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Performs skilled work in the operation of trucks, light tractors, and related automotive equipment.
Operates trucks of less than six tons rated capacity or other related equipment. Employees are responsible for the safe and efficient operation of assigned trucks and similar automotive equipment and for cleaning and servicing trucks and performing minor maintenance work. Work is performed without direct supervision.
Work involves the skilled operation and minor maintenance of automotive and construction equipment of significant capacity and operational complexity. Work is normally performed under the supervision of a foreman, who issues instructions which may be accompanied by diagrams or sketches, and who inspects work during progress and upon completion. However, some independent judgment is required in determining operating methods.


Operates medium duty construction vehicles for hauling dirt, gravel or other construction site

Operates flatbed, forklift, dump truck, trailer or other truck transporting material or crew to project site.

Operates large mechanical sweepers, front-end loaders, ditching machines, hydraulic backhoes, and performs rigging tasks for steel erection and other related crane operations.

Transports equipment and materials; grades and cleans park areas, streets, and roads; excavates and fills for utility installation and road and street grades.

Perform semi-skilled and unskilled labor involving rigging, shoveling, ditch shoring, trench backfilling, compacting, pump (dewatering) and other related tasks. Assist in PVC conduit water main pipes, sewer and storm drain installations and pouring of concrete trench encasements.

Performs routine maintenance inspection of vehicles, and services with gas, oil, water and changes attachments.

Operates backhoe tractor and loader in excavation and backfill/compactors.

Prepares simple records and performs equipment servicing and minor maintenance operations.

Supervises semi-skilled and unskilled workers in absence of supervisory personnel, as required.

Completion of the eighth grade of school and some work experience, preferably performing manual labor; or any equivalent combination of training and experience.

Considerable knowledge and skill in the operation and servicing of various automotive and complex construction equipment.

Considerable knowledge of the hazards involved in equipment operation and the safety precautions necessary.

Ability to work outside during adverse conditions.

Ability to prepare simple reports.

Ability to understand and follow instructions.

Ability to stoop, bend and squat for extensive periods of time.

Ability to lift 50 to 125 pounds.

Ability to operate flatbed, forklift, trailer or other truck transporting material or crew to project.

Ability to operate trucks and equipment safely and in accordance with traffic laws and regulations.

Ability to learn the general layout of the university and to learn the routes to other locations.

Operates dump, flatbed, trailer, or other trucks in picking up and delivering materials, debris, and supplies from place to place; operates mechanical loaders, fork lifts, crawlers, trucks with front end loaders, booms, and other equipment.

Drives packer type truck on established route in picking up garbage and refuse; collects rubbish and trash.

Loads and unloads truck; performs minor maintenance work and services vehicles with gas, oil, and water; operates light wheeled gasoline tractors; operates trucks on road maintenance and construction work hauling cold patch, gravel, and rocks.

Drives trucks in transporting personnel and materials to jobs.

Performs related work as required.



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