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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 3331 - Equipment Operator I

Job Description

UNION: Local 150

Under general supervision; performs work of moderate difficulty in the operation of motorized equipment and a variety of manual tasks in connection with such given operations; performs related work as required.

Employees in this class are responsible for the safe and efficient operation of motorized equipment of varying sizes and capacities. Repair work of routine nature may be performed on equipment. Supervision is received from the Heavy Equipment Crew Leader or Highway Maintenance Supervisor.

The list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all the duties and responsibilities performed by positions in this class.

• Operates a variety of small and large motor vehicles and equipment (e.g. pickup truck, dump truck, sweeper, snow plow, polecat, chipper, etc.)
• Performs a variety of heavy manual work (e.g. construction of sidewalks and streets etc.)
• Services and performs minor repairs and routine maintenance on motorized equipment.
• Repairs roadways and streets. (e.g. shoveling mix off truck, shoveling gravel and dirt, placing in hole and tamping, etc.)
• Assists with preparation and laying of concrete and building forms (e.g. carrying tools and lumber, mixing concrete, running errands, setting sign posts, etc.)
• Sweeps streets, gutters and sidewalks using appropriate tools.
• Performs landscape maintenance (e.g. cuts brush, pulls weeds, refuse removal, etc.)
• Installs and maintains emergency barricades at flooded areas or emergency sites.
• Picks up and delivers supplies and equipment as directed.
• Works as flagger when needed.
• Reports missing signs and road hazards.
• Hauls refuse from roadways, parks, and other sites.
• Assists other equipment operators with their work assignments; performs additional duties as assigned.
• Maintains regular attendance and punctuality.

• Adjusts work assignments and schedules in the event of an emergency to participate in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery activities as assigned.
• Depending on assignment may maintain required emergency management training, licensure and/or certifications.
• Performs related duties as required or assigned within job classification.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and /or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Knowledge of:
• Equipment maintenance, operations, and repair procedures
• Traffic rules and regulations
• Applicable state and local vehicle ordinances
• Basic construction practices
• Equipment, tools, materials, and methods of assigned specialty area
• Occupational hazards and related safety precautions
• Maintenance equipment
• Variety of hand and power tools
• Safe work practices
• Operation and servicing of medium and heavy equipment
• Traffic laws, ordinances and regulations pertaining to the safe use and operation of assigned equipment
• OSHA requirements as they pertain to the equipment operation

Skill in:
• Operation of mowers, trucks, vans, and other light motorized equipment in all types of weather conditions
• Minor maintenance and repair of equipment
• Performing manual labor
• Maintaining small to medium sized equipment and trucks
• Performing semi-skilled maintenance and repair activities
• Operating small hand and power tools and other related equipment

Ability to:
• Understand and execute oral and written directions
• Perform work in a safe and timely manner
• Understand and execute oral and written directions
• Efficient and safe operation of assigned equipment
• Attach auxiliary pieces of equipment to power driven equipment
• Operate a variety of heavy and light power driven equipment, both gas and diesel
• Follow safe operating procedures
• Assist in identifying equipment needs for each assigned project
• Perform routine maintenance and minor repairs on equipment; report the need for major repairs
• Perform semi-skilled and skilled construction and maintenance tasks such as patching and paving, loading and unloading
• Read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions
• Write routine reports and correspondence
• Complete forms, work orders, time cards and other in-house procedural and administrative documentation
• Communicate and use interpersonal skills to interact with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. to sufficiently exchange or convey information and to receive work direction


Completion of a High School Diploma or General Equivalency Diploma equivalent; Two years of experience in the operation of light to moderate size motorized equipment as it relates to highway maintenance; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

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

Heavy work: Exerting up to 50 pounds of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Use of arm and / or leg controls requires exertion of forces greater than for sedentary work.

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.

The work environment for this position frequently includes working near moving mechanical parts, in high or precarious places, in extreme outside weather conditions, with hazardous materials, with fumes or airborne particles, with the risk of electric shock, and in cramped or confined spaces. Employees in this class are required to be on call for emergency situations and seasonal snow removal, which means being capable of working in excess of forty (40) hours per week.

Must have at the time of hire and be able to maintain a valid Illinois Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).