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Heavy Equipment Operator I

City of Bentonville

City of Bentonville

Bentonville, AR, USA
Posted on Wednesday, September 13, 2023

SUMMARY Depending on the department assigned, operates heavy equipment including but not limited to bulldozers, backhoes, graders, front-end loaders, dump trucks, cranes, tractors, brush hogs, and street sweepers, bucket trucks, and skid steers. Each City department will have standard operations procedures for the type of equipment that is utilized. The Heavy Equipment Operator I position is an entry-level operator who possess basic skills and are capable of handling simple and routine operations and can operate the simpler and less complex pieces of equipment.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Reporting relationships, work assignments, and work schedules may be subject to change in order to meet City needs or operational requirements. Attendance at work and the ability to get along with the public, supervisors, and co-workers are essential elements of this position. Other duties may be assigned.

Fastens attachments to tractor with clevis or wedge pin hitches. Connects hydraulic hoses, belts, mechanical linkage, or power takeoff shaft to tractor to provide power to raise, lower, or tilt attachment.

Moves levers to control tool bars, carriers, and disks. Moves levers and depresses pedals to maneuver tractor and raise, lower, and tilt attachment to clear right-of-way.

Feels lever and listens for stalling action of engine to estimate depth of cut.

Drives bulldozer in successive passes over terrain to raise or lower terrain to specified grade following markings on grade stakes or high signals.

Releases brake, shifts gears, and depresses accelerator or moves throttle to control forward and backward movement of tractor. Steers tractor by turning steering wheel and depressing brake pedals.

Directs activities of hoisting Laborer in placing block and outriggers to prevent capsizing when lifting heavy loads.

Moves levers and pedals to rotate crane on chassis, to raise and lower crane boom, and to raise and lower load line. Operates crane according to signals from helper.

Bolts boom sections together to extend or modify boom for pile driving or high lifting.

Pushes and pulls levers and depresses pedals to raise, lower, and rotate boom and to raise and lower load line. Raises, lowers, and rotates boom or load by sight or according to signals from helper.

Inspects derrick for defective parts and notifies supervisor of defects or malfunctions. Fills water tank of machine from hydrant or other water source.

Drives sweeper along street near curb. Moves controls to activate rotary brushes and water spray so that the machine automatically picks up dust and trash from paved streets and deposits it in dirt trap at rear of machine.

Pulls lever to dump refuse in piles at curb for removal.

Greases, oils, and performs minor repairs on all heavy equipment machinery.

Works “On Call” as scheduled or required.

Performs other duties as required.


QUALIFICATIONS To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE High school diploma or general education degree (GED) and two (2) years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

LANGUAGE SKILLS Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos. Ability to write simple correspondence. Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients, and other employees of the organization.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS Ability to add and subtract two digit numbers and to multiply and divide with 10's and 100's. Ability to perform these operations using units of American money and weight measurement, volume, and distance.

REASONING ABILITY Able to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions. Ability to deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in standardized situations.


  • Must have and maintain a valid drivers license.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) within 90 days of hire.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to walk; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee is occasionally required to sit and taste or smell. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions in all seasons. The employee is frequently exposed to moving mechanical parts and high, precarious places. The employee is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, risk of electrical shock, and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Work hours differ between departments.

This class specification should not be interpreted as all-inclusive. It is intended to identify the major responsibilities and requirements of this job. The incumbents may be requested to perform job-related responsibilities and tasks other than those stated in this description but which are commensurate with similar levels of responsibility.

The City of Bentonville is proud to offer a comprehensive benefits package to eligible, full-time employees who work 30 hours per week. This year's benefits package can be viewed here:

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. The City of Bentonville is committed to providing equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, marital status, veteran status, political status, disability status, or genetic information, as required by all federal and state laws. The City’s commitment extends to all employment related decisions, terms and conditions of employment (including job opportunities), promotions, pay and benefits.