Equipment Operator

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Added 04-04-2021


Job Description


Performs work in the operation of motorized equipment in the construction and maintenance of streets, storm drains, sidewalks, curbs, gutters, right-of-ways and other public works facilities, and related work as required. Work is performed under the direct supervision of the Public Works Crew Leader. 


Essential Duties of the Position


The following duties are those considered most essential to the position.  This does not preclude the delegation of other duties considered as necessary by management to successfully complete an assignment or project. 

  • Operates a backhoe to remove materials to prevent damage to utility service lines. 

  • Operates and maintains loaders, dump truck, asphalt rollers, tractors and other medium and heavy equipment. 

  • Operates street sweepers. 

  • Mows street rights-of-way and other public grounds. 

  • Drives a truck or participates as part of a leaf and/or other yard waste collection crew. 

  • Uses hand tools in performance of tasks. 

  • Participates in patching pot holes, utility cuts, sidewalk or storm sewer system repair; rakes asphalt; mixes, pours and finishes concrete. 

  • Hauls gravel, rock and concrete; operates truck with salt spreaders and scrape blades to push snow. 

  • Performs lawn maintenance tasks; trims weeds and tight areas; removes trash and leaves; unstops storm sewers; installs and replaces street signs; cuts back trees and brush to improve sight distances. 

  • Washes and cleans assigned equipment; performs routine servicing such as checking fluid level and tire pressure; changes oil and filters. 

  • Performs other duties as assigned or apparent. 



Minimum Required Education and Experience


Knowledge of the practices and techniques of operating and servicing motorized vehicles and equipment; traffic law and regulations governing equipment operation; occupational hazards involved and the safety precautions necessary to the proper equipment operation; and, geography and soil characteristics; skill and care in the operation of several types of trucks and construction equipment; ability to perform manual labor for extended periods of time, often under unfavorable weather conditions; ability to learn geography of Town; ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions; ability to read sketches and plans; mechanical aptitude; ability to make minor repairs and adjustments to equipment; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates. 

High school diploma or GED and 2 to 4 years of public works and maintenance experience including operating medium to heavy construction equipment.  

Possession of a Class A Commercial Driver's License valid in the State of North Carolina.  This position is subject to Emergency Call Back during emergency situations and inclement weather. 


Supplemental Information


This work requires the regular exertion of up to 25 pounds of force, frequent exertion of up to 50 pounds of force and occasional exertion of up to 100 pounds of force; work regularly requires reaching with hands and arms, pushing or pulling, lifting and repetitive motions and occasionally requires standing, walking, sitting, climbing or balancing and stooping, kneeling, crouching or crawling; work requires depth perception and color perception; vocal communication is required for expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word; hearing is required to perceive information at normal spoken word levels; work requires use of measuring devices and observing general surroundings and activities; work regularly requires exposure to outdoor weather conditions and exposure to vibration, frequently working near moving mechanical parts and exposure to the risk of electrical shock and occasionally requires exposure to extreme cold (non-weather) and exposure to extreme heat (non-weather); work is generally in a very loud noise location (e.g. jack hammer work, garbage recycle plant). 

The Town of Huntersville offers its full-time employees the following benefits.  Except where indicated, the Town pays the full cost of each benefit.

  • Medical insurance for the employee / dependent coverage is offered
  • Dental insurance for the employee / dependent coverage is offered
  • Life insurance policy – two times annual salary with a cap of $250,000
  • Long-term disability coverage (60% of salary – up to $5,000 per month)
  • 401K plan with a 5% salary contribution by the Town and optional contribution by employee
  • Membership in the NC Local Governmental Employees Retirement System with a contribution by the Town and required employee contribution of 6%
  • Corporate fitness membership at Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics Center – employee pays $4.62 per biweekly pay period or family option for $13.85 per biweekly pay period.  
  • Employee assistance program – 6 free visits per employee with McLaughlin Young
  • Monthly vacation accrual of 6.67 hours, and 8 hours per month of sick leave for civilian employees.  Monthly vacation accrual of 7 hours, and 8.4 hours of sick leave per month for sworn employees.  
  • Holidays:  New Year's, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving and the day after, and three workdays at Christmas. 

In addition, the Town makes available the following optional benefits:

  • Short-term disability 
  • Additional voluntary vision coverage
  • Additional voluntary term life coverage 
  • Medical and dependent care flexible spending accounts
Do you have or can you obtain a driver's license valid in the state of North Carolina?
  • Yes
  • No

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Specific details

Job Type Employee
Job Status Full time
Compensation Type Per year
Compensation $39,133.98 - $62,223.02