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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 3332 - Equipment Operator II

Job Description

UNION: Local 150

Under direction; performs work of moderate difficulty in the operation of one or more types of complex motorized equipment, and variety of manual tasks related to such operations; performs related work as required.

Employees in this class are responsible for the safe and efficient operation of a variety of motor vehicles and equipment. This position is distinguished from the Equipment Operator I due to a higher level of skill required to operate more complex equipment. Incumbents may act as a lead worker, and direction 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 motor vehicles and heavy equipment (e.g. Gradall equipment, paver, planer, loader, skid steer loader, large grader, striper, Vactor equipment, snow plow, wing plow, semi-tractor/trailer, tanker, tractor, sweeper, and backhoe) for performing maintenance and construction of roads and sewer lines
• Cleans roads of debris and rods out lines where debris has collected
• Repairs shoulders and right-of-ways
• Operates equipment for snow removal on roads including a 6-wheeler or dump truck
• Installs drainage structures for proper water and sewage removal
• Hauls sand, asphalt, large rocks, lumber, refuse, sludge and other materials
• Fills in cracks and potholes to avoid safety hazards on roadways
• Cleans and repairs catch basins with cement
• Fabricates signs by setting up schematics on the computerized sign system, designs new signs for special uses, and operates machinery to install/repair signs
• Maintains sign and barricade inventory and orders necessary replacements
• Performs basic maintenance and repairs on machinery and equipment
• Repairs barricades
• Maintains records and reports
• Acts as a flagger when needed
• Monitors gauges and pumps on equipment
• Connects hoses and valves for equipment operation
• Operates street cleaning equipment
• Operates rollers and cat bulldozers
• Picks up and delivers supplies and equipment as directed
• Acts as a lead worker and assists co-workers with their work assignments
• 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; three years of experience operating heavy equipment such as a front loader or backhoe; or an equivalent combination of training and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

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. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, use hands, arms, and feet to push, pull and operate tools and equipment, climb, and crouch or stoop. 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

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