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Heavy Equipment Operator

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Work type: Staff
Senior management: VP Facilities
Department: Facilities Operations
Location: Blacksburg, Virginia
Categories: Facilities / Skilled Trades

Job Description

Reporting to the Heavy Equipment Supervisor, the Heavy Equipment Operator performs a variety of skilled tasks in the maintenance of roadsides, highways, pathways and landfill operations. Operates various equipment and trucks, and uses hand and power tools. Cuts/remove brush, cleans ditches, drains, address erosion issues and patches potholes. Performs manual labor and functions as a member of a crew as well as independently. Provides traffic control in support of maintenance and construction operations by removing and installing traffic signs plus other warning devices and flagging traffic. Installs directional, building identification and parking lot signs. Provide support and installation of misc. exterior elements across campus such as bike rack, bike fix it stations, guardrails, fence, tables/benches/chairs, bus shelters, concrete/paver/asphalt pads/paths, etc. Provide support for special/athletic events. Performs preventative maintenance as well as minor mechanical repairs to equipment. Clears snow and ice from roadways and performs other types of emergency/inclement weather operations. This position is designated as Emergency Personnel.

Required Qualifications

• Previous work experience operating trucks and related highway & earth moving equipment such as backhoe, skid steer, motor grader, etc.
• Must have valid driver's license with good driving record. Will be required to operate a motor vehicle daily.
• Must have a Commercial Driver's license (CDL) Class B or higher.
• Must possess and maintain a DOT medical certification.
• Demonstrated knowledge of mechanical aspects of equipment such as dump trucks and earth moving equipment sufficient to perform routine maintenance and repair.
• Ability to apply safety standards and procedures in the operation of equipment and performance of work tasks including verification that utility locates have cleared prior to work commencing when required.
• Must be able to work effectively as a part of a team; perform heavy manual labor and operate equipment needed to perform job functions; and to follow instructions and be able to understand, comprehend and follow directions in the workplace; read and interpret basic blueprints; and to complete simple forms.
• Must be able to safely move and handle greater than 50 pounds; sit/stand for long periods of time; push/pull, bend and stoop to modify and change truck attachments; work from elevated station such as ladders and scaffolds; work in all types of weather conditions, including extreme temperatures; and work additional hours/shifts to meet the needs of the department.

Preferred Qualifications

• Class A CDL.
• Tanker Certification
• Knowledge of techniques and methods of right of way maintenance and repair.
• Experience in a commercial or institutional environment.

Pay Band


Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate with experience

Review Date

June 10, 2024

Additional Information


The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.


About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

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