Heavy Equipment Operator Career Path

City of Boynton Beach, FL
Published
January 22, 2023
Location
Boynton Beach, FL
Job Type
 

Description

Purpose of Classification HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATOR I
The purpose of this classification is to perform a variety of field services tasks, while operating heavy equipment, within the Utilities department. Employees in this classification are eligible for noncompetitive career ladder promotion to Utilities Heavy Equipment Operator II position after meeting the established career ladder requirements.

Hourly Rate Range:
Heavy Equipment Operator I - $19.32 - $28.99

HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATOR II
The purpose of this classification is to perform a variety of advanced level field services tasks, while operating heavy equipment, within the Utilities department.

Hourly Rate Range:
Heavy Equipment Operator II - $20.95 - $31.43
Essential Functions HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATOR I

The following duties and functions, as outlined herein, are intended to be representative of the type of tasks performed within this classification. They are not listed in any order of importance. The omission of specific statements of the duties or functions does not exclude them from the classification if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment for this classification. Other duties may be required and assigned.

Performs Pre-trip and Post-trip inspections. Inspects and prepares equipment for safe and proper operation prior to beginning work for the day; reports to supervisor all notable issues found during inspections; performs light maintenance on equipment, which includes greasing and lubing of equipment, refueling, and refilling lubricants; cleans vehicles, beds, and mounted equipment upon completion of assignments; secures vehicle after use.

Operates various equipment for excavating ditches; dredging ponds; pulling and driving pilings; excavating for sewer or water trenches; and loading refuse and materials.

Assists in installing and repairing water mains sewer systems fire hydrants and pumping stations.

Conducts inspections and investigations to determine compliance with ordinances.

Ensures compliance with safety regulations and standard operating procedures.

Maintains records and submits reports of work performed.

Performs on-call utility services as needed.

Performs other related work as required.

Tools, Equipment, and Software
Employees in this classification use a variety of power and hand tools to complete tasks in their area of assignment. Proficiency in operating the following list of utility equipment used for various utility operations. Employees may use the following equipment:

Equipment

  • Fork lift
  • Vactor
  • Roller
  • Mini Excavator
  • Combination Tractor
  • Dump Truck
  • Bob Cat

HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATOR II

The following duties and functions, as outlined herein, are intended to be representative of the type of tasks performed within this classification. They are not listed in any order of importance. The omission of specific statements of the duties or functions does not exclude them from the classification if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment for this classification. Other duties may be required and assigned.

Performs Pre-trip and Post-trip inspections. Inspects and prepares equipment for safe and proper operation prior to beginning work for the day; reports to supervisor all notable issues found during inspections; performs light maintenance on equipment, which includes greasing and lubing of equipment, refueling, and refilling lubricants; cleans vehicles, beds, and mounted equipment upon completion of assignments; secures vehicle after use.

Operates various equipment for excavating ditches, dredging ponds, pulling and driving pilings, excavating for sewer or water trenches, and loading refuse and materials

Installs and repairs water mains, sewer systems, fire hydrants, and pumping stations.

Conducts inspections and investigations to determine compliance with ordinances

Ensures compliance with safety regulations and standard operating procedures.

Maintains records and submits reports of work performed.

Assists all levels of staff with field issues and training.

Assists higher level staff and learns Utilities Field Lead assignments.

Performs on-call utility services as needed.

Performs other related work as required.

Tools, Equipment, and Software
Employees in this classification use a variety of power and hand tools to complete tasks in their area of assignment. Proficiency in operating the following list of utility equipment used for various utility operations. Employees may use the following equipment:

Equipment

  • Bobcat
  • Fork lift
  • Front end loader
  • Big Cat
  • Vactor
  • Roller
  • Crane
  • Mini Excavator
  • Dump Truck

Minimum Qualifications HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATOR I

  • High school diploma or valid equivalent; and
  • One (1) to three (3) years of experience within a Utility division functional area, construction and/or equipment operation. Prior outside experience will be considered; and
  • Must possess and maintain a valid State of Florida Class B Commercial Driver's License (CDL); and
  • Must meet 100% of the Utilities Heavy Equipment Operator I KSA's. The requirements for meeting the KSA's must be verified and documented by the assigned area supervisor prior to appointment for internal candidates or within three (3) months for external candidates; and
  • Must complete the Heavy Equipment Operator I general written and practical tests with a minimum passing score of 70% on each component. Employees who fail to obtain a minimum score of 70% will have a two (two) month waiting period to re-take the division area test.

HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATOR II

  • High school diploma or valid equivalent; and
  • Must have a minimum of (5) five years of experience within a Utility division functional area, construction and/or equipment operation. Prior outside experience will be considered; and
  • Must possess and maintain a valid State of Florida Class B Commercial Driver's License (CDL); and
  • Must meet one (1) of the following:
  1. Must possess and maintain a Stormwater or Wastewater "C" Certification or
  2. Must possess and maintain a Level III Water Distribution; or
  1. Must possess and maintain a Class C or higher Water Treatment Plant Operator License
  • Must complete the Heavy Equipment Operator I general written and practical tests with a minimum passing score of 70% on each component. Employees who fail to obtain a minimum score of 70% will have a two (two) month waiting period to re-take the division area test.
  • Must meet 100% of the Utilities Heavy Equipment Operator I KSA's. The requirements for meeting the KSA's must be verified and documented by the assigned area supervisor prior to appointment for internal candidates or within three (3) months for external candidates; and Supervisor's signature, acknowledging time spent in the utility functional areas are required for advancement.

Supplemental Information COMMUNICATION COMPETENCIES / K.S.A.'S:

HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATOR I

COMMUNICATION COMPENTENCIES

Effectively communicates with supervisor, employees, other departments, contractors, engineers, utility companies, vendors, outside agencies, the public, and other individuals as needed to coordinate work activities, review status of work, exchange information, or resolve problems.

Accurately and expeditiously receives and delivers messages and information to the appropriate individuals.

Ability to prepare accurate and thorough written records and reports.

Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions and to complete assigned tasks with minimal supervisory direction.

Ability to understand and quickly and accurately follow brief oral and written instructions on moderately complex matters.

Ability to establish and maintain harmonious relationships with Supervisor, customers, other employees, other departments, other governmental and regulatory agencies, and the general public as needed.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES (KSA's)
(Listed are general KSAs and KSAs by divisional area of assignment. KSAs must be met in accordance with the Career Path Advancement Requirements.)

GENERAL

  • Knowledge of and the ability to correctly install well-point systems.
  • Knowledge of TTC zones and the ability to correctly set up City street TTC.
  • Knowledge of and ability to accurately read and interpret blue prints.
  • Knowledge of traffic and highway safety rules and regulations and of effective precautionary measures necessary to avoid accidents.
  • Knowledge of the hazards involved in the use of heavy equipment and of the safety precautions.
  • Ability to appropriately work with asphalt and concrete to make various repairs.
  • Ability to properly operate heavy equipment.
  • Ability to inspect machinery and mechanical equipment and to detect and identify apparatus malfunctions.

STORMWATER

  • Knowledge of specialized facets of storm water maintenance and/or construction work.
  • Knowledge of and the ability to properly clean stormwater pipes and basins.
  • Ability to properly perform specialized storm water maintenance or construction work.

WASTEWATER COLLECTION .

  • Knowledge of and the ability to maintain gravity line elevations.
  • Knowledge of and the ability to properly clean sanitary sewer laterals and main lines.

WATER DISTRIBUTION

  • Knowledge of and the ability to correctly lay new water mains of all sizes.
  • Knowledge of and the ability to properly install fire hydrants.

HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATOR II

COMMUNICATION COMPETENCIES

Effectively communicates with supervisor, employees, other departments, contractors, engineers, utility companies, vendors, outside agencies, the public, and other individuals as needed to coordinate work activities, review status of work, exchange information, or resolve problems.

Accurately and expeditiously receives and delivers messages and information to the appropriate individuals.

Ability to prepare accurate and thorough written records and reports.

Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions and to complete assigned tasks with minimal supervisory direction.

Ability to understand and quickly and accurately follow brief oral and written instructions on moderately complex matters.

Ability to establish and maintain harmonious relationships with Supervisor, customers, other employees, other departments, other governmental and regulatory agencies, and the general public as needed.

Ability to lead a crew and successfully complete the assigned projects.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES (KSA's)
(Listed are general KSAs and KSAs by divisional area of assignment. KSAs must be met in accordance with the Career Path Advancement Requirements.)

GENERAL

  • Knowledge of and the ability to correctly install well-point systems.
  • Knowledge of TTC zones and the ability to correctly set up City street TTC.
  • Knowledge of and ability to accurately read and interpret blue prints.
  • Knowledge of traffic and highway safety rules and regulations and of effective precautionary measures necessary to avoid accidents.
  • Knowledge of the hazards involved in the use of heavy equipment and of the safety precautions.
  • Ability to appropriately work with asphalt and concrete to make various repairs.
  • Ability to properly operate heavy equipment.
  • Ability to inspect machinery and mechanical equipment and to detect and identify apparatus malfunctions
  • Ability to effectively lead a crew when needed.

STORMWATER

  • Knowledge of specialized facets of storm water maintenance and/or construction work.
  • Knowledge of various NPDES inspection procedures, including retention/detention, outfall and construction sites and the ability to accurately perform these inspections.
  • Knowledge of and the ability to properly clean stormwater pipes and basins
  • Knowledge of proper procedures and the ability to accurately maintain storm water positive displacement and exfiltration conveyance systems.
  • Ability to properly perform specialized storm water maintenance or construction work.

WASTEWATER COLLECTION

  • Knowledge of and the ability to properly install gravity mains, Services, cleanouts and manholes.
  • Knowledge of and the ability to properly clean sanitary sewer laterals and main lines
  • Knowledge of and the ability to maintain gravity line elevations.
  • Ability to perform the installation of force mains.

WATER DISTRIBUTION

  • Knowledge of and the ability to correctly lay new water mains of all sizes.
  • Knowledge of and the ability to properly install fire hydrants
  • Knowledge of and the ability to correctly install and replace water main valves.
  • Knowledge of and the ability to perform the steps necessary to make service line water taps.
  • Ability to utilize iWater to update attributes associated with the distribution system.

PHYSICAL AND SENSORY REQUIREMENTS / ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS:

Physical Ability : While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, climb, balance, bend, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, and may push, pull, grasp, lift and/or move objects and materials of moderate to heavy weight (up to 100 pounds), in accordance with OSHA guidelines.

Sensory Requirements : Tasks require the ability to perceive and discriminate colors or shades of colors, sounds, odor, depth, texture, and visual cues or signals. Tasks require the ability to communicate orally.

Environmental Factors : Performance of essential functions may require exposure to adverse environmental conditions, such as odors, wetness, humidity, fumes, temperature and noise extremes, machinery, vibrations, electric currents, traffic hazards, toxic agents, disease, or pathogenic substances. Work is frequently performed outside in heat, high humidity, in cold, in rain and when other inclement weather conditions are present. Work is performed in bright and dim light.

The City of Boynton Beach, Florida, is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. 12101 et. seq.), the City of Boynton Beach will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer. The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

A review of this position has excluded the marginal functions of the position that are incidental to the performance of fundamental job duties. All duties and responsibilities are essential job functions and requirements are subject to possible modifications to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. To perform this job successfully, the incumbent(s) will possess the abilities and aptitudes to perform each duty proficiently. Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a direct threat of significant risk to the health or safety of themselves or others. Requirements are representative of the minimum level of knowledge, skills, and ability.

CAREER PATH ADVANCEMENT REQUIREMENTS

The follow requirements must be met to advance to Utilities Heavy Equipment Operator II:

  • High school diploma or valid equivalent; and
  • Must have five (5) years of experience within a Utility division functional area, construction and/or equipment operation. Prior outside experience will be considered; and
  • Must possess and maintain a valid State of Florida Class B Commercial Driver's License (CDL); and
  • Must meet 100% of Utilities Heavy Equipment Operator II KSAs (general and all Division functional areas). The requirements for meeting the KSA's must be verified and documented by the assigned area supervisor; and Must pass a general and practical test demonstrating the required knowledge and ability to operate Utilities Heavy Equipment Operator II designated equipment. Employees who fail to obtain a minimum score of 70% will have a two (2) month waiting period to re-take the general and practical test; and
  • Must have demonstrated the ability to lead a crew and successfully complete the assigned projects; and
  • Supervisor's signatures, acknowledging time spent in the utility functional areas are required for advancement.

Must meet one (1) of the following:

  • Must possess and maintain a Stormwater or Wastewater "C" Certification; or
  • Must possess and maintain a Level III Water Distribution; or
  • Must possess and maintain a Class C or higher Water Treatment Plant Operator License

VETERANS' PREFERENCE

Certain servicemembers and veterans, and the spouses and family members of such servicemembers and veterans, receive preference and priority in the City's hiring process. Additionally, certain servicemembers may be eligible to receive waivers for postsecondary educational requirements in employment by the City.

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