City of Tampa

Automotive Equipment Operator III (#006253) 022

$21.72-$30.81 Hourly / $3,764.80-$5,340.40 Monthly / $45,177.60-$64,084.80 Yearly


This is skilled work operating complex construction/maintenance equipment.

Nature Of Work

An employee in this class is responsible for performing tasks of more than average difficulty involving the safe operation of complex construction/maintenance equipment. Employees are required to operate diverse, complex motorized construction/maintenance equipment in support of departments’ maintenance or construction activities. Under general supervision, employees are required to exercise reasonable initiative and independent judgment in completing assigned tasks. Tasks at times are performed under hazardous conditions and employees are expected to be particularly alert and careful whenever operating the assigned vehicle/equipment. Employees might be required to perform a considerable amount of manual and unskilled laboring tasks, using hand and power tools, either separate from or in conjunction with the equipment being operated. Employees might also be required to operate specialty construction/maintenance equipment on a relief basis or in a training capacity, as well as act as lead worker 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

Safely operates a variety of complex construction/maintenance equipment including, but not limited to: asphalt paving machines for putting down a top layer of asphalt on the base of streets; motor graders for subgrading and leveling; bulldozers for grading and back-filling; truck mounted and crawler cranes, both hydraulic and cable, for loading, lifting, digging, and back-filling in construction and maintenance activities; fifth wheel tractor trucks with lowboy transport trailer for transporting heavy off-road construction equipment; heavy wreckers for towing disabled heavy vehicles/equipment; skid steers, water trucks, payloaders, dump trucks etc.

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; assures that vehicle is properly equipped, serviced and cleaned.

Assigns, oversees, and reviews the work of lower level equipment operators, service attendants, and others engaged in maintenance, repair, and similar activities; performs manual and unskilled laboring tasks; uses hand tools and operates power tools either separate from or in conjunction with vehicle/equipment being operated.

Performs related work as required.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Considerable knowledge of: operational and minor maintenance characteristics of complex motorized construction/maintenance equipment; traffic laws, occupational hazards and appropriate safety precautions.

Working knowledge of: the use and care of hand and power tools and equipment related to assigned areas.

Some knowledge of: 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 motorized specialty construction/maintenance equipment; act in a lead capacity over lower level operators and laboring personnel.

Skill and ability to demonstrate proficiency in: the operation of complex motorized construction/maintenance equipment.

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

Minimum Qualifications

Completion of high school or equivalent and three (3) years experience in operating heavy trucks and/or moderately complex motorized construction/maintenance equipment, including formal training or six (6) months experience in operating complex construction/maintenance equipment; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Licenses or Certifications

Possession of a valid Florida commercial driver’s license A or B depending on assignment.


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: 006253; EST: 8/12/2013; REV: 3/1/2021;