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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 3334 - Heavy Equipment Crew Leader

Job Description

UNION: Local 150

Under direction; performs work of considerable difficulty in the operations of one or more types of complex heavy motor equipment; responsible for supervising a crew and operation of job assignments; performs related work as required.

An employee in this class spends a substantial amount of time leading the work of personnel assigned to the crew.  Assignments are given verbally or in writing, and results are generally evaluated through periodic inspections for safety and economy of operations.  Employees in this class are responsible for the safe and efficient operation of a variety of heavy multipurpose equipment with complex controls.  A higher degree of skill is required for the operation of heavier and more complex equipment than handled by the Equipment Operators, including such specialized equipment as the striper and grade-all type equipment.  Direction is received from the 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.

• Ensures that employees follow policies and procedures
• Maintains a healthy and safe working environment
• Trains lower classified personnel when assigned to crew
• Determines what equipment, material and traffic signs are necessary for safety procedures
• Operates equipment for the installation of culverts, tile, drainage inlets and ditches
• Operates a bulldozer in grading or excavating land and in backfilling excavations and trenches in connection with road and bridge construction
• Operates snowplow for removal of snow and ice from roadways
• Performs excavation and shoulder work with grader
• Operates bulldozers in excavating turning and passing lanes on roadways
• Transports equipment to working sites.
• Services and makes minor repairs to equipment not requiring a mechanic
• Performs all duties of a lower classification upon request
• Performs miscellaneous maintenance duties such as snow and ice control, general traffic control, and is subject to call for emergency maintenance service at all times
• 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
• Maintains 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:
• Standard practices, methods and materials used in highway and drain construction and maintenance activities
• Drainage and proper grade maintenance
• Considerable knowledge of heavy equipment maintenance, operation and repair procedures
• Traffic, safety and accident prevention rules

Skill in:
• Operation of heavy multipurpose motor equipment under all types of weather conditions
• Planning, assigning and supervising the work of employees assigned to the crew
• Heavy equipment maintenance

Ability to:
• Plan, assign and supervise the work of others
• Deal effectively with others

Serves as a lead worker to assigned work crews.

Completion of a High School Diploma or General Equivalency Diploma equivalent; Four years’ experience in the operation of heavy construction equipment or specialized complex equipment including one (1) year prior experience supervising work crews, 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 electrical shock, and in cramped or confined spaces.

Must have at the time of hire and be able to maintain a valid Illinois Class A or Class B Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) and must have an Air Break Endorsement.