Equipment Operator

Location: Fort Worth, TX 
Type Of Employment: 
Full Time

Position summary:

The Heavy Equipment Operator I is responsible for safely and proficiently operating heavy equipment on various TRWD projects as well as keeping the equipment in clean and in good working order.  Equipment Operators work as part of a team to assist with other duties such as vegetation maintenance, structure inspection and repair, and manual labor.

Qualifications required:

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • One (1) year of experience working with heavy equipment and ability to show proficiency operating two (2) of the following pieces of equipment: uniloader, backhoe, water truck, grapple truck, ag tractor, gradall, heavy haul lowboy, and dump truck
  • Light mechanical knowledge to communicate equipment issues to fleet mechanics
  • Knowledge and understanding of grade

Qualifications desired:

  • Valid Texas CDL Class A or B without restriction E
  • CDL tanker (N) endorsement

Functions and responsibilities:

  • Work with heavy equipment such as uniloader, backhoe, water truck, grapple truck, ag tractor, gradall, and dump truck
  • Communicate equipment mechanical issues to fleet mechanics
  • Clean, maintain and inspect all equipment daily
  • Locate underground services, such as pipes or wires, prior to beginning work
  • Perform data entry on work orders and for time-keeping
  • Learn and follow safety regulations
  • Maintain clean work environment
  • Interact and coordinate with other TRWD personnel
  • Perform construction projects including, but not limited to, building fence, pouring and finishing concrete, carpentry, and painting
  • Perform maintenance and inspections of floodgates, dam and spillway structures
  • Perform general maintenance of TRWD structures and grounds including pipeline and floodway
  • After hours Emergency Response
  • Perform other duties as required

Success factors/job competencies:

  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others’ needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Independence — Job requires developing one’s own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
  • Self-Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.

Physical demands and work environment:

The physical demands and work environment characteristics 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 demands: While performing duties of job, employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hand to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; balance; stoop; talk and hear. Employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 80 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Work environment: While performing the duties of this job, the employee typically resides out in the field exposing the employee to weather conditions prevalent at the time. This position will also work in confined spaces, on water ways such as lakes or rivers, at various heights and on slopes with a 2:1 grade.