Heavy Equipment Operator

  • 005219

SUMMARY: Under limited supervision, operates a wide variety of heavy equipment (depending on the area of assignment) to repair and maintain canals, roadways or right-of-ways, water distribution, wastewater collection or stormwater lines, transport wastewater sludge; and performs related duties as assigned.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following tasks, knowledge, skills and other characteristics. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by incumbents of this class.)

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: (which are not in any hierarchical order)
  1. Loads equipment on transport.
  2. Drives truck to deliver equipment to job site.
  3. Unloads equipment at job site.
  4. Operates heavy equipment (e.g., front-end loader, tractor trailer, bulldozer, backhoe, flat-bed or tanker truck) to support a variety of construction and maintenance projects.
  5. Grades canal banks.
  6. Operates tiger and scag mowers to maintain canal banks.
  7. Performs or schedules preventive maintenance on assigned equipment.
  8. Performs various construction and/or maintenance tasks (e.g. hauling trash and debris, repairing asphalt, building catch basin, mowing canal banks, repairing sidewalks)
  • Knowledge of operation of a variety of heavy and medium equipment and vehicles.
  • Knowledge of common hand and power tools.
  • Knowledge of machinery, equipment and tools necessary for the maintenance of public areas.
  • Knowledge of occupational hazards and safety precautions.
  • Knowledge of basic preventive maintenance on assigned equipment.
  • Skill in following oral and written instructions
  • Skill in operating and working around moving equipment.
  • Skill in communicating effectively, orally and in writing.
  • Ability to follow safety practices and recognizing hazards.
  • Ability to establish cooperative work relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work involves moderate to heavy work in all types of weather. There is frequent need to stand, stoop, walk, lift heavy objects (up to 50 pounds) and perform other similar actions during the course of the workday. The City of West Palm Beach promotes a drug/alcohol free work environment through the use of mandatory pre-employment drug testing.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Eighth grade education and three (3) years of experience relevant to the assignment, or any equivalent combination of training and experience. Possession of a Commercial driver’s license or certifications specific to the assignment may be required.

Last revision date: October 2001
Overtime: Yes
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