R&B Senior Operator III
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 a significant amount of heavy equipment operating experience. Employees in these classifications operate the primary pieces of equipment, as shown below satisfactorily. They must also be appropriately licensed and capable of productively operating the equipment included in the secondary category.
Senior Heavy Equipment Operator III:
Primary: 2nd (rough) Blade. Secondary: All equipment types included in lower classified positions (Senior, Journeyman and 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 indirect supervision over field operations personnel.
Specific Essential Functions:
- Comply with applicable safety regulations and procedures.
- Ensure project rules, procedures, applicable laws, and regulations are followed.
- Ensure all work meets departmental expectations.
- 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.
- Supports departmental vision, mission, goals, objectives, policy and procedures.
- Required Essential Functions of Apprentice and Journey Series as well as:
- Calibrate the proper spread rate of rock for depth and width by using computerized and push button controls.
- Drive and operate a self propelled aggregate rock chip spreader to maintain existing paved surfaces and construct new all weather surfaces.
- Fill hopper with proper amount of rock.
- Hook-up to and release from trucks via lever operated hitch.
- Move levers and push buttons to perform operating functions.
- Operate spreader and communicate with truck drivers for safety and operational consistency.
- Operate spreader in a straight line and uniformly around curves so as not to spread rock outside of the neat line (match line) of previously sprayed asphalt emulsion by controlling the speed, gates and steering of the chip spreader.
- Operate spreader with consistency on starts and stops by acceleration, speed reduction, gate control, etc. so as not to leave rough transverse joints.
- Start engine, shift gears, press pedals, and turn steering wheel to perform driving functions.
- Transition smoothly between truck loads.
- Connect and adjust hoses, linkages, belts, shafts, etc. to provide power take-off abilities.
- Drive bulldozer in successive passes over terrain to raise or lower terrain to specified grade following markings on grade stakes or hand signals.
- Fasten attachments to tractor.
- Feel levers and listen for stalling action of engine to estimate depth of cut.
- Move levers to control tool bars and attachments.
- Observe markings on ground, hand signals, or grade stakes to remove material.
- Operate power-driven machine, equipped with movable hoe or shovel (front or back mounted, pull or push to fill bucket), to excavate or move dirt, rock, sand, and other materials.
- Operate tractor (rubber-tired or track-type) equipped with front mounted blade to gouge out, push, transport, level, and distribute earth, rocks, trees, structures, and etc. in preparation and during the construction and maintenance of roads, pits, quarries, etc.
- Push levers and depress pedals to move machine, to lower and push/pull bucket into material to be loaded and to lift, swing and dump contents of bucket into truck, railcar, or onto conveyor, hopper, or stockpile with minimal spillage.
- Push other pieces of equipment as intended for their efficient operation.
- Start engine, shift gears, press pedals and move levers to perform all driving and operating functions.
- Designated Motor Grader (Second Blade).
- Drive blade and move levers to regulate height and angle of grader blade, to raise and lower scarifier or ripper that loosens packed material to permit grading, and to tilt front wheels when making sharp turns or working on steep or slick surfaces.
- Drive blade in successive passes over working area and observes reference stakes, slope meter, or hand signals of assisting worker to level surface.
- Feel lever and listen to sound of engine to determine depth of cut and or hardness of material.
- Operate self propelled blade (grader, road grader, motor grader) to spread, remove, plow, doze and level dirt, gravel, hot and cold mix asphalt, snow, ice, stone, etc. to specifications in maintenance and construction of earthwork structures such as ditches, slopes, highways, streets, dikes, and temporary roads.
- Perform rough grading.
- Start engine, shift gears, press pedals, and turn steering wheel to perform driving functions. Move levers to raise, lower, tilt, scoop, and dump, engage, and disengage from bulk materials in the performance of operating functions.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
- Perform other duties as assigned or necessary for performance of the job.
Knowledge of: Principals and practices of:
- Applicable Code of Federal Regulations.
- Applicable Colorado Revised Statutes and Regulations.
- Computer programs used including but not limited to: GroupWise E-mail; Internet Explorer; Microsoft Project Pentium PC; MS Word; MS Excel; and MS Windows XP is desired.
- Construction and realignment earthwork.
- Gravel and native surface roadway maintenance, repair, and construction.
- 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
- Apply effective customer service skills in a variety of circumstances.
- Apply effective 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 verbal and written instructions.
- Haul and place road maintenance and construction materials.
- Maintain and construct drainage structures, native and gravel surface roads, paved roads, and roadway drainage systems.
- Operate heavy construction equipment and motor vehicles
- Participate in construction and realignment earthwork.
- Produce and mine aggregate materials.
- Read, interpret, and apply written directives including manual provisions.
- 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.
- Work independently in the absence of supervision.
- High school diploma or equivalent. Each year of relevant progressively more responsible experience in the highway/street construction or maintenance field may substitute for one year of the education requirement. High School Diploma or GED Preferred.
- Four 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 and ability to maintain a Colorado Class "A" CDL Driver's License with air brake, Haz-Mat, and tanker endorsements without "K" or NTT restriction.
- Possession and ability to maintain a DOT Medical Certificate.
- Ability to obtain a Colorado Flaggers Certification within six months of employment.
- Must be capable of negotiating flights of stairs to reach upper story offices.
- Ability 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 tarp loads, pull open a truck's hood and other equipment requiring 100 pounds of force.
- Must be able 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 climb ladders to get into and out of crusher and vehicle/heavy equipment.
- 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 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 work in hazardous or dangerous work areas or situations.
- Must be capable of working under stressful situations including operation of equipment in bad weather or other difficult conditions (i.e. heights, limited head room).
- Must have ability to concentrate on more than one task at a time and to 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/road-side 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 or writing duties.
- Must have good cognitive skills and awareness of work accuracy.