19.10 — Equipment Operator I


Performs specialized skilled work in the operation of motorized (light to medium) maintenance and construction equipment. Responsible for the safe and efficient operation of moderately complex and specialized equipment used in connection with utility construction and maintenance projects. Operation of assigned equipment is normally a full time or predominate task, although other work may be performed. Assignments usually are received in the form of specific orders to accomplish a particular task and work is normally inspected in progress and upon completion. Variety of equipment may include: Backhoe, vactor (vacuum) truck, front-end loader, ditching machines, excavator, pipe saws, jackhammer, boom truck, trencher, tapping machine, dump truck, etc.

Job Information

Status: Open No of vacancies: 1 Job type: Full Time Years of experience: 5 Salary:  Grade 08 -- $12.12/hr -  $16.16/hr (median) / Per Month


  • Operate a backhoe, boom truck, front-end loader, pipe saws, jackhammers, ditching, boring machine, utility truck, trencher and other misc. equipment used to excavate trenches/ditches for water line/service installation and repair.
  • Open trenches for installation of water lines, water services, fire services and fire hydrants, place pipe fittings into trench, backfill, level trench and excavate as well as.
  • Assist in connecting and repairing lines ad backfilling trenches when repairs are completed.
  • Assist in loading and unloading pipes at work sites. Assist Water Maintenance Tech when not operating equipment.
  • Perform minor preventative maintenance on equipment. Will perform related work as required/assigned.

Essential Job Requirements


  • Must have a valid TX Driver’s License- CDL - Commercial Driver’s License with tanker endorsement, Class A or B (Preferred); must have passed all written tests prior to hire date and must be able to pass driving portion within 3 months from date of hire.
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Require at least 5 years of experience in the operation of assigned equipment.
  • Combination of training and experience that will provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  • Must be able to read maps, blue prints, se tape measure and maintain proper records.
  • Must be able to operate and have some knowledge of the maintenance requirement of assigned equipment.
  • Working knowledge of the occupational hazards and safety precautions involved in the operation of assigned equipment.
  • Must have experience in using basic hand tools and have the skills and ability necessary to use the tools, equipment and heavy machinery associated with the job.
  • Must be able to work varying weather conditions on a daily basis.
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions and to perform tasks quickly and accurately.
  • Ability to understand and communicate policies, procedures, and services of the HWWS in order to make decisions in accordance with the fore mentioned.
  • Ability to communicate effectively (Bilingual English/Spanish preferred

Job placement contingent upon passing post-job-offer placement physical, drug screen, and background check.

Applications will be accepted on the proper form until 5 p.m. closing date.

The City of Harlingen Waterworks System is a Drug/Alcohol-Free Organization and an Equal Opportunity Employer

Posted 05/30/2019

Closing date Until Filled

Vacancy #19-10

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