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Equipment Operator

  • Type:Full Time
  • Salary/Pay Rate:$17.45/hr - $23.61/hr
  • Posted Date:10/01/2018


Operates a variety of light to heavy construction equipment; performs a variety of skilled and semi-skilled work in the maintenance, repair and construction work on public works utilities and projects including activities relating to street, drainage, alley, water, and wastewater maintenance; normally, the backhoe is the primary piece of equipment operated as it is usually essential to the construction, maintenance, and repair of underground utility systems; when not operating a machine, the employee in this class is expected to take the initiative in assisting in the manual and technical aspects of the construction, maintenance, and repair activities; and perform other duties as assigned.




  • Operate backhoes, excavators, wheel loaders, skid loaders, forklifts, and tractors with various attachments, air compressors, crane trucks, and dump trucks in excavating, backfilling, grading, restoration, and maintenance as required by the assigned work.
  • Perform routine cleaning, maintenance, fueling, and/or servicing of assigned equipment to maintain safe and proper working condition.
  • Assist with the maintenance of City facilities.
  • Maintain effective communications with the Supervisor/Foreman.
  • Perform as crew leader under the direction of the Supervisor/Foreman.
  • Provide assistance and training to less experienced personnel in the safe and effective operation of various equipment and machinery.
  • Perform traffic control as needed.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Works overtime as required to complete assigned tasks.
  • Participate in on-call rotation schedule as required to perform the duties of the position.
  • Abide by all policies, procedures, rules, etc. associated with the City’s Safety Program.


    Utility Department

  • Participate in the manual labor associated with the operation, maintenance, repair and construction of the water system, and wastewater system when not operating equipment.
  • Install water and sewer taps.
  • Locate water and sewer lines.
  • Assist with cleaning sewer stoppages.
  • Perform visual inspections of businesses and residences for water and sewer leaks.


    Street & Bridge Department

  • Participate in the manual labor associated with the operation, maintenance, repair and construction of streets, alleys, and the storm drainage system.
  • Install culvert pipe.
  • Assist with cleaning out ditches.
  • Perform visual inspections of businesses and residences for drainage issues.



Mandatory Requirements

  • A minimum of three (3) years responsible experience in operating light to heavy construction equipment.
  • Upgrade and maintain certifications as required by State law.
  • Knowledge of occupational hazards and the appropriate safety procedures applicable to this work.
  • Knowledge and ability to recognize the consequences of cutting through utility lines, which range from little risk of injury but potentially large cost of repair in the case of telephone cables, to life threatening potential for the operator and other persons in the area from energized power lines or live gas lines.
  • Knowledge of equipment and techniques used in minor construction, maintenance and repair tasks.
  • Knowledge of and proficient in, the use of tools and equipment required in maintenance and repair activities.
  • To perform this job successfully, the person in this position must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.
  • Must have good communication skills; requires a calm demeanor in responding to customer questions and/or complaints, and dealing with the general public in everyday activities.
  • Ability to work within established guidelines.
  • Ability to perform repetitious tasks.
  • Ability to use and operate pick-up truck, dump truck, tractor, forklift, front-end loader, and miscellaneous power tools.
  • Participate as first responders in emergency situations (i.e. tropical storms, hurricanes, and tornadoes, train derailments, hazardous material spills, etc.)
  • High School diploma or GED.
  • Valid Class C Driver's License (CDL) with safe driving record.

Utility Department Only

  • Class C Wastewater Treatment and/or Class C Groundwater Certification from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) or must obtain within one (1) year of employment and schooling requirements.
  • Knowledge of procedures and techniques used in cleaning, maintenance and repair of utilities.

Desirable Requirements

  • Bilingual in English and Spanish.
  • First-Aid/CPR Certified.
  • Certified Flagger or previous experience as a flagger.
  • Valid Class B Commercial Driver's License (CDL) with safe driving record.


    Utility Department Only

  • Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester (BPAT) Licensing from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) or willing to obtain within two (2) years of employment and schooling requirements.
  • Customer Service Inspector (CSI) Licensing from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) or willing to obtain within two (2) years of employment and schooling requirements.



  • Endurance/Moving About: Frequently (1/3 to 2/3 of the time). Move from location to location.
  • Endurance/Overall strength: Heavy work. Exerts force and/or lifts or carries objects weighing up to 100 pounds occasionally.
  • Walking: Constantly (up to 2/3 of the time). Move about on foot.
  • Sitting: Frequently (1/3 or more of the time).
  • Lifting/Carrying: Periodic. Lift by manually raising or lowering an object from one level to another (including upward pulling), and/or carry transport and object, usually holding it in the hands or arms, or on the shoulder.
  • Pushing/Pulling: Periodic. Push by exerting force on an object so that it moves away from the force or worker (including slapping, striking, kicking, and treadle actions); and/or pull by exerting force on an object so that it moves toward the force or worker (including jerking).
  • Controls: Frequently (1/3 to 2/3 of the time). Use one or both arms and/or hands and /or one or either feet or legs to move controls on machinery or equipment.
  • Climbing Periodic. Ascend or descend ladders, stairs, scaffolding, ramps, poles, ropes, and the like using the feet and legs and /or hands and arms.
  • Balancing: Periodic. Maintain body equilibrium to prevent falling when walking, standing, crouching, or running on narrow, slippery or erratically moving surfaces.
  • Bending/Stooping: Periodic. Stoop by bending the body downward or forward by flexing the spine at the waist, and /or bend by extending the spine backward or from side to side.
  • Kneeling/Crouching: Periodic. Kneel by bending the legs at the knees to come to rest on the knee or knees, and/or crouch by bending the body downward and forward by bending the legs and spine.
  • Crawling: Periodic. Move about on the hands and knees or hands and feet.
  • Reaching: Constantly (2/3 or more of the time). Extend hands and arms in any direction.
  • Handling: Constantly (up to 2/3 of the time). Seize, hold, grasp, turn or otherwise work with the hand or hands.
  • Rotation: Frequently (1/3 to 2/3 of the time). Twist and turn the spine or a ball and socket joint such as the shoulder or hip.
  • Talking: Constantly (2/3 or more of the time). Express or exchange ideas by means of the spoken word to impart oral information to clients or to the public and convey detailed spoken instructions to other workers accurately, loudly or quickly.
  • Hearing: Constantly (2/3 or more of the time). Perceive the nature of sounds by the ear.
  • Seeing: Constantly (2/3 or more of the time). Obtain impressions through the eyes of the shape, size, distance, motion, color or other characteristics of objects.
  • Reading: Read water meters, written reports and instructions.
  • Writing: Able to accurately record water meter readings, record information and summary of events.



  • Location: Both inside and outside. Work is spent inside (where there is protection from weather, but not necessarily from temperature changes) and outside (where there may be no effective protection from weather).
  • Extreme Cold: Endure temperature(s) sufficiently low to cause marked bodily discomfort unless exceptional protection is used.
  • Extreme Heat: Endure temperature(s) sufficiently high to cause marked bodily discomfort unless exceptional protection is used.
  • Wet Conditions: Endure contact with water or other liquids.
  • Noise / Vibration: Periodic. Occasionally endure noises, either constant or intermittent, or work sites.
  • Smell: Fumes chemicals, or toxic substances.
  • Requires 24 hour on-call status for emergency situations.
  • Shift work (including weekends and holidays) may be required.



None.  May act as lead worker based upon experience or as required.



Receive direction from the Street & Bridge Supervisor, Utility Foreman, Utility Superintendent, Assistant Director of Public Works, Director of Public Works and, on occasion, from more experienced workers.



Normal working hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with one hour for lunch.  However, normal working hours may change at any time at the direction of the Director of Parks and Recreation.  Overtime may be required.  In emergencies may be called into work and work schedule will be adjusted during the emergency.



  • Support City and Department goals and objectives.
  • Serve and meet the needs of our citizens during routine or emergency situations.
  • Ability and willingness to work as part of a team, demonstrate team skills, and perform a fair share of team responsibilities.
  • Plan and organize his/her work, time and resources, and, if applicable, that of subordinates.
  • Contribute to the development of others, to the Department, and the City.
  • Produce desired work outcomes including quality, quantity and timeliness.
  • Communicate effectively with peers, supervisors, subordinates and people to whom service is provided.
  • Understand and value differences in employees and value input from others.
  • Consistently report to work and work assignments prepared and on schedule.
  • Consistently display a positive behavior with regard to work, willingly accept constructive criticism and be respectful of others.



The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the City of Bay City and the employee and is subject to change by the City of Bay City as the needs of the City and requirements of the job change.  The City of Bay City is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

In compliance with the American’s with Disability Act, the City will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective employees and incumbents to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

Formal application or letter of interest, rating of education and experience; oral interview, reference and criminal background checks, and drug screens are required.  In addition, job related tests may also be required.
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