Equipment Operator III


***An On-Site Job Assessment will be conducted following the in person interview to make sure the candidate will be able to operate equipment to standard specifications and requirements needed at this time. Specifically, the candidate will need to operate an excavator and maintain the excavation  of a drainage channel on grade. ***

St James Parish is hiring an Equipment Operator for our Road & Bridge Division under the Operations Department. 

This position will drive or operate gasoline or diesel powered equipment characterized as moderately complex; trucks, tractors, backhoes, bulldozer, road graders, or other equipment in order to maintain parish property, servitude, rights-of-way; and to repair roads and other facilities. The distinction between an Equipment Operator I, II and III concerns the use of more complicated equipment and skill required.  This position is classified as essential during declared emergencies or natural disasters. This is a nonexempt position, forty hours per week.  This position is “Safety Sensitive” and subject to random drug testing as per the St. James Parish Government Employee Handbook. Individuals in this class are able to complete the majority of their projects/assignments with a minimum amount of supervision.

The perfect candidate will have the following responsibilities:

·         Performs maintenance to equipment such as checking fuel, oil and, other lubricant levels; performs necessary emergency repairs; observes indicators to check for proper function of machinery and stops operation when indicated; reports major mechanical problem for repair

·         Maintains logs for mileage, fuel consumption, materials transported in accordance with local, state, and federal regulations

·         Drives or operates small and large dump trucks, tandem trucks, side-arm/boom mower tractors, bush-hogs or related grass cutting equipment, to maintain parish property, servitude, and rights-of-way

·         Operates grader or bulldozer to spread and level dirt, gravel, and stone to grade specifications in construction and maintenance of earthwork structures, such as highways, streets, and temporary roads

·         Operates power-driven machines, equipped with movable shovel, to excavate or move dirt, rock, sand, and other material

·         Maintains equipment by washing and cleaning

·         Other duties as assigned

The qualified candidate should possess the following skills and abilities:

·         Knowledge of the operating procedures and maintenance of equipment operated

·         General knowledge of the hazards and applicable safety rules and regulations in equipment operation

·         Working knowledge of traffic laws and regulations related to equipment operated

·         Ability to clean and assist in minor maintenance and repair of equipment operated

·         Ability to perform physical labor required of the position

·         Ability to identify operating problems of equipment assigned

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in outside weather conditions, extreme heat/cold, near moving mechanical parts, and is regularly exposed to vibration. The employee is frequently exposed to fumes or airborne particles. The employee occasionally works in high, precarious places.

The noise level in the work environment is usually very loud.

St. James Parish is committed to providing equal employment opportunities.  The parish will not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on any legally recognized basis including, but not limited to veteran status, race, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, physical or mental disability, agree or political affiliations.



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