Principal Equipment Operator, Drainage Maintenance - 3250

Career Purpose

Operates a variety of medium and heavy duty equipment and heavy trucks utilized in construction, maintenance, and repair activities of the Drainage Maintenance Division; serves as regular lead person to monitor work flow, review and correct work, and direct work at job sites.

This position is assigned to the Drainage Maintenance Division, which is located within the compound of the City of Lawton Public Works Department facilities located at 2100 SW 6th Street.


  • Operates a backhoe and track hoe in the digging of ditches; operates a front-end loader in the loading of trucks and moving dirt.
  • Operates a scraper, motor grader and bulldozer for heavy earth moving activities.
  • Responds to emergency operations when notified and participates in emergency operation  schedule changes for up to 12 hrs/day, or as needed
  • Drives trucks of various sizes and weights in the loading, hauling and unloading of various equipment and materials.
  • Performs required labor involved in construction and maintenance projects as part of a crew, including ditch digging, cleaning of ditches and culverts and other drainage ways.
  • Assists in the training of subordinate level employees to increase their skills in the maintenance and construction.
  • Performs all duties in conformance to appropriate safety and security standards.


  • Working around utilities and preparation of base roadway, mixing lime into road base with travel mixer, tractor with disk plow, water truck, sheep foot roller.
  • Must have knowledge of concrete, mixture and consistency, proper moisture content for soil compaction.
  • Operates a survey level and laser level during construction projects.
  • Operates a variety of power construction and maintenance equipment used in Drainage Division.
  • Uses locating equipment to determine the location of buried water and wastewater lines.                    
  • Performs routine inspection and preventative maintenance on assigned equipment and refers defects or needed repairs to supervisor; cleans equipment.
  • Insures the proper maintenance of equipment and tools by cleaning and checking equipment and tools after use.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


To perform this job satisfactorily, the individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Graduation from high school or GED equivalent and four years prior experience related to construction, maintenance, and repair of streets, water lines, sewer lines, or refuse disposal, or any equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Considerable knowledge of equipment, facilities, materials, methods and procedures used in maintenance, construction and repair activities. 
  • Skill in the operation of tools and equipment including but not limited to: motor grader, bulldozer, back hoe, front end loader, motorized vehicles and equipment, including dump truck, pickup truck, large tractor, bat wing mower, utility truck, saws, pumps, generators, compressors, common hand and power tools, shovels, wrenches, detection devices, mobile radio, phone, ditch witch, survey level, laser level.
  • Ability to perform heavy manual tasks for extended periods of time; ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing; ability to work safely; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, other departments and public; ability to understand and carry out written and oral instructions; ability to operate survey level and laser level; ability to provide leadership for small crews.
  • Ability to read, write and perform mathematical calculations at the 12th grade level.
  • Possession of valid Oklahoma Operator's license at date of hire or a valid driver’s license from state of residency, and a Class "A" Oklahoma Commercial driver’s license or pass the written test within 30 days and successfully complete the driving test prior to 6 months from date of hire.
  • Tanker Endorsement if needed.


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.

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. The employee must frequently lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, up to 50 pounds.  

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 80 pounds

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

Rarely:             Lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects up to 100 pounds, including the human body.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Frequently:     Works near moving mechanical parts or in outside weather conditions.

Occasionally: Exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes, toxic or caustic chemicals. The noise level in the work environment is moderately noisy which may require hearing protection.  Exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes, toxic or caustic chemicals. The employee occasionally works in high, precarious places and is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals and risk of electrical shock.

The employee must be able to operate equipment and drive vehicles in ALL weather and traffic conditions.



The employee serves as a regular lead person for not more than four entry level unskilled and semi-skilled workers to monitor work flow, review and correct work, and direct work at a job site. May serve as Field Supervisor in the absence of the Superintendent.



The employee is supervised by the Superintendent who provides continuing or individual assignments by indicating generally what is to be completed, limitations, quality and quantity expected, deadlines and priority of assignments.  The Superintendent gives additional, specific instructions for new, difficult or unusual assignments.  The employee uses initiative in carrying out recurring assignments independently without specific instruction.  The Superintendent assures the work is technically accurate and in compliance with established procedures.


First Application Review:

The first application review date will commence on September 21, 2020.  All application submitted after that date will be placed in a separate folder awaiting the outcome of the initial review.  Should none of the original applicants be selected, the second set will be available for review.


Safety Sensitive:

This position is a “safety sensitive” position as defined by the US DOT drug and alcohol testing regulations, the Oklahoma Standards for Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing Act and/or Oklahoma Medical Marijuana laws. The “safety sensitive” positions in the following categories may be subject to periodic random drug testing pursuant to City of Lawton Administrative Policy 3-02: Drug & Alcohol Free Workplace. Marijuana is one of the substances included in the drug panel screening. Possession of a medical marijuana license will not excuse you from the testing process, or the consequences of testing positive for marijuana. The categories listed are inclusive of City of Lawton jobs only.

  1. Police Officers or Peace Officers;
  2. Employees authorized to carry firearms;
  3. Employees with drug interdiction responsibilities;
  4. Employees that work in direct contact with inmates;
  5. Employees engaged in activities which directly affect the safety of others.


FMCSA-DOT Clearinghouse Requirement

Licensed commercial drivers are required to register and create a profile with the Federal Motor Carrier Clearinghouse at   Positive drug screen information shall be reported in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Clearinghouse.  Periodic queries shall be ran on all commercial licensed drivers.



The duties listed in this description are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.  

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
$1,156.80 Bi-weekly
Hiring Organization
Drainage Maintenance

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