Saturday, April 4, 2020

Heavy Equipment Operator

Recruitment #20-9355-01


THIS IS A NEW ASSEMBLED EXAMINATION. The eligible list resulting from this examination will cancel any existing list and may last approximately one year, but can be extended.

Application Process: A properly completed application, supplemental questionnaire  and DMV printout must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing. Failure to submit the Application and the required DMV printout will result in disqualification. Applications will only be accepted on-line.

All Candidates must submit evidence from DMV showing the current status of their driving record and proof of having a clean driving record for the previous 18 months.

Please attach a scanned copy of your DMV printout to your on-line application under the RESUME TAB. The DMV printout must be dated during the period of February 21, 2020 to May 1, 2020.  You need to also attach a copy of your Tanks (N) endorsement and a valid Medical Certificate.   Please scan all related documents and upload one (1) file with your application and not multiple files.

Note: To upload your DMV printout, Tanks endorsement and valid Medical Certificate, follow the instructions located on the Resume Tab of your application. The Resume Tab is located at the top of the screen after you have completed this supplemental questionnaire. Please remember to upload ONE (1) document with all your files and NOT multiple files of your document.



The mission of Public Works is to enhance the quality of life for the people of Alameda County by providing a safe, well-maintained, and lasting public works infrastructure through accessible, responsive and effective services.

Public services provided by the Alameda County Public Works Agency include flood and storm water pollution control, transportation planning and design, roadway and flood control maintenance and inspection, and construction and building inspections.

The goals of the Agency are to keep roads safe and well maintained, provide the highest level of flood protection, provide service levels that optimize infrastructure life cycles, minimize deferred maintenance, ensure that development and construction adhere to applicable State and County rules, optimize disaster preparedness, response and recover, ensure that the Agency’s operations and services minimize negative impacts on the environment, and sustain and advance County and Agency programs through a vital business and administrative support system.

For more information about the Alameda County Public Works Agency, please visit their website at


Under general supervision, operates one or more types of heavy construction equipment in the maintenance and construction of County roads and flood control facilities may drive a truck or perform manual labor; does related work as required. This is the journey-level class in Heavy Equipment operation.

A Heavy Equipment Operator spends most of the time operating such heavy equipment as a motor grader, roller, backhoe or hydraulic excavator. Based on a general explanation at the start of a particular work assignment, a Heavy Equipment Operator is expected to operate equipment so as to carry out the assignment rapidly, efficiently, and safely.


NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

1. Operates large motor grader, bulldozer, excavator, roller, loader, or backhoe and other similar heavy construction equipment in connection with the construction and maintenance of roads, road structures, and flood control facilities; cuts, levels, slopes, grades, compacts, and otherwise prepares road beds, ditches, channels, levees, and finished road grades and surfaces; excavates, loads and moves dirt, gravel and other materials; clears road shoulders; cuts roadside weeds and brush; places pipes in excavations and places rip-rap.

2. Checks and maintains equipment for oiling and greasing needs; makes minor adjustments or emergency repairs; performs all required safety inspections.

3. Occasionally drives a truck in order to move equipment to or from job or to haul such material as rock and plant mix.

4. Keeps daily time and equipment records.

5. Directs the placement of trucks and personnel at a work site to carry out the assignment rapidly, efficiently, and safely.


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The equivalent of two years full-time experience as a Heavy Truck Driver or in an equivalent or higher level construction equipment maintenance or operation class in the Alameda County service.


The equivalent of three years full-time experience in the operation of large dump trucks or other heavy mobile road equipment, one year of which includes the operation of a motor grader, bulldozer, excavator, roller, track-type loader, or backhoe in connection with road and flood control construction or maintenance.


Possess a valid California Motor Vehicle Class A Commercial Driver’s License. Candidate must submit evidence from the DMV showing current status of their license at the time of application and must have a clean driving record for the past eighteen (18) months; a Tanks (N) endorsement and a valid Medical Certificate are required for all patterns.

Special Requirement:

Federal law and county policy requires that positions in the class of Heavy Equipment Operator are subject to post-offer/pre-placement/pre-duty, reasonable suspicion, post-accident, random, return-to-duty and follow-up drug and alcohol testing.

Working Conditions:

Heavy Equipment Operator is subject to 24-hour call out and must actively participate in the program.
Work outdoors in all weather conditions.
Subject to intense heat while applying chipseals, asphalt, crackseals, etc.
Work on uneven surfaces.
Subject to loud noises.
Work in confined spaces.
Contact with dust, dirt, poisonous plants, dead and live animals, used syringes and condoms, feces, urine, chemicals, paints, petroleum products, etc.
Work in high traffic areas.
Subject to climbing ladders, working from heights, working in moving water, bending, stooping, lifting heavy objects, crawling through small spaces, working overhead, etc.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.


NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

• CA Biennial Inspection of Terminal (BIT) regulations pertaining to Class A Drivers, including hours of service, daily vehicle inspection and drivers logs.
• Road and flood control construction and maintenance methods and problems.
• Provisions of the California Motor Vehicle Code affecting equipment operations.
• Proper loading and trailering techniques.
• Relevant construction safety procedures.

Ability to:

• Operate motor graders, rollers, track loaders, excavators or large tractors.
• Drive a truck safely while towing equipment.
• Quickly acquire skill in operating all heavy construction equipment used by the County.
• Follow oral instructions.
• Follow written instructions.
• Keep simple records.



1) A review of candidates' application to verify possession of minimum requirements. Those candidates who possess the minimum requirements for the class will move on to the next step in the examination process, a performance test.

2) The performance test will be weighted as 100% of the candidate's final examination score.


We reserve the right to make changes to the announced examination components.

Alameda County utilizes a Civil Service Selection System founded on merit. Such a system is competitive and based on broad recruitment efforts and equal opportunity for qualified applicants to test in an examination process designed to determine the qualifications, fitness, and ability of competitors to perform duties of the vacant position. Many of our recruitments are targeted and specific to the needs of a current vacant position, in which case, the eligible list may be exclusively used for that current vacant position. Other recruitments many be more broadly used for both current and future vacancies, or for other alternate jobs with comparable scopes of work.

To learn more about our recruitment and selection process, please visit the “What You Need to Know” section of our website,

Selection Plan

Applicants will be informed via email with reasonable notice in advance of any examination process which will require their attendance. The following dates are tentative and subject to change based on the needs of the Agency:


Deadline for Filing:

*5:00 p.m.,  Friday, May 1, 2020March 27, 2020

Review of Applications for Minimum Qualifications:

*by Friday, May 15, 2020 April 10, 2020

Performance Examination

*TBD April 30, 2020

*Updated as of 3/23/2020


Alameda County and the Human Resource Services Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination and/or selection process to accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities and/or medical conditions in accordance/compliance with the State Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Alameda County’s Reasonable Accommodation Policy and applicable statutes. To request an accommodation due to a disability/medical condition during this or other phases of the examination/selection process, please contact the assigned Human Resources Representative listed on the job announcement before the last date of filing. Alameda County requires applicants to provide supporting documentation to substantiate a request for reasonable accommodation. In order to qualify for a reasonable accommodation, applicants must have a disability/medical condition pursuant to the ADA, FEHA and applicable statutes.

For more information regarding our Reasonable Accommodation procedures, please visit our website,


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Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees) 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.



Applicants will be informed via email with reasonable notice in advance of any examination process which will require their

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Sam Gee, Human Resources Division Manager
Human Resource Services Department, County of Alameda

Alameda County is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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