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Kansas Employer Heavy Equipment Operator in Valley Center, Kansas

This job was posted by https://www.kansasworks.com : For more information, please see: https://www.kansasworks.com/ada/r/jobs/11477486

Heavy Equipment Operator


This heavy equipment operator is a skilled/trained person who drives, controls and operates a set of equipment, such as bulldozers, scrapers, excavators, motor graders, etc. The heavy equipment operator’s job entails ensuring the movement and functioning of heavy machines in carrying out specific tasks. They ensure the machines work easily, fast and accurate. They also ensure that safety procedures are completely followed and never compromised.

Job Responsibilities

Individuals must possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities:

+ Ability of operate various pieces of heavy equipment as may be assigned such as pavers, loaders, maintainers, tractors, back hoes, etc. accurately, efficiently and safely;

+ Ability to follow directions; ask questions when in doubt.

+ Pay attention to detail;

+ Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions;

+ Full understanding of construction math in all units of measure;

+ Able to read a tape measure;

+ Display a professional and courteous attitude to co-workers, supervisors and the general public at all times;

+ Carry out daily inspections on equipment to determine their condition, and exercises preventative measures to avoid malfunctioning.

+ Willingness to work in a team environment and assist co-workers with other duties as required;

+ Maintain a clean and orderly work site;

+ Perform general maintenance on the equipment (check oil, water levels, replace bulbs, etc.). Document information in regard to repairs and maintenance for recordkeeping.

+ They must consider their personal safety, as well as the safety of other workers, in the course of duty to avoid injuries and other casualties that may arise.

+ Must be able to perform physical activities like kneeling, crawling, jumping and lifting.

+ Completion of OSHA 10 Hour or OSHA 30 Hour training is encouraged.

Working Environment

The environments in which an equipment operator works are generally dusty and dirty. The dry materials that are being worked up create a dusty atmosphere. The job sites are typically in various stages of construction and full of dirt, mud, gravel and construction equipment and materials. Employees work in all outdoor environment temperatures and weather conditions.

Machines that are operated in the yard stir up dust and dirt. Employees are exposed to continuous traffic from company vehicles as well as customer traffic.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

+ Employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl;

+ Employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, sit, use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls;

+ Required to climb or balance; talk and hear;

+ Employee must occasionally lift and or move up to 100# and regularly lift up to 50#;

+ Vision abilities required by this job include distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to work in all forms of natural lighting (darkness, extreme brightness, fog, cloudiness, etc.).

+ Potential for serious injury exists if equipment is misused or safety precautions are not followed.

+ Able to work overtime hours on a routine basis.

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Qualification Requirements

Employees are exposed to dangerous situations on a daily basis. They don’t work a typical forty-hour week and are subject to work overtime, including early mornings and late nights. Individuals in this position must:

+ Ability to explain and demonstrate that they can perform the essential functions of this job;

+ Ability to read and interpret documents (i.e. maintenance manuals, operating manuals);

+ Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions;

+ Knowledge of aggregate sizes and classifications helpful;

+ Operate equipment safely and efficiently;

+ Wear personal protective equipment as required (seat belts, reflective vest, safety glasses, boots, hard hats, hearing protection, gloves, etc.);

+ Report to work and ready to begin job at the designated start time;

+ Must be able to pass a pre-employment physical and drug screen.

+ A high school diploma or GED is preferred; or prior related work experience with training.

+ Required to wear personal protective equipment in designated operations and construction sites (hard hat, hearing protection, seatbelts, hard toe shoes).

+ Use of personal cell phone while working is prohibited.