Principal Equipment Operator, Sewer Construction - 3350

Career Purpose

Operates a variety of medium and heavy duty equipment, specialty equipment and heavy trucks utilized in construction, maintenance, and repair activities of water distribution and wastewater collection; serves a regular lead person to monitor work flow, review and correct work, and direct work at job sites and visits with the public concerning complaints.

Salary: $16.73 - $18.28 per hour DOQ


  • Drives trucks of various sizes and weights in the loading, hauling and unloading of various equipment and materials and operates heavy equipment.
  • Performs required labor involved in construction and maintenance projects as part of a crew, including pavement cutting, ditch digging, manhole and line cleaning, main and pipe replacement/repair, laying and backfilling and operates a backhoe and track hoe in the digging of ditches; operates a front end loader in the loading of trucks and moving dirt along with pipe bursting and boring equipment.
  • Cuts, fits, lays, repairs, taps, cleans and flushes water mains, pipes, gates and fittings on repair of mains and services and installation of services, assists in shutting off broken sections of water mains.
  • Performs all duties in conformance to appropriate safety and security standards.
  • Performs labor involved in construction and maintenance projects.
  • Supervises the installation and maintenance of sewer mains and endcaps for a 5 to 7 man crew.
  • Maintains materials and equipment inventory.
  • Insures proper preventative maintenance on equipment assigned to activity and cleans equipment to insure the proper maintenance of equipment and tools by cleaning and checking equipment and tools after use.


  • Operates a vacuum truck, flush truck, rod truck, dump truck and any other equipment related to wastewater collections and maintenance.
  • Operates a survey level and laser level during construction projects.
  • Assists in the training of lower level employees to increase their skills in the maintenance, construction and repair of water and sewer facilities.
  • Uses locating equipment to determine the location of buried water and wastewater lines.
  • Responds to emergency situations.
  • Must enter confined spaces.
  • Set up traffic control barricades according to Manuel of Uniform Traffic Control Devices.
  • 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 is preferred and three (3) years prior experience related to construction, maintenance, and repair of streets, water lines, sewer lines, or refuge 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 of water lines, sewer lines
  • Skill in the operation of the following tools and equipment, backhoe, track hoe, front end loader, pipe bursting equipment, boring equipment, fusion machine, motorized vehicles and equipment, including dump truck, pickup truck, utility truck, jet inductor truck; man lift; 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 operate television equipment in main inspection; ability to provide leadership for small crews.
  • Knowledge of the materials, methods, techniques, tools and equipment used in the areas of specialization.  Knowledge of the occupational hazards involved and safety precautions necessary for the safe conduct of work and equipment operation.  Ability to plan and layout work, supervise a group of subordinates, obtain effective results and meet established schedules.  Ability to maintain required operating records and prepare reports. 
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates and the public.  Ability to understand and follow complex oral and written instructions and to work from sketches and engineer plans.  Ability to make decisions recognizing established precedent, and practices and to use resourcefulness and tact in meeting new problems.  Ability to perform grade and elevation mathematical calculations.

Special Requirements:

  • Possession of valid driver’s license at date of hire.  Possession of a Class "A" Oklahoma Commercial driver’s license or pass the written test within 30 days and obtain the license within six (6) months of employment.
  • Class D Certification in Wastewater within one year of date of hire; willingness to obtain a higher certification.


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


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.



A crew of 5 - 7 personnel.


Employee performs duties under the supervision of a Field Construction Supervisor and Construction Superintendent who gives daily work assignments, general guidance, directions and assistance.


First Application Review:

The first application review date will commence on June 28, 2021.  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.  


As an employee with the City of Lawton, you will receive various benefits in addition to your base salary.  Some of those benefits are:

  • Paid Vacation Yearly (after 6 months of employment)
  • 12 or 13 Paid Holidays (7 or 8 hard holidays and 5 flex days)
  • 96 hours of sick leave per year
  • Partial premium payment for Health Insurance through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma
  • Health Saving Account (HSA) is available
  • Medical Flexible Spending Accounts available
  • Dental Insurance coverage through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma is available
  • Vision Insurance coverage through Blue Cross Blue Shield utilizing the EYEMED network is available
  • Life Insurance and Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance provided
  • Many other Employee paid optional supplemental benefits
  • Retirement through Oklahoma Municipal Retirement Fund (OkMRF)
    • 3.5% Employee Defined Contribution Plan - 3.5% City match
    • 7 years 100% vested
  • Voluntary 457 Plans available through ICMA Retirement Corporation or Nationwide

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
$1,338.40 Bi-weekly
Hiring Organization
Sewer Construction

How To Apply ?

Application Instructions

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