Senior Public Works Equipment Operator

$37,929 - $54,992 yearly
  • City of Plano
  • Plano, Texas, USA
  • Oct 07, 2020
Full time Construction Government Other

Job Description

At the City of Plano, our values make us who we are and guide us as we SERVE our city.  As members of Team Plano, our organizational Values (what is most important to us) make up the acronym, SERVE (Stewardship Engaged Respectful Visionary Excellence). 

Summary of Duties: Under general supervision, the Public Works Equipment Operator, Senior is responsible for operating specialized equipment in the installation, repair and maintenance of facilities in assigned area of responsibility.

Distinguishing Characteristics: This is the advanced journey-level classification in the Public Works Equipment Operator series. The incumbent plans detailed methods to attain desired objectives working within established policy. Methods require use of initiatives and resourcefulness in developing processes and procedures. Works under indirect supervision, conferring with supervisor on unusual matters.


Management reserves the rights to add, modify, change, or rescind the work assignments of different positions and to make reasonable accommodations so that qualified employees can perform the essential functions of the job.

  • Participates in routine construction, repair, and routine maintenance tasks; repairs City streets and sidewalks.
  • Inspects, cleans, and maintains vehicles and equipment; completes pre-trip inspections sheets for vehicles.
  • Sets up job sites; verifies work area is secured with the proper use of cones and barricades.
  • Loads and unloads tractors.
  • Calculates the amount of materials needed for tasks.
  • Services water mains, taps, and valves; paints and flushes fire hydrants; checks manholes; raises meter boxes.  
  • Performs traffic control around work sites.
  • Cuts trees and brush; remove brush, debris, and trash from streets, right-of-ways, and storm drains.
  • May assist in training and leading the work activities of others.
  • Regular and consistent attendance for the assigned work schedule is essential.

Marginal Duties:

  • Performs all related duties.

Typical Decisions: The incumbent is responsible for: inspecting assigned equipment to ensure it is in operable condition; identifying potential safety hazards; use of safe work methods and safety equipment; operating equipment within the guidelines of the appropriate Operator’s Manual.  Incumbent must determine proper methods on each project.

Minimum Qualifications:

Knowledge of: Proper methods of equipment operation and maintenance; safety policies, procedures, and practices; work leadership techniques; OSHA regulations; proper set up of traffic control devices including cones and barricades.

Skill in: Operating and maintaining light and heavy equipment and power tools; reading and interpreting water and sewer maps; communicating clearly both verbally and in writing;

Education: High school diploma or GED equivalent preferred.

Experience: Two (2) years of construction or similar experience, which includes the operation of heavy equipment.                                

Any work related experience resulting in acceptable proficiency levels in the above Minimum Qualifications is an acceptable substitute for the above specified education and experience requirements

Licenses and Certifications: Texas Class A commercial driver’s license prior to employment. Additional Water/ Wastewater certifications as required.

Conditions of Employment:   Must pass a drug test, driver license check, criminal history background check, periodic CJIS background check (for positions requiring access into Police buildings) and social security number verification check.

Physical Demands and Working Conditions: Must possess mobility to work in and around City buildings, streets, and facilities, to operate a motor vehicle and drive on surface streets; strength, stamina, and mobility to perform light to medium physical work, to work in confined spaces and around machines, and to operate varied hand tools, power tools, and equipment; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone or radio. Finger dexterity is needed to access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer keyboard or calculator and to operate above-mentioned tools and equipment. Positions in this classification bend, stoop, kneel, and reach when completing maintenance and repairs. Employees must possess the ability to lift, carry, push, and pull materials and objects weighing up to 75 pounds, or heavier weights with the use of proper equipment.

Employees work in and around buildings and facilities and are exposed to loud noise levels, dust, cold and hot temperatures, inclement weather conditions, road hazards, vibration, mechanical, chemical, and electrical hazards, and hazardous physical substances and fumes. 

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills which may be required. The position also requires meeting the essential requirements of the Physical Demands and Working Conditions, with or without reasonable accommodation.

Equal Opportunity Employer - EOE/M/F/V/D

Open positions are subject to close without notice.