Equipment Operator I

Public Works: Streets


$33363.00 Per Year


Full City Benefits Package
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Job Description

Salary and Benefits

Equipment Operator I Starting Salary: 33 ($33,363/year)

Individuals hired in this position have the opportunity to progress up to $50,045/year, which is the maximum salary for this position as of December 2020.

Benefits: Full City Benefits Package. The City of St. George covers 100% of the premiums for the High Deductible health plan for full-time employees and their qualified dependents. New hires also receive 2 weeks of vacation time during their first year of employment, one of which is available to the employee the first day of employment. To find out more about our benefits package, please visit our website at

Position Summary

Under the general supervision of Streets Division Crew Supervisors, drives and operates a variety of mobile or stationary construction and maintenance equipment in support of streets maintenance programs for the City of St. George. This is skilled work in light and heavy equipment operation and requires minor routine maintenance of related equipment.

Essential Functions: (Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following tasks, knowledge, skills, and other characteristics. The list of tasks is illustrative only and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by positions in this class.)

1. Places signs, barricades, and traffic control devices around work sites to protect employees and the public.

2. Excavates trenches installing shoring as needed, tests for hazardous soil conditions and atmospheres, and detects hazardous atmospheres and corrects before confined space entry. Follows all City and divisional safety policies and procedures.

3. May operate any of the following pieces of construction equipment: sweeper, loader, backhoe, roller, vacuum truck, or 10-wheel dump truck. Performs minor maintenance on assigned equipment.

4. Operates equipment for projects such as excavating, backfilling trenches, hauling, rolling of chip-seal material, sweeping streets, cleaning storm drains, pesticide application, etc.

5. May assist in the loading and unloading of trucks, laying pipe in trenches, pouring and finishing concrete, using air and jack hammers to break out concrete and asphalt, and other types of general physical labor.

6. Keeps daily records and prepares daily reports estimating equipment time and material usage and justifying requests for equipment and materials.

7. Performs routine maintenance or emergency repairs as assigned.

8. Performs other related duties as required.

Typical Physical/Mental Demands/Working Conditions

Very heavy physical activity exerting in excess of 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or in excess of 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or in excess of 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects. Physical demands include climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, or crawling. May have to stand, walk, or sit in uncomfortable positions for extended periods. Exposure to hot, cold, wet, humid, or windy conditions caused by weather. Exposure to constant to intermittent sounds of a pitch or level sufficient to cause marked distraction or possible hearing loss; shaking objects or surfaces; and conditions such as fumes, noxious odors, dusts, mists, gases, and poor ventilation that affect the respiratory system, eyes, or the skin. Intermittent exposure to stress as a result of human behavior.

Note: Persons in this classification may be required to work unconventional work hours or shifts during emergency situations. Must be available for on-call rotation and be able to respond within fifteen minutes.

Minimum Qualifications


Education: High school diploma or equivalent.

Experience: Minimum of one (1) year full time experience in the proper operation and maintenance of various types of equipment, and thorough understanding of laws governing operation of motor vehicles. Experience with storm drain installation, concrete/asphalt finishing preferable.

Licenses and/or Certificates:

Possess a valid driver license. A valid Utah Driver License must be obtained within 60 days of hire and be maintained throughout employment.

Equipment Operator I:

• Possess, or obtain within six (6) months of hire, and maintain throughout employment a valid Class A, Utah Commercial Driver License (CDL) with tanker endorsements.

• Must demonstrate the ability to proficiently operate sweepers and the vacuum truck within one (1) year of hire date.

• Must acquire heavy equipment operator certification, Level I, on at least one (1) of the following types of heavy equipment: skid steer, backhoe, or loader by an accredited training organization (i.e., Utah LTAP) within one (1) year of hire date.

• Possess or must be certified within six (6) months of hire by the Utah Department of Transportation in construction signing and flagging

• All accredited certifications must be kept current. Failure to do so may result in loss of position.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of:

• General rules of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) construction standards, including trenching and confined space safety.

• EPA requirements such as the disposal of toxic materials, i.e., fuels, road oils, chemical solvents, etc.

• Concrete and asphalt mixes, additives, road oils, and bases and application techniques.

• Knowledge of basic math and algebra.

Ability to:

• Operate at least two of the following pieces of construction equipment: sweeper, loader, backhoe, roller, vacuum truck, or 10-wheel dump truck.

• Operate a variety of heavy and light equipment in the prescribed manner.

• Estimate cuts and fills of grades.

• Detect malfunctions and needed repairs.

• Make necessary simple adjustments to equipment.

• Work in inclement weather.

To Apply

Submit a completed City of St. George Employment Application online at Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis. This Position is open until filled. Refer questions to Human Resources at 435-627-4670. Pre-employment drug screening and criminal background screen are required. The City of St. George is an inclusive Equal Employment Opportunity employer that considers applicants without regard to gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, national origin, age, disability or genetic information. We make reasonable efforts to provide reasonable accommodation to disabled candidates.