Heavy Equipment Operator
Salary: $20.27-$24.74 hourly / $3,525-$4,304 monthly / Range:
DEFINITION: Under general supervision, performs skilled work
operating heavy equipment in the maintenance and construction of
roads, public works or flood control facilities; leads maintenance
staff as needed; and performs related duties as required.
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This class is distinguished from
Maintenance Worker I/II and Heavy Truck Driver by the primary
assignment of operation of heavy construction equipment on a regular
basis, but may perform lead supervision as a secondary assignment.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES: Operates heavy construction equipment including,
but not limited to, motor graders, loaders, bulldozers, excavators,
scrapers, cranes, steel rollers and chip spreaders on various
land-fill, road and flood control projects; performs minor
maintenance and repair of equipment; and may act as lead worker over
maintenance crews. Specific duties include assignments listed below:
Road Maintenance: Cuts, slopes and grades roadbeds and shoulders;
constructs and maintains roads and berms; clears rock and mud slides
from roadways; excavates roadways and trenches; spreads sand,
gravel, base, soil and hot asphalt pre-mix,; compacts construction
material; and performs other road maintenance construction
Flood Control Maintenance: Cuts, slopes, and grades flood control
channel beds and hillsides; constructs and maintains creek beds and
dams; clears rock and mud slides from flood control channels;
spreads and compacts constructions material; and performs other
flood control maintenance and construction operations.
Solid Waste Disposal: Cuts, slopes, and grades hillsides and solid
waste landfill sites; fills, packs, and levels refuse to established
grade; and may operate diesel tractor-trailer combination on an
1. Two years of experience in the operation of heavy construction
2. one year of experience performing duties equivalent to the class
of Maintenance Worker II with Santa Barbara County, including the
operation of heavy construction equipment; or,
3. a combination of training, education, and experience that is
equivalent to one of the employment standards listed above and that
provides the required knowledge and abilities.
Additional Qualifications: Possession of a valid California Class A
Driver's License is required for most positions. Those positions
assigned to off-road equipment operations may require a valid
California Class C Drive's License.
Appointees to those positions requiring a Class A license will be
subject to mandatory testing for drugs prior to beginning work; once
on the job, incumbents will be subject to mandatory testing for
drugs and/or alcohol on a random, reasonable suspicion,
post-accident, return-to-duty, and follow-up basis.
Knowledge of: mechanical operation of various types of heavy diesel
and gas powered construction equipment; heavy construction
Ability to: operate, maintain and service equipment; learn and apply
departmental procedures; follow written and oral instructions; work
well with others.