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Heavy Equipment Operator, (B214130-1), R27, Transmission & Distribution

Company: City of Laredo, TX
Location: Laredo
Posted on: September 18, 2022

Job Description:

Job Summary

Revised: 03/01/2022

Revised: 06/22/2021

Revised: 08/23/2022

Operates one or more pieces of heavy equipment such as: backhoe, tractor, loader, crane, front end loader, scraper, grader, or light equipment such as asphalt spreaders, sand/gravel distributor, etc.

Job Description


* Knowledge of geography of the City including major streets and landmarks.
* Knowledge of preventive maintenance procedures.
* Knowledge of traffic rules and regulations and safe operation of heavy equipment.
* Knowledge of and skill in operating various types of heavy equipment.
* Ability to take and follow directions from supervisor.
* Ability to give directions to and gain compliance from assigned staff.
* Ability to perform strenuous and routine work.
* Ability to maintain a valid Texas Commercial Driver License and a good driving record.
* Ability to maintain harmonious and effective working relationships with other employees and respond to general public complaints.
* Ability to project a positive and professional image of the City of Laredo.
* Ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing in the English or Spanish language.
* Ability to comply with all City of Laredo's policies and procedures.
* Ability to maintain good health and physical condition sufficient to permit the full performance of the duties of the position.


Work is performed inside and/or outside an office, library, computer room, stockroom, or warehouse. Work may be exposed to a variety of weather conditions and outdoor elements such as: excessive dampness, chill, heat, humidity, intermittent noise, and inclement cold weather. Work may be exposed to a variety of environmental conditions such as: unknown & dangerous conditions, unusual environmental stress, contagious infectious disease, irritating chemicals, life-threatening situations, dry atmosphere, solvents, dirt, grease, oils, silica, asbestos, dust, constant noise, pneumatic vibration, fumes, smoke, gases, radiant/electrical energy, and slippery/uneven walking surfaces. Capable of working closely with others or alone, working long or irregular working hours, working shift work and/or weekends, working with protective devices, working below ground, working on ladders or scaffolding, working around moving objects or vehicles, working around machines with moving parts and objects, working with hands in water, and traveling by car, van, and bus 60% of the time and by plane 2% of the time. Ability to operate a motor vehicle, office equipment, and mechanical equipment; Work requires light to heavy carrying and lifting (under 15 pounds up to 45 pounds and over), straight pulling, pulling hand over hand, simple grasping, dual simultaneous grasping, repeated bending, sitting, standing, pushing, crouching, crawling, twisting, kneeling, stooping, climbing stairs and ladders, walking, and reaching above shoulders. Ability to see, write, read, count, identify shade of colors, perceive depth, and hearing is needed to perform the essential functions of this job.


* Operates backhoe, graders, and loaders to install, replace, and maintain streets, roads, water utility lines, mains, meters, valves, etc.
* Cuts and fits pipes above or below ground to specifications necessary to install or repair water lines; assembles the pipe system; installs or replaces manholes, valves, tees, bends, and crosses.
* Raises, lowers, or moves water lines as needed when a road is widened or a right-of-way is expanded.
* Removes sludge from treatment plants by utilizing specialized injector tractor; monitors solid buildup and pumps sludge into injecting vehicle.
* Performs basic maintenance on equipment and tools including washing, changing oil, and greasing.
* Operates front end loader to pick up debris during construction projects.
* May assist in performing unskilled or semi-skilled labor such as digging ditches, covering ditches, pouring concrete, mowing, and/or trimming trees and shrubs.
* May assist in training new employees and in assigning, checking, and approving work of Laborers and other Equipment Operators.
* Assists in maintaining good communication between staff, visitors, and other business contacts.
* Required to be on-call after hours and weekends.
* Responds to after hour water line breaks and/or emergency repairs.
* Will be required to drive a City vehicle for City business use.
* Performs other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

At least two (2) years of experience operating heavy equipment or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Valid Licenses and Certifications

A valid Texas Commercial Driver License (CDL) class A or B is required and a satisfactory Motor Vehicle Record.

* If applicant holds an out-of-state license, a State of Texas Driver License must be obtained prior to employment.

As part of the minimum requirements for all positions with the City of Laredo, a thorough background check and certified school transcripts will be required from all applicants who are offered employment.

Effective February 24, 1997, all selected applicants are required to undergo a drug and alcohol test prior to employment.

Effective January 7, 2008, all persons in safety-sensitive functions/positions, as per City of Laredo Drug and Alcohol Policy definition, shall be subject to random drug and alcohol testing.

A person with a disability who needs a reasonable accommodation related to a selection process is requested to contact the Human Resources Department at (956) 791-7480 two days prior to the scheduled interview and/or test if applicable..


Keywords: City of Laredo, TX, Laredo , Heavy Equipment Operator, (B214130-1), R27, Transmission & Distribution, Professions , Laredo, Texas

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