Department of Transportation & Mobility

Recruitment #2301-6004-001


The Street Maintenance Division is seeking highly qualified, dedicated, dependable, and motivated individuals to join their team.  The Heavy  Equipment Operator position requires skilled work involving operation of heavy equipment to grade terrain within the City of Tucson right-of-way.  Other duties entail the application of asphalt and chip seal, hoisting large heavy objects, digging trenches, excavating tree stumps and sidewalks, sweeping and vacuuming streets and maintain landscaping.  Work requires climbing in and out of equipment and exposure to extremes in weather and temperatures.

General Description

Operates heavy equipment to maintain streets, roadways, drainage ways, and other City property.  Promotes the safe use of equipment, and transports equipment to job sites.

Essential Functions

Operates heavy equipment to perform grade terrain, application of asphalt and chip seal, hoisting large heavy objects, digging trenches, excavating tree stumps, and sidewalks, sweeping and vacuuming streets, and maintain landscaping.

Promotes the safe use of equipment by performing daily pre and post operation inspections, preventive maintenance and repairs to equipment, reporting any necessary repairs and instructing others.

Transports equipment by loading equipment on trailers and driving to various job sites

Performs routine maintenance in washes and drainage ways

Maintains asphalt surfaces to include street maintenance, pothole repairs, chip sealing and crack sealing

Operates small equipment such as jump jacks, chainsaws, and weed eater

Performs related duties such as occasionally directing helpers, assistants, seasonal employees, interns, volunteers, or temporary employees and may temporarily act in a higher capacity

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: 6 months post High School

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

Valid and Unrestricted CDL - Class B at time of application.  Copy of current/valid Class B CDL must be uploaded at time of application

Special Job Requirements

Must be able to obtain a Forklift Operator Certification within 12-month probationary period

Must have a valid and unrestricted CDL-Class B. Copy of CDL must be uploaded with application

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 be invited to participate in a Practical Skills Test and Written assessment.

The written assessment will be given prior to the Practical Skills Test, both will be conducted on the following date:

Wednesday, February 22, 2023

The Practical Skills Test will consist of an obstacle skills test. The Practical Skills Test will be outdoors.  You must wear loose-fitting work clothes suitable for an outdoor working environment.  Open toed footwear and shorts will not be allowed and excess jewelry is not recommended.  The required personal protective equipment (PPE) will be provided.  

Upon completion of all 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: 

    10% of your rating for education and work experience
    10% of your rating for written 
    80% of your rating for the practical skills test 

This recruitment will establish a civil service list that will 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 malena.carreon@tucsonaz.gov. 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 call Diane Webster (520) 633-5044 or Malena Carreon at 520-330-8471 at  least 48 hours prior to the evaluation.


Communication during this process will be sent via email to the email address on file, so please ensure your browser accepts emails from jobs@tucsonaz.gov and check your email account regularly; this may include your junk box/spam filter.  Failure to respond or follow instructions may result in disqualification. Should you have questions regarding this process, please contact Diane Webster, HR Technician at 520-633-5044 or Malena Carreon at 520-330-8471.


Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements

CDL Physical

NIDA Drug Test

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.