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Equipment Operator II – Meriwether County Public Works Dept.
Performs skilled trades work operating a variety of medium to heavy construction and specialty equipment up to and in excess of 35,000 lbs. operating weight, and heavy trucks with GVWR in excess of 65,000 lbs., maintaining and performing minor maintenance on assigned equipment, and related work as apparent of assigned. Work is performed under the limited supervision of the assigned supervisor, Operations Supervisor, Deputy Director, or Director. Close supervision is exercised over crews as assigned.
Participates in the work of skilled trades and semiskilled workers in the construction and maintenance of county roads/streets, r/w, drainage systems, ditches, culverts, bridges, and grading projects.
Operates a variety of medium to heavy equipment such as mowers, boom mowers, skid steer, motor graders, backhoes, dump trucks, shoulder machines wideners, track excavators, scrapers, bulldozers, track loaders, rubber tire loaders, articulated dump trucks, grad-all’s, earth compactors, tractors and similar motorized vehicles, and small equipment associated with road construction and maintenance projects, drainage ditches, pipes, culverts and structures, maintenance, and construction projects.
Operates equipment in street and pedestrian traffic, around above ground and underground utilities and in other tight places requiring care and skill.
Performs grading and entrenchment work according to plans and blueprints. Complies and ensures entrenchment work is within compliance with the National Safety Council trench safety Standards.
Ensures compliance with Federal and State protective measures established for soil, sedimentation, and storm water.
Performs daily erosion and sedimentation site inspections, repairs, and reports.
Oversees, trains, and participates in flagging, pilot vehicles, and work zone traffic control functions associated with the construction, maintenance, and repair of county roadways.
Oversees, trains, and participates in road construction and maintenance functions.
Assists with seasonal roadway maintenance issues such as debris from flooding and windstorms, snow removal and ice control.
Performs daily inspection and daily maintenance of assigned heavy equipment and heavy trucks.
Performs and monitors work safety factors to ensure safety of all personnel and citizens.
Performs the duties of Equipment Operator I as necessary or required.
Complies with Meriwether County policies and procedures.
Encourages and promotes a culture of excellent customer service.
Other duties as assigned by County Administrator, Director, or Deputy Director.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required for Job Performance
Through knowledge of the operation, maintenance, capabilities, and limitations of equipment used in the area of assignment.
Through knowledge of the occupational hazards and proper safety precautions involved in the operation of equipment.
Through knowledge of traffic laws and regulations governing equipment hauling operations, skilled in the use of heavy equipment hauling trucks and trailers, and skill in the operation of heavy earth moving equipment.
Ability to understand and follow specific oral instructions.
Ability to detect signs of mechanical failure of equipment, ability to make minor repairs and adjustments to equipment.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates and the general public.
Ability to make arithmetic computations, compute quantities, and percentages.
Skilled in the proper use of construction levels and rods.
Knowledgeable in figuring project grades elevations, some knowledge in reading/interpreting civil engineering drawings.
Education and Experience
High School Diploma or GED and considerable experience in the operation of medium to heavy sized equipment and trucks, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Working Conditions/Physical Demands
This work requires the regular exertion of up to 10 pounds of force, frequent exertion of up to 25 pounds of force and occasional exertion of up to 50 pounds of force.
Ability to work while frequently sitting, speaking, or hearing, using hands and arms to handle or feel, and reach, and repetitive motions. Occasionally requires standing, walking, climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, pushing, pulling, and lifting.
Vocal communication is required for expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word.
No special hearing prescription is required.
Use of measuring devices, operating machines, operating motor vehicles, or equipment.
Work has requirements of standard vision, vocal communication, and hearing.
Work requires assembly or fabrication of parts within arm’s length, operating machines, operating motor vehicles, operating equipment.
Must be able to observe general surroundings and activities.
Regularly requires exposure to outdoor weather conditions, working near moving mechanical parts, and occasionally requires wet, humid conditions, and working in high precarious places.
Exposure to fumes, airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, and vibrations.
Must be able to work around loud noises, heavy equipment, construction, and heavy traffic.
Favorable background history as determined by review of local, State and Federal records. Possess a valid commercial driver’s license of a Class B minimum, with preferred class A for hauling heavy equipment in excess of 10,000 lbs., combination vehicles in the State of Georgia. within the state of Georgia. Completion of Excavation/Trench Safety Course from National Safety Council. (Construction) National Safety Council Flagger certification within 6 months. Obtain and maintain up to date Georgia Soil & Water Conservation Commission Level IA Card. (Construction) May require additional safety training or certifications. Willing to follow all safety best practices and promote a safe working environment.