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Heavy Equipment Operator


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Heavy Equipment Operator

Department:     Varies

Pay Grade:       105

FLSA Status:   Non-Exempt


This position is responsible for performing semi-skilled and skilled duties in support of the assigned department for the City of Commerce.



  • Flags traffic as directed.
  • Maintains courteous relations with public.
  • Operates a variety of hand tools such as a, jack hammer, mower, tapping machine, shovel, pickax, chainsaw and other related tools and equipment to maintain street and utility systems
  • Operates trucks and construction or power equipment, such as backhoe, dump truck, mobile street sweeper, skid steer, front end loader, bush hog and other equipment necessary for the accomplishment of various department projects.
  • Operates trucks of various sizes and weights in the loading, hauling and unloading of various equipment, materials and supplies.
  • Performs routine inspection and preventative maintenance of assigned equipment and refers defects to the supervisor; cleans equipment.
  • Responds to public works service and emergency calls.
  • Works with and assists the line crew in digging ditches and trenches, hoisting material, tools, equipment, and any related work with a backhoe or front-end loader.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.



  • Fixes water lines and sewer lines.


Public Works:

  • Operates brush truck to pick up brush on a daily route.
  • Operates loader to load mulch & push up piles.







Minimum Education and Experience:

High School diploma or equivalent and two (2) years of related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Licenses or Certifications:

Possession of or ability to readily obtain a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Class B issued by the State of Georgia for the type of vehicle or equipment operated. If applicant does not currently have a CDL, the applicant must be able to pass all sections of the written test and have the temporary licenses in their possession in the first ninety (90) days of employment.


Additional Requirements:



Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:   

  • Knowledge of the standard materials, tools, equipment, methods and terminology used in the operation of repairing and maintaining the city’s streets, rights-of-way and grounds.
  • Knowledge of department and safety rules and regulations.
  • Knowledge of city geography, including streets and rights-of-way.
  • Skill in defensive driving technique.
  • Skill in using various hand and power tools.
  • Ability to operate heavy and light equipment.
  • Ability to enter, work in and exit service vehicles.
  • Ability to understand and carry out oral and written directions.
  • Ability to read, write and perform basic mathematical calculations.


Must handle continuous outdoor activity. Must be able to walk or sit occasionally for 6 to 8 hours per day or longer if necessary. Must have no restrictions that impair starting and stopping procedures on vehicles. Must be able to shift either standard or automatic transmission with right hand and arm occasionally for 6 to 8 hours per day or longer if necessary. Must have no restrictions that impair seat belt use or entering and exiting of equipment and vehicles. Must be able to lift 50 to 100 pounds. Must have no climbing or height restrictions up to 12 feet on ladder or other equipment. Must have no impairments that limit work capabilities in year-round weather conditions. Must be able to bend and twist for lifting and installing concrete forms. Must have no limitations that restrict shoveling of dirt for 6 to 8 hours per day. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.


Work is typically performed in outside weather conditions, where the employee may be exposed to dust, dirt, grease, machinery with moving parts, contagious or infectious diseases, irritating chemicals, and occasional inclement weather. The work requires the use of safety devices such as masks, goggles, or gloves.

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