Construction Equipment Operator

  • Birmingham, Alabama
  • Jan 04, 2023
Full Time Construction and Skilled Trades Public Works

Job Description

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Construction Equipment Operators in the Merit System are responsible for the operation of a wide variety of heavy and complex gasoline and diesel-powered construction equipment. The operation of the equipment entails considerable manipulative difficulty. Employees in this classification are responsible for their own work, and give guidance and assistance to less knowledgeable co-workers in the same work unit or related units. They are frequently responsible for the safety of other workers who assist the equipment operator. Construction Equipment Operators operate this type of equipment as a regular assignment, and are responsible for operating such equipment properly so as not to injure other employees. Their work is assigned by work orders, orally, general outlines, or in terms of desired results. An incumbent’s work is reviewed while in progress and upon completion. The work of Construction Equipment Operators is distinguished from other related classes by the responsibility for operating such large pieces of equipment (usually track mounted) such as bulldozers, track-hoes, motor graders, track loaders, hydraulic dipper shovels, cranes, scrapers, low-boy tractor trailers, draglines, wood waste chippers, hot mix spreaders, and other equipment. Importance is attached to the fact that the equipment requires more than ordinary attention to its operation to protect it from damage, and to perform work effectively.

  • Communicates with members of the public, supervisors, and subordinates using verbal, and written correspondence in order to exchange information concerning heavy or construction equipment operator job duties.
  • Backfills, excavates, spreads, and scrapes specified parts of construction or maintenance projects using heavy or construction equipment.
  • Performs preventative maintenance and basic repairs on heavy or construction equipment (e.g., checking fluids, changing parts, etc.) in order to maintain efficient equipment operations.
  • Loads, unloads, lifts, and places various materials (e.g., dirt, biosolids, pipes, brush, etc.) using heavy or construction equipment in order to complete construction, cleanup, or maintenance projects.
  • Cleans, clears, and prepares roads, ditches, sewer lines and land using heavy or construction equipment for construction or property maintenance purposes.
  • May supervise staff by assigning and distributing work, directing staff in their job duties, monitoring progress of work, providing feedback and/or training.
  • Promotes safe work practices (e.g., setting up traffic work zones, wearing safety gear, obeying applicable traffic laws, using outriggers, etc.) to prevent accidents, injuries, and property/equipment damage.


The following Minimum Qualifications are required for this job. You must demonstrate possession of these qualifications by providing a detailed description of your related experience in the work history section of your application. Please note that replicating or restating these minimum qualifications or the information from the Personnel Board’s job description as your own work experience will result in your disqualification. Please describe your work experience in your own words to represent the work you have performed that is related to the minimum qualifications for this job.
  • Class B CDL with the ability to obtain a Class A CDL and/or HAZMAT endorsement within 90 days if required by jurisdiction.
  • Experience working in or around construction equipment (e.g., backhoe, motorgrader, track dozer, track loader).
  • Experience following safety standards related to heavy/construction equipment operation (e.g., setting up work zones, locating utility lines, flagging).




  • Adaptability & Flexibility.
  • Heavy Equipment & Vehicle Use.
  • Leadership & Management.
  • Mathematical & Statistical Skills.
  • Oral Communication & Comprehension.
  • Physical Abilities.
  • Planning & Organizing.
  • Problem Solving & Decision Making.
  • Professionalism & Integrity.
  • Psychomotor Abilities.
  • Researching & Referencing.
  • Reviewing, Inspecting & Auditing.
  • Self-Management & Initiative.
  • Sensory Abilities.
  • Small Tool & Equipment Use.
  • Teamwork & Interpersonal.
  • Technical & Job-Specific Knowledge.
  • Technical Skills.
  • Training & Facilitation.
  • Written Communication & Comprehension.

  • Knowledge of basic preventive maintenance (e.g., check fuels, fluids, oil levels) for heavy duty trucks, vehicles, and equipment (i.e., fire apparatus, tractors and backhoes).
  • Knowledge of occupational hazards and necessary safety precautions when working near utility lines (e.g., power, gas, water).
  • Knowledge of the appropriate uses and functions of heavy or construction equipment (e.g., what type of equipment can be used where).
  • Knowledge of departmental rules, regulations, and standard operating procedures regarding hazardous materials (Hazmat).
  • Knowledge of environmental regulatory requirements of the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM).
  • Knowledge of federal, state, and local regulations governing hazardous materials allowed into sanitary landfills.
  • Knowledge of filler materials such as chert, slag, red rock, dirt, topsoil, gravel, etc. used in construction or other applications.

  • Work is primarily performed at outdoor worksites such as residential neighborhoods, landfills, etc.
  • Work involves use of heavy equipment and construction equipment such as front bulldozers, backhoes, graders, etc., as well as a variety of hand tools.
  • Job may require exposure to potentially hazardous work conditions (e.g., working in and around traffic, in and around landfills, working in and around heavy equipment and construction equipment).
  • May also require exposure to inclement weather when working outdoors (e.g., extreme heat, cold, rain, snow, wind), as well as working around foul odors and potentially harmful waste.

  • Job involves physical exertion required for sustained periods of light physical activity such as operating a refuse truck or standing for prolonged periods of time.
  • May involve occasional lifting of items or objects weighing up to 50 lbs.

DISCLAIMER: This job description is not meant to be an all-inclusive list of the job duties, responsibilities, or skills and abilities required to do the job and may be changed at the discretion of the Personnel Board at any time.


Persons requiring special conditions to accommodate a disability when completing the application should contact the Personnel Board at 205-279-3500 before the announcement closing date. Qualified applicants who believe they will need reasonable accommodation in the examination process should complete and submit an Accommodation Request Form. You may obtain an Accommodation Request Form by contacting our ADA Ombudsperson at, or by accessing the "Request for Accommodation" form through the following website:


The Personnel Board of Jefferson County (Personnel Board) provides a public personnel system based on merit principles. The Personnel Board strives for the constant improvement of the public service by employing and developing the best qualified persons available. The Personnel Board provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, creed, religion, political beliefs, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or genetics. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. Employment decisions are made by the Merit System municipality or governmental agency in which the position exists. Each Merit System municipality, agency, or jurisdiction administers its own equal employment opportunity programs in compliance with applicable state and/or federal laws and regulations.

Job Address

Birmingham, Alabama United States View Map