Operator Apprentice

Salary Range –  $18.00 – $24.48/hr.

Position Summary:

The Operator Apprentice will assist with the safe and proficient operation of heavy equipment on various TRWD projects as well as keeping the equipment in clean and good working order.  They will work as part of a team to assist with other duties such as vegetation maintenance, structure inspection and repair, and manual labor.

 

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

The duties listed below 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 this position.

  • 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
  • Learn and follow safety regulations
  • Maintain clean work environment
  • Interact and coordinate with other TRWD personnel
  • Assist with construction projects including, but not limited to, building fence, pouring and finishing concrete, carpentry, and painting
  • Assist with vegetation maintenance, painting, building fences and cleaning on pipelines, floodway, ROW or in operations facilities/property.
  • Pull and park utility trailers
  • Utilize weed eaters, zero turn mowers and/or standard mowers
  • Pick up trash along ROW and/or floodway
  • Maintain familiarity with strategic District levels of service
  • Continuous improvement monitoring and innovation efforts
  • Perform other duties as required

 

Required Experience:

  • 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
  • Prior experience using a weed eater and/or standard mower
  • Pulling and backing up utility trailers
  • Ability to accomplish one of the following:
    • Operate a tractor
    • Grind, cut, or weld
    • Light fleet mechanical repairs

 

Desired Experience:

  • Prior experience using a zero turn mower
  • Prior experience painting

 

Required Education/Certification/License:

  • Valid Texas driver’s license

 

Desired Education/Certification/License:       

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

 

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 for long periods of time exposing the employee to weather conditions prevalent at the time. They will periodically work in buildings without climate control.  This position will also work in confined spaces, underground, in diches, on water ways such as lakes or rivers, and at various heights.
Lake Current Level Conservation Level* Level Difference**
Arlington 546.08 550.00 -3.92
Benbrook 686.29 694.00 -7.71
Bridgeport 828.20 836.00 -7.80
Cedar Creek 317.66 322.00 -4.34
Eagle Mountain 644.30 649.10 -4.80
Lake Worth 591.51 594.00 -2.49
Richland-Chambers 309.99 315.00 -5.01
*Conservation Level: The permitted level of water an entity is allowed to hold in a lake. Any amount above the conservation level is used for the temporary storage of flood waters and must be released downstream.
**Difference: Amount above or below conservation level.
For more information read our daily reports or the TRWD Lake Level Blog.

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