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Equipment Operator I (#MCCC01)
$22,943.00 Yearly Min / $30,590.00 Yearly Mid / $38,238.00 Yearly Max


Equipment Operator II (#MCCC02)
$26,271.00 Yearly Min / $35,028.00 Yearly Mid / $43,785.00 Yearly Max


Equipment Operator III (#MCCC03)
$30,074.00 Yearly Min / $40,099.00 Yearly Mid / $50,124.00 Yearly Max


Equipment Operator IV (#MCCC04)
$32,183.00 Yearly Min / $42,910.00 Yearly Mid / $53,638.00 Yearly Max




Description of Occupational Work

This class series uses four levels of work in the Equipment and Plant Operation Group, Mechanical and Equipment Operation Series. The Equipment Operator class series work is physical labor, and skilled operation of self-propelled mobile equipment, an array of support equipment, and hand tools, used in various operations/activities, such as the repair, maintenance, and development of roads, grounds, or structures. A significant part of the work includes manipulating equipment by coding computers/adjusting levers, gears, valves, and controls/pressing foot and hand pedals.

Note:  The career ladder incorporates the Equipment Operator, I, II, and III levels; specifically, depending upon agency needs, positions can be classified up to Equipment Operator III (highest level in the career ladder). The Equipment Operator I level is to provide entry for hiring new employees into the class series but does not preclude hiring new employees at higher levels.  To implement the career ladder, current employees are assigned to the level for which they meet minimum qualifications and promotional standards. Employees may be promoted through the career ladder in accordance with promotional standards for those levels assigned to an agency. The promotional standards, a selection document under separate cover, set forth the criteria that defines and describes the complexity of work required for advancement to each level through the career ladder.

Essential Functions

Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.

  • Drives and controls on/off-road equipment to haul supplies to and from the work site. This may include public highway systems.
      
  • Manipulates equipment with integrated mechanical, hydraulic, and electronic systems/controls by coding computers and or adjusting levers, gears, valves, switches and related controls.
     
  • Operates mobile equipment and hand tools to dig, ditch, slope, strip, grade, backfill, mow, and clear and excavate.
     
  • Loads and unloads rock, debris, earth, trees and materials, such as abrasives, de-icing chemicals/hazardous material using hands, loaders, trucks, hand-truck, forklift, dolly-lift and hoist.
     
  • Operates hand tools such as jackhammers, mechanical tampers, power saws, air compressors, hydraulic drivers, and similar equipment to make general repairs of roads, grounds, and/or structures.
     
  • Performs construction/maintenance and repairs in a variety of labor/trades fields such as carpentry, welding, and masonry.
     
  • Responds to environmental/highway emergency situations to control snow, storm water, hazardous debris, oil spills, etc. on roads, grounds and related areas.
     
  • Uses traffic control techniques to control high/low speed vehicular traffic movements.
     
  • Performs preventive maintenance, operational checks, pre, and post walk around inspections, and makes minor repairs/adjustments of assigned equipment; reports damage and /or required maintenance.
     
  • May operate draw and swing bridges to permit both water and roadway traffic to pass safely.

Levels of Work

Equipment Operator I

This describes entry-level equipment operator work. This level is involved in learning department rules, regulations, and policies concerning operation of equipment, proper handling of materials, and environmental issues as related to the industry. Work is performed under close direction of a technical superior. 

  • Operates vehicles to haul/plow and remove snow and other material to and from  roadways and right-of-ways.
  • Mows grass with hand mowers and tractor mowers.
  • Use hands/hand tools to patch asphalt surfaces, clean and fill cracks in road surfaces, and assist with installing pipes, crossovers, retention ponds, etc.
  • Assists with construction/modification/repair of state infrastructure including, but not limited to catch basins, drain pipes, guide-rails, fences, and related structures.
  • Performs preventive maintenance/inspections on assigned equipment, checks fluid levels, cleans and lubricates equipment, does walk around inspections and reports discrepancies.
  • Responds to emergencies, set up traffic control devices and assists with emergency response activities.
  • Assists technical superior with more complex equipment operations, trains for more complex assignments.
  • Typical contacts are with mechanics to report equipment discrepancies, public to control traffic movement, and other operators to coordinate joint work efforts.

Equipment Operator II

This describes equipment operator work at the full performance level. Positions operate more complex equipment within standard guidelines and alternatives under the direction of a technical superior. This level uses a broader range of equipment, to accomplish more complex equipment operations/projects with more independence than the first level.

  • Operates specialized mobile equipment such as steel/rubber wheel roller, street sweeper, and brush cutters to clear, maintain, and make repairs to roads, grounds, and/or structures. 
  • Mows grass with tractors using side and /or rear attachments such as mowers with extended arm units.
  • Attaches implements to heavy mobile equipment such as snowplows, blades, and other related equipment using hand tools.
  • Conducts on the job training/coaching of less experienced equipment operators.
  • Assists technical superior with more complex equipment operations, trains for more complex assignments.
  • Performs as crew/project leader on small equipment operations involved in basic road and grounds maintenance assignments such as grass cutting, picking up debris, etc.
  • Typical contacts are with operators to accomplish team operational work. Contact with public motorists and private landowners to respond to complaints or questions. 

Equipment Operator III

This describes equipment operator work at the advanced level. Positions operate a broad range of complex heavy mobile equipment with attachments on large and small equipment operations/environmental projects. Performs under general supervision, involving periodic review of work in progress.

  • Operates specialized mobile equipment to perform work to rough specifications, and make repairs to roads, grounds, and structures; interprets blue prints to read and scale grades/recommend job materials.
  • Drives equipment with extended trailers such as low boys; loads, hauls, and unloads heavy equipment.
  • Performs as crew/project leader on small and large equipment operations, such as lead a crew performing hot mix patching and repairs to roads, or maintains a borrow pit by operating bulldozers and loaders to excavate, clear/load stock pile materials.
  • Performs advanced construction/modification/repair of state infrastructure including, but not limited to catch basins, drain pipes, guide-rails, fences, and related structures.
  • Coordinates, sets up and directs vehicular traffic flow in the work area during emergencies/work operations.
  • May perform basic survey such as shooting grades for setting/maintaining drainage pipes, road patches, and slopes.
  • May conduct in-house training programs.
  • Typical contacts are with supervisors to provide feedback regarding subordinate operators, and with management, outside agencies, and the public to coordinate road/lane closures.

Equipment Operator IV

These positions serve as crew/project leaders, and are skilled at precision operation of the most complex mobile equipment with attachments of significant weight and complexity to accomplish the most complex equipment operations and assignments/projects. Perform with indirect supervision, review of work typically occurs after completion or when problems or exceptions occur.

  • Operates self-propelled mobile equipment on all types of terrain; works to fine specifications from stakes set by survey party.
  • Maneuvers self-propelled mobile equipment with wheeled or crawler type traction; manipulates controls to adjust attachments for proper positioning to fine grade slopes, inclines, ramps, curves, and excavations by scraping, digging, rolling, lifting, or leveling on all types of terrain.
  • Maneuvers equipment in various locations where accuracy is critical such as near obstructions, which restrict load or boom movement.
  • Performs as crew/project lead in intensive equipment operations; selects method to accomplish large and small assigned operations such as installing complex drainage systems to meet environmental and construction designs.
  • Prepares reports accounting for materials, hours, equipment used and required maintenance.
  • May develop/conduct equipment operator in-house training programs; assist in developing workforce skills.
  • Typical contacts are with operators, supervisors/managers to discuss productivity, workmanship, and environmental controls.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

The intent of the listed knowledge, skills and abilities is to give a general indication of the core requirements for all positions in the class series; therefore, the KSAs listed are not exhaustive or necessarily inclusive of the requirements of every position in the class.

  • Knowledge of environmental and industrial safety rules, regulations and procedures.
  • Knowledge of traffic control safety devices and their use; proper use of megahertz radio systems.
  • Knowledge of preventive maintenance procedures applicable to equipment used.
  • Knowledge of rules, regulations, policies concerning environmental quality, equipment and materials and reporting requirements attributable to usage.
  • Ability to operate and use hand tools used in various operations/activities such as the repair, maintenance, and development of roads, grounds, or structures.
  • Ability to perform construction/maintenance/ and repairs in a variety of labor/trades fields such as carpentry, welding, construction, and masonry.
  • Skill in the operation of mobile equipment, which requires hand, foot, and eye coordination.
  • Skill in manipulating basic equipment attachments to perform operations/activities, such as grass cutting or snow removal while driving.

In addition to the above Knowledge, Skills and Abilities, the Equipment Operator II requires:

  • Knowledge of productivity rates and workmanship levels to be attained on basic ground and road maintenance assignments.
  • Knowledge of landowner rights and conditions under which authorized to enter private lands when working on private property.
  • Skill in recognizing/performing preventive maintenance and upkeep of assigned equipment, with special emphasis on coolants, oils, lubricants, hydraulic systems, lighting equipment, and cab conditions.
  • Skill in operating specialized mobile equipment such as steel/rubber roller, street sweeper, and brush cutters to clear, maintain, and make repairs to roads, grounds, and/or structures.
  • Skill in driving while in confined areas, and simultaneously manipulating equipment attachments with extended arms such as mowers with extended arm units to mow grass.
  • Ability to attach heavy mobile equipment implements using hand tools.
  • Ability to serve as crew/project leader on small equipment operations involved in basic road and grounds maintenance assignments.
  • Ability to measure work completed, calculate materials used and record employee and equipment hours used.
  • Ability to conduct on the job training for less experienced operators.

In addition to the above Knowledge, Skills and Abilities, the Equipment Operator III requires:

  • Knowledge of productivity rates and workmanship levels to be attained on small and large equipment operations/activities.
  • Knowledge of safety practices essential to operating heavy equipment on roadways carrying traffic, slopes, soft and marshy areas, in conjunction with other machines, around overhead and underground utility items, and in equipment yards and shops.
  • Knowledge of preventive maintenance schedules and practices.
  • Knowledge of aggregate behavior, with special reference to mixes of aggregates and fines, developing and maintaining aggregate crust, and excavating and rebuilding weak spots.
  • Knowledge of drainage needs, storm water management and the effects of water, ice and traffic on road surfaces and steps to be taken to prevent deterioration of bases and surfaces.
  • Knowledge of erosion control technology, with special reference to retaining ground cover, rock beds in place and other types of natural and man made controls.
  • Knowledge of hot and cold mix asphalt, their applications, and the temperature control required for safety and for proper applications.
  • Knowledge of rules and regulations used to set up traffic control.
  • Skill in maneuvering equipment, adjusting angles and elevations of blades, buckets and related attachments, providing equipment foundations for trenching and ditch cleaning.
  • Skill in blading aggregates and asphalt mixes into place with a minimum of segregation.
  • Ability to follow design plans in the construction of complex drainage systems related to storm water management, erosion control, and the establishment/maintenance of specified flow lines when cutting/cleaning trenches/ditches.
  • Ability to direct and set up traffic control in the work area, and to perform as crew/project leader in small and large routine equipment operations.

In addition to the above Knowledge, Skills and Abilities, the Equipment Operator IV requires:

  • Knowledge of materials used, placement standards and methods applicable to maintaining highways, roads and streets.
  • Skill in operating heavy-duty equipment of various kinds under prevailing conditions of traffic, utility installations, ground stability, slopes and grades.
  • Skill in constructing complex drainage systems related to storm water management, erosion control, and establishment/maintenance of specified flow lines when cutting/cleaning trenches/ditches to manage storm water, and erosion of soil and roads. 
  • Ability to evaluate/establish effective traffic controls allowing road users to move safely through work zones without experiencing extensive delays.
  • Ability to develop and conduct in-house training.
  • Ability to organize and direct equipment intensive operations for best utilization of the operator(s) and equipment; adjust the combinations of operators/equipment in response to variations in haul distances, traffic conditions and related influences.
  • Ability to calculate application rates for chip spreaders and distributors, and make adjustments in the equipment speeds as required to attain specified rates.

Job Requirements

JOB REQUIREMENTS for Equipment Operator III
Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:

  1. Six month experience in preventative maintenance on vehicles and equipment which includes lubricating, cleaning, and servicing.
  2. Six month experience in operating specialized equipment such as steel/rubber wheel roller, street sweeper, and brush cutters to clear, maintain, and make repairs to roads, grounds, or structures.
  3. Six month experience in directing and setting up traffic controls in a work zone.
  4. Knowledge of drainage systems, road maintenance and construction.
  5. Knowledge of operating self-propelled mobile equipment with wheeled or crawler type traction on all types of terrain.
  6. Possession of a valid CDL Class B Driver's License with Airbrake Restriction (not suspended, revoked or cancelled, or disqualified from driving).

CLASS:
MCCC01
EST:
7/1/1987
REV:
1/1/1900
FORMERLY JOB CLASS:
64531

CLASS:
MCCC02
EST:
7/1/1987
REV:
1/1/1900
FORMERLY JOB CLASS:
64532

CLASS:
MCCC03
EST:
7/1/1987
REV:
1/1/1900
FORMERLY JOB CLASS:
64533

CLASS:
MCCC04
EST:
7/1/1987
REV:
1/1/1900
FORMERLY JOB CLASS:
64534