Principal Equipment Operator, SWD - 3042

Career Purpose

Operates a variety of medium and heavy duty equipment a minimum of 9 out of 10 hours per shift to construct, maintain, and repair any/all activities related to landfill operations; serves a regular lead person to monitor work flow, review and correct work, and direct work at job sites. Performs other duties as required.


  • Operates various pieces of equipment including trash compactors, track dozer, motor grader, scrapers, backhoe, dump trucks, and wood chipper.
  • Operates all equipment to perform land filling duties of trash demolishing, daily, intermediate, and final cover using soils, and maintaining grades and slopes during all operations.
  • Drives trucks of various sizes and weights in the loading, hauling and unloading of various equipment and materials.
  • Performs required labor involved in trash compaction with emphasis on the following; providing customer direction, demolishing material, building compacted lifts of material, and keeping consistent grade.
  • Temporary and permanent road construction and maintenance.  Understanding and being able to construct slopes to ensure appropriate drainage, being cognizant of getting customers around landfill during inclement weather conditions.
  • Obtains State Certification annually for waste screenings required by ODEQ.
  • Performs routine inspection and preventative maintenance on all equipment and refers defects or needed repairs to supervisor; cleans equipment.
  • Performs services on heavy equipment, engine oil changes, filter changes, obtain oil samples when necessary, replace cutting edges as needed, wood chipper maintenance of hammers, teeth, clutch torque, and screen change and clean.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The City of Lawton affords equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability status or genetic information. Persons selected for employment into any position must pass a drug test. Some positions may require passing an alcohol test. Previous employment and any additional experience will be subject to verification prior to employment processing. A driver’s license and driving record check will be conducted if driving is a job requirement. A post offer employment medical examination may be conducted prior to job placement.

Vacancy #
Closing Date
Career Type
$1,156.27 Bi-weekly
Hiring Organization
Solid Waste Disposal

How To Apply ?

Option 1: Online - Adobe PDF

Note: You need to have Adobe Reader Installed on your device to submit the application online. Download or complete the attached application.

Option 2: By Mail

Return all completed application material to :

Human Resources Department
City Hall
212 SW 9th St
Lawton, OK 73501

Application material must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. on the closing date (postmark alone is insufficient). The closing date is listed on the job announcement or the application material.

Option 3: In Person

The Human Resources Department is located on the 2nd Floor inside City Hall.

Human Resources Department
City Hall
212 SW 9th St
Lawton, OK 73501