Virginia Tech

Blacksburg , VA
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Heavy Equipment Operator

Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA Full-time
Posted on September 7, 2019

Job Description

Reporting to the Heavy Equipment/Trash & Recycling Supervisor, the Heavy Equipment Operator performs a variety of skilled tasks in the maintenance of roadsides and highways. Operates various equipment and trucks, and uses hand and power tools. Cuts brush, cleans ditches and patches potholes. Performs manual labor and functions as a member of a crew as well as independently. Provides traffic control in support of maintenance and construction operations by removing and installing traffic signs plus other warning devices and flagging traffic. Installs directional, building identification and parking lot signs. Performs preventative maintenance as well as mechanical repairs to equipment. Clears snow and ice from roadways and performs other types of emergency/inclement weather operations. This position is designated as Emergency Personnel.

Required Qualifications

Previous work experience operating trucks and related highway & earth moving equipment such as backhoe, skid steer, motor grader, etc. Must have valid driver's license with good driving record. Must have a Commercial Driver's license (CDL) Class B or higher. Must possess and maintain a DOT medical certification. Demonstrated knowledge of mechanical aspects of equipment such as dump trucks and earth moving equipment sufficient to perform routine maintenance and repair. Ability to apply safety standards and procedures in the operation of equipment and performance of work tasks including verification that utility locates have cleared prior to work commencing when required. Must be able to work effectively as a part of a team; perform heavy manual labor and operate equipment needed to perform job functions; and to follow instructions and be able to understand, comprehend and follow directions in the workplace; read and interpret basic blueprints; and to complete simple forms. Must be able to safely move and handle greater than 50 pounds; sit for long periods of time; push/pull, bend and stoop to modify and change truck attachments; work from elevated station such as ladders and scaffolds; work in all types of weather conditions, including extreme temperatures; and work additional hours/shifts to meet the needs of the department.

Preferred Qualifications

Class A CDL. Knowledge of techniques and methods of right of way maintenance and repair. Grounds experience in a commercial or institutional environment.

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Additional Information

The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check. Candidates for employment are also required to successfully complete a pre-employment drug screening.

About Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

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