Senior Equipment Operator, Drainage Maintenance

Career Purpose

Operates a variety of light and medium equipment and trucks utilized in construction, maintenance and repair activities; performs a variety of semi-skilled tasks in maintenance of storm drainage systems.


  • Operates trucks of various sizes and weights in the loading, hauling and unloading of various equipment, materials and supplies.
  • Operates trucks and construction or power equipment such as backhoe, front-end loader, wheeled excavator, tractor with bat wing mower, and other equipment in the construction, maintenance and repair of storm drainage systems.
  • Responds to emergency operations when notified and participates in emergency operation  schedule changes for up to 12 hrs/day, or as needed
  • Uses equipment for digging and leveling in the construction, maintenance and repair of storm drainage systems; and for hoisting and loading tools, materials and equipment.
  • Performs routine inspection and preventative maintenance on assigned trucks and equipment. Keeps assigned trucks and equipment clean. Performs service to and makes repairs on assigned equipment. Major defects are referred to supervisor.
  • Regularly serve as crew chief to crews of two or more consisting of other equipment operators and/or temporary workers.


  • Performs all duties in conformance to appropriate safety and security standards.
  • Performs some or all of the duties of laborer as required or assigned.
  • Serves as ground guide as required.
  • Spray herbicide during needed season.
  • Insures proper traffic diversion in and around job sites with traffic cones, barricades, signs, lights and flags according to appropriate safety standards. Inspects area to insure traffic diversion operates smoothly; alters as necessary. Assists as needed in controlling traffic with flags or "Slow 'T' Stop" paddles.
  • Graduation from high school or GED equivalent.
  • Two years experience involving the use of light and medium equipment, one of which must have been related to storm drainage systems.
  • Considerable knowledge of equipment operating principles; working knowledge of the methods, materials and tools used in storm drainage systems.
  • Skill in operation and maintenance of listed tools and equipment.
  • Ability to understand and follow oral or written instruction and to give oral instruction; ability to observe proper safety precautions; ability to establish effective working relationships with other employees, supervisors and the public; ability to perform heavy manual tasks under varying conditions; ability to classify soils and perform competently on excavation sites; ability to assess the job at hand and make necessary changes or corrections keeping in line with standard procedures; ability to use engineer levels and read engineer plans.
  • Ability to lay out and plan progression of job.
  • Possession of valid operator's license and a Class "B" Oklahoma Commercial driver’s license or pass the CDL written test within 30 days and successfully complete the driving test prior to 6 months from date of hire.
  • Tanker Endorsement if needed.
  • Motorized vehicles and equipment, including street sweeper, backhoe, front-end loader, motor grader, bulldozer, riding paint gun, tar pot, grade-all, pole-cat, thereto-plastic machine, transport truck, oil tanker, oil distributor truck, tractor with brush-hog, street roller, tamper, plate compactor, compressors, sanders, generators, common hand and power tools and mobile radio.


The physical demands described here 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.


Physical                                   Regularly         = 67% of the work time or greater;

Demands                                  Frequently       = 34% - 66% of the time;

                                                Occasionally    = 12% - 33% of the time;

                                                Rarely             = less than 1 hour in an 8-hour shift.

Regularly:        Required to use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools or controls and reach with hands and arms. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Frequently:      Required to stand and talk or hear, walk, sit, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and smell. The employee must frequently lift and or move up to 50 pounds

Occasionally: Smell materials to better identify or insure purity (lack of contamination).

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.

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Closing Date
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$1,054.40 Bi-weekly
Hiring Organization

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