Job Title: Heavy Equipment Operator
Department: Public Works
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
This position performs skilled and unskilled labor and uses heavy and light equipment on streets, ditches, and canals. This position is under the administrative supervision of the Public Works Director and the direct supervision of the Public Works Foreman/Supervisor.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
- Performs skilled labor in the operation of heavy equipment such as but not limited to rubber tire backhoe; large tractor w/side arm; heavy trucks; motor grader; bulldozer; excavator; front-end loader; street sweeper; and street broom.
- Performs manual duties that include cutting, trimming, and/or raking of trees and shrubs; cleaning ditches; clearing grounds and fields, and overgrowth of landscape for proper drainage, etc. as necessary.
- Clears roadways of dirt and debris with heavy equipment or as necessary manually.
- Maintains inventory of all supplies required to perform the duties of the position.
- Performs a variety of miscellaneous errands including pick-up and delivery of supplies or equipment.
- Uses light equipment including but not limited to weed eater, mowers, medium tractors, and light trucks as needed.
- Prepares landscape for utilities upgrades and maintenance.
- Removes and repairs asphalt and or concrete areas such as streets/roads, sidewalks, parking areas, etc. as needed.
- Performs work in constructing, painting, repairing, or other duties associates with road maintenance.
- Performs duties in all weather conditions.
- Works in a safe manner and reports unsafe activity and conditions.
- Assists with hazardous waste cleanup and disposal as needed.
- Cross-trains in one or more areas of department functions.
- Participates in and attends all City sponsored training as required.
- Performs other related job duties as assigned.
Education and Experience:
High school diploma or an acceptable equivalency diploma (GED); and three (3) years of experience in a public works or similar setting to include the safe and productive operation of heavy equipment; or any equivalent combination of education and experience.
Must possess a valid Georgia Commercial Driver’s license.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Knowledge of safe working procedures in operating relevant equipment.
- Knowledge of the operations of the Public Works Department and maintenance work involved in a comprehensive municipal construction, repair and maintenance program; and considerable knowledge of materials, equipment and supplies used in this work.
- Knowledge of both the department’s Standard Operating Procedures and the City’s Personnel Policies and Procedures.
- Knowledge of on the job safety requirements.
- Skills in the application of sub-professional maintenance repair and construction techniques.
- Skills in the repair and use of pertinent tools and equipment, to include rubber tire backhoe; large tractor w/side arm; heavy trucks – such as boom truck; motor grader; bulldozer; excavator; front-end loader; street sweeper; and street broom and must also be able to operate as required: lawn tractors; mowers; dump trucks; trucks with long bed trailers; jackhammer; etc.
- Skills in reading comprehension- literacy in English with the ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions and posted schedules.
- Ability to control operations of equipment.
- Ability to listen effectively and to monitor and assess the performance of self and others to make corrections, improvements as necessary.
- Ability to perform routine maintenance on equipment as well as determine maintenance needs.
- Ability to use logic and reasoning to problem solve.
- Ability to take direction and work in a team atmosphere.
- Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and City/County maps.
- Ability to understand, interprets, and effectively carries out complex oral and written instructions.
- Ability to operate job related equipment and lift and carry heavy objects safely and demonstrate safe work procedures and equipment operation.
- Ability to read simple blueprints and plans.
- Ability to keep operating records.
- Ability to work weekends and holidays, and respond to calls during non-work hours.
- Ability to wear personal protective safety equipment and perform job tasks that require the use of such equipment.
- Ability to maintain City standards of conduct, which includes being respectful of others, possessing cultural awareness and sensitivity, being flexible, and demonstrating a dedication to the position as well as to the community.
- Ability to demonstrate good workmanship, including performing tasks neatly and in a timely manner.
- Ability to report on time for work and perform the duties of the position as required.
- Ability to maintain a neat, clean, and acceptable personal appearance.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, coworkers and the public.
- Ability to demonstrate a good work ethic, including a willingness to perform job place tasks and to assist coworkers without unnecessary directive.
The work is heavy to very heavy work, which includes exerting in excess of 100 pounds of force occasionally and/or in excess of 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or in excess of 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects. Additionally, the following physical abilities are required:
- Balancing: Maintaining body equilibrium to prevent falling while walking, standing, or crouching on narrow, slippery, or erratically moving surfaces. The amount of balancing exceeds that needed for ordinary locomotion and maintenance of body equilibrium.
- Climbing: Ascending or descending ladders, stairs, scaffolding, ramps, poles and the like, using feet and legs and/or hands and arms. Body agility is emphasized.
- Crouching: Bending the body downward and forward by bending leg and spine.
- Grasping: Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm
- Handling: Picking, holding, or otherwise working, primarily with the whole hand
- Hearing 2: Ability to receive detailed information through oral communication, and to make the discrimination in sound.
- Kneeling: Bending legs at knee to come to a rest on knee or knees.
- Lifting: Raising objects from a lower to a higher position or moving objects horizontally from position-to-position. Occurs to a considerable degree and requires substantial use of upper extremities and back muscles.
- Pulling: Using upper extremities to exert force in order to draw haul or tug objects in a sustained motion.
- Pushing: Using upper extremities to press against something with steady force in order to thrust forward, downward, or outward.
- Reaching: Extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction.
- Repetitive Motion: Substantial movements (motions) of the wrist, hands, and/or fingers.
- Speaking: Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word including the ability to convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately and concisely.
- Stooping: Bending body downward and forward by bending spine at the waist. Occurs to a considerable degree and requires full motion of the lower extremities and back muscles.
- Talking 1: Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word including those activities in which they must convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately, loudly, or quickly.
- Talking 2: Shouting in order to be heard above ambient noise level.
- Visual Acuity 4: Have visual acuity to operate motor vehicles and/or heavy equipment.
- Walking: Moving about on foot to accomplish tasks, particularly for long distances or moving from one work site to another.
This job is performed in a municipal/industrial type setting, primarily outdoors in all types of weather conditions – including extreme heat and extreme cold. The operator is constantly exposed to unpleasant sights and smells and may at times be exposed to toxic substances and must take necessary precautions to protect eyes, nose, and skin from irritation and infection. The work will require driving to multiple locations.