City of Tampa

Specialty Equipment Operator (#006231) 020

$20.07-$28.45 Hourly / $3,478.80-$4,931.33 Monthly / $41,745.60-$59,176.00 Yearly


This is skilled work operating specialty construction/maintenance equipment.  Bargaining unit position.

Nature Of Work

An employee in this class is responsible for performing tasks of average difficulty involving the safe operation of specialty construction/maintenance equipment in support of departments’ maintenance or construction activities. Under general supervision, employees are required to exercise some initiative and independent judgment in completing assigned tasks. Tasks at times are performed under hazardous conditions and require employees to be extremely alert and careful whenever operating assigned equipment. Equipment is often operated adjacent to underground utilities, with limited margins for error, or under conditions that require advanced skill and ability. Employees might be required to perform manual and unskilled laboring tasks, using hand and power tools, either separately from or in conjunction with equipment being operated. Employees might also be required to operate complex construction/maintenance equipment on a relief basis or in a training capacity, and serve in a lead capacity over lower level equipment operators and laboring personnel. Work is reviewed while in progress and upon completion by observation and through results obtained.

Examples of Duties

Operates a backhoe, above 35 horsepower, for digging and backfilling in conjunction with construction, maintenance and repair activities; exercises care to avoid damaging or disturbing other utilities in the immediate area; lifts, relocates and loads heavy and/or bulky items and material; operates payloaders and loader tractors in reconstructing and stripping sludge drying beds.

Performs minor maintenance and servicing on vehicle/equipment being operated to include checking tire air pressure, motor oil, hydraulic oil, and fuel, and bleeding brake air tanks where required; visually checks vehicle/equipment and reports maintenance or repair problems at the beginning and the end of the workday; insures that vehicle is properly serviced and cleaned.

Performs manual and unskilled laboring tasks; uses hand tools and operates power tools either separately from or in conjunction with vehicle/equipment being operated.

Operates complex construction/maintenance vehicles/equipment on a relief basis or in an on-thejob training capacity to acquire experience and develop skill and proficiency.

Transports people, material, tools, and equipment to and from sites to insure efficiency and safety; insures that equipment is stored to prevent theft and vandalism; operates radio or telephone equipment to communicate with necessary parties.

Cuts up or replaces pavement work for projects; patches potholes and utility cutouts to keep roads/sewer lines in proper condition; installs sewer mains and services.

Assists in the installation or removal of traffic control devices, signs, and pavement markings and traffic signals in order to complete assigned duties. Applies fertilizer and insecticide on city property; removes trash and debris from ditches and ponds; operates lawn mower to cut grass; maintains racquetball courts, tennis courts, and baseball fields.

Completes periodic time/activity reports to document work activities; gathers information/ completes forms; prepares work and action orders; verifies logs and records.

Performs related work as required.


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Working knowledge of: operational and minor maintenance characteristics of specialty motorized construction/maintenance equipment related to the area of assignment; traffic laws, occupational hazards and appropriate safety precautions.

Some knowledge of: the use and care of hand and power tools and equipment related to assigned areas; the city and its geography.

Ability to: perform work requiring physical strength and endurance; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; acquire skill and develop proficiency in the operation of diverse complex motorized construction/maintenance equipment. Skill and ability to demonstrate proficiency in: the operation of specialty motorized construction/maintenance equipment related to assigned areas.

Skill in: the use and care of hand and power tools related to assigned areas.


Minimum Qualifications

Completion of elementary school and one (1) year of experience in operating lightweight trucks and/or simple motorized construction/maintenance equipment, including formal training or six (6) months of experience in operating specialty construction/maintenance equipment; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.  

Licenses or Certifications

Possession of a valid Florida Commercial driver’s license.


Employees may be required to work rotating shifts, including nights, weekends, holidays and overtime as needed. During periods when the Mayor issues an emergency declaration for the City of Tampa, all employees may be required to work in preparation, response or recovery activities related to the stated emergency.

CLASS: 006231; EST: 8/13/2013; REV: 3/1/2021;