Senior Equipment Operator – Road Maintenance – Naples, FL

The purpose of this classification is to drive and operate vehicles, tractors, and other equipment with specialized functions that involve the operation of mechanisms to complete tasks for various maintenance, upkeep, and/or construction projects in addition to driving and maneuvering the vehicle; equipment in this classification includes vehicles with mechanisms that are somewhat complex to operate, requiring more dexterity and finesse, or larger vehicles requiring a higher level of skill to drive/maneuver in and around confined spaces. This position reports to Road Maintenance Division.

Operates various equipment and vehicles to complete tasks related to the maintenance, upkeep, installation, and construction of County property, rights-of-way, and other infrastructure for divisional operations; drives vehicles over public roads, work sites, rights-of-way, and other County property; maneuvers in and around traffic, parked cars, equipment, utilities, and other obstacles; obeys all traffic laws and safety guidelines; monitors immediate environment and work area to ensure the safety of operator, other workers, the equipment, and the public. Operates backhoe to perform basic digging, trenching, and clearing of land or materials for maintenance and upkeep projects; controls placement of equipment and determines optimum approach to each digging scenario in order to minimize destruction of property and avoid electric, water, sewer, and other public utility lines. Operates street sweepers along a prescribed route to remove dirt and debris from streets and parking lots; maneuvers in and out of traffic and around parked cars, taking care to reduce congestion and maintain safety; determines proper settings and adjusts brushes for proper angle and height, maintaining proper curb distance for optimum coverage. Operates tractors with articulated boom mowing system to mow rights-of-way, parks, and other County property along steep slopes, ditches, and hard-to-reach areas inaccessible to most mowing apparatuses; scouts path for and removes rocks, debris, and other obstacles that may cause damage to the equipment, property, or the public; determines proper settings and adjusts boom for proper angle, height and trajectory; maneuvers and monitors boom mower for optimal operation. Drives knuckle-boom truck to collect trash, limbs, and other debris from work sites, parks, and other County property, and transport it to the landfill; positions vehicle alongside targeted debris; operates truck- or trailer-mounted knuckle-boom arm to pick up debris and load it into the truck; secures all doors, gates, and fasteners to prevent spillage or loss of load during transport; dumps material at appropriate location. Drives roll-off container truck to haul materials to and from work sites; maneuvers and positions vehicle to allow for proper alignment of containers to be placed or retrieved; connects container to truck and operates winch, checking for proper load distribution and support for the vehicle; secures all doors, gates, and fasteners to prevent spillage or loss of load during transport; dumps material at appropriate location. Drives and operatesutilities trucks to inspect and maintain water and sewer lines, including jet-vac and TV trucks; utilizes electronic video equipment to inspect lines, identify problems, and estimate distance/location of targeted areas; operates jet and vacuum mechanisms to clean lines and remove debris; repairs lines as necessary using grout and other tools/materials to stop leaks, reinforce structure, etc.; leads crew in maintenance and repair activities, providing technical assistance as necessary. Drives low-boy and other tractor-trailer rigs to transport heavy construction equipment and materials to and from work-sites; maneuvers equipment to load and unload from trailer, operating mechanisms as necessary to position for safe transportation. Drives bucket and/or lift truck to work site and operates lift mechanisms to elevate crews performing various maintenance, upkeep and installation for traffic systems, tree trimming, and other tasks requiring access to high places; positions vehicle and lift-platform to ensure optimum access to required location and avoid power lines, low branches, traffic, and other hazards; monitors activities to ensure the safety of crew 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; secures vehicle after use.

High school diploma or GED; supplemented by two years’ experience and/or training that includes demonstrated proficiency in the operation of assigned equipment in maintenance, construction, or a related field; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job. Must possess and maintain a valid Florida Driver’s License with any applicable endorsements and maintain eligibility requirements and endorsement(s) to drive a County vehicle as provided in CMA 5805; requires a valid Class A CDL with Air Brake and Tanker endorsements.

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