October 2, 2017
A new system in use beginning this summer at the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Grimes garage is empowering employees to take charge of daily work projects to more efficiently complete the tasks at hand.
The Grimes location is one the Iowa DOT’s largest garages, currently staffed with 28 full-time employees and four temporary employees. As a large metropolitan shop, there are often two or three different crews going out each day to perform a variety of maintenance tasks., including edge rutting, bump milling, or setting sign posts.
Highway Maintenance Supervisor Jim Scott and Garage Operations Assistant Rob Thies are both strong believers in developing leaders among their team. There are three highway technicians and three equipment operator seniors who could be in charge of an operation on any given day. Scott said, “With all the things going on in our shop, Rob and I can’t be everywhere. We have great people on our team and we want to do everything we can to help them succeed and develop their skills.”