Light Equipment Operator

  • 005222


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)
  • Operates light to medium equipment (e.g., “bobcats’, small tractors, “bush-hog mowers”) and medium to heavy trucks (e.g., asphalt patch trucks, vac-jet trucks, dump trucks) in the performance of a variety of construction and maintenance projects.
  • Performs daily routine preventative maintenance and servicing (e.g., refuels, checks fluid levels, hoses, signal operation, brakes and lights, and refers major repairs).
  • Performs various construction or maintenance tasks. (e.g., repairing asphalt, repairing sidewalks, hauling trash or debris, mowing right of ways)
  • Follows safety practices when working; supports and actively participates in the City’s safety programs.
  • Receives work orders, proceeds, and secures job site.
  • Responds to inquiries, requests, and complaints from the public in an appropriate manner.
  • May operate heavy equipment due to staffing constraints.
  • May perform related duties as assigned.
  • Knowledge of operation of a variety of light to medium equipment and medium to heavy trucks.
  • Knowledge of city maps, routes, and geography.
  • Knowledge of the basic preventative maintenance for equipment and trucks.
  • Knowledge of customer service practices.
  • Knowledge of occupational hazards and safety precautions.
  • Skill in communicating effectively, orally and in writing.
  • Skill in operating and working around moving equipment.
  • Skill in performing heavy manual tasks for extended periods of time in all weather conditions.
  • Ability to follow oral and written directions.
  • Ability to follow safety practices and recognizing hazards.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working 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 lbs.) 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 two (2) years equipment operation experience. A valid commercial driver’s license, Class B is required.

FLSA Code: Non Exempt
Last revision date: October 2008
Overtime: Yes
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