Senior Construction and Maintenance Equipment Operator

  • City of Seattle, WA
  • 700 5th Avenue, Seattle, Washington
  • Jun 17, 2022
Full Time Construction and Skilled Trades Public Works
  • Salary: $40.79 Hourly USD

Job Description

Position Description

This recruitment is opened until filled. First consideration will be given to candidates who apply by May 13, 2022.

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) has multiple vacancies for experienced and self-directed Senior Construction and Maintenance Equipment Operators (Sr CMEO), to be a part of the Solid Waste Operations team at the North (1350 N. 34th St., Seattle) and South Transfer Stations (130 S. Kenyon St., Seattle). These positions are an integral part of a team that protects public health and environment in the greater Seattle area that includes the receiving, transferring, and transporting of residential and commercial waste, self-haul waste and recyclable materials delivered to the transfer stations. This is an excellent opportunity for candidates who enjoy working in a team environment and serving the communities of the greater Seattle area.

About Seattle Public Utilities:

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is a Community Centered Utility whose mission is to foster healthy people, environment, and economy by partnering with our community to equitably manage water and waste resources for today and future generations. We deliver high quality, vital services, across four major lines of business: providing water, solid waste, drainage and wastewater services for Seattle residents and businesses. In addition, SPU provides drinking water for 1.5 million regional customers in Seattle and other municipalities. Our customers depend on us to deliver high quality, reliable, and cost-conscious utility services and to achieve the highest benefits possible for every investment we make.

SPU commits to Our City Values and Race and Social Justice as core principles that guide our work. We support and hold ourselves accountable to this commitment by eliminating barriers to access and providing employees with equitable opportunities for professional growth and advancement.

Enjoy the following benefits:
  • Opportunities for career advancement
  • Family- friendly multi-cultural work environment
  • Competitive health care plans
  • Free public transportation options
  • 10 paid holidays and two (2) additional personal holidays
  • 12 paid days of vacation per year
  • 12 paid days of sick leave per year
  • Deferred compensation plan
  • Employer/employee contributions to City pension plan

Job Responsibilities
  • Operate heavy equipment such as: loaders, excavators, sweeper trucks, etc.
  • Operate light, medium, and large motorized construction and maintenance equipment
  • Break up and load trash, organics, and various recyclables from tipping floor into large pre-compaction machines and top load trailers
  • Effectively communicate with transfer station staff supporting the acceptance and transfer of waste
  • Support department's goals in promoting RSJI objectives
  • Performs other related duties of a comparable level/type as assigned.
Work Environment/Physical Demands:
  • Required to work outdoors in all types of weather
  • Work occurs in a solid waste transfer station with exposure to garbage and recycled waste
  • Exposure to dust, dirt, high noise levels, fumes, odor, pests and exhaust
  • Requires physical exertion to operate the equipment
  • Requires standing, bending and stooping
  • Must be willing to work weekends and holidays
  • Operates around commercial haulers and members of the public

Two (2) years of heavy equipment operation and maintenance or one (1) year of experience with completion of a recognized course in construction and maintenance equipment operation that includes practical operating experience. (Combination of education, training and experience will be evaluated on an individual basis for comparability).

License, Certification and Other Requirements:
  • May be required to obtain Washington State Commercial Class A driver's license with the Air Brake restriction removed within six (6) months of employment. If you're required to obtain Commercial Class A driver's license, SPU will provide all required training.
Special Conditions:
As a part of the application process, you must submit your current 'Full Driving Record' with your application. Your current record must be dated within 30 days of the date you apply.

The Washington State Department of Licensing (DOL) has several types of driving records available (for a minimal cost). The one you must submit to us is titled 'Full Driving Record'. Your application will be rejected as incomplete if you do not include the requested 'Full Driving Record'.

You may obtain your 'Full Driving Record' in one of two ways: Online at: Go to a driver licensing office in person to purchase your 'Full Driving Record'. Please attach your 'Full Driving Record' to your application, or email it to SPU HR at by May 3, 2022 at 4:00pm (PST).
Additional Information
The ideal candidates should possess:

  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Working knowledge of the safe mechanical operation of light, medium and large motorized construction and maintenance equipment and medium and heavy trucks
  • Ability to communicate and work effectively within a multi-cultural workforce serving a diverse customer base.
Pre-employment tests are required in compliance with the Federal Department of Transportation Drug and Alcohol Testing Program Requirements.

All City of Seattle employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Failure to submit proof of vaccination or qualify for a reasonable accommodation will result in withdrawal of a job offer.

Who may apply: The City of Seattle encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with diverse life experience. This position is open to all qualified candidates that meet the minimum qualifications. The City of Seattle values diverse perspectives and life experiences. Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

The City of Seattle offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, holiday and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance for employees and their dependents.

More information about employee benefits is available on the City's website at:
"Most" Employees Plans - Human Resources |

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

700 5th Avenue, Seattle, Washington 98104 United States View Map