee Advisory Council August 2016 Meeting

The Employee Advisory Council met August 9, 2016. Items that were included in the discussion included:

  • Compensation for Performing Supervisor Duties
  • Interview Process
  • Student fees and Tuition Reimbursement
  • Trans Tech III Positions
  • Employee Appreciation Program
  • Region HR Representatives
  • UTA Van Share
  • UDOT Audit
  • Seat Belt Use and Policy
  • Comp Time Accrual and Expiration Deadline
  • Silver Barrel Awards

Notes from the meeting are available below.

EAC August 2016 Summary

Information from previous meetings has also been posted on the blog.

Employee Advisory Council

2016 UDOT Complex Employee Picnic – Life is Better at the Beach

Thank you to all the UDOT employees who spent their lunch hour with us at a Hawaiian themed appreciation luncheon. UDOT employs 556 people at the Complex. This was a chance to hang on to the last bit of summer and show those employees just how much we appreciate the hard work the do to keep Utah moving. The afternoon was enjoying Famous Dave’s Barbecue and spent listening to tropical themed tunes. UDOT’s four regions held similar employee appreciation luncheons over the summer.

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10th Annual Utah Fallen Officer Memorial Ride – An Employee Perspective

By Lisa Miller, Traveler Information Manager

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Over the course of my career at UDOT, I’ve been fortunate to be involved in many unique opportunities that support Utah’s economy and keeps Utah moving. From special events that draw hundreds of thousands of attendees, to Governor Inaugurations and every day traffic events, we get to interact with a variety of UDOT partners on a regular basis. One of our most frequent partners, law enforcement, goes above and beyond every day to keep us safe. For that reason, I felt that the 10th Annual Utah Fallen Officers Memorial motorcycle ride was one that could not be missed.

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UDOT Region 2 staff and Utah Highway Patrol dispatchers participated in the ride.

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Billy is a UDOT employee and works in the Incident Management Team.

On Sunday, August 21, thousands of motorcycle riders began the tribute ride in Lindon, Utah. Several UDOT employees participated in the event as a way to thank and support our law enforcement partners. UDOT’s Incident Management Team (IMT) drivers interact with Utah Highway Patrol and other law enforcement agencies on a daily basis. The ride progressed through Utah’s beautiful mountainside scenery and eventually led to the Utah State Capitol for a memorial ceremony.

Once the ride attendees reached the capitol, the memorial ceremony included a message from Colonel Michael Rapich from the Utah Highway Patrol. Officer Doug Barney, who was killed in the line of duty in January 2016, had several family members attending the event. Officer Barney’s young son, Jack, addressed the group with poise and said he visits the Memorial at the Capitol often. The Salt Lake City Police Department’s Explorer program, which allows teenage children to participate in an education program encouraging a future law enforcement career, received pins from children of fallen officers. While it was amazing to see all of the support for local law enforcement, the event was bittersweet.

 

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Utah Highway Patrol’s motor squad was well represented.

Dozens of law enforcement agencies sent their motor squads to participate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information on Utah’s Fallen Officer Memorial, please visit https://www.utahsfallen.org/.

 

 

UDOT Bridge Engineer Josh Sletten Helps Build Bridge to Prosperity

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Here at UDOT we’re proud of the innovative work our employees do to help, not just Utah get around, but the entire world. Recently one of our bridge engineers took part in a humanitarian trip to help a population in Central America better their transportation needs.

Josh Sletten has worked for UDOT as a structural engineer for seven years, but says it was exciting to get back to the basics of bridge building.

Josh spent 12 days this past April in the Central American jungle as part of Bridges to Prosperity. The non-profit humanitarian group has built 185 bridges in 17 different countries. The goal is to give communities the lifeline they desperately need.

“There’s this little community out there,” said Josh of the site. “The Lura River runs right through the community, separates a lot of people from the school.”

About 500 people live in the small community, and rely on the bridge to get to the main part of town. Josh was part of a 12-person team tasked with dismantling the rickety wood bridge and building a 51m (167.3ft.) long suspension bridge.

The group was made up of volunteers from several different engineering groups. Josh was the only one representing UDOT. He was invited by The National Steel Bridge Alliance to participate in the bridge building expedition.

“We had no two people from the same company,” said Josh. “We had one person from all of these different entities and we all came together and it was a fantastic way of doing it. You had to build relationships and a team on the fly.”

Josh worked as the logistics manager for the group, meaning he had to figure out transportation, lodging, food and finances. But everyone was involved in constructing the bridge.

He said it was an amazing experience getting back to the roots of engineering. He’s spent years in an office, planning on a computer. This project forced the team to be innovative, even making their own tools.=

“I love to be out on the construction site,” said Josh. “Get your hands dirty and kind of unplug and disconnect a little bit.”

Josh uses a level to check the alignment of the suspension bridge.

Josh uses a level to check the alignment of the suspension bridge.

Josh said suspension bridges have always been one of his favorites. There’s a lot of precision that goes into getting the arcs just right to support the weight of the bridge.

About 250 people showed up at the project’s completion to see the finished bridge and expressed their gratitude for the project.

“It was very well received,” said Josh. ”It’s rewarding. We didn’t speak Spanish, most of us, and they didn’t speak English, but just expressed their appreciation in whatever way they could.”

Josh said the experience is one that had a strong impact on him and others. They’ve all decided it’s something they’d like to do again.

 

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Josh with some of the local school children who rely on the Lura bridge to get to school.

The new suspension bridge spans 52 meters (about 167 ft.) across the Lura River in Panama.

 

#WorkForUsWednesday – July 20, 2016

For this week’s #WorkForUsWednesday, we have several different positions that cover a number of different UDOT departments. They’re primarily located in region one and the UDOT complex.

UDOT’s mission is to innovate transportation solutions that strengthen Utah’s economy and enhance quality of life. Come join a workforce of over 1,600 employees who all work hard to keep Utah moving.

  • Recruitment #09184 – Port of Entry Agent (Motor Carrier Spec), Echo Port of Entry, Opens 7/13/16, Closes 7/28/16
  • Recruitment #09290 – Property Manager (Right of Way Agent II), Complex – Right of Way, Opens 7/15/16, Closes 7/26/16
  • Recruitment #09309 – Training Coordinator (Trainer III), TL with benefits, Complex – Training, Opens 7/15/16, Closes7/26/16
  • Recruitment #09283 – HPMS Data and Research Analyst (Research Analyst), TL with benefits, Complex – Asset Management, Opens 7/15/16, Closes 7/26/16
  • Recruitment #09337 – Land Surveyor, Region 1 – Ogden, Opens 07/19/2016, Closes 08/01/2016
  • Recruitment #09359 – Transportation Technician II, Region 1 – Bothwell, Opens 07/19/2016, Closes 07/26/2016
  • Recruitment #09352 – GIS Analyst, Complex – Program Development, Opens 07/19/2016, Closes 08/01/2016

Visit the Utah State Jobs website for more information on the specific job roles and to actually apply for these position. Simply filter the search criteria by department to (810) Department of Transportation, and you’ll be on your way.

We hope to see you proudly wearing UDOT orange soon.

#WorkForUsWednesday – July 13, 2016

Another #WorkForUsWednesday here at UDOT, with six more job openings. UDOT’s mission is to innovate transportation solutions that strengthen Utah’s economy and enhance quality of life. Come join a workforce of over 1,600 employees who all work hard to keep Utah moving.

  • Recruitment #9162 – Transportation Technician II – Hooper, R-1 Hooper, Opens 07/06/2016, Closes 07/19/2016
  • Recruitment #08943 – Transportation Technician II, Region 4 – Purgatory, Opens 070/7/16, Closes 7/21/16
  • Recruitment #09200 – Transportation Planner (Transportation Project Manager), Complex – Planning, Opens 7/8/16, Closes 7/18/16
  •  Recruitment #09207 – Port of Entry Agent (Motor Carrier Spec II), Wendover Port of Entry, Opens 7/8/16, Closes 7/18/16
  • Recruitment #09201 – Financial Manager II, Complex – Comptroller’s Office, Opens 7/8/16, Closes 7/18/16
  • Recruitment #09211 – Materials Lab Technician III (Engineering Technician III), Region 2 / SLC, Opens 07/11/2016, Closes 07/25/2016

Visit the Utah State Jobs website for more information on the specific job roles and to actually apply for these position. Simply filter the search criteria by department to (810) Department of Transportation, and you’ll be on your way.

We hope to see you proudly wearing UDOT orange soon.