Equipment Operator II (#UCCC02)
$35,056.00 Yearly Min / $42,484.00 Yearly Mid / $53,105.00 Yearly Max

Equipment Operator III (#UCCC03)
$39,874.00 Yearly Min / $47,957.00 Yearly Mid / $59,946.00 Yearly Max

Description of Occupational Work

This class series uses four levels of work in the Equipment and Plant Operation Group, Mechanical and Equipment Operation Series. The Equipment Operator class series work is physical labor, and skilled operation of self-propelled mobile equipment, an array of support equipment, and hand tools, used in various operations/activities, such as the repair, maintenance, and development of roads, grounds, or structures. A significant part of the work includes manipulating equipment by coding computers/adjusting levers, gears, valves, and controls/pressing foot and hand pedals.

Note:  The career ladder incorporates the Equipment Operator, I, II, and III levels; specifically, depending upon agency needs, positions can be classified up to Equipment Operator III (highest level in the career ladder). The Equipment Operator I level is to provide entry for hiring new employees into the class series but does not preclude hiring new employees at higher levels.  To implement the career ladder, current employees are assigned to the level for which they meet minimum qualifications and promotional standards. Employees may be promoted through the career ladder in accordance with promotional standards for those levels assigned to an agency. The promotional standards, a selection document under separate cover, set forth the criteria that defines and describes the complexity of work required for advancement to each level through the career ladder.

Essential Functions

Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.

  • Drives and controls on/off-road equipment to haul supplies to and from the work site. This may include public highway systems.
  • Manipulates equipment with integrated mechanical, hydraulic, and electronic systems/controls by coding computers and or adjusting levers, gears, valves, switches and related controls.
  • Operates mobile equipment and hand tools to dig, ditch, slope, strip, grade, backfill, mow, and clear and excavate.
  • Loads and unloads rock, debris, earth, trees and materials, such as abrasives, de-icing chemicals/hazardous material using hands, loaders, trucks, hand-truck, forklift, dolly-lift and hoist.
  • Operates hand tools such as jackhammers, mechanical tampers, power saws, air compressors, hydraulic drivers, and similar equipment to make general repairs of roads, grounds, and/or structures.
  • Performs construction/maintenance and repairs in a variety of labor/trades fields such as carpentry, welding, and masonry.
  • Responds to environmental/highway emergency situations to control snow, storm water, hazardous debris, oil spills, etc. on roads, grounds and related areas.
  • Uses traffic control techniques to control high/low speed vehicular traffic movements.
  • Performs preventive maintenance, operational checks, pre, and post walk around inspections, and makes minor repairs/adjustments of assigned equipment; reports damage and /or required maintenance.
  • May operate draw and swing bridges to permit both water and roadway traffic to pass safely.

Levels of Work

Equipment Operator I

This describes entry-level equipment operator work. This level is involved in learning department rules, regulations, and policies concerning operation of equipment, proper handling of materials, and environmental issues as related to the industry. Work is performed under close direction of a technical superior. 

  • Operates vehicles to haul/plow and remove snow and other material to and from  roadways and right-of-ways.
  • Mows grass with hand mowers and tractor mowers.
  • Use hands/hand tools to patch asphalt surfaces, clean and fill cracks in road surfaces, and assist with installing pipes, crossovers, retention ponds, etc.
  • Assists with construction/modification/repair of state infrastructure including, but not limited to catch basins, drain pipes, guide-rails, fences, and related structures.
  • Performs preventive maintenance/inspections on assigned equipment, checks fluid levels, cleans and lubricates equipment, does walk around inspections and reports discrepancies.
  • Responds to emergencies, set up traffic control devices and assists with emergency response activities.
  • Assists technical superior with more complex equipment operations, trains for more complex assignments.
  • Typical contacts are with mechanics to report equipment discrepancies, public to control traffic movement, and other operators to coordinate joint work efforts.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

The intent of the listed knowledge, skills and abilities is to give a general indication of the core requirements for all positions in the class series; therefore, the KSAs listed are not exhaustive or necessarily inclusive of the requirements of every position in the class.

  • Knowledge of environmental and industrial safety rules, regulations and procedures.
  • Knowledge of traffic control safety devices and their use; proper use of megahertz radio systems.
  • Knowledge of preventive maintenance procedures applicable to equipment used.
  • Knowledge of rules, regulations, policies concerning environmental quality, equipment and materials and reporting requirements attributable to usage.
  • Ability to operate and use hand tools used in various operations/activities such as the repair, maintenance, and development of roads, grounds, or structures.
  • Ability to perform construction/maintenance/ and repairs in a variety of labor/trades fields such as carpentry, welding, construction, and masonry.
  • Skill in the operation of mobile equipment, which requires hand, foot, and eye coordination.
  • Skill in manipulating basic equipment attachments to perform operations/activities, such as grass cutting or snow removal while driving.

Job Requirements

JOB REQUIREMENTS for Equipment Operator III
Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:

  1. Six month experience in preventative maintenance on vehicles and equipment which includes lubricating, cleaning, and servicing.
  2. Six month experience in operating specialized equipment such as steel/rubber wheel roller, street sweeper, and brush cutters to clear, maintain, and make repairs to roads, grounds, or structures.
  3. Six month experience in directing and setting up traffic controls in a work zone.
  4. Knowledge of drainage systems, road maintenance and construction.
  5. Knowledge of operating self-propelled mobile equipment with wheeled or crawler type traction on all types of terrain.
  6. Possession of a valid CDL Class B Driver's License with Airbrake Restriction (not suspended, revoked or cancelled, or disqualified from driving).