Principal Equipment Operator, Water Distribution - 3016

Career Purpose

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

NOTE: There are currently 4 positions OPEN

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF POSITION:

  • Regularly 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 trenching machine, winch truck and a variety of power construction and maintenance equipment.
  • Regularly drives trucks of various sizes and weights in the loading, hauling and unloading of various equipment and materials.
  • Responds to emergency operations when notified and participates in emergency operation  schedule changes for up to 12 hrs/day, or as needed
  • Regularly performs required labor involved in construction and maintenance projects to water lines, fire hydrants, valves and meters.  Labor will include pavement-cutting, ditch digging, laying and connecting of pipe and backfilling.
  • Regularly cuts, fits, lays, repairs, cleans and flushes water lines, gates, fire hydrants and fittings; shuts off broken sections of water mains. 

OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Frequently assists in response to complaints regarding water leaks, pressure loss or no water. 
  • Frequently assists supervisors with informing public regarding water outages.
  • Frequently performs routine inspection and preventative maintenance on assigned trucks and equipment and refers major defects or needed repairs to supervisor.
  • Occasionally uses locating equipment to determine the location of buried water and wastewater lines.
  • Frequently assists with proper traffic diversion in and around job sites with traffic cones, barricades, signs, lights and flags according to appropriate safety standards.
  • Performs other duties and tasks as assigned by supervisor.

POSITION STANDARDS:

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.

Education and Experience:

  • Graduation from high school or GED equivalent.
  • Two years prior experience related to the construction, maintenance, and repair of water lines, or any equivalent combination of education and experience.
    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Working knowledge of equipment, facilities, materials, methods, techniques, tools and procedures used in the construction, maintenance and repair of water distribution systems.
  • Ability to assess the job at hand and determine course of action, making necessary changes or corrections if needed, in keeping with standard procedures.
  • Skill in the operation of the following tools and equipment: motorized vehicles and equipment including dump truck, pickup truck, utility truck, backhoe, track hoe, front-end loader, hydrohammer, trencher, saws, pumps, generators, compressors; common hand tools and power tools; shovels, wrenches; detection devices; mobile radio; phone.
  • 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, supervisors, other departments and the public; ability to understand and carry out written and oral instructions; ability to record information accurately; ability to read water atlas and road map.

 Special Requirements:

  • Possession of valid operator's license and a Class "A" Oklahoma Commercial driver’s license or pass the CDL written test within 30 days and pass the driving test within six (6) months of date of hire.
  • Ability to drive vehicles and operate equipment in ALL weather, traffic and surface conditions.
  • Possession of or the ability to obtain Class “D” Water Certification as issued by the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality  within one year of date of hire.

Tools and Equipment

  • Light and medium weight motorized vehicles and equipment, including dump truck, pick-up truck, tractor, front-end loader, track hoes, backhoes, common hand tools, large gas-operated saws, mobile radio.

 

ESSENTIAL PHYSICAL DEMANDS ON THE POSITION:

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

While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in outside weather conditions, and is exposed to all weather extremes. 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands and fingersto handle, feel or operate objects, tools or controls and reach with hands and arms. The employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is regularly required to stand, walk or sit and frequently required to climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl or smell.

The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to ten (25) pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to one hundred (100) pounds with assistance. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distant vision, clear and peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS AND WORKING CONDITIONS:

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

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 requires hearing protection.

The work environment conditions 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.

While performing the essential functions of this job, the employee regularly works near moving and vibrating mechanical parts.  The employee occasionally works in high, precarious places; is occasionally exposed to fumes or air borne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals and is occasionally exposed to risk of electrical shock.

The employee will regularly be exposed to wet or humid conditions and will regularly be exposed to outside weather conditions of extreme heat or cold with occasional ice or snow.

The employee will frequently be working during hours of darkness and will frequently be near heavy vehicle traffic.  The employee will regularly be working in or near excavations or confined spaces.

The noise level of the work environment is moderately quiet in the service vehicle; but in the field, is loud, accompanied by jolting and vibration.

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 #
3016
Closing Date
Career Type
Full-time
Salary
$1,156.27 Bi-weekly
Hiring Organization
Field Utilities Maintenance & Construction Department

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