Heavy Equipment Operator I, II, or III / Transportation and Public Works

$35,156 - $38,760 yearly
  • ACCGov
  • Athens, GA
  • Jan 06, 2023
Full time Public Works Roads, Streets, and Sidewalks

Job Description

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Starting salary depends on qualifications.
See Purpose of Job below for details.

***CDL Positions HIRING INCENTIVE***
Effective 12.13.2022

Eligible newly hired candidates hired into a position requiring a CDL will receive an incremental hiring incentive upon satisfactory job performance after completion of 3, 6, and 12 months of service.

Valid Driver’s License: $1,500 one time hiring incentive to be paid in $500 increments (not added to base salary).  This is a one-time incentive, and you will not be eligible for an additional incentive when you obtain your required CDL license.

Class A or Class B CDL: $3,000 one time hiring incentive to be paid in $1,000 increments (not added to base salary).  

Continuation of this Recruitment/Hiring Incentive Program is subject to available funding and approval by the Manager.


REPORTS TO: Public Works Crew Leader
FLSA STATUS: Non-Exempt
CLASSIFICATION: Personnel System - Requires satisfactory completion of a six-month probationary period
PAY GRADE: Operator I - 111 ($35,156); Operator II - 112 ($36,914); Operator III - 113 ($38,760)
SAFETY SENSITIVE: Yes - CDL Subject to random drug testing per the Athens-Clarke County Drug and Alcohol Ordinance


Purpose of Job
Operator I: The purpose of this job is to operate heavy equipment to construct, maintain, and improve streets and drainage systems. Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, operating heavy equipment and vehicles to construct, maintain, and improve streets and drainage systems and perform additional tasks as assigned. Salary for Operator I: $33,804 annually - Pay Grade 111.

Operator II: The purpose of this job is to operate all heavy equipment and vehicles to construct, maintain, and improve streets and drainage systems. Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, operate heavy equipment and vehicles to construct, maintain, and improve streets and drainage systems and perform additional tasks as assigned. Salary for Operator II: $35,494 annually - Pay Grade 112.

Operator III: The purpose of this job is to assist in the supervision and operation of all heavy equipment and vehicles to construct, maintain, and improve streets and drainage systems. Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, assisting with supervision, training employees and providing technical assistance, operating heavy equipment and vehicles to construct, maintain, and improve streets and drainage systems, and perform additional tasks as assigned. Salary for Operator III: $37,269 annually - Pay Grade 113.

Job Related Requirements

Work Schedule: Weekdays 6:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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.

 Minimum Training & Experience Required to Perform Essential Job Functions:
Operator I: High school diploma or equivalent with one year of heavy equipment operation 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 have the ability to obtain a Georgia Commercial Driver's License Class "A" with tanker endorsement within 5 months of being hired.

Must be able to meet the current training requirements for this position as set forth in the Streets & Drainage Certification Program within the required time frame.

If assigned an inmate detail: Criminal background must indicate eligibility for the supervision of inmates. Must obtain security training for the supervision of inmate workers as set forth by the Georgia Department of Corrections Standard Operating Procedures within six months of date of hire or first available opportunity.

Operator II: High school diploma or equivalent with two years of heavy equipment operation 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 have the ability to obtain a Georgia Commercial Driver's License Class "A" with tanker endorsement within 5 months of being hired. 
 
Must be able to meet the current training requirements for this position as set forth in the Streets & Drainage Certification Program within the required time frame.
 
If assigned an inmate detail:  Criminal background must indicate eligibility for the supervision of inmates.  Must obtain security training for the supervision of inmate workers as set forth by the Georgia Department of Corrections Standard Operating Procedures within six months of date of hire or first available opportunity.  

Operator III: High school diploma or equivalent with three years of heavy equipment operation 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 have the ability to obtain a Georgia Commercial Driver's License Class "A" with tanker endorsement within 5 months of being hired   

If assigned an inmate detail:  Criminal background must indicate eligibility for the supervision of inmates.  Must obtain security training for the supervision of inmate workers as set forth by the Georgia Department of Corrections Standard Operating Procedures within six months of date of hire or first available opportunity. 

Must be able to meet the current training requirements for this position as set forth in the Streets & Drainage Certification Program within the required time frame.

Supervisory experience is preferred.

 Essential Duties, Responsibilities:
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.

OPERATOR I: 
Operates all Streets & Drainage Division equipment & vehicles to construct, maintain, and improve streets and drainage systems.

Performs traffic control setup for work sites.

Performs functions associated with the use of all hand and power tools in the Streets & Drainage Division.

Transports supplies and equipment to and from work sites.

Performs routine maintenance on equipment and vehicles such as lubrication and checking air, oil, water and other fluids.

Responds to after hour emergencies as required.

Assists in assessing proper work methods and procedures.

Assists in setting grades using a level.

Performs other related duties as required.

When assigned to Inmate Detail
Picks up and delivers inmates to and from Corrections facility and job sites.

Ensures compliance with security for and safety of inmates at all times.

Monitors inmate activities and behavior and ensures compliance with all Corrections Department policies and procedures.

Maintains communication with Corrections Department as required; routinely reports inmate location.

Schedules, organizes, and supervises activities of inmate work detail as they relate to roadway and stormwater system maintenance.

When assigned to Warehouse and Inventory Control
Makes repairs and performs preventative maintenance on small engines, hand/power tools maintain schedule and submit monthly report to ensure serviceability.

Utilizes gas torch and welding machine to perform repairs and/or fabricate needed items.

Trains division staff on the safety and proper use of hand and power tools and heavy equipment.

Utilizes computer to research material, supplies, obtains quotes, updates inventory database and spreadsheets and communicates with vendors and staff.

Solicits and receives quotes, works with the Administrative Secretary, Operations Coordinator and Engineering staff to obtain Purchase Orders.

Receives request for material and equipment from staff, issues and maintains log sheet.

Works with Finance on audits and requests for invoices.

Maintains current material prices and updates the Division Estimate Spreadsheet.

Assists in locating and establishing new vendors for materials and equipment rental.

Orders all construction materials for projects, schedules/verifies deliveries, tracks distribution and invoices.

Answers the telephone and two-way radio; provides information, takes and relays messages, initiates work requests from customers.

Reads construction plans and performs take off for ordering materials.

Utilizes PCard, Authorization For Payment and purchase orders for purchasing materials.

Works cooperatively with other departments, divisions and management to provide materials, equipment and information.

Works with Administrative Secretary to verify invoices and determine payment method.

Meets with sales representatives from different companies to negotiate prices and investigates and makes recommendation for new products or equipment.

Inspects and schedules maintenance of the detention pond and outlet structure by bush hog, replaces stone filter ring and takes water samples during rain events.

Keeps the warehouse safe, organized, clean, and stocked.

Keeps the yard safe and clean, i.e. trash picked up, perimeter fence inspected, bush hogged etc.

Maintains warehouse and yard security by locking gates, warehouse and sets the security system at the end of the day.

Updates and maintains the MSDS manuals with Right to Know information.

Keeps up to date on OSHA requirements and ensures the Warehouse and property is in compliance.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of the policies, procedures, and activities of the Transportation & Public Works Department as they pertain to the performance of duties relating to the position of Heavy Equipment Operator I.

Knowledge of the terminology used within the department.

Knowledge of county maps, heavy equipment manuals, government policies and procedures pertaining to streets and drainage system construction, maintenance and improvement, streets and drainage system construction techniques, drainage, and proper compaction, geography of Athens-Clarke County; including street names and locations, carpentry and masonry techniques, and procedures and methods as required in the performance of duties.

Ability to communicate effectively with supervisors, and other staff members.

Ability to use independent judgment in routine and non-routine situations.

Ability to handle required calculations.

Ability to comprehend and apply regulations and procedures of the department.

Ability to perform preventive maintenance on heavy equipment and vehicles.

Ability to operate of all Streets & Drainage Division equipment, vehicles and hand and power tools.


OPERATOR II:
Operates all Streets & Drainage Division equipment & vehicles to construct, maintain, and improve streets and drainage systems.

Assists in setting grades using a level.

Assists in assessing proper work methods and procedures.

Performs traffic control setup for work sites.

Performs functions associated with the use of all hand and power tools in the Streets & Drainage Division.

Transports supplies and equipment to and from work sites.

Directs and performs routine maintenance on equipment and vehicles such as lubrication and checking air, oil, water and other fluids.

Responds to after hour emergencies as required.

Performs other related duties as required.
 
When assigned to Inmate Detail
Picks up and delivers inmates to and from Corrections facility and job sites.

Ensures compliance with security for and safety of inmates at all times.

Monitors inmate activities and behavior and ensures compliance with all Corrections Department policies and procedures.

Maintains communication with Corrections Department as required; routinely reports inmate location.

Schedules, organizes, and supervises activities of inmate work detail as they relate to roadway and stormwater system maintenance.

When assigned to Warehouse and Inventory Control
Makes repairs and performs preventative maintenance on small engines, hand/power tools maintain schedule and submit monthly report to ensure serviceability.

Utilizes gas torch and welding machine to perform repairs and/or fabricate needed items.

Trains division staff on the safety and proper use of hand and power tools and heavy equipment.

Utilizes computer to research material, supplies, obtains quotes, updates inventory database and spreadsheets and communicates with vendors and staff.

Solicits and receives quotes, works with the Administrative Secretary, Operations Coordinator and Engineering staff to obtain Purchase Orders.

Receives request for material and equipment from staff, issues and maintains log sheet.

Works with Finance on audits and requests for invoices.

Maintains current material prices and updates the Division Estimate Spreadsheet.

Assists in locating and establishing new vendors for materials and equipment rental.

Orders all construction materials for projects, schedules/verifies deliveries, tracks distribution and invoices.

Answers the telephone and two-way radio; provides information, takes and relays messages, initiates work requests from customers.

Reads construction plans and performs take off for ordering materials.

Utilizes PCard, Authorization For Payment and purchase orders for purchasing materials.

Works cooperatively with other departments, divisions and management to provide materials, equipment and information.

Works with Administrative Secretary to verify invoices and determine payment method.

Meets with sales representatives from different companies to negotiate prices and investigates and makes recommendation for new products or equipment.

Inspects and schedules maintenance of the detention pond and outlet structure by bush hog, replaces stone filter ring and takes water samples during rain events.

Keeps the warehouse safe, organized, clean, and stocked.

Keeps the yard safe and clean, i.e. trash picked up, perimeter fence inspected, bush hogged etc.

Maintains warehouse and yard security by locking gates, warehouse and sets the security system at the end of the day.

Updates and maintains the MSDS manuals with Right to Know information.

Keeps up to date on OSHA requirements and ensures the Warehouse and property is in compliance.
 
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of the policies, procedures, and activities of the Transportation & Public Works Department as they pertain to the performance of duties relating to the position of Heavy Equipment Operator II.

Knowledge of the terminology used within the department.

Knowledge of county maps, blueprints, inmate regulations, heavy equipment manuals, government policies and procedures pertaining to streets and drainage system construction, maintenance and improvement; streets and drainage system construction techniques, achieving grade, drainage, and proper compaction, geography of Athens-Clarke County, including street names and locations, carpentry and masonry techniques, and procedures and methods as required in the performance of duties.

Ability to communicate effectively with supervisors, and other staff members.

Ability to use independent judgment in routine and non-routine situations.

Ability to handle required calculations.

Ability to comprehend and apply regulations and procedures of the department.

Ability to perform preventive maintenance on heavy equipment and vehicles and operate all Streets & Drainage Division equipment, vehicles and hand and power tools.

Ability to read and interpret plans and specifications.


OPERATOR III:
Assists in the supervision of work teams which may including inmates; direct work assignments, and advise on proper work methods and procedures.

Operates all Streets & Drainage Division equipment and vehicles to construct, maintain, and improve streets and drainage systems.

Assists in training employees in equipment safety/operation/maintenance and street and drainage construction and maintenance techniques.

Sets grades using a level.

Directs and performs traffic control setup for work sites.

Performs functions associated with the use of all hand and power tools in the Streets & Drainage Division.

Directs transportation of supplies and equipment to and from work sites.

Directs and performs routine maintenance on equipment and vehicles such as lubrication and checking air, oil, water and other fluids.

Responds to after hour emergencies as required.

Performs duties of Supervisor in his/her absence.

May establish goals and organize daily work flow; implements daily work requests.

Performs other related duties as required.
 
When assigned to Inmate Detail
Picks up and delivers inmates to and from Corrections facility and job sites.

Ensures compliance with security for and safety of inmates at all times.

Monitors inmate activities and behavior and ensures compliance with all Corrections Department policies and procedures.

Maintains communication with Corrections Department as required; routinely reports inmate location.

Schedules, organizes, and supervises activities of inmate work detail as they relate to roadway and stormwater system maintenance.
 
When assigned to Warehouse and Inventory Control
Makes repairs and performs preventative maintenance on small engines, hand/power tools maintain schedule and submit monthly report to ensure serviceability.

Utilizes gas torch and welding machine to perform repairs and/or fabricate needed items.

Trains division staff on the safety and proper use of hand and power tools and heavy equipment.

Utilizes computer to research material, supplies, obtains quotes, updates inventory database and spreadsheets and communicates with vendors and staff.

Solicits and receives quotes, works with the Administrative Secretary, Operations Coordinator and Engineering staff to obtain Purchase Orders.

Receives request for material and equipment from staff, issues and maintains log sheet.

Works with Finance on audits and requests for invoices.

Maintains current material prices and updates the Division Estimate Spreadsheet.

Assists in locating and establishing new vendors for materials and equipment rental.

Orders all construction materials for projects, schedules/verifies deliveries, tracks distribution and invoices.

Answers the telephone and two-way radio; provides information, takes and relays messages, initiates work requests from customers.

Reads construction plans and performs take off for ordering materials.

Utilizes PCard, Authorization For Payment and purchase orders for purchasing materials.

Works cooperatively with other departments, divisions and management to provide materials, equipment and information.

Works with Administrative Secretary to verify invoices and determine payment method.

Meets with sales representatives from different companies to negotiate prices and investigates and makes recommendation for new products or equipment.

Inspects and schedules maintenance of the detention pond and outlet structure by bush hog, replaces stone filter ring and takes water samples during rain events.

Keeps the warehouse safe, organized, clean, and stocked.

Keeps the yard safe and clean, i.e. trash picked up, perimeter fence inspected, bush hogged etc.

Maintains warehouse and yard security by locking gates, warehouse and sets the security system at the end of the day.

Updates and maintains the MSDS manuals with Right to Know information.

Keeps up to date on OSHA requirements and ensures the Warehouse and property is in compliance.
   
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of the policies, procedures, and activities of the Transportation & Public Works Department as they pertain to the performance of duties relating to the position of Heavy Equipment Operator III.

Knowledge of the terminology used within the department.

Knowledge of county maps, blueprints, inmate regulations, heavy equipment manuals, government policies and procedures pertaining to streets and drainage system construction, maintenance and improvement, streets and drainage system construction techniques, achieving grade, drainage, and proper compaction, geography of Athens-Clarke County, including street names and locations, carpentry and masonry techniques, and procedures and methods as required in the performance of duties.
 
Ability to prepare and maintain an assortment of reports in an effective manner and according to departmental and/or governmental regulations.

Ability to perform preventive maintenance on heavy equipment and operate all Streets & Drainage Division equipment, vehicles and hand and power tools.

Ability to read and interpret plans and specifications.

Ability to communicate effectively with inmates in a supervisory capacity and with Corrections Department staff.

 Supplemental Information:
(ADA) MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS OR STANDARDS REQUIRED TO PERFORM ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Must be physically able to operate all of the Streets & Drainage Division machinery, equipment, and hand and power tools. Must be able to use body members to work, move or carry objects or materials. This position requires: stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, fingering, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, seeing, and repetitive motion. Must be able to exert up to 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 50 pounds of force frequently. Physical demand requirements are at levels of those of heavy work.

DATA CONCEPTION: Requires the ability to compare and/or judge the readily observable functional, structural, or compositional characteristics (whether similar to or divergent from obvious standards) of data, people, or things.

INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION: Requires the ability to speak, hear, and/or signal people to convey or exchange information. Includes receiving assignments and/or directions from supervisors.

LANGUAGE ABILITY: Requires ability to read a variety of equipment maintenance manuals, work requests, county maps, employee handbook, county and state ordinances, directions, instructions, and methods and procedures. Requires the ability to prepare vehicle maintenance reports and tool invoices using prescribed formats and conforming to all rules of punctuation, grammar, diction, and style. Requires the ability to speak to people with poise, voice control, and confidence.

INTELLIGENCE: Requires the ability to learn and understand basic principles and techniques; to acquire and be able to expound on knowledge of topics related to primary occupation; and to make independent judgment in the absence of management.

VERBAL APTITUDE: Requires the ability to record and deliver information, to explain procedures, and to follow oral and written instructions. Must be able to communicate effectively and efficiently using a variety of professional and technical languages including radio communications, personnel and mechanics terminology.

NUMERICAL APTITUDE: Requires the ability to utilize mathematical formulas; add and subtract totals; multiply and divide; interpret graphs.

FORM/SPATIAL APTITUDE: Requires the ability to inspect items for proper length, width, and shape, visually with mechanics and carpenters tools, heavy equipment and other street construction and maintenance equipment and tools.

MOTOR COORDINATION: Requires the ability to coordinate hands, fingers, and eyes accurately in using mechanics and carpenters tools, equipment, vehicles and other street construction and maintenance equipment. Requires the ability to lift, bend, push, pull, manipulate equipment/tools and objects as the position necessitates.

MANUAL DEXTERITY: Requires the ability to handle all Streets & Drainage Division equipment, vehicles, and hand and power tools. Must have the ability to use one hand for twisting or turning motion while coordinating other hand with different activities. Must have moderate levels of eye/hand/foot coordination.

COLOR DISCRIMINATION: Requires the ability to differentiate between colors and shades of color.

INTERPERSONAL TEMPERAMENT: Requires the ability to deal with people. Must be adaptable to performing under considerable stress when confronted with an emergency.

PHYSICAL COMMUNICATION: Requires the ability to talk and/or hear: (Talking - expressing or exchanging ideas by means of spoken words). (Hearing - perceiving nature of sounds by ear). Must be able to communicate via telephone, two-way radio.