Equipment Operator


Roads Bridges

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ANNOUNCEMENT DATES:   May 9, 2022  – Until Filled

POSITION TITLE:     Equipment Operator

# OF POSITIONS:     1                                   GRADE:  10

SALARY RANGE:     $33,571.20 ($16.14 hr) - $36,233.60 ($17.42 hr)

SUPERVISOR/DEPARTMENT:  Travis McLendon/Roads Superintendent -Roads & Bridges/Public Works



The purpose of this classification is to operate equipment and perform manual work functions associated with transportation of materials and construction, maintenance and repair of county landfills, roads, bridges, and drainage systems.


Completion of tenth grade level education required; one year of experience in operating equipment and performing manual labor, or a related field; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job.  Must possess and maintain a valid Georgia Driver's License.  Required to possess and maintain a valid Georgia Commercial Driver's License Class A.


Attached is a copy of the job description. Please review thoroughly. Applications are available on line at, the County Annex Building, 200 Carl Vinson Parkway, Warner Robins and at the Houston County Public Works Department, 2018 Kings Chapel Road, Perry. Completed applications must be received prior to the end of the announcement dates in order to be considered. Applications and inquiries should be directed to the Personnel Department in Warner Robins or call 478-542-2005.  As a last step prior to being employed, all applicants will be required to pass a drug test and a criminal background check. The drug test and background check will be administered by a physician/agency selected by the Board of Commissioners.



The following duties are normal for this position.  These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive.  Other duties may be required and assigned.

Operates a variety of equipment, machinery and tools used in construction, maintenance and repair of county landfills, roads, bridges, and drainage systems (which may include a dump truck, roll-off truck, flatbed truck, roller, backhoe, soil pan, water truck, tractor, wood grinder, bush hog, mower, chain saw, shovel, and mechanic tools).

Performs manual work functions associated with construction, maintenance and repair of county landfills, roads, bridges, and drainage systems (which may include constructing/repairing bridges; building/repairing roads; patching holes; rolling/packing asphalt; moving soil/earth; grading roads, shoulders, or other areas; digging holes or trenches; installing pipe; shoveling asphalt, road mix, rock, dirt, etc.; mowing grass/weeds; trimming and clearing shrubbery; removing trees and tree limbs; removing debris from ditches and right-of-ways; hauling materials; or loading and unloading trucks).

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

Monitors equipment gauges and other indicators for non-standard conditions; reports faulty equipment for repair; performs basic equipment repairs.

Performs general maintenance tasks necessary to keep equipment/machinery in good working condition (which includes inspecting equipment, checking condition of tires, checking/replacing fluid levels, greasing equipment, and washing/cleaning equipment).

Cleans/maintains grounds and buildings of county facilities as needed; cleans/maintains areas around compactors and trash receptacles.

Prepares and/or receives various forms, logs, reports or other documents; processes and forwards as appropriate.

Communicates via telephone and/or two-way radio; provides information; takes and relays messages; responds to requests for service.

Responds to routine requests for information from employees, officials, the public or other individuals.


In absence of a Heavy Equipment Operator, may operate a motor grader, bulldozer, compactor, front-end loading truck, or other heavy equipment.

Conducts various errands as assigned (e.g., pick up parts or supplies).

Performs other related duties as required.


Knowledge of the principles, practices, and methods of operating and servicing trucks and related medium construction equipment; knowledge of the traffic laws and regulations governing equipment operation; knowledge of the occupational hazards involved and the safety precautions necessary to the proper operation of varied construction and maintenance equipment; knowledge of departmental functions, organization, and policies; and knowledge of basic equipment and vehicle maintenance practices and procedures.

Skill in operating a variety of trucks and construction equipment; skill in driving; and skill in performing basic equipment and vehicle maintenance tasks.

Ability to operate a variety of trucks and construction equipment; ability to understand departmental policies, procedures, rules and regulations; ability to understand and follow simple written and oral instructions; ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees and the general public; ability to perform basic equipment and vehicle maintenance tasks; ability to perform manual work; ability to stoop, kneel, climb, or otherwise physically maneuver with equipment and on work sites; and ability to safely lift and/or carry weights of up to 100 pounds. 


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  Must be able to operate a variety of machinery, equipment, and tools which may include a dump truck, roll-off truck, flatbed truck, roller, backhoe, soil pan, water truck, tractor, wood grinder, bush hog, mower, chain saw, shovel, and mechanic tools.  Physical demand requirements are at levels of those for heavy work.

DATA COMPREHENSION:  Requires the ability to compare and/or judge the readily observable functional, structural, or compositional characteristics (whether similar to or divergent from obvious standards) of data, people, or things which may include forms, reports, blueprints, and reference manuals.

INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION:  Requires the ability to speak with and/or signal people to convey or exchange mechanical and construction-related information, including giving assignments and/or directions to co-workers or assistants as well as communicating with the general public.

LANGUAGE ABILITY:  Requires ability to read a variety of mechanical and construction-related documentation, directions, instructions, and methods and procedures.  Requires the ability to complete forms and to write basic job related documentation with proper format, punctuation, spelling and grammar, using all parts of speech.  Requires the ability to speak with and before others with poise, voice control, and confidence using correct English and well-modulated voice.

INTELLIGENCE:  Requires the ability to learn and understand basic mechanical and construction-related principles and techniques; to understand departmental policies and procedures; to make independent judgments in absence of supervision; and to acquire and be able to expound on knowledge of topics related to primary occupation.

VERBAL APTITUDE:  Requires the ability to record and deliver information, to explain procedures, and to follow verbal and written instructions.

NUMERICAL APTITUDE:  Requires the ability to add and subtract totals; multiply and divide totals; and determine time and weight.

FORM/SPATIAL APTITUDE:  Requires the ability to visually inspect items for proper length, width, and shape using job related equipment.

MOTOR COORDINATION:  Requires the ability to coordinate hands and eyes in using job related machinery and equipment and to operate motor vehicles.

MANUAL DEXTERITY:  Requires the ability to handle a variety of items, machinery and equipment, control knobs, switches, etc.  Must have the ability to use one hand for twisting motion or turning motion while coordinating other hand with different activities.  Must have average levels of eye/hand/foot coordination.

COLOR DIFFERENTIATION:  Requires the ability to discern color.

INTERPERSONAL TEMPERAMENT:  Requires the ability to deal with and relate to people beyond giving and receiving instructions.  Must be able to adapt to and perform under moderate stress when confronted with an emergency.

PHYSICAL COMMUNICATION:  Requires the ability to talk, express, or exchange ideas by means of spoken words and/or hear and perceive nature of sounds by ear.