Heavy Equipment Operator (Building Foundations)

The Equipment Operator must work safely and productively on various sized Concrete Construction project sites. A successful candidate in this role must be highly motivated and willing to complete any task assigned, along with performing the essential duties of the Equipment Operator position. All employees are expected to communicate, build relationships with other team members and use good judgment at all times. The Equipment Operator is expected to have the ability to perform all duties of the positions preceding it in its specific career path, while being responsible and accountable to complete any other tasks assigned.

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Training & Certifications


  • WBI Rough Terrain Forklift Certification
  • MUTCD Flagger Certification


  • First Aid / CPR
  • OSHA 10 Certification
  • High School Diploma / GED
  • Drivers License (Class C)
  • WBI Aerial Lift Certification
  • WBI Trenching Competent Person Certification



  • Basic level communication (Reading, writing & comprehending technical documents, safety regulations, responding to questions from managers / coworkers, checklists, etc.)
  • Safety awareness (Ability to recognize and correct safety hazards)
  • Detail Orientation (Ability to pay attention to details in order to follow instructions and execute work in accordance to specifications and safety / quality standards)
  • Interpreting GPS road maps
  • Interpreting service / operators manuals
  • Knowledge of soil conditions & earthmoving
  • Working independently with minimal supervision
  • Basic level mathematics (Order of operations using fractions and decimals)
  • Basic level reasoning (Ability to comprehend and carry out verbal or written instructions while understanding how to problem solve and complete task(s) when dealing with one variable)


  • Measuring & calculating areas & volumes precisely
  • Intermediate level reasoning (Ability to comprehend and carry out verbal or written instructions while understanding how to problem solve and complete task(s) when dealing with up to three variables)
  • Entry level planning / organizing (Ability to plan a daily work schedule and communicate the daily objectives to coworkers while organizing tasks by priority to meet deadlines)


  • Load and unload equipment / material
  • Chain / strap equipment & material to trailer for transport
  • Measure height of equipment / material loaded on trailer to ensure compliance with regulations
  • Remove built-up dirt and debris from dump truck beds
  • Verify equipment / material loaded for transport matches the work order items
  • Assist with development and implementation of pre-task safety plans
  • Alter material moisture mechanically or chemically as required
  • Apply water to aggregate base & compact
  • Backfill footings / walls / slabs
  • Demolish & remove structures with appropriate equipment
  • Communicate traffic flow with other flag persons
  • Compact bottom of foundations with appropriate compaction equipment
  • Compact materials
  • De-muck / De-water
  • Deploy & utilize air monitors
  • Excavate & load materials
  • Excavate foundations with appropriate equipment
  • Fine grade with approprate equipment
  • Fuel & lubricate equipment daily
  • Fuel & maintain pumps
  • Grade subgrades
  • Grade trench bottoms
  • Haul / dump materials to support fill / stockpile operations
  • Identify & correct safety hazards
  • Identify utility location marks
  • Identify weak bearing capacity areas as directed by geotechnical testing firm
  • Install / maintain / remove traffic control devices
  • Install paint / chalk to outline edge of foundations
  • Lift formwork & set in place with appropriate equipment
  • Locate utilities by hand / soft excavation
  • Maintain dust control
  • Maintain equipment in a condition that does not compromise safety
  • Maintain positive drainage
  • Maintain safe trenches
  • Maintain, clean & drain vacuum truck / trailer
  • Mass backfill
  • Observe / monitor subgrade proof rolls
  • Operate appropriate equipment to haul spoils onsite
  • Operate instruments to establish line & grade for various elements from site control points
  • Operate vacuum truck / trailer to remove loose materials
  • Operate water truck to clean streets & spray water for dust control
  • Perform continuous observation of materials for suitability
  • Perform hand shovel work as needed
  • Perform proof rolls to check bearing capacity
  • Place & spread base aggregates
  • Place geotextile fabrics
  • Rig materials for lifting
  • Setup laser level & sensor to required elevation
  • Stack & sort materials
  • Stage materials & equipment
  • Transport form panels & accessories to assembly area
  • Transport materials by equipment
  • Verify subgrade elevation
  • Visually locate overhead power lines & set provisions to eliminate the possibly of encroaching the unsafe zone

Physical Working Conditions


  • Adjusting focus of eyes to bring an object into sharp focus
  • Climbing and balancing
  • Exposure to air contamination (i.e., dust, fume, smoke, toxic conditions, disagreeable odors, etc.)
  • Exposure to fumes or airborne particles
  • - Exposure to lifting or carrying items
  • Exposure to moderate noise levels
  • Using depth perception to judge distances and spatial relationships
  • Kneeling, bending or crawling
  • Moderate physical activity performing strenuous work activities
  • Reaching with arms, grabbing / handling items and using fingers to perceive the attributes of objects and materials
  • Sitting
  • Standing
  • Talking and hearing
  • Tasting and smelling
  • Using peripheral vision to observe areas that can be seen up and down or to the left and right while eyes are fixed on a given point
  • Using vision to clearly view and perceive objects at 20 feet or more of distance
  • Using vision to identify and distinguish colors
  • Walking
  • Walking and riding on uneven terrain
  • Wearing personal protective equipment
  • Working 40-60 hours per week
  • Working in non-weather related wet or humid conditions
  • Working near moving mechanical parts
  • Working outdoors exposed to extreme temperatures & weather conditions


  • Exposure to an improperly illuminated or awkward and confining workspace
  • Exposure to extreme noise levels
  • Exposure to vibration (i.e., operating jackhammer, impact wrench, etc.)
  • Extreme physical activity performing strenuous work activities
  • Heavy physical activity performing strenuous work activities
  • Lifting, carrying and moving up to 90 lbs
  • Risk of electrocution
  • Working indoors in a non-conditioned space with poor ventilation


  • Exposure to working above ground level where the possibility of falling exists (i.e. on ladders, rooftops, bucket trucks, scaffolding, etc.)
  • Risk of exposure to radiation
  • Working at heights
  • Working with toxic or caustic chemicals
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