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Heavy Equipment Operator

Salary: $20.27-$24.74 hourly / $3,525-$4,304 monthly / Range: 5366

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 operations.

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 intermittent basis.


1. Two years of experience in the operation of heavy construction equipment; or,
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 practices.

Ability to: operate, maintain and service equipment; learn and apply departmental procedures; follow written and oral instructions; work well with others.

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