Heavy Equipment Operator Lead

City of Augusta, GA | Augusta, GA

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Posted Date 7/01/2024
Description Salary: $62,636.00 - $72,032.00 Annually

Location : Augusta, GA

Job Type: Full Time Permanent

Job Number: 201203575


Opening Date: 07/01/2024

Closing Date: Continuous


The purpose of this classification is to lead and coordinate the daily activities of assigned Heavy Equipment Operators and operate track or rubber-tired construction equipment with specialized functions related to maintenance, construction, and operational activities where the operation of complex mechanisms requires the highest degree of skill, dexterity, and finesse, and where work is performed to exacting tolerances.

  • Maneuvers heavy equipment and operates complex mechanisms involving digging, moving earth and materials, grading, loading, and performing similar tasks in order to advance projects relating to construction and maintenance of the landfill roadways, rights-of-way, storm drainage systems, and other infrastructure; equipment is primarily driven and operated on-site, but does require some driving over public roads; maneuvers in and around traffic, crew workers, equipment, utilities, and other obstacles; obeys all traffic laws and safety guidelines; and monitors immediate environment and work area to ensure the safety of operator, other workers, the equipment, and the public.
  • Monitors and adheres to established safety procedures: utilizes safety equipment and wears protective gear: monitors work environment to ensure safety of employees and other individuals; monitors traffic conditions surrounding trucks and equipment to identify obstructions, pedestrians, or unsafe traffic conditions; flags and directs traffic and places markers, signs and cones around project and work site to ensure safety of crew and the traveling public; and reports any incidents, accidents, problems, or unusual situations.
  • Operates excavator, track hoe, and backhoe to perform skilled digging and trenching for landfill maintenance, repair, and infrastructure projects where exacting tolerances and specification are required: controls placement of equipment; and determines optimum approach to each digging scenario in order to minimize destruction of property and avoid electric, water, sewer, and other public utility lines.
  • Operates a track or rubber-tired loader with large volume and weight capacities to load materials into trucks or move them over short distances: positions equipment and controls height, angle, and position of scoop for optimum delivery of payload; and controls amount and weight of materials being lifted to avoid exceeding equipment capacity.
  • Operates motor-grader, scraper, and excavator with blade attachment to set gradients for large landfill construction and maintenance projects such as cell lifts, roads, embankments, and other projects requiring exacting specifications related to slope, angle, and pitch: determines appropriate settings and adjusts blades for height, angle, and pitch to achieve desired outcome; and maneuvers equipment and operates mechanisms to skillfully set gradient, smooth surfaces, and spread materials.
  • Operates bulldozer, scraper, and compactor to move waste, earth, gravel, sand, and other materials for large construction and maintenance projects to support landfill operations: operates mechanisms to establish rough grades or to smooth and compact surfaces in preparation for pavement, construction, or other work.
  • Inspects and prepares equipment for safe and proper operation prior to beginning work for the day: performs light maintenance on equipment, which includes changing oil, refueling, and refilling lubricants; cleans vehicles, beds, and mounted equipment upon completion of assignments; and secures vehicle after use.
  • Performs manual labor in support of construction, maintenance, and repair projects: lifts, moves, loads, and unloads materials, equipment, tools, and supplies; digs ditches, trenches, and holes manually or utilizing power equipment; shovels, rakes, spreads, compacts, and levels dirt, rock, asphalt, cement, and other materials; retrieves supplies, materials, tools, equipment and other items and runs various errands as needed; collects, transports, loads and unloads materials, supplies, tools, and equipment to and from the worksite; removes litter, debris, and deceased animals from roadways and other Consolidated Government property.
  • Receives, prepares or completes various forms and documentation, including work orders, time cards, maintenance reports, spray records, diagrams, maps, manuals, reference materials, and other documents; reviews, completes, processes, forwards or retains as appropriate.
  • Communicates with supervisor, employees, other departments, the public, and other individuals as needed to coordinate work activities, review status of work, exchange information, or resolve problems: communicates via telephone and/or two-way radio; provides information and assistance; takes and relays messages or directs calls to appropriate personnel; and returns calls as necessary.
  • Operates equipment and trucks included at the lower level in this job family: provides coverage during special events and activities as needed; responds to emergency and disaster situations as needed; provides assistance to other employees or departments as needed.
  • Perform other duties of a similar nature or level.

Education: High school diploma or GED
Experience: Five (5) years of experience operating equipment in the construction, repair, and/or maintenance of Solid waste facility to include experience driving large tractor-trailer rigs and low-boys

  • Must have proficient knowledge of truck and equipment safety
  • Knowledge of road construction and maintenance techniques
  • Knowledge equipment cleaning and standards and procedures
  • Knowledge of operation of front-end loaders, dozers, graders, compactors, snow blowers and other pieces of heavy equipment maintenance and storage.
  • Must have the ability to operate single axel trucks in a safe and responsible manner.
  • Ability to record activities and maintain daily records
  • Ability to work independently or as a team member successfully.
  • Possession of a valid driver's license with good driving history. If State license is other than Georgia or South Carolina, applicant must obtain a license in Georgia or South Carolina within 30 days of employment.
  • Must have the ability to obtain and maintain landfill operator certification within 180 days of employment.
  • Data Utilization: Requires the ability to determine, calculate, tabulate, or summarize data and information. Includes performing subsequent actions in relation to these computational operations.
  • Human Interaction: Requires the ability to exchange information for the purpose of clarifying details within well established policies, procedures and standards.
  • Equipment: Requires the ability to overhaul, restore, renovate, construct, and/or rebuild equipment, machinery, or objects, requiring adherence to prescribed standards and specifications. Requires the ability to operate and control the actions of the same equipment, machinery, and/or objects.
  • Verbal: Requires the ability to utilize a wide variety of reference data and information.
  • Math: Requires the ability to perform addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. May include counting, recording of counts, and basic measuring.
  • Functional Reasoning: Requires the ability to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagrammatic form. Involves semi-routine standardized work with some latitude for independent judgment concerning choices of action.
  • Situational Reasoning: Requires the ability to exercise judgment, decisiveness and creativity in situations involving a variety of generally pre-defined duties which are often characterized by frequent change.
  • Physical Abilities: Tasks require the regular and, at times, sustained performance of moderately physically demanding work, typically involving some combination of climbing and balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, and crawling, and that may involve the lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling of moderately heavy objects and materials (20-50 pounds).
  • Sensory Requirements: Some tasks require the ability to perceive and discriminate colors or shades of colors, sounds, odor, depth, texture, and visual cues or signals. Some tasks require the ability to communicate orally.
  • Environmental Factors: Tasks may require exposure to such environmental conditions as dirt, dust, pollen, odors, wetness, humidity, rain, fumes, temperature and noise extremes, machinery, vibrations, electric currents, traffic hazards, toxic agents, violence, disease, or pathogenic substances.

The preceding job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees to this job.

Augusta-Richmond County's comprehensive benefit package includes:








Long-Term Disability Insurance


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The answers you provide to the supplemental questions will be used to conclude if you meet the minimum qualifications and requirements for this position. Responses relating to your specific work experience and education MUST clearly reflect the requirements shown in the areas for work history and education on your application. Your application must be completed in full before it is submitted. Additional information may not be accepted after your application has been submitted. Do you accept these terms?
  • Yes
  • No

This position is a promotional posting for current employees of the Engineering & Environmental Services Department of Augusta, Georgia (City of Augusta) only. Are you a current employee of the Engineering & Environmental Services Department?
  • Yes
  • No

To be eligible to apply for a posted position, a current employee must have performed competently for at least six (6) months in his/her current position. If you are a current employee of Augusta Richmond County, have you been in your current position at least six months?
  • Yes
  • No
  • This question does not apply to me.

If you are a current Augusta Richmond County employee, have you received a written reprimand, disciplinary probation, or suspension in the last twelve (12) months? (Informal warnings excluded)
  • Yes
  • No
  • This question does not apply to me.

Which of the following best describes your level of education? {Please note: Upon job offer, you will be required to provide proof of education. Be sure to have the appropriate documents readily available.}
  • No High School Diploma or GED
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Some College
  • Associate's Degree
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Master's Degree or higher

Which of the following best describes your experience safely operating heavy equipment such as dozer, excavator, landfill compactor and off road trucks?
  • No experience
  • One year of experience
  • Two years of experience
  • Three to Four years of experience
  • Five or more years of experience

Do you have a valid driver's license with an acceptable driving record? (If State license is other than Georgia or South Carolina, applicant must obtain a license in Georgia or South Carolina within 30 days of employment.)
  • Yes
  • No

Do you posses a CDL class "B" license or Certified Landfill Operator Certification?
  • Yes
  • No
Salary32.37 Hour
Equipment Operator
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