Alaska DOT&PF’s History
The Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOT&PF) is headquartered in the capital city of Juneau. The mission of Alaska DOT&PF is to "Keep Alaska Moving through service and infrastructure."
The Alaska Road Commission, was created in 1905 as a board of the U.S. War Department. It was responsible for the construction and improvement of many important Alaska highways, such as the Richardson, Alaska, Steese, Elliot and Edgerton Highways, among others.
The commission was transferred to the Department of the Interior in 1932, and was absorbed by the Bureau of Public Roads, a division of the Commerce Department in 1956. DOT&PF was established on July 1, 1977, merging the former departments of Highways and Public Works. Today, responsibility for road development and maintenance in Alaska lies with our department.
DOT&PF designs, constructs, operates and maintains the state’s transportation infrastructure systems, buildings, and other facilities used by Alaskans and visitors. These include more than 5,600 miles of paved and gravel highways; 237 airports; 839 bridges; over 800 public facilities; 16 harbors; and a ferry system covering 3,500 nautical miles serving 33 coastal communities.
The department is administratively divided into three regions:
- The Northern Region, headquartered in Fairbanks, is the largest, most geographically diverse, and maintains more centerline miles of highway, including all of the Alaska, Richardson, Taylor, Denali, and Dalton Highways and portions of the Parks and Glenn Highways.
- The Central Region, headquartered in Anchorage, includes the state’s most urban areas, as well as some of the most remote villages on the Kuskokwim delta, the Alaska Peninsula, and the Aleutian Chain. Central Region maintains the Seward and Sterling Highways, as well as parts of the Parks and Glenn Highways.
- The Southcoast Region, headquartered in Juneau, serves the coastal communities of Alaska encompassing a population of 98,000. Currently, only four Southcoast communities are connected to the continental highway system – Skagway, Haines, Hyder, and Valdez.
The Alaska Marine Highway System is headquartered in Ketchikan. From there, AMHS management directs the operation and maintenance of our fleet of nine vessels, ranging in size from the 181 ft. M/V Lituya to the 418 ft. M/V Columbia.
Alaska DOT&PF’s Purpose
Keep Alaska Moving through service and infrastructure.
- DOT&PF serves every Alaskan, every day
- DOT&PF provides a safe and efficient transportation system for Alaska to thrive
- DOT&PF provides Alaskans with access to goods, services, economic opportunities, each other and the world
- Integrity: Doing the right thing even when no one is watching. Doing what you say you are going to do
- Excellence: Commitment to continually improve
- Respect: Positive regard for customers, stakeholders, investors and colleagues
- Safety: Commitment to safeguarding transportation systems and users while promoting a safety culture in the workplace
Moving beyond Alaska’s challenges while meeting Alaskans’ distinct transportation needs through trust, teamwork, and results
Weekly Featured Position
Mechanic, Automotive Advanced Journey/Lead
Open until May 26, 2023 5:00 PM Alaska
Salary: $27.68 - $30.32 per hour
Location: Cantwell, AK
State Equipment Fleet
Job Type: Full-time
Position Open To: All Applicants
Bargaining Unit: Labor, Trades and Crafts
Professionally maintain all heavy equipment associated with the construction and maintenance of secondary roads and rural airports including, but not limited to, motor graders, loaders, dump trucks, roller compactors, sand spreaders, backhoes, and tractor-trailer combinations. Also, maintain light duty equipment associated with the construction and maintenance of secondary roads and other user agency vehicles being operated in the area-requiring repair.
This is an advanced journey level mechanic position required to diagnose, repair and maintain a wide variety of heavy-duty equipment for the State Fleet. This includes computerized diagnostics and the ability to repair electronic and mechanic systems. The incumbent must be able to resolve unusual or complex equipment problems through a variety of techniques and methods. In a shop or remote setting, the incumbent performs routine and specialized repair and maintenance on a variety of heavy equipment with diverse components and diagnostic requirements. An example of equipment would be motor graders, loaders, trucks of all types, snow blowers, and sanders, often from different manufacturers and wide range of model years. The incumbent is required to have a base working knowledge of the equipment components in order to move the equipment for service and have the ability to correctly diagnose problems not specified in applicable programs.
Vacancies in this job class are filled through Union referral, except for promotions, demotions, transfers, and emergency appointments.
Note: Requires moderate physical labor which includes lifting and carrying weights up to 50 pounds.