Class Code: 08113
IOWA DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES -
EQUIPMENT OPERATOR, SENIOR
Serves as a leadworker in providing or overseeing specialized highway maintenance services and assists in the coordination of work by assisting in the planning of work schedules, providing leadership and guidance to equipment operators, coordinating maintenance operations in the field, monitoring work performed, compiling crew work statistics and documenting crew activities; performs related work as required.
The Work Examples and Competencies listed are for illustrative purposes only and not intended to be the primary basis for position classification decisions.
Assists supervisor by performing such duties as instructing employees, answering questions, distributing and balancing the workload and checking work; may make suggestions on selections, promotions, and reassignments; directs the operations of the crew in the absence of the supervisor.
Assists in the inspection of highways and bridges to help assure quality and determine maintenance needs of surface, shoulder, structures, drainage facilities, signs, traffic markings, and right of way areas; oversees crew maintenance activities in the field by ensuring staff time, materials, and necessary equipment are available.
Operates various highway maintenance equipment such as, but not limited to, tractors, dozers, loaders, trucks, graders and snow plows performing highway maintenance duties; oversees material usage in the field and ensures crew is addressing the assigned operations properly; maintains records of the quantities of supplies used.
Prepares daily crew reports and time sheets on computer; maintains the crew report log by detailing daily crew activities.
Maintains the service of the equipment assigned by changing oil, greasing, checking coolant levels, fluid levels, transmission and rear ends, tires, and lights, and washing; keeps other operators aware of service schedules for their assigned equipment.
Trains personnel in the safe operation of equipment and seasonal operations.
Maintains the grounds and buildings, keeps track of equipment stored in buildings and outside, and maintains inventory records which includes tracking stock room supplies, salt, sand, and salt brine usage, and other material usage.
Answers inquiries and provides information to the general public on maintenance responsibilities and duties as they relate to the use and upkeep of state property within and along the highway right of way.
Knowledge of specialized highway maintenance equipment, its operation and use.
Knowledge of highway maintenance procedures, techniques, terminology and specifications.
Knowledge of the occupational hazards and safety precautions applicable to the work.
Knowledge of applicable department policies, procedures, and regulations pertaining to highway and equipment maintenance, record keeping, budgeting, and reporting requirements.
Knowledge of characteristics and special needs of highways within assigned areas.
Knowledge of effects of weather on road surfaces
Knowledge of rules and regulations pertaining to proper placement of signs and placards within and along the highway right of way.
Knowledge of computers and related software applications.
Knowledge of the anti-icing and deicing principles.
Ability to read and write English.
Ability to understand and follow verbal and written directions/instructions given in English.
Ability to train and direct crew members.
Ability to read and understand plans/specifications may be required for some positions.
Ability to plan, prepare and monitor budget expenditures.
Ability to plan and monitor maintenance activities.
Ability to deal tactfully and courteously with the public and contractors.
Ability to work out of doors in all weather conditions.
Ability to lift and load items weighing up to 95 pounds to the height of 55 inches above the ground.
Ability to assist with on-the-job training for new employees.
Ability to appropriately use anti-icing or deicing materials.
Skill in operating computers and related software applications to record and receive data and make decisions regarding times, temperatures, weather conditions, and material usage.
Skill in using Roadway Weather Information System (RWIS) and the Data Transmission Network (DTN).
Skill in calibrating and maintaining electronic/hydraulic controls to ensure proper amount of materials are being applied to the roadway.
Skill in the operation of hand tools, power tools, and light and heavy highway maintenance equipment.
Displays high standards of ethical conduct. Refrains from dishonest behavior.
Works and communicates with all clients and customers providing polite, quality professional service.
Displays a high level of initiative, effort, attention to detail and commitment by completing assignments efficiently with minimal supervision.
Follows policy, cooperates with supervisors and aligns behavior with the goals of the organization.
Fosters and facilitates cooperation, pride, trust, group identity and team spirit throughout the organization.
Exchanges information with individuals or groups effectively by listening and responding appropriately.
EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS
Graduation from high school, or G.E.D. and two years of full-time highway maintenance and equipment operation work;
an equivalent combination of education and experience substituting one year (thirty semester hours) of accredited post high school education in construction technology/management, or engineering for each year of the required experience;
employees with current continuous experience in the State Executive Branch that includes eighteen months of full-time work as an Equipment Operator.
Must possess and maintain a valid Class A commercial driver’s license with an air brake endorsement. Other endorsements may also be required.
Prior to starting employment all persons are required to have a post offer, pre-employment physical verifying the physical ability to perform the duties described.
In conjunction with Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations (parts 391 & 40), this job requires a pre-employment drug screen and will require ongoing participation in the employer’s random drug testing program.
Employees must be available to travel and may be required to stay away from home overnight during assignments.
Employees must respond to emergency conditions requiring them to be able to report within a 30 minute time period under normal driving conditions to their assigned facility.
Certain designated positions require the employee to be certified by the Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship as a Pesticide Applicator.
Employees must be available to work up to 16 consecutive hours.
Effective Date: 05/10 DDF