Type: Full-Time
Salary/Pay Rate: FY 21 $30.18 – $33.48/hour
Posted Date: 11/4/2020


  • As directed by the Director, Division Superintendent and/or foreman the SPECIAL MOTOR EQUIPMENT OPERATOR operates various pieces of special motor equipment and other motor equipment in support of the DPW’s program of construction, reconstruction, repair, and preventive maintenance of various aspects of the Town’s infrastructure and public facilities giving consideration to public health and safety, and employee health and safety.
  • Employee will also be expected to carry out the duties of all labor classifications at /or below his/her pay grade.
  • Maintains the readiness of the vehicle assigned including making sure that all usual and customary tools and safety equipment are readily available and secured; makes sure that all fluids, marking lights, warning lights, safety devices, brakes, tires and belts are in good working order and are properly maintained.
  • Regularly assess the condition of the vehicle assigned; keeps vehicle clean inside and out, checks all safety equipment, and reports any defects to his Foreman, the Working Foreman Motor Equipment Repairman and the Division Superintendent.
  • Tests equipment to determine the satisfactory condition following repair.
  • Inspects equipment and reviews work practices, and operating procedures to insure compliance with applicable health and safety codes and standards.


  • Training and Experience: High School graduation plus five years of paid experience operating special and heavy motor equipment in urban areas in support of typical public works functions such as excavating trenches for utility construction and repair; loading and unloading trucks; sweeping streets and walks; cleaning and repairing sanitary sewers and storm sewers; constructing and repairing roads and walks; plowing, loading and hauling snow; sanding, loading and hauling surplus excavated material, loading, hauling and placing at a construction site sand, gravel, bituminous concrete, cement concrete, blocks, brick, and stone; flushing sewers and drains; cleaning catch basins; setting and adjusting utility castings; repairing and reconstructing sewerage and drainage structures; and related work; or any equivalent combination of education and experience which clearly demonstrates the candidate’s skill and ability to do such work under minimal supervision.
  • Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills: Considerable knowledge of municipal public works construction, repair and maintenance of streets, walks (concrete and bituminous), storm drains and appurtenances, sanitary sewer and appurtenances, grounds, buildings and facilities. Clearly demonstrated ability to properly use and care for special, heavy and other motor equipment, power and hand tools  Considerable knowledge and experience with the techniques and procedures used in the construction, maintenance and repair of all types of infrastructure customarily assigned to the care and custody of municipal public works departments.  Must be skilled in operating special and heavy motor equipment and like construction equipment, driving vehicles, raking asphalt, pouring concrete, mixing cement, doing moderately skilled carpentry tasks, cutting grass, trimming shrubbery, laying bricks and block, setting and adjusting utility castings, setting curbing, setting grades to prevent drainage problems, running pumps and like work.  Demonstrates ability to interact in an effective manner with fellow employees, managers and other agencies, regulators, vendors and the public.
  • Special Qualifications: Possession of current, valid Class B (Class A preferred) Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) with endorsements for air brakes and tank (hazardous materials endorsement desirable) issued by the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles. Possession of current, valid special license to operate hoisting equipment (hydraulic excavator, backhoe, front end loader, street sweeper, road grader, asphalt roller, bucket truck, small crane, catch basin cleaner) issued by the Massachusetts Department of Public Safety (at a minimum BOTH a Class 2B and Class 4E ARE REQUIRED).
  • Additional Provisions: Must adhere to all applicable Town and Departmental employee policies. Must adhere to all requirements of all alcohol and drug testing policies and programs required by the United States Department of Transportation, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Town of Dedham, and the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

POSITION REPORTS TO: DPW Director, Division Superintendent, and Public Works Foreman
Open until filled; however, first consideration given to applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

Please submit your electronic application along with your resume and cover letter here.

This opening is a vacancy in an existing position.

A complete job description is available upon request.

The Town of Dedham is an equal opportunity employer. M/F/D/V and does not discriminate based on race, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual preference or any other legally protected status.