Heavy Equipment Operator


DATE:    08/24/13
JOB TITLE:  Heavy Equipment Operator (Streets) (Sewer) (Trees)
DEPARTMENT:  Public Works
DIVISION:  Streets

IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR: Lead Heavy Equipment Operator


NATURE OF WORK:  Operates heavy and light equipment in maintenance and construction work for the City.  Required to perform routine street maintenance tasks and to make repairs upon equipment operated.  May be assigned by the Street Superintendent to Street Crew, Sewer Crew or Tree Crew as necessary.

Duties / Responsibilities:


I. Responsible for operation of a variety of heavy and light equipment in maintaining municipal streets.

 A.  Applies seal coat asphalt and rock.
 B.  Plows and removes snow from streets, alleys and parking lots.
 C.  Sands streets.

II. (Street Crew) Responsible for safe and efficient operation of a variety of heavy and light equipment in repair and construction of municipal streets.

 A.  Operates equipment such as front end loaders, road graders, back hoe,
       boom truck, roller, snowplows, chip spreaders, and trucks.
 B.  Hauls gravel, rock and bituminous products as necessary.
 C.  Patches holes in streets and repairs service cuts.
 D.  Grades and sands streets.
 E.  Cleans catch basins and storm sewers and flushes streets.
 F.  Installs culverts and drainage pipes.
 G.  Removes fallen trees and debris.
 H.  Builds concrete curb and gutter, sidewalks and other street

III. (Sewer Crew) Operates a variety of heavy and light equipment in the cleaning and maintenance of sanitary and storm sewers.

 A.  Operates front end loader, back hoe, sewer jetter, and vac-truck.
 B.  Cleans catch basins and drainage ditches.
 C.  Cleans sewers.
 D.  Repairs sewer lines and structures and constructs new sewer lines and structures.

IV. (Tree Crew) Participates in tree removal projects to carry out the City’s plan for disposal of dead and/or diseased trees.

 A.  Operates boom truck, chain saws, chipper and other related equipment.
 B.  Cuts down designated trees.
 C.  Trims boulevard trees.
 D.  Disposes of trees, limbs, and leaves as directed.

V.  Performs field maintenance and running repairs on heavy equipment so as to assure completion of projects.

 A.  Makes necessary adjustments on equipment.
 B.  Makes repairs and replaces broken or worn parts.
 C.  Performs routine maintenance and safety checks on equipment, including but not limited to adding  grease and oil.

VI. Performs maintenance and repair in shop to insure readiness of equipment.

 A.  Keeps records of repairs made to equipment.

VII. Performs all other job related activities as directed.

I. Helps develop public understanding of work and activities of the division.

 A.  Responds courteously to citizen questions and requests for materials
      and information regarding streets, trees and sewers and refers them to supervisor.
 B.  Maintains good relations with the general public in the course of
      maintaining streets and the removal of snow and ice.

I. Must possess a valid Minnesota Class A CDL driver’s license.

I. Employee must be capable of operating miscellaneous tools and equipment relative to this position which shall include but may not be limited to:  Motor vehicles, road construction equipment, road maintenance equipment, chain saws, communication equipment, computers, copy machines, fax machines, measuring devices, and calculators.

I. Hours may vary, but generally 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.  This is a non-exempt position.
II. Machine shop environment and construction job site activities, which may include walking, climbing, and bending, in a normal construction environment.  This may include exposure to the natural elements, dust, insects, and conditions that could be hazardous or dangerous relative to construction sites.

III. As approved by the Director of Public Works and availability of funds, continuing education and training will be provided to ensure a competent level of ability to perform of this position and to allow maintenance of required licenses and certifications.



Minimum Qualifications: High School Graduate or GED. Three (3) years’ experience, in street maintenance and repairs or related work.  Must possess a valid Minnesota Class A CDL driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications: Ability to operate all types of heavy equipment.

Hours of Work/Physical and Mental Demands:
In compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act the following represents the Physical and Environmental Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands and fingers,
handle, feel or operate objects, tools or controls and reach with hands and arms.  The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, talk or hear, sit, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl and smell. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to seventy-five (75) pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.