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Performs skilled work in the operation of moderate to heavy automotive and construction equipment.
Work involves the skilled operation and minor maintenance of automotive and construction equipment of significant capacity and operational complexity. Work is normally supervised by a foreman, who issues instructions and inspects work during progress and upon completion. However, some independent judgment is required in determining operating methods. Supervision may be exercised over skilled, semi-skilled, or unskilled workers.


Operates large mechanical sweepers, front-end loaders, forklifts, tractor-trailers, ditching machines, hydraulic backhoes, and a variety of construction and maintenance operations.

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

Operates more complex construction equipment on training basis.

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

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

Performs related work as required.

Completion of the eighth grade of school and some experience in the operation of moderately complex construction equipment; possession of an appropriate valid operator's license; or any equivalent combination of training and experience.


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

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

Ability to prepare simple reports.

Ability to understand and follow instructions.

Skill in the operation of moderately complex construction equipment.



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