Equipment Operator I


Department: Public Works Department
Status: Hourly, Full-Time, Benefits
Hours: Monday-Thursday 6:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Friday 6:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Open till filled 

GENERAL PURPOSE

Operates a variety of contractor’s equipment and trucks utilized in construction, maintenance and repair activities; performs a variety of semi-skilled tasks in the maintenance of light, street, water, sewer and storm drainage systems

SUPERVISION RECEIVED

Works under the close supervision of the Heavy Equipment Operations Supervisor and Public Works Director

SUPERVISION EXERCISED

None

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Operates trucks of various sizes and weights in the loading, hauling and unloading of various equipment, materials, and supplies
  • Operates trucks and construction or power equipment, such as mechanized broom, back-hoe, digger derrick, man-lift, dump truck, and inductor truck
  • Operates jackhammers, mowers, and other small equipment and tools to maintain street and utility systems
  • Works with and assists the line crew in digging ditches, pole holes, hoisting materials, tools, equipment, transformers and any related work with a backhoe or digger-derrick
  • Performs routine inspection and preventive maintenance on assigned equipment and refers defects or needed repairs to supervisor; cleans equipment
  • Performs all duties in conformance to appropriate safety and security standards
  • Performs some or all of the duties of Equipment Operator, as required or assigned
  • Responsible for making sure all MS 811 locates are in compliance with Mississippi Law
  • Must take pictures and notes of excavation areas before and after digging and keep documentation in the Equipment Operator department filing system.
  • Attend seminars, trainings, and workshops when required in relation to water, sewer and drainage department/equipment operator duties and responsibilities.
  • Responsible for City issued cell phone during emergency call outs for services and repairs received after working hours.

NONESSENTIAL DUTIES

  • Serves as a ground person on the line crew as required and assigned
  • Controls traffic at work sites by flagging to guide traffic through work areas, as required or assigned
  • Assists in the installing and maintenance of traffic control devices

DESIRED MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education and Experience

  • Graduation from high school or GED equivalent;
  • Four (4) years experience involving the use of medium and heavy equipment, two of which must have been related to utility or street systems

Necessary Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Considerable knowledge of heavy-equipment operating principles; working knowledge of the hazards and safety precautions common to heavy equipment operations; working knowledge of the methods, materials and tools used in street and utility maintenance work
  • Skill in operation of listed tools and equipment
  • Ability to understand and follow oral or written instructions; ability to observe proper safety precautions; ability to establish effective working relationships with other employees, supervisors, and the public; ability to perform heavy manual tasks under varying weather conditions; ability to drive and operate a variety of equipment under varying conditions; ability to work from construction specifications or blueprints; ability to classify soils and perform as a Department of Labor and Industries competent person on excavation sites.

Special Requirements

  • Valid State and CDL license, or ability to obtain one within six (6) months in position
  • May be subject to take the Equipment Operator’s Skills Test performed at Public Works during the selection process

TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT USED

Motorized vehicles and equipment, including back-hoe, dump truck, pickup truck, utility truck, street sweeper, jetter/inductor truck, street roller, man lift, tamper, plate compactor, saws, pumps, aerial propane kettle, compressors, sanders, generators, common hand and power tools, shovels, wrenches, detection devices, mobile radio, phone, ditch witch

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, feel, or operate objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and arms. The employee frequently is required to stand and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to walk; sit; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell

The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those of an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in outside weather conditions. The employee frequently works near moving mechanical parts and is frequently exposed to wet and/or humid conditions and vibration. The employee occasionally works in high, precarious places and is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, and risk of electrical shock.

The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.

SELECTION GUIDELINES

Formal application, rating of education and experience; oral interview and reference check; job related tests may be required

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed the omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

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