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R&B Journey Operator I

Min Hourly Max Hourly Min Monthly Max Monthly Min Salary Max Salary
$14.62 $20.46 $2,534.08 $3,546.33 $30,402.00 $42,563.00


An 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. 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 expected to have moderate experience of the Larimer County Heavy Equipment Operators. Employees in these classifications operate the primary pieces of equipment satisfactorily. They must also be appropriately licensed and capable of productively operating the equipment included in their secondary category with minimal training.

Journey Heavy Equipment Operator I:

Primary: Self-Propelled Sheepsfoot Compactor.
Secondary: All equipment types included in lower classified positions (Apprentice Heavy Equipment Operator Series.)


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 exercise direct and indirect supervision over lower level 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 compliance with project rules, procedures, applicable laws and regulations.
  • 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 too 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:
Required essential functions of Apprentice Operator as well as:

  • Determine proper distance, height and location of signs.
  • Determine speed and direction of machine, based on knowledge of compressibility of material under changing soil types, moisture contents and temperatures.
  • Drive machine in successive overlapping passes over surface to be compacted.
  • Drive static, vibratory or rubber-tired compactor (roller) to compact earthen fills and subgrades to specifications preparatory to the maintenance and construction of highways, streets, and other embankments
  • Fabricate traffic control and related signs as needed.
  • Feel lever and listen to sound of engine to determine depth of cut and/or hardness of material.
  • Inspect signs and determine what repairs need to be made; identify necessary materials and equipment to complete the task.
  • Must use personally assigned County equipment for business purposes and commuting. (Sign and Striping Team Assignment only)
  • Operate and maintain traffic control equipment including traffic striping machines.
  • Participate in the painting of lane strips, crosswalks, railroad crossings, stop bars and bike lanes.
  • Perform skilled and semi-skilled tasks involving the preparation, installation and maintenance of traffic control devices.
  • Prepare and maintain reports on vandalism and update the RIMS sign file; update information on the computer as appropriate.
  • Push hand roller and pounds surfaces, using hand tamper or guides portable power roller over areas not accessible to road roller.
  • Respond to emergency calls regarding damaged or missing signs.
  • Set up and remove barricades, cones and warning signs as work requires.
  • Train, guide and assist seasonal staff providing assistance in the maintenance and installation of signs.

Other Duties:

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

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
Knowledge of:
Principals and practices of:

  • Applicable Code of Federal Regulations.
  • Applicable Colorado Revised Statutes and Regulations.
  • Construction and realignment earthwork.
  • Geography of the County street and road system.
  • Gravel and native surface roadway maintenance, repair and construction.
  • Larimer County approved computer programs as needed
  • Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices.
  • Methods, materials, tools and techniques used in the installation, maintenance and repair of signs and pavement markings.
  • Mine Safety and Health Administration Regulations.
  • Occupational hazards and standard safety precautions necessary in the performance of assigned duties.
  • Pertinent traffic codes, laws, statutes and 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.
  • Use and care of equipment used in the performance of job tasks.

Ability to:

  • Apply problems solving skills in 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
  • Follow written and verbal instructions.
  • Haul and place road maintenance and construction materials.
  • Maintain accurate records on supplies, materials and time.
  • Maintain and construct drainage structures.
  • Maintain and construct native and gravel surface roads.
  • Maintain and construct paved roads.
  • Maintain and construct roadway drainage systems.
  • Measure distances accurately and lay out work precisely.
  • Mine and produce aggregate materials.
  • Operate assigned heavy construction equipment and motor vehicles.
  • Participate in construction and realignment earthwork.
  • Perform work in emergency situations.
  • Read, interpret, and apply written directives including manual provisions.
  • Read and interpret blueprints and construction drawings.
  • Read, write, and speak to communicate effectively in U.S. English per 49 C.F.R. 391.11(b)(2).
  • Respond appropriately to public inquiries and complaints.
  • Train, guide and assist seasonal staff in the performance of job tasks.
  • Update and maintain specific files on work activities; input data on a computer system.
  • Use assigned equipment in the performance of assigned duties.
  • Work independently in the absence of supervision and make 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.
  • Three years of heavy equipment operating experience in the road maintenance/road construction industry including asphalt roadway construction or maintenance, roadway structure construction or maintenance, road drainage structure construction or maintenance, roadside drainage systems, production of aggregate materials, hauling and placing of roadway maintenance and construction materials, and work zone practices.
  • 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.

Background Image: Changing Aspen Leaves in Rocky Mountain National Park by Jeremy Hollis. All rights reserved.