Category Archives: Employee Focus

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

 

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.

#WorkForUsWednesday: July 6, 2016

Are you passionate about keeping Utah moving like we are? For #WorkForUsWednesday, check out these new positions open with UDOT.

  • Recruitment #09126 – General Maintenance Worker, R-3 Orem, Opens 07/01/2016, Continuous
  • Recruitment #9162 – Transportation Technician II – Hooper, R-1 Hooper, Opens 07/06/2016, Closes 07/19/2016

There are also positions open for seasonal general maintenance in Salt Lake,  Summit and Tooele counties. General Maintenance workers are the front lines of UDOT employees and the ones who really see what it takes to keep Utah moving.

Visit the Utah State Jobs website 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 April 2015 Meeting

The Employee Advisory Council met April 19, 2016. Items that were included in the discussion included:

  • Employee-to-Employee Recognition
  • Policy Regarding Compensation for Performing Supervisor Duties
  • Interview Process
  • Wage Negotiations with New Jobs
  • Student Fees and Tuition Reimbursement
  • Market Comparability Adjustment
  • Construction Tech IV Job Posting
  • Holidays
  • 2016 Governor’s Choose Health Challenge

EAC April 2016 Summary

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

Employee Advisory Council

#WorkForUs Wednesday

Can you see yourself in orange? Check out three new job openings for today’s #WorkForUsWednesday.

  • Recruitment #08496 – Communications Manager (Program Manager), Complex – Communications, Opens 4/27/16, Closes 5/5/16
  • Recruitment #08486 – GIS Intern (Intern), Complex – Central Preconstruction, Opens 4/27/16, Closes 5/15/16
  • Recruitment #08338- Landscape Architect (Architect), R-3 Orem, Opens 04/18/2016, Closes 05/08/2016

Visit the Utah State Jobs website 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 for April 13, 2016

Hey job seekers. We’re spotlighting two new job openings for today’s #WorkForUsWednesday.

  • Recruitment #8065 – Engineering Intern, Region 2 – SLC, Opens 4/7/2016, Closes 4/24/2016
  • Recruitment #08260 – Employee Safety Manager, Complex – Traffic & Safety – SLC, Opens 4/7/2016, Closes 4/18/2016

Visit the Utah State Jobs website 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.

Slow Down for National Work Zone Safety Week

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We are teaming up with the Association of General Contractors to celebrate National Work Zone Safety Week by reminding drivers to slow down and focus on the road, especially in work zones.

In 2015, a total of 2,849 motor vehicle crashes occurred in Utah work zones, resulting in 10 deaths. According to the Federal Highway Administration, speeding was a factor in 29 percent of all fatal work zone crashes in 2014, while distracted driving contributed to 16 percent. Currently there have been zero fatalities in Utah work zones in 2016.

“We are doing everything we can to keep our work zones safe for those who travel through them and those who work in them. But there’s only so much we can do. We need the public’s help,” said UDOT Executive Director Carlos Braceras. “Slow down, put down the phone, be alert, and obey the laws – especially when driving through a work zone.”

In addition, UDOT release a 30-second PSA to remind drivers of the risks UDOT workers face every day in the work zone. The PSA is told from the perspective of UDOT employees’ children, who want to see their parents come home safe every night.

“Work zones are places where real people do their jobs every day,” said Rich Thorn, president and CEO of the Associated General Contractors. “They have families and other people who care about them and want to see them come home safe. Knowing that should motivate drivers to be alert and slow down in work zones.”

Safety is the number one priority for each of UDOT’s more than 150 projects this year.  For example, the Point project requires every employee to participate in weekly safety training. Also, to further protect it’s 1,500 employees from traffic, crews placed more than 24 miles of concrete barrier, which is 50 percent more than the contract required, as this barrier provides a safer work zone for employees.

Work zones are dynamic places that can change from minute to minute. UDOT urges drivers to be safe and help reach Zero Fatalities by:

  • Driving the posted speed limit.
  • Paying 100 percent attention to the roadway, as lanes are often narrowed and shifted for construction.
  • Eliminating distracting activities, such as changing radio/music, using mobile devices (surfing, tweeting, talking, texting), eating and drinking, putting on makeup, and reaching while driving.
  • Minimizing lane changes within the work zone.
  • Merging into the proper lane well before reaching a lane closure.
  • Watching out for workers and their equipment in the work zone, as they can be especially hard to see at night.

UDOT encourages drivers to check the UDOT Traffic App (available for Android and Apple devices) to view current traffic conditions, locate work zones, or plan the best route before travel. Drivers are also encouraged to TRAVELWise around freeway construction by adjusting schedules to travel during less-congested times of day. Drivers can also take transit or telework to skip congestion and work zones.

The U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration celebrate National Work Zone Safety Week each spring to bring national attention to motorist and worker safety in work zones. UDOT continues to participate in this observance in order to raise driver awareness, protect employees and reach Zero Fatalities in work zones.

#workforuswednesday for March 2

Another week, another round of #WorkForUsWednesday. This week, there are NEW positions available at UDOT HQ (the Complex), Northern Utah (Region One), and Southern Utah (Region Four). They include an internship, transportation tech, right of way, and GRAMA coordinator positions.

Of course, there are more positions available from last week that you should check out. You’ll have to go to the Utah State Jobs website to actually apply for those jobs. Simply filter the search criteria by department to (810) Department of Transportation, and you’ll be on your way.

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Recruitment #7869 – Transportation Technician II, R-4 Colton
Opens 03/01/2016, Closes 03/13/2016
Employees in this job perform difficult highway construction, maintenance or incident prevention tasks to insure safety and provide a consistent flow of traffic along major traffic routes.Recruitment #7879 – GIS Intern, R-1 Ogden

Opens 03/01/2016, Closes 03/08/2016
The intern will work directly with UDOTs GIS team on a variety of GIS related projects throughout the department.Recruitment #7592 – Statewide Permits Officer, Complex – Right of Way

Opens 03/01/2016, Closes 03/10/2016
The Statewide Permits Officer reports to the Outdoor Advertising Control Program Manager in the Central Right-of-Way Division and is responsible for aiding in the development of statewide policies, processes, and manuals in relation to outdoor advertising control.Recruitment #07915 – Legal Assistant I (Paralegal), Complex – Risk Management

Opens 3/2/16, Closes 3/9/16
The successful applicant will be responsible to respond to all Government Records Access Management Act (GRAMA) requests.  This position performs limited legal assistant tasks with constant review and supervision by the Risk Manager.Construction Technician IV (Office), R-4 Price

Opens 2/29/16. Closes 3/9/16

This construction technician is responsible for providing adequate levels of office documentation for multiple construction projects running concurrently. To accomplish this task, the individual will be responsible for:

  • managing the correspondence and paperwork of current projects
  • organizing all the documentation and preparing projects for final review and approval (close-out).

Extensive prior experience on construction projects is required for this position in order to possess the skills necessary to effectively manage projects.