20.10 — Water Equipment Operator


Performs specialized skilled work in the operation of motorized light to medium maintenance and construction equipment.

Job Information

Status: Open Job type: Full Time Job level: All Years of experience: 5 Salary:  Grade 08 -- $12.12/hr. -  $16.16/hr (median) / Per Hour

Essential Job Requirements

  • 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 task and work is normally inspected in progress and upon completion.
  • Variety of equipment may include: Backhoe, vacuum truck/vacuum excavators, front-end loader, boring machine, pneumatic piercing tools, excavator, pipe saws, jackhammer, boom truck, trencher, tapping machine, dump truck, and compressors etc.

Essential Job Requirements

  • Backhoe, vacuum truck/vacuum excavators, front-end loader, boring machine, pneumatic piercing tools, excavator, pipe saws, jackhammer, boom truck, trencher, tapping machine, dump truck, and compressors, utility truck and other misc. equipment used to excavate trenches/ditches for the locating, installation and repair of water mains and services.
  • Open trenches for installation of water lines, water services, fire services and fire hydrants, pipe and fittings.
  • Assist in connecting and repairing lines and backfilling trenches and leveling when repairs are completed.
  • Assist in the preparation and loading and unloading pipes, fitting, valve fire hydrants etc. at work sites.
  • Assist Water Maintenance Technician when not operating equipment
  • Assist in the placement, set up/ takedown of all traffic control devices
  • Performs preventative maintenance on equipment.
  • Perform related work as required/assigned
  • High School Diploma or GED (PREFERRED)
  • At least 5 years’ experience in the operation of assigned equipment PREFERRED
  • Combination of training and experience that will provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities
  • Some basic computer skills
  • Some customer service experience
  • Experience in using basic hand tools
  • “C” Water Distribution License preferred, if not, must obtain within two years of assignment
  • CDL Class “B” with Air Brakes and Tanker Endorsements, completed within three months of hire, written testing completed before hire
Required Skills
  • Must possess a valid Texas Driver’s License
  • Must be able to operate assigned equipment
  • Must be able to read maps, blueprints, follow and maintain hydrant routes, use tape measure, and maintain proper records.
  • Must 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 daily
  • Must 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
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions
  • Ability to perform tasks quickly and accurately
  • Ability to understand and communicate policies, procedures, and services of the HWWS to make decisions in accordance with the fore mentioned.
  • Ability to operated motorized equipment safely in confined areas, roadways, and alleys etc.
  • Ability to operate motorized equipment safely around structures such as: buildings, fences etc.
  • Ability to operate motorized equipment safely around utilities such as: gas lines, power lines and phone cables etc.
Preferred Skills
  • General knowledge of geographical areas of neighborhood
  • Ability to communicate in both English and Spanish in technical terms

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 06/18/2020

Closing date Until Filled

Vacancy #20-10

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