Heavy Equipment Operator (Distribution)

Morrow, GA

POSITION:                            Heavy Equipment Operator (Distribution)

DEPARTMENT:                    Distribution & Conveyance

PAYGRADE:                          106 (NE)

PAY:                                          Min - $24.087  Mid - $30.711  Max - $37.334

DEADLINE:                           Friday, February 23, 2024


Purpose of Classification: 

The primary purpose of this classification is to transport and operate heavy equipment to and from job sites.  While not transporting equipment, the incumbent will be assigned to various crews to operate heavy equipment as needed. 

Essential Functions:  

The following duties are normal for this position. The omission of specific statements of the duties does not exclude them from the classification if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment for this classification. Other duties may be required and assigned. 

Operates and utilizes various equipment, power tools, hand tools, and supplies in order to complete work assignments. Examples of equipment may include, low boy, tractor trailer, large excavator, backhoes, front end loaders, boring machines, forklift, motor grader, ditch witch trencher, skid steers, tapping machine, tractors, dump trucks, forklift, Gradall hydraulic excavator, combination vacuum/jet truck, and rubber tire back hoe or other tools and equipment; maintains all equipment and tools used; and maintains an adequate supply of parts and supplies to complete work activities.  In the absence of the crew leader, this position is responsible for handling functions including work order completions and overseeing crew safety. 

Drives vehicles over public roads, work sites, rights-of-way, and CCWA property: maneuvers in and around traffic, parked cars, equipment, utilities, and other obstacles; obeys all traffic laws and safety guidelines; transports crew members, tools, and supplies to and from the job site; and monitors immediate environment and work area to ensure the safety of operator, other workers, the equipment, and the public. 

Performs excavation activities where exacting tolerances and specification are required: controls placement of equipment; determines optimum approach to each digging scenario in order to minimize destruction of property; digs ditches using for installation of water, wastewater and/or stormwater mains and fire hydrants; places pipes and fittings into excavated ditches; backfills and levels ditches and excavations when the work has been completed; and surveys work area before beginning excavation to confirm location and marking of buried utilities. 

Hauls, transports, loads and/or unloads various equipment and materials associated with departmental projects. 

Loads and moves materials: utilizes dump truck with large volume and weight capacities; positions equipment and controls height, angle, and position of scoop for optimum delivery of payload; moves sand, stone, gravel and needed material and supplies to complete work assignments; and controls amount and weight of materials being moved to avoid exceeding equipment capacity. 

Performs related duties: determines equipment needed for assigned projects; ensures all work within county and state rights-of-way meet established requirements, specifications, and standards; ensures pipes are installed correctly and that gaskets are installed and greased; and may assist in training lower level workers.  

Inspects and prepares equipment for safe and proper operation prior to beginning work for the day: performs light maintenance on equipment, which includes changing oil, refueling, and refilling lubricants; cleans vehicles, beds, and mounted equipment upon completion of assignments; and secures vehicle after use. 

Follows established safety procedures: utilizes safety equipment and wears protective gear; monitors work environment to ensure safety of employees and other individuals; monitors traffic conditions surrounding trucks and equipment to identify obstructions, pedestrians, or unsafe traffic conditions; flags and directs traffic and places markers, signs, and cones around project and work site to ensure safety of crew and the traveling public; and reports any incidents, accidents, problems, or unusual situations. 

Communicates with supervisor, other CCWA employees, the public, and other individuals as needed to coordinate work activities, review status of work, exchange information, or resolve problems. 

Additional Functions: 

This position may require on call assignments. 

Performs other related duties as required. 

This position is considered Safety Sensitive. 

Minimum Qualifications: 

High school diploma or GED required; supplemented by five years of experience in operating heavy equipment; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job. This position is considered Safety Sensitive. 

Specific License or Certification Required: Must obtain and maintain the following additional certifications or licensures: Georgia Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), Class A.  Level 1A Erosion and Sediment Control (required within 6 months of hire).   

Specific Knowledge, Skills, or Abilities: Must be able to demonstrate proficiency in performance of the essential functions and learn, comprehend, and apply all CCWA or departmental policies, practices, and procedures necessary to function effectively in the position.  

Performance Aptitudes: 

Data Utilization: Requires the ability to determine, calculate, tabulate, or summarize data/information, following a prescribed plan requiring the exercise of some judgment. Includes performing subsequent actions in relation to these computational operations. 

Human Interaction: Requires the ability to provide guidance, assistance, and/or interpretation to others regarding the application of procedures and standards to specific situations. 

Equipment, Machinery, Tools, and Materials Utilization: Requires the ability to operate and control the actions of equipment and machinery, requiring the monitoring, adjustment, regulation, and/or setting of multiple conditions. 

Verbal Aptitude: Requires the ability to utilize a wide variety of reference and descriptive data and information. 

Mathematical Aptitude: Requires the ability to perform addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. May include counting, recording of counts, and basic measuring. 

Functional Reasoning: Requires the ability to apply principles of influence systems, such as motivation, incentive, and leadership, and to exercise independent judgment to apply facts and principles for developing approaches and techniques to resolve problems. 

Situational Reasoning: Requires the ability to exercise judgment, decisiveness and creativity in situations involving the evaluation of information against sensory, judgmental, or subjective criteria, as opposed to that which is clearly measurable or verifiable. 

ADA Compliance:  

Physical Ability: Tasks require the ability to exert moderate, though not constant physical effort, typically involving some combination of climbing and balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, and prolonged standing, and which may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of heavy weight (50-100 pounds). 

Sensory Requirements: Some tasks require the ability to perceive and discriminate colors or shades of colors, sounds, taste, odor, depth, texture, and visual cues or signals.  Some tasks require the ability to communicate orally. 

Environmental Factors: Performance of essential functions may require exposure to adverse environmental conditions, such as dirt, dust, pollen, odors, wetness, humidity, rain, fumes, temperature and noise extremes, confined spaces, machinery, vibrations, electric currents, traffic hazards, bright/dim lights, animal/wildlife attacks, animal/human bites, disease, pathogenic substances, or rude/irate customers. 

The Clayton County Water Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Authority will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer. 


At CCWA, it is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees, including temporary employees, and applicants for employment based on qualifications, abilities, and merit. Therefore, CCWA prohibits discrimination against employees, applicants or any other legally covered persons because of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation and gender identity or expression), citizenship, genetic information, disability status, past, current, or prospective membership in the uniformed services or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to job advertisements, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, benefits, and training.



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