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Douglas County  5260
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PUBLIC WORKS SOLID WASTE TRUCK/EQUIPMENT OPERATOR
Pay Range 234

INTRODUCTION

This classification operates heavy equipment used to support maintenance of solid waste landfills and transfer sites; perform routine maintenance on equipment; perform manual tasks. This classification is represented by Teamsters Local 223.

EXAMPLES OF PRINCIPAL DUTIES

(Duties assigned to this classification include, but are not limited to, the following examples. Any one position may not perform all listed tasks.)

1. Transfer truck driver and operator. Operate large diesel truck and four-wheel trailer to transport transfer boxes from County transfer sites to the main landfill. Empty boxes and return to transfer site. Load and safely transport equipment and materials. Perform pre-trip inspections.

2. Equipment operator. Operate medium to heavy sized equipment in the main landfill, such as: compactor, heavy dozer, self-propelled scrapers, front end loader, tub grinder, knuckleboom loader and other related landfill equipment used in maintaining solid waste landfills and transfer sites.

3. Perform repair on assigned equipment; includes minor maintenance and servicing, etc.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITY REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION

Knowledge of: Considerable knowledge of equipment, materials, practices and procedures used in road maintenance or landfill and transfer site operations; considerable knowledge of minor repair of equipment; thorough knowledge of safety procedures; reasonable knowledge of the traffic laws and safety rules governing operations of motor vehicles and equipment on public roads. Skill in: Performing specialized work; performing maintenance on equipment; safe operation of vehicles, equipment and tools used in area of responsibility; safe operation of equipment under adverse conditions. Ability to: Communicate effectively in both oral and written forms; estimate time and materials and manage time efficiently; make decisions independently in accordance with established policies and use initiative and judgment in carrying out tasks and responsibilities; utilize problem identification and resolution techniques; remain calm and use good judgment during confrontational or high pressure situations; courteously meet and deal effectively with other employees, contractors, vendors and the public.

Education, experience and training: Two years experience in the operation of heavy road maintenance equipment OR a satisfactory equivalent combination of experience and training. At time of appointment, must possess valid Oregon Class A commercial driver=s license with tank and air brake endorsements.

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS OF THIS POSITION

This classification works with supervision from a operations and maintenance leadworker or supervisor. Recurring routine assignments are independently performed by employee on basis of past experience. Employees estimates time and materials and manages time efficiently. Employee uses initiative and judgment in completing routine assignments and interpretation of general administrative or operational policies and procedures is sometimes necessary. Significant deviations require prior approval. Work is checked at completion of projects. Employees may or may not work in proximity of supervisor.

GUIDELINES

Work is performed within established departmental policy and procedure; federal, state and county statutes, rules, regulations and ordinances; equipment operation and maintenance manuals; work zone traffic controls; OSHA standards. Employee uses reasonable judgment, generally follows established guidelines and refers to supervisor in emergency or unusual situations.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT

Regular and consistent attendance is required.  Work is performed on the County road system, landfills and transfer sites. Physical demands may include bending, climbing on rough terrain, hearing alarms and voice conversations, kneeling, frequently lifting up to 60 pounds, pulling, pushing, raking, shoveling, twisting, walking and working with hazardous material, fumes, poison oak, insects, etc. Work is performed in an environment which involves everyday risks or discomforts and sometime adverse weather conditions requiring safety precautions. A significant amount of driving is required.

 
   
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