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Heavy Equipment Operator

Company: City of Farmington NM
Location: Farmington
Posted on: June 4, 2021

Job Description:





DEPARTMENT: Public Works


SALARY: $15.5355-$24.1918 / Hour

PAY GRADE: G Non-Exempt

TYPE OF POSITION: Regular/Full-Time

DAYS WORKED: Monday thru Friday

HOURS WORKED: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.




Operates a variety of equipment and trucks utilized in construction, maintenance and repair activities; performs a variety of semiskilled tasks in the maintenance of streets, parking lots, alleys, right-of-ways, city property, and storm drainage systems.

Works under the close supervision of the streets foreman.

Operates various heavy and light equipment in the maintenance and new construction of city projects such as preparing/paving/patching streets and parking lots, blading roads and ditches, removing and/or installing culverts, tearing down houses and clearing property, clearing weeds of road side, flattening dump piles at sweeper dump sites; removing curbs, gutters, sidewalks and concrete structures; digging ditches for installation of storm drain pipes.

Performs asphalt work including sub grade preparation, road base installation and paving. Works with hot and cold asphalt. Patches, Paving, Pothole repair.

Performs all duties in conformance to appropriate safety and security standards.

Operates steel wheel rollers, rubber tire rollers, crack sealing machine, loaders, water trucks and similar equipment. Road Graders, Dozers, Excavators, Backhoe, Lay Down Machine, and Dump Truck.

Operates snow removal equipment.


Performs concrete work, including removal of existing concrete and preparing area for new concrete, finishing sidewalks, curbs, gutters, planters, stairs, handicap ramps, storm drain inlets, retaining walls, stamped colored concrete and driveway entrances.

Performs carpentry work, including building wood and steel forms for headwall storm drain inlets, manhole covers, retaining walls, planters, spillways, handicap ramps and stairs.

Removes snow off streets, parking lots; sands icy streets.

Cleans weeds, trash and other debris from work site.

Provides minor equipment maintenance inspections such as greasing, checking oil, transmission fluid and water.

Controls traffic at work sites by flagging to guide traffic through work areas, as required or assigned.

Operates jack-hammers, vibrating skid plate tampers, chain saws, weed eaters, hand picks, shovels, brooms, rakes, pitch forks, pruners and other miscellaneous hand tools.

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.


This position is subject to the City of Farmington's Drug and Alcohol Free Workplace Policy which includes: pre-employment testing, post-accident testing, random testing, reasonable suspicion testing, return to duty testing, and follow-up testing.

This position requires a baseline audiometric examination.

Extensive background checks required.

High school diploma or equivalent required.

Valid Class "B" Commercial Driver's License with acceptable driving record for the past three years required, and the ability to obtain a Class "A" Commercial Driver's License within 90 days of employment.

Ability to operate all types of heavy equipment for specific job site requirements with a minimum of four (4) years experience operating equipment such as a front end loader, D-7 dozer, excavators, road grader, Bobcat loader, backhoe, steel/rubber wheel roller, tamper, laydown machine, dump, lowboy, salt and water trucks, and street sweepers.

Ability to operate other equipment such as crack sealing machine, crack router, air compressor, jackhammer, chain saw and various power tools.

Ability to read blueprints and an engineer's tape measure.

Working knowledge and ability to do minor equipment maintenance inspections.

Knowledge of pipe and guard rail installations.

Ability and knowledge to do asphalt work, including subgrade preparation, road base installation and paving.

Ability to do manual labor such as shoveling and using a pick.

Ability and knowledge of carpentry to construct wood and steel forms.

Ability and knowledge of concrete work.

Availability to be on 24 hours call to respond to emergencies. Must be at Municipal Operations Center within 30 minutes after receiving call. Requires telephone at residence for on call status.

Ability to establish and maintain harmonious work relationships with co-workers, supervisors, other city department personnel and the public.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and arms. The employee frequently is required to stand and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to walk; sit; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell.

The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and may occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds with assistance. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in outside weather conditions. The employee frequently works near moving mechanical parts and is frequently exposed to wet and/or humid conditions and vibration. The employee occasionally works in high, precarious places and is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, and risk of electrical shock.

Works with asphalt, crack sealing material, concrete, salt, liquid calcium chloride, liquid magnesium chloride, oil, gasoline, diesel fuel, herbicides, paint, traffic control signs, trash, weeds, tree limbs, dirt rock, sand and gravel.

The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.


Keywords: City of Farmington NM, Farmington , Heavy Equipment Operator, Other , Farmington, New Mexico

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