Heavy Equipment Operator, Tacoma Water - #1687216

City of Tacoma

Date: 1 week ago
City: Tacoma, WA
Salary: $40.37 - $42.39 per hour
Contract type: Full time

Position Description

Tacoma Water is currently creating a civil service eligibility list that will be used to fill Heavy Equipment Operator vacancies as they occur for one year within the department. Heavy Equipment Operators in Tacoma Water operate heavy, power-driven equipment such as backhoes, mobile cranes, hydro excavator trucks, trailers, dump trucks, tractors and other large heavy equipment.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Operate a range of heavy construction and maintenance equipment including but not limited to boom trucks, waste compactors, dump trucks, front-loaders, heavy grinders, motor graders, mobile cranes, excavators, tractors, trailers, trenchers, asphalt cold milling machines, self-propelled asphalt pavers, vibratory and static rollers, bulldozers, rock chip spreaders, street sweepers, water trucks and other large vehicles
  • Operate and maintain auxiliary mechanical equipment, electronics and attachments used with heavy construction equipment
  • Load, unload, lift and move a variety of materials and equipment; lift and move materials to designated areas
  • Perform excavation and grading work used for water and public works construction and maintenance activities
  • Operate heavy construction equipment to cut, fill, mill, sweep, lay and compact material in the maintenance and cleaning of paved and unpaved rights-of-way and City-owned properties
  • Assist and lead coworkers to complete work assignments
  • Maintain proper levels of supplies, materials and equipment to efficiently complete work assignments
  • Communicate to coworkers on amount of materials to be dumped and position of trucks to load, spread or unload materials
  • Inspect and maintain equipment daily, such as lubricating and making minor repairs, to assure safe operating conditions, coordinate equipment maintenance with appropriate persons or departments
  • Maintain accurate records according to established procedures both in writing and using a computer
  • Operate computers and basic computer software programs
  • Work safely and cooperatively with co-workers and the public

Applicants who apply and meet minimum qualifications will be invited to take an online test. Details and the test link will be sent via email the week of April 15, 2024. Be sure to check your junk folder for this email so you don't miss the deadline.


Two years of work experience in construction or maintenance trades working with and around heavy equipment such as backhoes, mobile cranes, vactor trucks, trailers, dump trucks, tractors and other large heavy equipment


Possession of a valid Class A Commercial Driver's License, with Tanker and Air Brake endorsement, at time of appointment and maintenance thereafter

Knowledge & Skills

Knowledge of:

  • Principles, practices, and standards for operation, care and maintenance of assigned heavy equipment
  • Methods, materials, terminology and techniques used in road maintenance and construction activities
  • Requirements of operating equipment in a safe manner
  • Methods and techniques for maintaining records and prepare reports
  • Office practices, methods, computer equipment and applications

Skill In:
  • Interpreting, applying and explaining applicable laws, codes, rules, regulations policies and procedures
  • Providing clear and concise direction and training on heavy equipment
  • Understanding, following, and providing oral and written directions
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Read and interpret construction drawings, maps and specifications
  • Establishing and maintaining cooperative and effective working relationships with others
  • Observe legal and defensive driving practices
  • Placing materials with accuracy
  • Excavating or moving earth to required grade
  • Prioritizing and organizing work in a wide variety of environments
  • Performing construction related math calculations

Selection Process & Supplemental Information

This recruitment is being managed by Joanna Hambrick; if you would like to be notified of similar opportunities or stay connected with things going on at Tacoma Public Utilities and the City of Tacoma, connect with me on LinkedIn!

City of Tacoma Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
Tacoma's diversity is its greatest asset. Tacoma embraces its multi-cultural and multi-ethnic character. Communities of color and immigrant communities are fundamental to Tacoma's entrepreneurial spirit, workforce, and long-term success. In Tacoma, equity and empowerment are top priorities, meaning that all Tacoma residents must have equitable opportunities to reach their full potential and share in the benefits of community progress. One of our goals is for the City of Tacoma workforce to reflect the community it serves. We actively work to eliminate racial and other disparities and welcome candidates with diverse backgrounds and/or multicultural skill sets and experiences. Our goal is for Tacoma to be an inclusive and equitable place to live, work, and play.

The City of Tacoma is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity in its workplace. Applicants are considered for positions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, marital or veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, and local laws.

Tacoma Water
Tacoma Water has a proud tradition of operating and maintaining one of the country's oldest municipally owned water systems. We provide high-quality water at very competitive prices. We provide direct service to more than 300,000 people throughout Pierce and King counties. Our mission is to provide clean, reliable water. If you share our values of safety, customer-driven, employee invested, stewardship and adaptability, we are looking for you.

Interested individuals should apply online and attach a detailed resume and cover letter that includes job experience, major responsibilities and accomplishments related to this position.

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be invited to participate in an online exam. Candidates who pass the online exam will have their supplemental question scored. Applicants must pass both portions to be placed on the eligible list for interview and hiring consideration. Candidates are encouraged to study the Washington CDL guide (Download PDF reader) available from the Washington Department of Licensing.

Appointment is subject to passing a pre-employment medical exam and drug screen. This position is covered by a Labor Agreement between the City of Tacoma and Local 117.

Communication from the City of Tacoma:
We primarily communicate via e-mail during the application process. E-mails from cityoftacoma.org and/or governmentjobs.com must be placed on your safe domain list to ensure that you receive notifications in a timely manner. As a precaution, you may also want to check your junk e-mail folders.

If you have any additional questions regarding this position, please contact the Human Resources Department at 253.591.5400 before 4pm on the closing date of this job posting.

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