UDOT has has great success in partnering with the Department of Workforce Services to provide opportunities for workers to develop job skills.
A recent UDOT Blog post and an article written by Station 230 Lead Maintenance Technician Jake Brown details the new program, called Road to a Better Future, and the achievements of the participants. UDOT is building on the success of the WFS partnership by starting a Hot Shot team that will travel throughout Region Two and complete pressing maintenance tasks.
An experienced UDOT maintenance worker will accompany the Hot Shot crew in a refurbished trailer loaded with all the necessary equipment. The used trailer was rebuilt by UDOT Heavy Equipment Shop workers.
The Hot Shot crew will be able to respond quickly to fix signs, repair guardrail barriers, respond to customer requests, remove over grown trees, and other jobs that need special equipment or a more advanced skill level.
The Hot Shot crew evolved because “many of the workers did more than we expected,” says Jake. He and others at UDOT wanted to give the WFS clients opportunity to use their skills. The new Hot Shot crew will benefit UDOT too, by supplying “another tool in our arsenal,” to stay on top of maintenance tasks, says Jake.