Heavy Equipment Operator

City of Arlington   Arlington, TN   Full-time     Construction / Physical Labor / Skilled Trades
Posted on September 2, 2021
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This highly motivated, organized professional will work under the supervision of the Public Works Operations Manager or assigned Crew Leader. This employee primarily performs highly-skilled manual work functions related to installation, maintenance, and repair of roads, sidewalks, drainage systems (ditches, pipes, inlets), and operates various pieces of machinery. Employee must be able to work independently with minimal supervision. Afterhours on-call rotation required.

Essential Functions of the Job: The listed examples may not include all duties performed by the person in this position. Duties may vary from time to time and are at the discretion of the Town Administrator. All requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate an individual with a disability.

  • Perform various highly-skilled tasks in the installation, maintenance and repair of roads, sidewalks, drainage systems and Town facilities and equipment
  • Performs services and repairs as needed to maintain public facilities and easements including construction projects, minor electrical/plumbing repairs, masonry, carpentry, painting, cleaning restrooms/shop/work areas, etc.
  • Operate various hand/gas tools, such as but not limited to weed eaters, riding lawn mowers, shovels, picks, valve keys, pneumatic tools
  • Perform manual repetitive work such as loading, unloading, and carrying materials, supplies, and equipment; placing barricades and warning lights around work area; placing/pouring, finishing, and breaking asphalt and/or concrete
  • Perform a variety of general labor duties such as painting, mowing, weed spraying, brush & weed trimming
  • Remove debris from street rights-of-ways, catch basins, drainage ways and other Town property
  • Work as part of construction crew in road repair, gravel spreading or ditch digging; perform routine maintenance on machinery & tools
  • Assist with various labor tasks in other departments including Parks & Recreation, Wastewater, and Construction/Code/Storm Water Inspections
  • May be required to work overtime or in an on-call status, as directed
  • May be required to perform various other duties as assigned by the Public Works Director or Town Administrator.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office to include Word, Excel, and Outlook; Ability to learn town-wide maintenance software
  • Ability to express ideas clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing
  • Ability to apply rules and regulations as they relate to job duties and responsibilities
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public, professional colleagues, representatives of other public agencies and other employees
  • Ability to manage multiple projects to successful completion
  • Ability to exercise good judgment in evaluating situations
  • Ability to sit and/or stand for extended periods of time
  • Ability to cope with a considerable volume of detailed work and adapt to interruptions in workflow
  • Ability to operate heavy equipment for extended periods under unfavorable climatic conditions
  • Knowledge of State, Town and County traffic regulations
  • Ability to use assorted power/hand tools and multi meters in a safe and effective manner
  • Ability to work independently in the absence of supervision
  • Knowledge of methods and principles of vehicle and equipment maintenance
  • Must maintain complete confidentiality
  • Ability to analyze problems/situations and present appropriate facts/recommendations concisely in written or oral form
  • Knowledge of planting and care of turf, flowers, shrubs, soil/soil conditions and fertilizers
  • Some knowledge of equipment, facilities, materials, methods and procedures used in maintenance
  • Knowledge of OSHA regulations and Town policies regarding risk management, safe work and recreational practices
  • Ability to operate motor vehicles and maintenance equipment such as string trimmers, commercial mowers, tractor, etc.
  • Must have a High School Diploma or GED
  • Two (2) years’ experience in operating heavy machinery in a construction, industrial or municipal setting
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license in the State of Tennessee
  • Must possess a permit for Class B Commercial Driver’s license within 12 months of employment and must possess license for Class B within 24 months of employment
  • Any equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job may be considered
  • The typical work schedule is Monday through Friday from 7 AM until 3:30 PM
  • Participation in on-call emergency operation required

Safely operates vehicles and equipment according to department policies and OSHA standards to ensure all assigned areas are clean, grounds are properly mowed and trimmed and Adheres to safety rules & regulations

Operates various machines such as backhoe, trencher backhoe, asphalt roller, dump truck, skid steer, and mini excavator; Haul dirt, gravel, concrete, blacktop, etc. and break/tear out, finish concrete and asphalt

Loads and unloads machinery; drive trucks and machinery to and from job sites; check mechanical condition of machines

Locates all underground/overhead obstructions before operating machinery; set out proper signage around worksites; flag traffic as needed

Read grade stakes, lay out ditch line and maintain proper grade; dig and backfill ditches and tamp loose dirt

Required Knowledge and Abilities:


Work Environment and Physical Demands:

The work environment characteristics described are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable those with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Both indoor and outdoor work is required in the inspection of various vehicles, machinery, and equipment along with parks facilities. The employee occasionally is exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes, airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, risk of electrical shock and vibrations.

While performing the duties of the job, the employee is regularly required to stand, sit, walk, talk or hear; use hand to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tool or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.

Employee may be exposed to adverse environmental conditions, such as dirt, pollen, odors, chlorine gas, methane gas, wetness, humidity, rain, temperature and noise extremes, fumes, hazardous materials, machinery, vibrations, electric currents, traffic hazards, bright/dim light, toxic agents, disease, or pathogenic substances.

Some tasks require the ability to perceive and discriminate colors or shades of color, sounds, depth, texture and visual cues or signals. The noise level is usually moderate to loud.

Normal work responsibilities not only require a sighted individual (vision corrected to 20/20) for computer usage and visual inspections of facilities, machinery and equipment maintenance, but also requires an individual with normal hearing (hearing corrected to normal ranges) for direct and telephone contact with contractors, employees, and the public.

Required to work Town sponsored Special Events