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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 618T
Category: Maintenance Trades & Labor


Lead heavy equipment operators, utility/maintenance workers, and other employees in the operation and maintenance of construction and earth moving equipment.

Typical Work

Act as lead and participate in the operation of trucks, tractors, powered cranes, shovels, bulldozers, carry-alls, snowplows, graders and similar equipment; 

Excavate with crane or shovel or move earth with a bulldozer according to specifications determined by a civil engineer, or lead these functions; 

Trim, back-fill and smooth areas to specified grades; 

Direct the lifting or moving of heavy machinery or materials and the loading of trucks; 

Direct equipment maintenance; lead over routine and emergency repairs on equipment; 

Perform related duties as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: rules of safe operation of equipment; state motor vehicle laws; materials used in servicing and maintaining heavy equipment; rules governing operation of state vehicles; methods, tools, and materials used in servicing and maintaining heavy equipment. 

Ability to: operate heavy construction equipment in safe and skillful manner; make adjustments and repairs to equipment; follow oral and written instructions; keep simple records; work to grade.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification.  It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

One year's full-time experience as a journey heavy equipment operator, or equivalent.  Possession of a valid motor vehicle operator's license may be required. 

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

Class Specification History

Revision adopted March 7, 1973.
Revise class. Revises minimum qualifications; adopted July 2, 1990.
Revise class. Revises class code (formerly 5276), revises definition, deletes distinguishing characteristics, general revision; adopted May 10, 2007, effective July 1, 2007.
Revise class title (formerly Heavy Equipment Operator Lead) and definition; adopted August 11, 2011, effective August 12, 2011.