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Equipment Operator (Skilled | Class B CDL)- Utilities Water Distribution

Phenix City, Alabama

Phenix City, Alabama

Phenix City, AL, USA
Posted on Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Job Summary

Under general supervision inspects equipment to ensure signaling and safety equipment is operable, checks for proper fluid levels, reports major equipment malfunctions to foreman, cleans and maintains equipment, operates various hand held tools and machinery to complete repair and construction; gather materials, equipment and tools needed to perform tasks; receives daily work assignments, reviews work orders, inspects work site to determine type of repair or installation needed and performs follow up inspection to ensure work has withheld, positions safety equipment around worksite and operates various equipment and tools in repairing asphalt and performs additional tasks in support of the department as needed or upon request.

Essential Job Duties & Responsibilities

The following duties are normal for this position. The omission of specific statement of the duties does not exclude them from the classification if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment for this position. Other duties may be required, assigned and expected aside from those set forth below to address operational needs and changing operational practices.

  • Inspects equipment for proper operating condition and makes safety checks.
  • Using a grease gun performs lubrication services on equipment.
  • Checks oil, water and hydraulic fluid levels; adds fluids if needed.
  • Performs minor repairs and services on equipment to include replacing blown light bulb and fuses. Inspects tires to ensure no wear or damage is visible; uses air pressure gauge to ensure tires are properly inflated.
  • Refuels vehicle and gas powered equipment as needed.
  • Ensures that safety equipment such as fire extinguisher, road markers, and flares are on board and serviceable.
  • Reports major equipment malfunctions to foreman for repair by shop mechanics.
  • Receives instruction on assignments or special projects from supervisor.
  • Operates push mower to cut grass around facility grounds; uses string trimmer to cut grass in areas not easily accessible with mower.
  • Uses hand clippers to cut vines or other debris.
  • Operates jackhammer to cut large areas of concrete or pavement; uses backhoe to load and transport heavy debris.
  • Operates concrete saw to cut concrete when repairing sidewalks and driveways.
  • Operates backhoe to dig holes, repair or install asphalt for transporting to the landfill.
  • Operates other equipment used to lay water lines.
  • Uses shovel to fill holes with dirt or gravel; levels and packs surface using hand held packer.
  • Operates chain saw to remove low hanging limbs from right-of-ways.
  • Uses post hole diggers to dig holes and set poles near hydrants. Forms, mixes and pours concrete to repair areas damaged repairs.
  • Receives daily work assignments from supervisor; gathers materials and supplies before leaving for work site.
  • Reviews work orders and inspects work site to determine type of repair or installation needed.
  • Notifies customer and disconnects water leading to pipe before making repair.
  • Measures and marks section of pipe used in repairs and installations.
  • Operates pipe saw to cut pipe needed to repair water mains.
  • Uses various hand tools to include hammers, wrenches and hand saws to perform pipe fitting installation and repairs.
  • When performing new installations lays main pipe and use gland packs to connect and seal pipes. Performs follow up inspection to ensure installation and repairs have withheld.
  • Perform additional tasks as assigned or upon request.


Education & Experience Guidelines
Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities required for this position would be:

Have high school education, GED or demonstrated level of proficiency.


Licenses or Certifications Required
Valid Class B CDL state driver’s license.

The following generally describes the knowledge and abilities required in order to successfully perform the assigned duties of the position:

Knowledge of:

  • Water distribution operations installation and maintenance.
  • Organization and operational procedures of asphalt repair and construction division of Utilities Department.
  • Various tools and equipment including packers, jack hammers and pipe saws.
  • Utilities department safety rules and procedures.

Ability to:

  • Comprehend directives, forms and other non-complex material.
  • Prepare reports, work orders and reports.
  • Communication skills to converse with supervisor and co-workers on work related issues.
  • Count, add, subtract, divide and perform simple calculations when measuring for pipe fitting. Operate push mower and string trimmer to cut grass around facility grounds.
  • Operate jack hammer to cut pavement, concrete and asphalt.
  • Safely operate a variety of heavy equipment used in laying water lines.
  • Operate chainsaw to remove low hanging limbs and debris.
  • Use pipe saw to cut pipes used in installations and repairs.
  • Work under general supervision and complete assigned tasks.
  • Exercise judgment particularly in tasks involving safety and others or efficiency operations.
  • Work as a member of a team.

Physical Demands & Working Environment

The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the city encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations needed to perform the essential duties of this position.

Environment: Work done primarily outdoors.

Physical Demands: See accompanying page for details

Key Working Relationship: Supervisors, co-workers and other city employees.