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Heavy Equipment Operator
 
Work Location:Various City-Parish Departments
 
Starting Salary:11.0313 Hourly / $22,945 Annual
 
Pay Grade:1100
 
Special Recruiting Rate:
This classification has a special recruiting rate at Step 6 (starting salary $26,541 annually) for new hires only.
 
GENERAL DESCRIPTION
Under the direction of a higher classification, performs highly skilled work in the operation of large heavy duty equipment as listed on the City-Parish's official Equipment Operator Equipment List and other related heavy equipment. Work involves responsibility for the safe operation of large heavy duty equipment used in public works construction and maintenance. Work may also involve the operation of a variety of light, specialized and medium equipment on an incidental basis. Employees in this class operate draglines, motor graders, gradalls, front-end loaders, street sweepers, and other pieces of large heavy duty equipment on a regular assignment. Employees are responsible for operating such equipment properly. Some positions in this classification may be on 24-hour call out for emergency situations. Close supervision may be exercised over a crew of workers as assigned. Performs other work as requested.
 
ESSENTIAL WORK TASKS
Operates on a regular basis one or more pieces of large heavy duty equipment, such as dragline, bulldozer, gradall, scraper, prentice loader, or other equipment as outlined in the official Equipment Operator Equipment List. Maintains refuse at the City-Parish landfill by pushing it to the proper area at the proper grade; covers refuse with the proper thickness of dirt to prevent odors. Digs new ditches and canals, cleans existing ditches and canals, lays pipe to ensure proper drainage and to prevent flooding. Builds and repairs fences. Maintains heavy equipment by washing and cleaning, changing belts, hoses, oil and oil filters, and performing any other minor repairs; more complex repairs are referred to mechanics at Central Garage. Maintains interstate and boulevard medians by cutting grass, weed eating, and pruning trees and bushes. Removes large debris not picked up by garbage men, such as large branches, limbs and large household items discarded by the public. Maintains City-Parish roads, streets, and curbs to allow for safe travel by the public. May supervise a crew of workers engaged in maintenance and construction activities, or as assigned. May include the operation of a variety of light, specialized and medium automotive equipment on an incidental basis.
 
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
Knowledge of the principles and practices of operating and servicing specialized construction and maintenance equipment. Knowledge of the applicable traffic laws and regulations governing automotive equipment operations. Knowledge of the work hazards and applicable safety precautions associated with assigned equipment and operation. Skill in the operation of assigned equipment. Ability to detect needed repairs and to make necessary operational adjustments. Ability to perform strenuous manual labor for extended periods, often under unfavorable weather and working conditions. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others. Ability to understand and effectively carry out oral and written instructions. Ability to effectively supervise subordinates as assigned. Ability to apply good work habits such as punctuality, reliability, preciseness, and dependability in order to effectively complete assigned tasks and contribute to the smooth operation of the department and division.
 
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS
EDUCATIONAL AND EXPERIENCE
Ability to read and write, and three years of experience in operating large heavy duty equipment.
 
SUBSTITUTIONS
Any equivalent combination of education and experience.
 
CERTIFICATIONS/LICENSES
Position(s) of this classification may require a valid Louisiana driver's license or a valid Louisiana Commercial Drivers License (CDL) Class A, B, or C with appropriate endorsements. If license is required, must be maintained throughout employment in this position.
 
OTHER JOB ASPECTS
For security reasons, as per TSA provision 1542; all applicant/employees of the Greater Baton Rouge Airport District who have access to restricted areas will be required to have a ten (10) year criminal background check to the extent allowable by the law. Employees found to have an excessive criminal record or other misrepresentations of employment will not be eligible for employment.
 
JOB CODE:151380
 
EXAMINATION
Heavy Equipment Operator Exam required (may take up to 2 hours from test start time). Written examinations are available on most Tuesdays, 8:30 - 89:00 am, check-in, Thursdays, *12:00 - 12:30 pm, and Fridays, (for current openings only) 8:30 - 9:00 am check-in. Please call Human Resources Recruiting and Examination at 389-3132 to confirm testing dates and times. Test check-in is on a first come-first served basis. There are occasions where the test room is filled to capacity and applicants are asked to return on another day for testing. *Where written exam volume is expected to be high, check-in of applicants may begin as early as 11:30 am in order to complete the check-in process prior to the required 12:30 cut-off time.
 
APPLICATION NOTE
In your employment application, please include details of your prior experience such as specific duties performed, level of experience, types of tools, equipment and machines used, supervisory duties, types of projects worked on and other details that will help HR make a thorough evaluation of your prior experience. For example, did you operate a Menzi Muck to clean out ditches? Did you use spurs or rope access to climb and trim trees? A completed equipment sheet is required with your employment application and the information on the equipment sheet needs to match the work experience in the application itself. Also be detailed about your education, training and certifications/licenses and bring supporting documentation with your application.