Utility Equipment Operator I – Construction

Department: Water & Wastewater
Division: Construction Services
Hourly rate: $15.72  – $23.59


Under the supervision of the Foreman or designee, this position operates a variety of automotive vehicles, heavy equipment and various hand and power tools used in the construction, maintenance and repair of municipal water distribution, wastewater collection, and storm water systems. Perform safety inspections of assigned equipment as required. Work is reviewed through results achieved.

Essential functions

  • Operates a wide range of automotive vehicles with and without trailers, heavy equipment, power and hand tools including backhoes, excavators, bulldozers, graders, trucks, fork lifts, tractors, dump trucks, front-end loader, trenchers, directional drilling equipment, pipe bursting equipment, electrical/heat fusion equipment, skid steer loader, truck crane, vac-con, chain saws, drills, cement cutter and jackhammers. Ability to safely load/unload heavy equipment on/off trailers.
  • Inspects and maintains assigned equipment; check oil, perform basic service tasks; report malfunctions; wash and fuel equipment; perform safety inspections of assigned equipment.
  • Transports equipment and materials to and from job sites; haul maintenance workers, refuse, brush, rock, materials, and equipment.
  • Assists in installation, maintenance and repair of water and wastewater mains; proper placement of place barricades for maintenance of traffic requirements; excavate trenches for main placement; apply temporary patches to street surfaces following repair.
  • Performs skilled level operator functions related to specific directional drilling and/or pipe bursting equipment, locating and tracking during directional drilling.
  • Duties may require manual labor in support of the construction of water and sewer systems.
  • Assists in construction support for other departments as needed.
  • Performs supervisory duties in the absence of the construction/drill foreman.
  • Communicates effectively with all staff, vendors and the public.
  • Demonstrates proficiency in the City of Winter Park Core Competencies.
  • Performs other work as assigned.

Please note: The omission of an essential function does not preclude management from assigning specific duties not listed herein if such functions are a logical assignment to the position.

Knowledge, skills & abilities

  • Knowledge of methods and materials utilized in the installation and maintenance of a water distribution, wastewater collection and storm water systems; skilled in the use of heavy equipment and hand and power tools.
  • Ability to understand and read water and wastewater atlases and construction plans.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with fellow employees; ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions.
  • Knowledge of occupational safety rules and practices.
  • Knowledge of the operation and maintenance of a wide range of specialized and conventional heavy equipment.
  • Ability to detect required repairs and make minor adjustments to equipment.
  • Ability to safely load/unload heavy equipment on/off trailers.
  • Required to take on-call duty on rotating basis for after hour emergencies and services.

Minimum Qualifications

  • High school diploma/GED supplemented by one (1) year experience using related heavy equipment.
  • An equivalent combination of the required education and experience may be considered.

Certifications and Training

  • Possess and maintain a valid Florida Driver License with CDL permit.
  • Obtain Class “B” CDL License within six (6) months of hire.



Tasks may require frequent exposure to adverse and hazardous environmental conditions including exposure to wastewater effluent.  Involves working with and around  marked/unmarked underground utilities; i.e. high voltage power, fiber optic cables, low and high pressure gas transmission lines, in congested residential areas and main highways, in trenches and/or deep excavations.  Tasks will involve working with asbestos cement pipe, its proper abatement and transportation.


This is heavy work requiring the exertion of 100 pounds of force occasionally, up to 50 pounds of force frequently and up to 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects; work requires climbing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, standing, walking over rough or uneven surfaces, pushing, pulling, lifting, and grasping, working in confined spaces. Tasks may involve extended working hours during emergency situations that arise.


Tasks require manual dexterity in addition to visual and hearing acuity.