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Equipment Operator Sr. #2308-110700-01

*Eligible for Sign on Bonus

Date Opened
Thursday, August 24, 2023 3:59 PM
Close Date
Saturday, September 23, 2023 11:59 PM
Charlotte Department of Transportation
  • $43, 400.00- $53,269.00 / year
Employment Type
  • Full Time


The City of Charlotte is the largest municipality in North Carolina and the 15th largest city in the United States, with a total population of more than 897,000 citizens. A major commerce center, Charlotte hosts several of the nation’s largest banks and technology companies.

Also known as the Queen City, Charlotte is home to the Carolina Panthers, the Charlotte Hornets and the NASCAR Hall of Fame. We work hard to ensure that the community will be a winning city for everyone – a truly remarkable place to live, work, learn and play. Join us in helping to keep our City thriving, ensuring upward mobility and advancement in the workplace.


The Street Maintenance Equipment Operator III operates heavy duty backhoe/front end loader and heavy equipment used in the construction and maintenance of items within the City of Charlotte.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

Operates heavy equipment that could include: gradall, front-end loader, backhoe, tandem dump truck, track-hoe, paving machine, etc.
Hauls material to and from jobsites; participating in loading and unloading of materials.
Performs manual labor tasks; i.e. digging trenches, etc.
Assumes leadership role and completes paperwork in the absence of the crew chief; assists crew supervisor in supervising the crews on the jobsite.
Assists the crew chief in establishing grades, setting batter boards, forming and placing concrete, backfilling, etc.
Performs routine inspections of equipment for mechanical readiness and safety.
Complies with work and safety rules, OSHA regulations, and work hazard rules/regulations.
Take actions to avoid potential hazards or obstructions such as utility lines, other equipment, other workers, or falling objects.
Locates underground services, such as pipes or wires, prior to beginning construction work.
Participates in large-scale field operations for street grading, construction and repair.
Coordinate machine actions with other activities, positioning or moving loads in response to hand or audio signals from crew members

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Safety- Knowledge of OSHA, City, and Federal rules and regulations, as well as work hazards and applicable safety precautions of the assigned work.
Transportation- Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by road specifically, including laws and ordinances regulating the operation of vehicles.
Customer and Personal Service- Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services including customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Construction- Knowledge of materials, methods, tools, and procedures used in the construction and maintenance of streets.
Operation and Control- Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Operation Monitoring- Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Monitoring-  Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action
Coordination- Adjusting actions in relation to others’ actions.
Equipment Maintenance- Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
Troubleshooting- Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Critical Thinking- Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems
Management of Personnel Resources- Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work.
Speaking- Talking to others to convey information effectively
Active Listening- Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Time Management- Managing one’s own time and the time of others.
Control Precision- The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or vehicle.
Depth Perception- The ability to judge which of several objects is close or further away from you, or judge the distance between you and an object.
Near and Far Vision- The ability to see details at a close range or a distance.
Manual Dexterity- The ability to quickly move your hand, arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Rate Control- The ability to time your movements or movements of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in speed or direction of a moving object or scene.
Reaction Time- The ability to quickly respond to a signal when it appears.
Oral Comprehension- The ability to listen and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Written Comprehension- The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Physical Abilities include but are not limited to: sitting, standing, bending, twisting, reaching, kneeling/squatting, walking, driving, crawling, climbing, lifting and carrying (up to 75lbs), shoveling, pushing, and pulling.

Dump trucks, Backhoes, Trackhoes, Paving Machines, Loaders, Excavators, Hand Tools, etc.

Extreme Temperatures possible, outdoors; Some physical activity, a lot of time spent in heavy machinery.

Minimum Qualifications

  • High School Degree or equivalent required. 
  • Requires experience in the operation of complex equipment such as backhoes, track-hoes, front-end loaders, paving machines, excavators, and tandems. 
  • Must have and maintain a Class ‘A’ CDL Driver’s License with ability to obtain and maintain a City Driving Permit.


$43,400.00- $53,269.00 Commensurate with experience

Conditions of Employment

The City’s Background Check Policy requires background checks to be conducted on final internal or external candidate(s) applying for any position with the City of Charlotte. The type of information that will be collected as part of a background check includes, but is not limited to: reference checks, social security verification, education verification, criminal conviction record check, and, if applicable, a credit history check, sex offender registry and motor vehicle records check.

Background checks must be in compliance with all federal and state statutes, such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The checks must be consistent with the guidelines set forth by these laws requiring organizations to obtain a candidate’s written authorization before obtaining a criminal background report, motor vehicle records check or credit report; and to properly store and dispose of information derived from such reports.

Final candidates must pass a pre-employment drug-screening test and physical examination. During the selection process, candidates may be asked to take a skills test, and/or participate in other assessments.

The City of Charlotte is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

How To Apply

Apply online.

Federal law requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Please tell us if you require a reasonable accommodation to apply for a job.

You are welcome to visit the City of Charlotte Human Resources Department lobby where we have workstations available. Our office is located at 700 East 4th Street, Suite 200, Charlotte, NC 28202. Our hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EST), excluding official City holidays.

Anyone seeking an accommodation to apply for a job may call (704) 336-2285 for assistance or you may email questions to


The City of Charlotte provides a comprehensive benefits package to all employees.

Click here to learn more about the City of Charlotte’s benefits.

The City of Charlotte is a drug and alcohol-free workplace.

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