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R&B Apprentice Operator

Min Hourly Max Hourly Min Monthly Max Monthly Min Salary Max Salary
$12.08 $16.91 $2,093.83 $2,931.01 $25,126.00 $35,176.00


An entry level employee who operates a variety of heavy equipment and multi-axle trucks used in the repair, maintenance, and construction of native, gravel, and paved roads as well as the associated structures and appurtenances. This position may be assigned to any work activity at any location in Larimer County at the discretion of the Road and Bridge Director.

Employees in these classifications are not expected to have heavy equipment operating experience upon hire. Employees in this classification operate the primary piece of equipment, as shown below, satisfactorily. They must also be appropriately licensed and capable of demonstrating a required level of proficiency operating their assigned equipment included in their secondary category, during their probationary period.

Apprentice Heavy Equipment Operator

  • Primary: All vehicles requiring a Class "B" CDL and equipment as assigned below during probation, including but not limited to;
  • Secondary: Roller, Power Broom, Mower, Patching Machine, Crackfill Melter and Wood Chipper


The following statements are illustrative of the duties and responsibilities of the job. The organization retains the right to modify or change the duties and responsibilities of the job at any time.  

  • Receives direct supervision from Team Leaders.
  • Receives indirect supervision from Functional Group Managers.
  • May direct the activities of seasonal and/or temporary field operations personnel.

Essential Functions:

  • Comply with MSHA, DOT, Colorado 811 and other applicable safety regulations and procedures.
  • Ensure all work meets departmental expectations.
  • Ensure project rules, procedures, applicable laws and regulations are followed.
  • Establish and maintain positive and effective working relationships with those contacted in the performance of required duties.
  • Operate heavy construction equipment as assigned.
  • Plow snow and participate in snow and ice control activities.
  • Subject to non-restrictive call back 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year for situations including but not limited to snow plowing, wild-land fires, floods and other occurrences.
  • Support departmental vision, mission, goals, objectives, policy and procedures.

Specific Essential Functions:

  • Assist other workers in loading and unloading truck mechanically or by hand.
  • Communicate verbally, in writing and through hand signals.
  • Detect faults and misses of engines and motors.
  • Drive tank truck to deliver and/or spray water for maintenance and construction projects.
  • Drive truck equipped with dump body to transport and dump loose materials, such as sand, gravel, crushed rock, salt, chemical de-icers, or bituminous paving materials and to plow snow and ice.
  • Drive truck equipped with sprinkling attachment to settle dust on roadways and streets and/or to saturate flexible base for compaction and/or for applying liquid de-icers for snow and ice control.
  • Drive truck equipped with trailer not requiring a Class "A" license.
  • Drive truck to destination, applying knowledge of commercial driving regulations and skill in maneuvering vehicle in difficult situations.
  • Identify and avoid buried utility lines by reference to painted colored markings on the ground and stakes.
  • Insert hose into pipe and operate auxiliary pump on truck to pump water to flush pipes.
  • Insert pipe and fill trenches and other excavations, and operate auxiliary pump on truck to pump water into fill to settle and compact dirt.
  • Inspect equipment for defects before and after trips and submit reports indicating condition.
  • Install and remove tire chains for traction.
  • Load truck by hand or by operating mechanical loader.
  • Load and unload spreaders and plows for snow removal.
  • Maintain Record of Duty Status according to DOT regulations.
  • Maintain routine records of time and materials used.
  • Maintain knowledge and observance of appropriate safety and operational regulations and policies.
  • Receive, understand and comply with oral, written and gestured instructions.
  • Start engine, shift gears, press pedals, push throttle and turn steering wheel (or push yoke) to perform driving functions. Move levers and buttons or turn cranks to raise, lower, tilt, scoop, dump, cover, uncover, engage and disengage from bulk materials in the performance of operating functions.
  • Transport and deliver products or materials in liquid, loose, or packaged form.

Other Duties:

  • Perform other duties as assigned or necessary for performance of the job.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
Knowledge of:

  • Applicable Code of Federal Regulations.
  • Applicable Colorado Revised Statutes and Regulations.
  • Construction and realignment earthwork.
  • Gravel and native surface roadway maintenance, repair and construction.
  • Larimer County approved computer programs as needed.
  • Mine Safety and Health Administration Regulations.
  • Record keeping and reporting procedures.
  • Roadside drainage systems.
  • Roadway structures maintenance, repair and construction.
  • Safe work practices and work zone traffic safety.
  • Snow and ice control.
  • Street/highway maintenance, repair and construction and work zone practices.

Ability to:

  • Apply effective customer service skills to a variety of circumstances.
  • Apply problems solving skills to a variety of circumstances.
  • Demonstrate effective interpersonal communication skills.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the performance of required duties.
  • Follow oral and written instructions.
  • Haul and place road maintenance and construction materials.
  • Maintain and construct drainage structures.
  • Maintain and construct native and gravel surface roads.
  • Maintain and construct paved roads.
  • Maintain and construct roadway drainage systems.
  • Mine and produce aggregate materials.
  • Operate heavy construction equipment and motor vehicles.
  • Participate in construction and realignment earthwork.
  • Read, interpret, and apply written directives and provisions of printed manuals.
  • Read, write, and speak to communicate effectively in U.S. English per 49 C.F.R. Section 391.11(b)(2).
  • Respond appropriately to public inquiries and complaints.
  • Utilize computer programs necessary to perform essential functions.
  • Work independently in the absence of supervision including making independent decisions.


  • High school diploma or equivalent. Each year of relevant progressively more responsible experience in the highway/street construction or maintenance field may be substituted for one year of the education requirement.
  • High School Diploma or GED Preferred.
  • One year of experience in the road maintenance/road construction industry. Operation of a vehicle requiring a Class "B" CDL.
  • Possession of, and ability to maintain a Colorado Class "B" CDL Driver's License with air brake, "X" -Haz-Mat/tanker endorsements without "K" -intrastate only or "NTT" -no/Trctr/Trlr restriction(s).
  • Possession of, and ability to maintain a DOT Medical Certificate.
  • Ability to obtain a Colorado Flaggers Certification within six months of employment.

Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to operate heavy equipment and a motor vehicle.
  • Must be able to lift, carry, drag, or push boxes or equipment up to 135 pounds.
  • Must be able to use grease gun to lube equipment, use hand tools to service crusher, remove/replace guards and rails, requires upper body forces of up to 40 lbs.
  • Must be able to engage trigger on distributor and/or crack fill wand, use power tools and wire cutters requiring coupling forces up to 70 lbs.
  • Must be able to stoop, bend, stretch, twist, reach, kneel, squat, and balance repetitively.
  • Must be able to climb ladders to get into and out of crusher and vehicle/heavy equipment.
  • Must be able to tarp loads, pull open a truck's hood and other equipment requiring 100 pounds of force.
  • Must be able to sit, stand, or walk for long periods of time.
  • Must be able to work in a day light and night environment.
  • Must be able to work in hazardous or dangerous work areas or situations.
  • Must be able to work outdoors in an extreme hot, cold, dry or wet environment.
  • Must be able to walk for long distances on uneven, sloped terrain in all weather conditions.
  • Must be able to negotiate flights of stairs to reach upper story offices.
  • Must be able to work under stressful situations including operation of equipment in bad weather or other difficult conditions (i.e. heights, limited head room).
  • Must be able multi-task and make independent decisions.
  • Must have acceptable vision for computer duties, performing pre/post trip inspection, driving trucks, operating heavy equipment, shovel/raking roadway materials, setting up signs/cones, installing right-of-way fencing, maintaining bridges/guardrails/culverts/roadside drainage, operating the crusher plant, weed whacking and trimming trees.
  • Must have acceptable hearing to hear on the telephone and in public contacts.
  • Must have appropriate voice skills to be clearly understood on the telephone, radio, and in public contacts.
  • Must have fine and gross motor skills and full use of fingers, hands, and arms to perform computer, writing and heavy equipment operating duties.
  • Must have good cognitive skills and awareness of work accuracy.
  • Must possess and maintain a DOT Medical Certificate.

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