Heavy Equipment Operator (Grading)

The Equipment Operator must work safely and productively on various sized Civil and Infrastructure 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


  • MUTCD Flagger Certification


  • First Aid / CPR
  • OSHA 10 Certification
  • High School Diploma / GED
  • Drivers License (Class C)
  • WBI Rough Terrain Forklift 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)
  • Analyzing & interpreting construction documents & other technical documents
  • Knowledge of soil conditions & earthmoving
  • Measuring & calculating areas & volumes precisely
  • 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)
  • 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)


  • Assist with development and implementation of pre-task safety plans
  • Operate heavy equipment to excavate, convey, spread, level, compact and fine grade various earth materials at a master level of proficiency
  • Perform minor repairs to keep equipment safe and operational
  • Report major equipment repair needs to foreman, superintendent or service center supervisor
  • Tag out equipment that needs major mechanical or safety repairs
  • Report any safety incidents to appropriate supervisory personnel

Physical Working Conditions


  • - Working outdoors exposed to changing temperatures & weather conditions
  • - Exposed to loud noises
  • - Walking & riding on uneven terrain
  • - Wearing personal protective equipment
  • Traveling by land or air & staying out of town overnight
  • - 40 to 60 hour work week
  • - Lifting, carrying & moving up to 90 lbs


  • - Working in deep excavations
  • - Standing for long periods of time


  • - Working indoors
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