* * * Tucson Water Maintenance Division * * *

Recruitment #1901-6005-001


The City of Tucson Water Department is seeking a highly skilled individual to operate and maintain a variety of heavy equipment such as: front-end loader, backhoe, and motor grader. The Equipment Operation Specialist performs departmental related duties, and assists in the installation and repair of customer water services.

This position is subject to on-call, stand-by and working evening shifts as needed as well as extended work hours. Work requires climbing in and out of equipment, and the ability to work in various work environments such as: extreme heat, cold, rain and rough terrain conditions.


General Description

Operates and maintains a variety of heavy equipment.  Work is performed in a fast paced, high traffic environment where team safety practices are essential and operation of equipment in all types of weather is required.

Essential Functions

Examples of essential duties may include but are not limited to:

  • Operates construction equipment such as backhoes, front-end loaders, trenchers, uniloaders with attachments, farm tractors, dump trucks, graders, water trucks, and other associated equipment.
  • Works in heavy traffic areas and intersections.
  • Operates backhoes and track excavators for excavations of water mains and assists in repairs of broken mains; excavates for installations of fire hydrants and fire protection lines; removes concrete foundations and abandoned piping.
  • Uses backhoes to excavate around high-pressure gas lines, electrical conduits, sewer lines, telephone lines, and cable lines to access water mains.
  • Participates in various work activities associated with job assignments, including manual labor tasks and guiding and directing others in the work team.
  • Safely transports equipment to job sites.
  • Maintains a variety of heavy equipment by inspecting equipment, performing preventative maintenance of equipment, cleaning equipment components, and reporting necessary repairs.
  • Performs weed removal and asphalt maintenance.
  • Performs administrative duties by investigating and resolving customer complaints, identifying, locating and requesting necessary materials, and completing logs and reports.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: High School Diploma or G.E.D.

Minimum Experience Qualifications: At least 2 years of heavy equipment operation

Valid and Unrestricted CDL - Class A Commercial Driver's License with a Tanker endorsement required at the time of application

CDL permit acceptable for up to 60 days from date of hire

Pursuant to Administrative Directive 6.01-8 Commercial Driver Policy: Incumbent employees may apply for a promotional opportunity if they meet all of the position requirements except for a CDL or required CDL endorsement. An employee who does not have the required license may be conditionally selected, and advised of the requirement that they obtain the required license within 60 calendar days of the conditional notification of selection.

Candidates applying for positions carrying a CDL driving designation are required to possess a CDL permit at the time of application, and must obtain a valid Arizona CDL within 60 days of hire. The CDL must be of the appropriate classification, with endorsements as required by the job. Failure to obtain the required CDL and endorsement will result in failure of probation. Failure to maintain the CDL thereafter will result in disciplinary action up to and including termination.

Special Job Requirements

Valid and Unrestricted CDL - Class A  required for Transportation and Water departments

Some positions may require Weedeater and Chainsaw Certification

Selection Plan

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated on the education and work experience in their employment profile and the responses to their supplemental questions. The highest scoring applicants will then be invited to participate in the Practical Skills Test.   

  • Practical Skills Test will be held: January 30 and 31, 2019

Upon completion of all examination processes, the highest scoring applicants will be placed on the Civil Service Employment List.  An applicant's ranking on the Civil Service list will be based on their final score which will be calculated as:      

  • 100% of your rating for the Practical Skills Test

This recruitment will establish a civil service list that may be utilized to fill vacancies occurring within the next 6 months.

Veterans, Native American, or Disability preference points will be added to the final score for those that are placed on the Civil Service Employment List.  If you qualify for preference points as outlined in the Employment Profile, you must upload your documentation as part of the application process or email it to The DD 214 must be a copy that indicates characterization of service.  

If you are in need of Americans with Disabilities Act-related accommodation during the testing process, please contact Roxie Escarcega at 520-837-2138 at least 48 hours prior to the evaluation


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Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements

Non-NIDA Drug Test

Basic Physical

Hep B Vaccine (follow City of Tucson protocol)

If at Water or Transportation, then:

CDL Physical

NIDA Drug Test

If at Water, then also:

Respirator Physical

75 lb Lift Test

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To ensure accurate payroll information for tax purposes, the successful candidate will need to provide their original Social Security Card or original letter from the Social Security Administration with their social security number prior to beginning work with the City of Tucson.

The City of Tucson hires lawful workers only - US citizens or nationals and non-citizens with valid work authorization - without discrimination. Federal immigration laws require all employers to verify both the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. In its efforts to meet the law's requirements, the City of Tucson participates in the E-Verify program established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to aid employers in verifying the eligibility of workers.

Retired City of Tucson employees receiving benefits from the Tucson Supplemental Retirement System who are considering reemployment with the City should be aware that pursuant to Section 22-37(g) of the Tucson City Code, retirement benefits shall be suspended during the period of reemployment with the City of Tucson unless you have been separated at least twelve consecutive months before returning to work AND you return to a non-permanent employment classification. Creditable service does not accrue during any reemployment period.