City of Tampa

Solid Waste Specialty Equipment Operator (#381000) 023

$22.55-$32.02 Hourly / $3,908.67-$5,550.13 Monthly / $46,904.00-$66,601.60 Yearly


This is skilled work operating specialty 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 special service equipment in support of department’s maintenance activities. Under general supervision, employees are required to exercise some initiative and independent judgement 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. 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

Safely operates a variety of complex special service equipment including, but not limited to lightning loaders or pay loaders and open body equipment; responds to requests for special pick up of heavy accumulation of trash and debris from customers’ residence; exercises extreme care while operating equipment; observes safety rules and obeys traffic laws.

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, when required; visually checks vehicle/equipment and reports maintenance 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 other 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.

Operates complex construction/maintenance 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.

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 lightning loader; pay loader and open body 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 special collection services equipment for all assigned area within the division.

Minimum Qualifications

Completion of accredited high school or vocational school and one (1) year of experience in operating lightning loader, pay loader and open body truck; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Licenses or Certifications

Possession of a valid Florida Commercial driver’s license, Class “A” or “B” with Air Brakes.


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: 381000; EST: 8/12/2013; REV: 3/1/2021;