Heavy Motor Equipment Operator (HMEO) – Utilities Water

Newton, MA 02459

 Posted: 06/01/2024
 Deadline: Open until filled
 Employment: Full-time
 Pay: 26.52/hour plus excellent benefits, like yearly step increases AND cost of living adjustments (COLA)
 Department: Public Works
 Experience: Other


Job Description

Statement of Duties

Position provides laborer and equipment utilization functions for the department.  Responsibilities include operating heavy trucks and unskilled laborer’s tools  required for work projects, and ensuring for the safe and efficient operation of vehicles and machinery.


Employee works under the general supervision of a Working Foreman.  Employee is familiar with the work routine and uses initiative in carrying out recurring assignments independently, with specific instruction.  Any questionable cases are referred to the supervisor for clarification or interpretation.  The employee’s work  is reviewed only to an extent sufficient to keep the Working Foreman  aware of progress, and to insure that completed work and methods used are technically accurate and that instructions are being followed.

Employee does not exercise any supervisory responsibility.

Employee does not have access to any confidential information.

Job Environment

Position responsibilities require the use of judgment and initiative to interpret the numerous standardized practices, procedures, codes, or general instructions governing the work.  Employee is expected to locate, select, and apply the most pertinent practice, procedure, regulation, or guideline for a given situation.

Errors can result in personal injury/loss, delay or loss of service, damage to equipment or injury to others.

The position has occasional contact with the public and frequent contact with  City employees, in person to respond to inquiries and provide information and assistance.

Position Functions

The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustration of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to, or extension of, the position.

Essential Functions

  • Responsible for the safe and efficient operation of medium and heavy duty motor equipment that requires a Commercial drivers License (CDL), including both standard and automatic drive trucks and motor equipment.
  • Drives trucks to haul materials, plows snow, operates sander and other vehicles as assigned.  Keeps logs of activities as required.
  • Ensures that all safety precautions are followed while performing work.
  • Performs a CDL circle check; lubricates, adds oil, inflates tires and otherwise services equipment to ensure proper operation; reports any malfunctions to supervisor, and may assist in making minor repairs and maintenance. Completes a Vehicle Condition report on a daily basis and may assist with repair and maintenance of equipment and machinery.
  • Performs laboring functions at work sites and construction projects.
  • All employees hired after 6/6/2005 will also perform traffic maintenance functions.
  • Participate in snow and ice removal operations and other emergencies as declared by the City.
  • Performs similar or related duties as required by the supervisor.

Recommended Minimum Qualifications

Physical and Mental Requirements

Employee works on loud to very loud construction sites and is exposed to outdoor weather conditions, fumes or airborne particles, moving mechanical parts, more than 2/3rd of the time; toxic or caustic chemicals, extremes of heat and cold up to 1/3rd of the time.  Employee is required to talk, listen, use hands, and reach with hands and arms more than 2/3rd of the time; stand, walk, sit, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, and/or crawl.  Employee frequently lifts up to 60 lbs., occasionally lifts up to or more than 100 lbs.  Normal vision is required for this position.  Equipment operated includes trucks in excess of 26,001 lbs, pneumatic tools, and hand tools.

Education and Experience

A candidate for this position should have a High School Diploma or equivalent; one to three (1-3) years of experience in operating heavy trucks and equipment, or an equivalent combination of education or experience. A candidate for this position must  possess a valid Class B Massachusetts Commercial Driver’s License. Class A preferred. A candidate for this position must have a valid Massachusetts Drivers License.

Knowledge, Skill and Ability

A candidate for this position should have knowledge of:

  • Mechanical, hydraulic, and power train systems
  • Construction and/or landscaping methods and materials associated with the respective department
  • Truck driving and small equipment operating practices and procedures
  • Occupational safety precautions

Skill in:

  • Performing duties safely and efficiently

And the ability to:

  • Operate heavy trucks in a safe manner in accordance with department safety guidelines
  • Detect mechanical problems, maintain vehicle and equipment, and may assist in performing minor repairs
  • Read and follow oral and written instructions
  • Perform strenuous physical work over a period of time and  lifts, carries, and places heavy objects often under adverse weather conditions.