• Heavy Equipment Lead Operator

    Job Locations US-NM-Jemez Pueblo
    Posted Date 1 week ago(10/10/2018 2:43 PM)
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  • Overview

    Position Summary:


    Responsible for operating heavy construction equipment and performing minor routine maintenance on equipment. Repairs and maintains roads, drainage structures, and right-of-ways. Supervises and provides training for road maintenance crew on heavy equipment operations and maintenance.



    • Operates a variety of heavy construction equipment including motor graders, dozers, backhoes, loaders, excavators, rollers, scrapers, pavers, cranes, dump trucks, water trucks and other equipment.
    • Performs road maintenance work such as cutting and grading roads, excavation and compaction, earthmoving, asphalt patching, clearing and constructing drainage ditches and trenches, setting grade and installing drainage culverts, and loading and hauling materials.
    • Responds to emergency situations that impact transportation facilities and safety such as flooding and snow storm events.
    • Provides training for the road maintenance crew on operating and maintaining heavy equipment.
    • Loads and transports heavy equipment to job sites.
    • Performs operational and safety checks of equipment before use including checking fuel and fluid levels, air pressures, hydraulic systems and lubrication points and performing lubrication of essential parts.
    • Performs minor adjustments of equipment and preventive maintenance, and obtains Director’s approval for major maintenance or repair.
    • Checks job sites for potential hazards; ensures that appropriate traffic control and warning devices are properly placed and safety equipment is worn.
    • Secures equipment upon completion of the work.
    • Maintains basic logs and records related to work performed.
    • Uses a variety of hand and power tools related to the work.
    • Observes safe work methods and uses safety equipment.
    • Maintains basic field records of work performed.
    • Maintains inventory of supplies and materials; orders supplies and materials when needed.
    • Coordinates with vendors for rental equipment.
    • Set up of traffic control devices and flagging.
    • Obtains quotes for equipment, materials and supplies.
    • Contributes to the overall quality of service by developing and coordinating work teams and by reviewing, recommending and implementing improved policies and procedures.
    • Represents the Pueblo with dignity, integrity, and a spirit of cooperation in all relationships with staff and the public.


    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.


    Education and Experience:
    High School Diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (GED); AND minimum four (4) years of experience in heavy equipment operation and road maintenance/construction.


    Required Knowledge and Skills

    Knowledge of:
    • Capabilities, operational characteristics, adjustment and preventive maintenance of heavy equipment.
    • Capabilities, operational characteristics, adjustment and preventive maintenance of a variety of trucks and other equipment.
    • Road maintenance and repair methods and techniques.
    • Laser-leveling to set grade.
    • Basic Traffic Control Devices and Flagging.
    • Use and maintenance of hand and power tools related to the work.
    • Traffic laws and ordinances applicable to equipment operation.
    • Safety principles, practices and equipment related to the work.
    • Basic record keeping practices.
    • Techniques for dealing with a variety of individuals from various socio-economic, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, in person and over the telephone.


    Skill in:
    • Operating a variety of construction equipment skillfully and safely.
    • Driving a variety of trucks skillfully and safely.
    • Performing preventive maintenance on heavy equipment and trucks.
    • Recognizing potentially hazardous situations on the job site and taking appropriate action.
    • Safely using and maintaining hand and power tools related to the work.
    • Reading and understanding a variety of plans and maps.
    • Maintaining accurate records of work performed.
    • Contributing effectively to the accomplishment of team goals, objectives and activities.
    • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work.


    • New Mexico Class A CDL holder – Preferred; ability to obtain Class A CDL within 12 months of employment accepted.


    The physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


    Strength and mobility to work in a typical road maintenance setting, including operating hand and power tools; stamina to perform sustained physical labor, including standing, walking, climbing and working in rough terrain and heights; strength to lift and maneuver materials and equipment weighing up to 100 pounds with proper equipment; vision to read printed materials; and hearing and speech to communicate in person or over a radio or telephone.


    Work is subject to performance under adverse environmental conditions, intense noise and traffic.



    1. Continued employment is contingent upon all required licenses and certificates being maintained in active status without suspension or revocation.

    2. New employees are required to submit to a background investigation. Employment is contingent upon passing the background investigation.




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