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Equipment Operator #2309-110600-01

Engineering & Operations Div. - Detector Loops

Date Opened
Wednesday, September 06, 2023 1:15 PM
Close Date
Wednesday, September 20, 2023 11:59 PM
Charlotte Department of Transportation
  • $43,400.00 - $46,015.00/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.


This position is responsible for the installation and maintenance of various traffic control devices with a focus on Detector Loops/Light Construction and related specialized equipment. Position assists crews in the installation, maintenance, or repair of Detector Loops. Responsible for operating specialized equipment and a variety of different hand tools in the traffic control trade. This position works primarily in the Detector Loops Section, however, if needed, may be assigned work in other sections or on specialized projects.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Install and maintain detector loops. 
  2. Operate a variety of specialized construction and detector loops tools and heavy equipment (excavator, trencher, etc.). 
  3. Load and unload materials, supplies, and equipment. 
  4. Ensure all related detector loops tasks are completed correctly and efficiently. 
  5. Maintain detailed work records including maintenance forms, inventory forms, vehicle inspection forms, daily work logs, and other documentation. 
  6. Set up temporary traffic control, safety cones, and signs according to the CDOT WATCH handbook, Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), and specialized training. 
  7. Maintain a safe work environment by following appropriate procedures, utilizing personal protective equipment, and recognizing and reporting unsafe conditions and actions. 
  8. In the absence of the Labor Crew Chief II, oversee crew responsibilities including but not limited to safety, inventory, working logs, and equipment; interpret signal plans and work orders to determine and confirm proper placement of traffic control devices. 
  9. Performs manual labor tasks (digging, trenching, etc.) and all other related work as required.

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. 
  • Valid driver’s license with the ability to obtain and maintain a City of Charlotte Driving Permit. 
  • Ability to read and write; including following signal plans that are provided. 
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions. 
  • General knowledge of methods, practices, procedures, work hazards, and equipment used in the maintenance of traffic control devices and construction. 
  • Ability to troubleshoot and solve problems related to the installation and maintenance of traffic control devices with limited supervision from Field Engineering, the Field Operations Supervisor, and Crew Chief. 
  • Ability to perform heavy manual labor for extended periods, sometimes under unfavorable weather conditions. 
  • Ability to work as a team for various types of traffic projects. 
  • Ability to read and interpret signal plans provided by traffic engineers. 
  • Knowledge of methods, materials, tools, and standard practices for the installation, operation, and maintenance of traffic control systems. 
  • Knowledge of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control (MUTCD). 
  • Knowledge of hazards and safety precautions involved with working with heavy equipment and working in and around vehicle traffic. 
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office products and Cityworks system.
  • Construction - Knowledge of material, methods, tools, and procedures used in signal construction and maintenance.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operation of small and heavy equipment.

Physical Requirements: 
  • Bending/Twisting • Walking (3 miles) 
  • Shoveling (3ft., 20-25 lbs) • Carrying (20 ft., 2-90 lbs) 
  • Sitting • Standing • Kneeling/Squatting
  • Pushing/Pulling • Reaching • Crawling 
  • Climbing (10 ft) • Lifting (3 ft., 20-100 lbs.) 
  • Work outside in varying environments, exposed to chemicals, excessive noises, fumes, solvents, and dust.
  • May climb ladders, work on slippery and uneven surfaces, work in confined spaces, and use vibrating tools. 
  • Work in traffic; walk in and around moving vehicles and equipment. 
  • Work involves sitting periodically, including riding in vehicles, attending training and meetings, or during use of office equipment such as computers for administrative tasks. 

Sensory Requirements:
  • Touch 
  • Hearing 
  • Vision (distance, near, and peripheral) 
  • Depth perception 
  • Color distinction 

Work Environment:
  • Work may require shift, irregular, or overtime hours determined at the discretion of the supervisor. 
  • Outdoor environment - working in various weather conditions and in unconditioned warehouse facilities will be required as needed.

Preferred Qualification

  • Experience with work hazards, safety precautions, and OSHA regulations preferred. 
  • Computer experience is preferred including desktop computer or tablet. Examples of preferred computer experience include but are not limited to: Cityworks, data entry, spreadsheets, and Word documents.

Minimum Qualifications

  • High School Diploma or Equivalent with one (1) year of related work experience. 
  • Required: Class A CDL
  • An equivalent combination of education and relevant experience that provides the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the essential job assignments.


  • $43,400.00 - $46,015.00 / Year; 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.

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

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

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