Equipment Operator Description


Job Summary:

The Equipment Operator I will operate machinery for construction, demolition, or excavation projects.


Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • None



  • Operates construction, excavating and loading equipment and heavy machinery including excavators, power shovels, stripping shovels, scraper loaders and backhoes.
  • Prepares construction sites for building, demolition, or excavation.
  • Effectively completes excavation and related tasks such as backfilling excavations and breaking concrete or rock using appropriate equipment.
  • Transports tools and other construction equipment to and from construction sites.
  • Operates machinery used to open trenches and expose utilities.
  • Inspects, fuels and performs routine vehicle maintenance prior to beginning shift.
  • Consults digging plans, machine specifications, and safety procedures for specific tasks.
  • Ensures work is completed to specification by observing grade stakes, material levels, hand signals, and other markers.
  • Performs routine maintenance and repairs.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


Required Skills/Abilities:

  • Extensive knowledge of machinery operation and capabilities.
  • Ability to read site plans related to structural concrete and land grades.
  • Ability to complete safety awareness training.
  • Excellent mechanical and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to follow instructions.
  • Flexibility to operate multiple types of equipment.

Education and Experience:

  • High school diploma or equivalent preferred.
  • Vocational school training or apprenticeship preferred.
  • On-the-job training offered.
  • CDL class license preferred.


Physical Requirements:

  • Prolonged periods of operating machinery.
  • Must be able to operate machinery in all weather conditions and terrains.
  • Must have physical strength, balance, hand-eye coordination, and stamina necessary to complete jobs in various areas.
  • Must be able to lift and carry up to 80 pounds and push and/or pull 50-pound loads at a time.
  • Must be able to stand and walk up to eight hours per day and climb multiple sets of stairs while carrying materials weighing between 40 and 60 pounds.
  • Must be able to ride in a vehicle up to four hours to travel to and from job sites.
  • Must be able to work in different temperatures and changing weather conditions.
  • Must be able to traverse and inspect all areas of jobsite in all types of weather; this may include walking, climbing, reaching, bending, crawling, or stretching.
  • Exposure to characteristic construction site dangers.
  • Must have flexible scheduling to meet the needs of the business.