Career Story: Traffic Control Supervisor

Traffic Control Supervisor

Job Title: Traffic Control Supervisor

Education: Cosmetology

Previous Experience: I worked as a flagger and traffic control supervisor

Job Tasks: I worked for a flagging company in the state of Washington.

I provided traffic control for road construction jobs. As a supervisor I was in charge of the flaggers to insure that the job sight was as safe as possible for the motoring public along with the crew working on the road. It was my job to ensure a timely movement of traffic thru the work site. In the morning we would set up what ever work sight we we were on, taking charge of the traffic flow throw the work zone.

It was my job to make sure that the workers in the work sight were safe as well as making sure the traffic could flow as smoothly as possible. I gave the flaggers breaks and lunches. I kept a daily log of the placement of signs, where each flagger was as well as the work that I completed during the day for the state. We had to be able to move quickly from one spot to the next at times depending on the part of the job being preformed at the time.

I needed to be able to deal with angery public due to the work being in the way of where they wish to go. I ensured that on hot days the flaggers were able to drink plenty of fluids on cold days made sure of breaks to warm up or just have hot coffee to drink. Reporting for my employer the daily logs for her and the state.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The part of the job was the pay and being seasonal. The worst part of the job was working out in the elements no matter if it was hot, cold, wet or snowing. Not having a steady time to go to work or to be off.

Job Tips:
1. You need to be very flexible about work hours along with the weather conditons.

2. You need to be capable of being on your feet up to 12 hours a day in the same place. Able to move from sight to sight quickly and regain control of traffic flow.

3. Be alert at all times.

Additional Thoughts: I loved doing my job for a long time, What ever you do in life enjoy it and do your best.,

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