Equipment Operator I/I Trainee

  • San Bernardino, California
  • Jun 04, 2022
Full Time Construction and Skilled Trades Public Works
  • Salary: $37,668.80 - $56,659.20 Annually USD

Job Description

The Job

The Department of Public Works is currently recruiting for Equipment Operators I and I Trainees who, under general supervision, operate light construction equipment for repair, maintenance and construction on county roads, landfills, airports, or similar settings for the Department of Transportation/Flood Control.

Immediate vacancies in San Bernardino, Rancho Cucamonga, Joshua Tree and Fontana.

The Eligible List may be used to fill future vacancies throughout the County. Candidates willing to work in the High/Low Desert Yards are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants should specify all yards on the supplemental questionnaire where they are willing to work in order to maximize their opportunities.

For more detailed information regarding job duties, review the Equipment Operator I and the Equipment Operator I Trainee job descriptions.

*Please Note : Salary posted is the range for the series. Please see job description and salary for each level below:

Equipment Operator I Trainee
$37,668.80 - $50,502.40 annually

Equipment Operator I
$41,246.40 - $56,659.20 annually

Applications are also being accepted for Equipment Operator II/II Trainee, and Equipment Operator III/III Trainee which each require separate applications. Applicants are encouraged to review the announcement and apply as appropriate.

Modified Benefits available for Equipment Operator I. Click here to learn more.


Equipment Operator I/I Trainee

Pre-Employment Process: Applicants must pass a background check, including fingerprinting, prior to appointment.

Equipment Operator I: Must maintain a valid commercial Class A or commercial Class B driver license with endorsements for air brakes, tank, and manual transmissions. Some positions may require a valid California Class A driver license with appropriate endorsements. Equipment Operator I Trainee: Must have a valid Class C Driver License at time of application and a class A or B learners permit at time of hire. Must be able to obtain a valid Class A or B Driver License with endorsements for air brakes, tank and manual transmissions within 120 days of hire or be terminated. Some positions may require a valid California Class A Driver License with appropriate endorsements.

Equipment Operator I/I Trainee: The DOT mandates drug testing of all employees in jobs requiring a Class B or higher driver license. Prior to hire, employees must pass a medical examination and drug test. Employees are subject to random drug testing as well as drug testing following accidents promotions, and upon reasonable suspicion. The California DOT requires that all applicants submit a work history for the past ten (10) years; a recent DMV printout will be required at the selection interview.

Availability: Equipment Operator I/I Trainee: During Critical Response Situations, employees must be able to respond to their assigned yards within 60 minutes if assigned to valley and desert yards OR within 45 minutes if assigned to mountain yards. A telephone or other method of immediate communication or contact is required. Employees are subject to 24-hour emergency callbacks.

Physical: Equipment Operator I/I Trainee: Incumbents climb into and out of equipment, bend, stoop, kneel, work on rough and uneven terrain, in extreme climates, and lift objects weighing up to 50 pounds. Incumbents must be able to sit, walk, stand, bend, squat, kneel, twist, turn, and stoop. Incumbents work outside continuously on rough, uneven, rocky, or slippery surfaces and are exposed to electricity, chemicals, fire, heat, oil, odors, dust, gas, and noise.

Promotion: Equipment Operator I Trainees must qualify for promotion to Equipment Operator I within nine (9) months or be terminated.

Minimum Requirements

Equipment Operator I/I Trainee


Equipment Operator I Trainee: Possession of a valid Class C Driver License.

Equipment Operator I: Possession of a valid commercial Class A or commercial Class B driver license with endorsements for air brakes, tank, and manual transmissions.


Must meet one of the following options:

Equipment Operator I Trainee:

Option 1: Six (6) months of experience as a Maintenance & Construction Worker I OR higher for San Bernardino County.


Option 2: Six (6) months of experience in the maintenance/construction of roadways and/or flood control facilities, airports, landfills, or similar public works setting OR in the operation of light construction equipment.

Equipment Operator I

Option 1: Nine (9) months of experience working as an Equipment Operator I Trainee for San Bernardino County.


Option 2: One (1) year of experience in the maintenance/construction of roadways and/or flood control facilities, airports, landfills, or similar public works settings. Experience must include operating light to medium equipment. ( Building construction experience is not considered qualifying for this level .)

Selection Process

Examination Procedure : There will be a competitive evaluation of qualifications based on a review of the Application and Supplemental Questionnaire; therefore it is to your advantage to provide as much relevant and detailed work experience as possible, as resumes will not be reviewed in lieu of the application materials.
Application Procedure :
Complete and submit the online employment application and supplemental questionnaire as soon as possible as this recruitment may close at any time.

To ensure timely and successful submission of your online application, please allow ample time to complete and submit your application before the posted filing deadline. Applicants will be automatically logged-out if they have not submitted the application and all required materials prior to the posted deadline. Once your application has been successfully submitted, you will receive an onscreen confirmation and an email. We recommend that you save and/or print these for your records. Please note, if you do not receive an onscreen confirmation and an email acknowledging our receipt of your application we have not received your application.

If you require technical assistance, please click HERE to review the Government Jobs online application guide , or contact their Toll-Free Applicant Support line at (855) 524-5627. Please note that Human Resources is not responsible for any issues or delays caused by the internet connection, computer or browser used to submit the application.

All communications regarding the remainder of the selection process will be via email . Please be sure the email provided on this application is always current; it is your responsibility to update your personal information. Update your Spam, Junk, Bulk and Firewall settings as needed to ensure that you receive all information pertaining to this recruitment.

San Bernardino County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant employer, committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants.

ADA Accommodation:
If you have a disability and require accommodations in the testing process, submit the Special Testing Accommodations Request Form within one week of a recruitment filing deadline.

Veterans' Preference: Eligible veterans and their spouse or widow(er) who are not current County employees may be awarded additional Veterans' Preference points. Click here for information and instructions to request Veteran's Preference points.

Please click HERE for important Applicant Information and the County Employment Process .
Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Remote-eligible (Remote work is a type of flexible working arrangement that allows an employee to work from remote location)


Job Address

San Bernardino, California United States View Map