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Sanitation Equipment Operator Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

Operates a refuse collection truck and related heavy equipment in the collection of commercial refuse along a designated route operating heavy front, side, and rear loading refuse vehicles. This classification is a skilled position.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is a specialized classification, and is not part of a series. Incumbents perform some of the same duties as the Equipment Operator but are distinguished from that in that the Sanitation Equipment Operator exercise more autonomy and final decision making authority, performs waste management administrative tasks in addition to equipment operation.

Examples of Duties:

  • Operates solid waste trucks, or related equipment.
  • Participates in the assignment of routes; modifies schedules to accommodate service changes; participates in the training of staff.
  • Provides information and assistance to the public; responds to and resolves complaints; receives calls for new customers or changes in service.
  • Maintains pertinent logs, records, and files; prepares accident reports as required.
  • Drives and operates a front, side, or rear loading refuse vehicle to collect contained refuse on designated route; operates controls to empty trash bins into truck.
  • Transports loaded refuse to the appropriate landfill; disposes of refuse.
  • Maintains assigned vehicle; maintains fluid levels and tire pressure in assigned vehicle; washes trucks as necessary; inspects assigned vehicle and equipment for mechanical or safety problems, and inspects compactor unit.
  • Reports unsafe working conditions, accidents, and injuries to supervisor; informs supervisor of unsafe or broken sanitation containers and unsafe, difficult, or poorly maintained collection sites.
  • Operates the following equipment; Backhoe, Dump Truck, Forklift, Front Loader, Power Washer, and Refuse Compacting Vehicle.
  • Participates in negotiations and contract verbiage for new waste management vendor contracts.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.
  • Supervises assigned staff in the collection of sanitation.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of principles, practices, and techniques of supervision and training.
  • Knowledge of refuse collection techniques.
  • Knowledge of operational and maintenance characteristics of refuse collection vehicles.
  • Knowledge to coordinate with contractors and assist in the inspection of University refuse removal.
  • Knowledge of traffic laws, ordinances, and rules involved in heavy truck operation.
  • Knowledge of hazards and applicable safety rules and regulations involved in the operation of refuse collection vehicles.
  • Knowledge of University policies pertaining to refuse collection.
  • Knowledge of two way radio procedures, codes, and FCC regulations.
  • Skill in heavy equipment operation.
  • Ability to lead and direct the work of sanitation collection staff.
  • Ability to coordinate and oversee contractors assigned personnel for the removal of refuse from University.
  • Ability to maintain scheduling of collection routes.
  • Ability to operate heavy trucks skillfully, safely, and according to traffic laws and regulations.
  • Ability to maintain assigned equipment and detect the need for equipment repair, and to make necessary simple adjustments.
  • Ability to write reports and complete detailed form reports.
  • Ability to understand and follow oral instructions.
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative-working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Skill in both verbal and written communication.

Minimum Qualifications:

Three years of heavy equipment experience, OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills, and abilities have been achieved. Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate valid Arizona Class A Commercial Driverís License.


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