Equipment Operator I

Cobb County, GA | Marietta, GA

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Posted Date 3/25/2024
Description Salary: $18.58 - $28.79 Hourly

Location : Marietta, GA

Job Type: Full-Time

Job Number: 03274

Department: Department of Transportation (DOT)

Opening Date: 03/25/2024

Closing Date: Continuous

Grade Code: 103

Position Information

The Road Maintenance Division of the Cobb County Department of Transportation is seeking Equipment Operators to drive or operate heavy trucks, tractors, and other medium-sized equipment where driving and maneuvering the vehicle constitutes the majority of the work required to complete tasks for various maintenance, upkeep, and/or construction projects.The work schedule will be Monday - Thursday 6:30 am - 5:00 pm or Tuesday - Friday 6:30 am - 5:00 pm.

This posting will be used to fill multiple vacancies.
The Cobb County Department of Transportation (DOT) develops, manages, and operates Cobb County's transportation system. This system includes a vast network of roadways, sidewalks, and trails; a transit system that provides public transportation; and an airport that serves business and recreational flying needs.
The activities and functions of Cobb DOT can be divided into six primary service areas:
  • Aviation services (Cobb County International Airport)
  • Transit services (CobbLinc)
  • Comprehensive transportation planning
  • Project services
  • Road maintenance
  • Traffic operations
Cobb DOT also assists with the implementation of several programs that are funded by participants within established districts, including the Street Light District Program, Pedestrian Lighting District Program, and Sidewalk District Program.
Click here to learn more about Cobb County DOT.

Full-time employees of Cobb County Government are offered a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that may include, but is not limited to the following:Click here to view details of current employee benefits.

Paid Vacation Leave
13 days per year / 1 year of service
15 days per year / 5 years of service
20 days per year / 10 years of service
22 days per year / 15 years of service
25 days per year / 20 years of serviceHolidays12 paid holidays per yearPaid Sick LeaveAccumulates at 4.0 hours per biweeklyPaid Military LeaveUp to 18 days per yearParental Leave PolicyEligible full-time employees will receive six weeks paid time off to care for and bond with their newborn or newly adopted child.Bereavement Leave PolicyFull-time employees will receive up to 3 days of bereavement leave with pay for up to 24 hours. Free Wellness ClinicA free health clinic is available for all Cobb County Employees and their dependents who have insurance with Cobb County. The clinic offers sick and well checks and many prescription medications at no cost to the employee.Fitness CentersMultiple fitness centers with both strength and aerobic training equipment available at no-cost to employees.Tuition AssistanceTuition assistance is available for you while you complete a college degree or certification. Reimbursable amounts are dependent upon available funding and will be proportionately distributed to all pre-approved applicants on a quarterly basis.
Essential Functions

Operates various equipment and vehicles to complete tasks related to the maintenance, upkeep, installation, and construction of County grounds, property, utilities, rights-of-way, and other infrastructure for departmental operations; drives vehicle over public roads, work sites, rights-of-way, parks, public works facilities, and other County property; maneuvers in and around traffic, parked cars, equipment, utilities, and other obstacles; obeys all traffic laws and safety guidelines; monitors immediate environment and work area to ensure the safety of operator, other workers, the equipment, and the public.

Drives single, tandem, and tri-axle dump trucks or brush trucks in order to transport and haul materials between original and final destinations for use in maintenance and construction projects; positions vehicle to allow for the most efficient and effective loading or dumping of materials; secures all doors, gates, and fasteners to prevent spillage or loss of load; operates dumping mechanism to dump materials at appropriate locations; operates truck and dumping mechanism simultaneously to spread materials along prescribed path to required specifications.

Drives rear-loading and semi-automated sanitation trucks to collect solid waste along and assigned route: positions vehicle to allow for the most efficient and effective loading or dumping of materials; monitors and adjusts pace of vehicle and collection activities to ensure timely completion of route; operates mechanisms on truck to secure and collect waste; ensures that load is properly balanced, covered, and contained; and monitors activities of workers on the back of truck for safety.

Operates tractors and tractor-mounted mowing equipment to mow and maintain rights-of-way, parks, and other County property, including operation of side-arm, bush hogs, and rear-mounted mowers, but not exclusively small riding mowers; scouts path for and removes rocks, debris, and other obstacles that may cause damage to the equipment, property, or the public; determines proper settings and adjusts mowing and raking equipment for desired height and trajectory.

Operates asphalt roller or compactor to flatten and compress dirt, gravel, asphalt, and other materials.

Utilizes asphalt patching truck to make repairs to existing streets and paved surfaces by filling potholes, cracks, and other deformities; drives truck to work location and positions vehicle to allow for optimum delivery of asphalt; utilizes dumping mechanisms to apply specified amount of hot asphalt to desired area; operates spraying mechanism to aim and distribute a fine stream of asphalt along cracks in the pavement; utilizes rakes, shovels, and other tools to manually spread and seal asphalt; marks newly repaired pavement as appropriate.

Drives special purpose trucks with mounted tanks to transport and distribute water, insecticide, oil, or other liquids for use in maintenance, upkeep, and construction projects; determines proper settings and adjusts spraying mechanisms to distribute desired amounts of liquids for both informal and controlled applications; operates flusher and water truck to rinse debris from streets and apply water to construction sites to reduce dust levels; operates spraying mechanism on mosquito truck to distribute insecticide; operates asphalt distributor to apply oil along prescribed path for street construction prior to pavement of streets.

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; secures vehicle after use.

Transports, loads and unloads various materials and equipment used in projects.

Performs manual labor in support of construction, maintenance, and upkeep projects: lifts, moves, loads, and unloads materials, equipment, tools, furniture, 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 and transports materials, supplies, tools, and equipment to and from the worksite; removes litter, debris, and deceased animals from roadways and other County property.

Follows 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; reports any incidents, accidents, problems, or unusual situations.

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; returns calls as necessary.

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; and performs other related duties as required.

Performs other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

High school diploma or GED preferred; supplemented by six months of experience operating equipment in the construction, repair, and/or maintenance of public infrastructure or six months of experience maintaining landscaping, mowing, trimming, and general grounds maintenance along with experience of operating required equipment to perform these duties or related field required; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job.

Licenses and Certifications

Must possess and maintain a valid Commercial Driver's License.

Must obtain and maintain Flagging Certification within the timeframes established by the assigned department.

Physical Abilities

Tasks require the regular and 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.

Visit Cobb County's Employee Benefits page to learn more.


I have read the Minimum Qualifications required for this position and understand I must demonstrate those qualifications on the application in order to be considered for this position. Furthermore, a failure to adequately demonstrate all qualifications may result in my removal from consideration. Lastly, I understand indicating "see resume" on the application and/or in a supplemental question response, may not be accepted in lieu of a completed application.
  • Yes
  • No

I understand that all answers to these supplemental questions must be verifiable in the 'Educational History' and 'Work History' sections of the application. Failure to provide sufficient information in these sections may result in my disqualification from the hiring process.
  • Yes
  • No

Can you, after employment, submit proof of your legal right to work in the United States?
  • Yes
  • No

Are you legally eligible to work in the United States on an unlimited and unrestricted basis?
  • Yes
  • No

Do you have a valid Commercial Driver's License?
  • Yes
  • No

How many years of experience do you have operating equipment in the construction, repair, and/or maintenance of public infrastructure?
  • No experience
  • Less than six months of experience
  • Six months to a year of experience
  • One to two years of experience
  • More than two years of experience

How many years of experience do you have with maintaining landscaping, mowing, trimming, and general grounds maintenance?
  • No Experience
  • Less than six months of experience
  • Six months to a year of experience
  • One to two years of experience
  • More than two years of experience

How many years of experience do you have with medium to heavy equipment operation do you have?
  • No experience
  • Less than six months of experience
  • Six months to a year of experience
  • One to two years of experience
  • More than two years of experience

Please list the type of medium to heavy equipment you have operated (i.e., back-hoes, loaders, mowers, chippers, dozers, forklifts, and heavy equipment/trucks). Enter N/A if this does not apply. "See resume" will not be accepted.


Do you have prior experience operating a spreader/hopper truck ?
  • Yes
  • No

Do you have a State of Georgia Flagging Certificate?
  • Yes
  • No

Do you understand and accept that you must obtain and maintain a Flagging Certification within the timeframes established by the department, and that additional certifications may be required based on assignment?
  • Yes, I agree
  • No, I do not agree.
  • N/A I possess a Flagging Certification.

Are you willing to work 10 to 12 hour shifts during inclement weather events?
  • Yes
  • No

The work schedule for this position will be four ten-hour work days. Are you able and willing to work this schedule?
  • Yes
  • No

If you receive a conditional offer of employment, you will be required to satisfactorily complete the following elements: a criminal background check, a Motor Vehicle Report check (MVR), a physical, and a drug screen. Please note that a criminal conviction may not disqualify you from consideration. Are you willing to accept these terms?
  • Yes
  • No
Salary23.69 Hour
Equipment Operator
Per Diem

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