Job Openings Equipment Operator

About the job Equipment Operator

As a Lyon County Equipment Operator I, you will maintain, repair, and install culverts of Lyon County in addition to other duties as assigned. You will operate numerous types of construction equipment and vehicles and be responsible for the proper care, inspections, and pre-operation maintenance of the equipment. This position will involve occasionally responding to call-outs potentially at all hours nights and weekends. Must be willing and capable of working in extreme weather conditions. The equipment operator I position requires a moderate level of problem solving, decision making, and people skills to maintain efficiently as well as effectively multiple equipment and roadway concerns. Other duties as assigned. Non-exempt position with a solid base pays $19.57/hr. and benefits including, paid time off (accounts credited at 10 hours vacation and 8 hours sick per month worked), vendor discounts, health, dental and vision insurance and much more! We equip and promote exceptional employees!

Job Description:

  1. JOB SUMMARY: This is a non-exempt* position involving operation of medium and heavy maintenance and construction equipment. It also involves perfor­mance of semi-skilled manual tasks.

The roles, responsibilities, job functions, knowledge, skills, and abilities set forth herein may be revised from time-to-time in order to comply with federal and state laws, departmental needs and the changing requirements for this position.

  1. a. Must maintain a positive work atmosphere by acting and communicating in a manner so that you get along with customers, citizens, coworkers, and management.
  1. b. Being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  1. c. Maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  1. d. Must be reliable, responsible, dependable, and fulfill obligations.
  1. e. Knowledge and acceptance of county procedures as set forth by policies and supervisors.
  1. f. Must show up for work on a regular and predictable basis as scheduled.
  1. g. Learn and follow safety regulations and maintain a safe and clean environment.
  1. h. Adhere to proper operating methods and monitor operations to ensure that health and safety standards are met.
  1. i. Perform job in a safe manner with full consideration given to personal safety of yourself, fellow crew members and the public.
  1. j. Perform inspection and preventative maintenance on assigned equipment and assist in the servicing and repair of the same.
  1. k. Observe roads, bridges, culverts, ditches and road signs for maintenance needs and report problems to their supervisor.
  1. l. Control traffic passing near, in, or around work zones.
  1. m. Take actions to avoid potential hazards or obstructions, such as utility lines, other equipment, other workers, or falling objects.
  1. n. Turn in daily time sheets and mileage logs as required.
  1. o. Locate underground services, such as pipes or wires, prior to beginning work.
  1. p. Operate machinery in a manner that does not cause undue wear and tear to machinery or property.
  1. q. Operate motor graders, dozers, scrapers, cranes, snowplows, backhoes, loaders and other equipment for all phases of construction and main­tenance projects.
  1. r. Load and unload materials, machinery, and supplies.
  1. s. Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  1. t. Maintain and keep machinery in good repair. Lubricate, clean, maintain or repair machinery, equipment, or tools.
  1. u. Operate machines to spread, smooth, level, of stone, concrete, or asphalt on roadbeds.
  1. v. Observe distribution of paving material to adjust machine settings or material flow and indicate low spots for workers to add material.
  1. w. Light burners or start heating units of machines and regulate screed temperatures and asphalt flow rates.
  1. x. Inspect, clean, maintain, and repair equipment, or report malfunctions to supervisors.
  1. y. Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment.
  1. z. Inspect equipment to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
  1. aa. Inspect equipment or tools to be used in construction, maintenance or excavation.
  1. bb. Install equipment attachments or components.
  1. cc. Adjust handwheels and depress pedals to control attachments, such as blades, buckets, scrapers, or swing booms.
  1. dd. Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
  1. ee. Look, listen, feel, and smell to detect any problems with the equipment you are operating.
  1. a. Perform related duties as assigned.
  1. b. May be required to attend seminars or training sessions.
  1. a. Must possess appropriate Kansas Commercial Drivers License.
  1. b. Hazardous Materials Awareness Level Certificate preferred.
  1. c. Experience: One year of satisfactory operation of road and construction equipment desired.
  1. d. Education: High school diploma, G.E.D. or equivalent re­quired. Additional equipment operation training desired.
  1. Knowledge:
  1. Must be able to receive, interpret and follow verbal and written instructions. Required to read, write, and speak English fluently, with the ability to speak a foreign language helpful.
  1. Knowledge of relevant equipment, machines, and tools, including their uses, repair and maintenance is desired.
  1. Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction, maintenance and repair of highways, roads, or bridges.
    1. Problem Solving: Moderate.
    1. Decision Making: Moderate.
    1. Supervisory: None.
    1. Financial/Budgetary: None.
    1. Interpersonal: Frequent contact with department personnel. Infrequent with the public.
    1. Working Conditions: No adverse conditions in the office. Subject to working outside in all kinds of weather conditions. Required to respond to emergency situations. Subject to work voluntary overtime.
    1. Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
    1. Active Learning: Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
    1. Deductive Reasoning: The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
    1. Selective Attention: The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
    1. Operation Monitoring: Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
    1. Oral Comprehension: The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
    1. Oral Expression: The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
    1. Requires sufficient hearing level to be able to deal with people and communicate with others directly or by telephone.
    1. Requires sufficient visual acuity to read and write and operate equipment.
    1. Coordination: Adjusting actions in relation to others actions.
    1. Control Precision: The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
    1. Multi-limb Coordination: The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
    1. Equipment Maintenance: Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
    1. Depth Perception: The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
    1. Near Vision: The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
    1. Far Vision: The ability to see details at a distance.
    1. Physical Requirements: Lift up to 90 pounds to a height of 48 inches and brief periods of intense physical effort. Requires sufficient visual acuity to read and write and operate equipment. Requires sufficient hearing level to be able to deal with people and communicate with others directly or by telephone.

    Employees hired after September 9, 2016: Lyon County/City of Emporia (Company) understands that a job analysis is being completed in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). One of the outcomes of the job analysis is the determination of one or more job specific tests that will either qualify or disqualify the post-offer or post-employment (fit for duty) candidate for the position.

    For the Classification Series of LYON COUNTY/CITY OF EMPORIA: DRIVER/OPERATOR: The Company representative hereby acknowledges the following as valid physical requirements:

    1. Employee lifts/carries 10 pounds occasionally (less than 33% of the time or 1-100 times per day).
    1. Employee lifts/carries 20 pounds frequently (34%-66% of the time or 100-500 times per day).
    1. Employee lifts/carries 5 pounds constantly (67%-100% of the time or over 500 times per day).
    1. Employees position requires pushing a maximum force of 100 pounds.
    1. Employees position requires pulling a maximum force of 100 pounds.
    1. Employees position requires successful completion of pre-employment background, physical, drug screen, work screen and polygraph examinations and participates in the random drug and alcohol screening program.
    1. Floor to knuckle: N/A
    1. 12 to knuckle: 90lbs
    1. Knuckle to shoulder: 35 lbs.
    1. Shoulder to overhead: N/A
    1. Carry: 35 lbs.
    1. Push: 90 lbs. force (sled +335lbs)
    1. Pull: 90lbs force (sled +335lbs)


    Stand: O 10 lbs. or less: C

    Walk: O 11-20 lbs.: F

    Sit: N 21-50 lbs.: F

    Handling: N 51-100: N

    Reach Outward: O Over 100 lbs.: N

    Reach above shoulder: O Push/Pull;

    Climb: O 12 lbs. or less: C

    Crawl: O 13-25 lbs.: F

    Squat or kneel: O 26-40 lbs.: O

    Bend: O 41-100 lbs.: N

    N (Not Applicable) Activity is not applicable to this occupation.

    O (Occasionally) Occupation requires this activity up to 33% of the time (0-2.5+hrs/day

    F (Frequently) Occupation requires this activity from 33% - 66% of the time (2.5-5.5+hrs/day)

    C (Constantly) Occupation requires this activity more than 66% of the time (5.5+ hrs. per day)

    This job description has been examined for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). *The federal overtime provisions are contained in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Unless exempt, employees covered by the Act must receive overtime pay for hours worked over 40 in a workweek at a rate not less than time and one-half their regular rates of pay.

    Subject to criminal record history checks, physical examination, and drug/alcohol screening prior to employment.

    Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

    Please note that this position is not eligible for remote work or telecommuting and must be performed on-site at our physical location.

    REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION STATEMENT: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.