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Excavator Operator

Job Summary

The Excavator Operator is responsible for operating heavy equipment in a safe and appropriate manner. The Excavator Operator must also clean, maintain and secure all equipment as directed by legislation, policies and procedures.


At least five (5) years of experience in the operation of excavator/track hoe with deep pipe installation experience. Completion of High school diploma or equivalent preferred.  Must have knowledge and experience of water, sewer and storm installations. Must have the ability to communicate effectively. Must have knowledge of workplace safety requirements and procedures including but not limited to backing up procedures, use of flagmen and spotters, signage, incident reporting, required personal safety equipment and lifting of heavy loads.  Must have some knowledge of equipment operation, cleaning and maintenance requirements.


Areas of Responsibility


  • Operates excavator/track hoe in a safe and effective manner in order to minimize the risk of injury and property damage.

  • Performs daily safety and maintenance checks.

  • Cleans heavy equipment as scheduled and/or required.

  • Ensures heavy equipment is safely and securely stored.

  • Participates in routine maintenance.

  • Practices workplace safety.

  • Performs routine inspection and preventive maintenance on assigned equipment and refers defects or repairs to the supervisor; cleans equipment.

  • Performs other routine duties as directed by the Foreman. Other routine duties may be shoveling, cleaning tracks, undercarriages, curbs, asphalt, clearing off grade stakes, spotting and daylighting utilities.

Work Environment

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to fumes or airborne particles, moving mechanical parts and vibration. The noise levels at the job sites are usually loud. The position regularly works near moving mechanical parts and in outside conditions that include inclement weather, heat and humidity, and exposure to dust and asphalt.

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