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Equipment Operator III

  • Type:Full Time
  • Salary/Pay Rate:Starting at $15.82 Hourly
  • Posted Date:May 14, 2020
  • Deadline to Apply:June 30, 2020




Under general supervision, performs semi-skilled work in the operation of heavy and special equipment in the Public Works Department. Employee is responsible for the safe operation of a variety of medium and heavy automotive and  mechanized equipment. Work involves driving or operating gasoline or diesel-powered motorized equipment such as an excavator or dragline crane in order to clean, replace and install culverts; may operate lighter and/or medium-sized equipment; performing Laborer duties as necessary; and partici­pating in minor preventive maintenance on all equipment.  Reports to an Assistant Superintendent or Area Foreman.



Operates gasoline or diesel powered motorized equipment characterized as large or heavy, usually running on a track or rubber tire, such as an excavator or dragline crane, in order to clean, replace and install culverts.

Operates less complex equipment as needed such as backhoe, road roller (diesel), or bulldozer with tracks.

Operates medium-sized equipment engaged in difficult and skilled work such as operating a motorized road grader to cut a precise grade on a construction site.

Adjusts equipment as needed for specialized operations.

Reports mechanical difficulties to the appropriate personnel for repairs.

Clears and digs drainage ditches; cuts roadways; grades levees, road surfaces, and shoulders.

Rolls asphalt, shells, or other materials from heavy equipment; loads, unloads, and assists in placement of large vessels, containers, pipes, etc.

Excavates, breaks, and moves concrete, rock, and other bulky materials.

Assists with minor maintenance and related care of equipment, such as checking tires, lights, brakes, gas, oil, and water; and performs necessary emergency repairs such as adjusting, repairing, or replacing hydraulic systems, tracks, fuel system, brakes, and clutches, etc.

Monitors indicators, such as pressure gauges, ammeters etc., to ensure proper operation of equipment and/or to identify equipment problems.



Performs duties of Laborer such as manual tasks that may include the following; removes tree roots, and stumps; cuts weeds by hand; fuels and  refuels vehicles; sets pipes in ditches or culverts; sets up or removes safety cones; repairs sidewalks and driveways;  loads and unloads trash, cover material, or equipment.

Performs related work as required.


High school diploma or GED. Have 3 to 5 years of experience in the operation of heavy motorized equip­ment; including some experience with the particular equipment to be operated.  Any equivalent combination of experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.   


Must possess or obtain within the first six (6) months of hiring or promotion, a valid Louisiana Class A Commercial driver's license with Air Brake and Tank. 



Physical Requirements:  Must be physically able to operate a variety of machinery and equipment including gasoline and diesel equipment, loaders, bull dozers, dump trucks, long-arm grass tractor, etc.  Must be able to exert up to 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 25 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects.  Physical demand requirements are for Medium to Heavy Work.

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

Interpersonal Communications:  Requires the ability to speak and/or signal people to convey or exchange information.  Includes receiving instructions, assignments and/or directions from superiors.

Language Ability:  Requires the ability to read simple reports and forms.

Intelligence:  Requires the ability to apply rational systems to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations  where only limited standardization exists; to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagrammatic, or schedule form.

Verbal Aptitude:  Requires the ability to record and deliver information, to explain procedures, to follow oral and written instructions.  Must be able to communicate effectively and efficiently in standard English.

Numerical Aptitude:  Requires the ability to utilize mathematical formulas; to add and subtract; multiply and divide; utilize decimals and percentages.

Form/Spatial Aptitude:  Requires the ability to inspect items for proper length, width, and shape.

Motor Coordination:  Requires the ability to coordinate hands and eyes rapidly and accurately in using heavy equipment.

Manual Dexterity:  Requires the ability to handle a variety of items such as heavy equipment.  Must have minimal 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 beyond giving and receiving instructions.  Must be adaptable to performing under stress and when confronted with persons acting under stress.

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.


Considerable knowledge of particular characteristics, operating procedures, and maintenance of machines and equipment operated.

General knowledge of the hazards and applicable safety rules and precautions in the operation of heavy equipment.

 Working knowledge of traffic laws, ordinances and regulations related to the operation of heavy equipment and of occupational hazards.

Working knowledge of the geography of the Parish.

Skilled in the use and operation of various motor­ized heavy equipment. 

Ability to organize daily assignment of work.

Ability to perform minor maintenance on heavy motorized equipment.

Ability to operate a track bulldozer or other heavy equipment safely and efficiently.

Ability to clean and assist in minor repairs to heavy equipment. 

Ability to identify operating problems of assigned equipment.

Ability to perform physical labor required of the position.

Ability to understand and follow oral and written instruc­tions.

Ability to exercise tact and courtesy in contacts with the public.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships as necessitated by work assignments.

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