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Heavy Equipment Operator II

Athens-Clarke County Unified Government

Listing Summary

REPORTS TO: Varies - Depending on Assignment 
CLASSIFICATION: Personnel System - Requires satisfactory completion of a six month probationary period.
PAY GRADE: 112 $35,494 Annually
SAFETY SENSITIVE: Yes - CDL; Subject to random drug testing per the Athens-Clarke County Drug and Alcohol Ordinance.

Purpose of Job 
The purpose of this job is to operate heavy equipment and perform manual work functions associated with construction and maintenance of water/sewer distribution and collection systems. Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to: operating/maintaining heavy equipment; transporting materials and equipment; performing labor activities; and performing additional tasks as assigned.

Job Related Requirements 

WORK SCHEDULE:  Monday-Thursday or Tuesday-Friday 6:30 am - 5:00 pm. Subject to call back 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

May be required to work on religious holidays.

Regular and predictable attendance is required.

Must work cooperatively with others.

When requirements include vehicle operation, responsible for the safety, readiness and operation of the vehicle and must abide by ACC's safe driving policy. 

Emergency Position
This position is designated as an emergency position that requires your attendance at work under all types of emergency conditions. Some examples of emergencies include inclement weather, utility failure, fire or other forced evacuations or as determined by the Manager. 


High school diploma or equivalent with two years construction, heavy equipment operation, maintenance labor, or related experience required; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this position. 

Must possess a valid driver's license. 

Must possess or have the ability to obtain a valid Georgia Commercial Driver's License within six months of date of hire. 

Must possess or have the ability to obtain Georgia Department of Transportation Flagging Certification within six months of date of hire. 

Ability to operate Caterpillar, John Deere, and Case Backhoe preferred.


The following duties are normal for this job. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned. 

Operates equipment such as a backhoe, track-hoe, front-end loader, and bulldozer used in making water and sewer line taps and repairs. 

Operates equipment such as a tractor, bushhog, tree cutter, chain saw, harrow, seeder, and tandem dump truck used in right-of-way cleaning and maintenance. 

Operates a tandem dump truck to haul materials. 

Operates a small truck, winch truck, earth boring machine, trencher and sanitary sewer rodding machine. 

Operates equipment used to install water and sewer mains. 

Responds to emergency and stand-by calls on a 24-hour daily basis. 

Operates tools such as a pipe threader, jackhammer, and other tools used in making water and sewer line taps and repairs; operates various gas- and electric-powered tools. 

Operates tamp to compact dirt. 

Performs general laboring activities related to water and sewer construction. 

Performs water taps. 

Assists in setting large meters and laying pipes. 

Cleans and maintains equipment and buildings as required. 

Responds to emergency service calls to repair water and sewer lines as required. 

Prepares and/or receives various forms, reports or other documents; processes and forwards as appropriate. 

Responds to routine requests for information from officials, employees, members of the staff, the public or other individuals. 

May perform duties of supervisor in his/her absence. 

Performs other duties as assigned. 

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