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Employer: City of Liberal
Job Title: Street Operator
Salary: $0 

Job Description:

The fundamental reason this classification exists is to operate safely and efficiently heavy construction equipment requiring considerable manipulative skill. The work is distinguished from other Equipment Operator classes by the responsibility for operating bulldozers, heavy graders, heavy rollers, trenchers, power shovels, heavy wreckers, and related equipment. The Equipment Operator  position will also perform a variety of manual labor tasks associated with street maintenance and the operation of related large and small vehicles and power equipment. Allocation to the class presumes the operation of such equipment as a regular assignment. Because of the nature of heavy-duty equipment, there is a factor of responsibility for the safety of other workers and operation of this equipment requires constant attention to protect it from damage. Work in progress is often performed without immediate supervision.  The skill and knowledge of equipment operated distinguishes this class from Equipment Operator I. Some positions serve as lead workers over a small number of other employees. The Equipment Operator II works under the general supervision of a Street Transportation Supervisor who assigns and inspects work in progress.


  • Operates one or more of the following pieces of heavy construction equipment skillfully, safely, and in accordance with traffic laws and regulations: scrapers, heavy graders, motor graders or blades, self-propelled hoist, large trenchers, rock cutters, low boy truck tractors, power shovel drag line, heavy duty wreckers, front end loaders, heavy wheeled rollers, bulldozers, surface heater planers, dump truck, and other light weight, medium weight, and heavy duty equipment;
  • Operates power driven machinery such as jack hammer, tamper, or other similarly sized equipment;
  • Works as part of a street maintenance crew, moving from one site to another, when not operating equipment.
  • Inspects equipment prior to use to ensure that it is in proper operating condition;
  • Maintains equipment in proper operating condition by performing simple preventive maintenance tasks;
  • Cleans equipment using appropriate materials;
  • Services and makes minor repairs to equipment;
  • Instructs and trains other equipment operators in the use of heavy duty equipment;
  • Assists others in backing their equipment;
  • Works with a Street Maintenance crew when not operating equipment;
  • Attends training and safety meetings;
  • Demonstrates continuous effort to improve operations, decrease turnaround times, streamline work processes, and work cooperatively and jointly to provide quality customer service.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of:

  • Functions, operating methods, and care required of a wide variety of heavy and complex construction equipment used on various jobs such as excavating, working to grade, rolling, and related work.
  • Street paving processes and street surfacing materials such as asphalt and aggregates.
  • Knowledge of the hazards and applicable safety rules and regulations for operating heavy-duty equipment.
  • City street layout.
  • Equipment parts and their functions.

Skills in:

  • The operation of various types of heavy construction equipment.
  • The use of common hand tools.

Ability to:

  • Perform a broad range of lead responsibilities over others.
  • Understand and carry out oral and written instructions in the English language.
  • React quickly and correctly in emergencies.
  • Detect needed equipment repairs.
  • Work safely without presenting a direct threat to self or others.
  • Exercise sound judgment in completing assignments.
  • Work under hazardous conditions where physical danger exists due to mechanical equipment (i.e., grinding, cutting, crushing, etc.).
  • Make decisions in normal routine situations in accordance with rules, regulations, and policies.
  • Use mirrors to back equipment.
  • Communicate orally with co-workers and customers in face-to-face one-on-one settings, group settings, or using a telephone or two-way radio.
  • Perceive auditory signals such as various tones, beeps, etc.
  • Observe or monitor objects or people's behavior to determine compliance with prescribed operating or safety standards.
  • Perceive the full range of the color spectrum.
  • Measure distance using a tape measure or other measuring device.
  • Use graphic instructions such as blueprints, layouts, schematic drawings, or other visual aids.
  • Mix cleaning fluids, chemicals, pesticides, insecticides, or similar solutions.
  • Comprehend and make inferences from written material such as operations manuals.
  • Set up or remove barricades, traffic cones or similar objects.
  • Judge load capacity of equipment.

Work Environment:

·         Work in a variety of weather conditions with exposure to the elements.

·         Travel across rough, uneven, or rocky surfaces.

  • Work in small cramped areas.
  • Climb ladders or steps to enter or exit an equipment cab.
  • Work at heights greater than ten feet.
  • Move heavy objects (50 pounds or more) long distances (more than 20 feet).
  • Make fine, highly controlled muscular movements to adjust the position of a control mechanism.
  • Coordinate the movement of more than one limb simultaneously to operate multiple equipment controls.
  • Make precise arm-hand positioning movements and maintain static arm-hand position.
  • Make continuous or repetitive hand/arm movements to give directions to a co-worker backing a piece of equipment.

·         Bend or stoop repeatedly or continually over time.

·         Lift arms above shoulder level.

·         Climb ladders or steps to reach objects.

Additional Requirements:

  • Some positions will require the performance of other essential and marginal functions depending upon work location, assignment or shift.
  • Some positions require the use of personal or City vehicles on City business. Individuals must be physically capable of operating the vehicles safely, possess a valid driver's license and have an acceptable driving record. In addition, individuals may be required to pass a Kansas Department of Transportation physical exam and possess the appropriate commercial driver's license (C.D.L.). Pre-employment drug testing is required for C.D.L. positions. Employees in C.D.L. positions will be subject to unannounced alcohol and drug testing as a condition of continued employment. Use of a personal vehicle for City business will be prohibited if the employee does not have personal insurance coverage.
  • This classification requires emergency call-back response and on-call participation as a condition of employment. 



Minimum of four years of experience operating construction equipment, six months of which must include equipment being tested for. Valid Class B or A Kansas CDL perferred but not required.  Other combinations of experience and education that meet the minimum requirements may be substituted.


Vacancy Number: 14521

Open Date: 10/16/2019 12:00:00 AM
Close Date: