Vacuum Truck Operator



Job Summary:

The Operator is responsible for driving/ operating vacuum trucks, running water pumps, as well as the routine maintenance of all vacuum system components and water pumps. The Vac Operator will use vacuum operations to expose live utilities.


Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • None



  • Operate hydro excavation trucks through the course of a job using high pressure water and vacuum systems for excavations.
  • Work includes but is not limited to hydro excavating to pothole, trench and locate utilities.
  • Responsible for maintaining equipment and keeping it clean inside and out.
  • Responsible for following company policies.
  • Effective timekeeping, time management, and documentation of services performed on the job.
  • Prepares construction sites for excavation.
  • 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 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.
  • Ability to work alone or as part of a team

Education and Experience:

  • High school diploma or equivalent preferred.
  • Vocational school training or apprenticeship preferred.
  • On-the-job training offered.
  • CDL class A license required with tankers endorsement

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.