Careers - Equipment Operator

Job Summary:
Operate heavy, material-moving construction equipment to excavate, maintain and/or repair civil and heavy highway – related projects. Perform manual labor as assigned. This hourly, non-exempt position will work with indirect supervision.

Essential Functions:

  • Operate heavy equipment in a safe and effective manner in order to minimize the risk of injury, property damage, or loss of life.
  • Meet performance and technical standards.
  • Safely operate heavy equipment in and among live traffic.
  • Wear personal protective equipment.
  • Perform daily safety and maintenance checks/procedures per operator’s manual.
  • Ensure compliance with company quality control standards and procedures.
  • Provide guidance and encouragement to promote teamwork that increases productivity and efficiency.
  • Read the three views of a blueprint
  • Use a lock level.
  • Assist Driver – Lowboy with approved loading and tie-down procedures.
  • Perform daily lubrication of equipment as per operator’s manual.
  • Complete required paperwork including Operator’s Daily Report.
  • Perform manual labor such as digging or shoveling, assisting with placement of pipe and material, or other manual labor duties as assigned.
  • Proactively and diplomatically communicate with Equipment Manager, Shop Superintendent, customers, and peers concerning equipment and job-related problems.
  • Exercise proper care and maintenance of company equipment.
  • Frequently work more than 40 hours per week and non-traditional hours including night shift, and Saturdays and occasionally Sundays.
  • Perform additional assignments per supervisor’s direction.

Knowledge of:

  • OSHA safe trenching regulations.
  • Utility installation.
  • Heavy construction equipment operations.
  • Occupational hazards and safety precautions of the trade.
  • Construction operations.
  • Basic and routine construction drawings, blueprints, sketches, diagrams, and specifications.
  • Soils, aggregate fill materials, bases, proper mixing and compacting techniques.
  • Quality control standards and procedures.

Ability to:

  • Recognize problems or errors at work site related to position.
  • Make minor repairs and adjustments to equipment and detect problems with equipment.
  • Understand and carry out oral and written instructions.
  • Learn and follow Robertson Contractors, Inc. Company policies and procedures.
  • Work with indirect supervision.


  • Must be prompt, reliable and dependable with work schedule.
  • Must have valid driver’s license for the state in which you resided with acceptable driving record per company minimum standards for drivers.


  • Prefer two years of experience operating heavy equipment.

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to work in field environment with exposure to dust, exhaust fumes, noise, and vibration.
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 75 pounds.
  • Ability to physically climb in and out of equipment safely and operate levers or pedals to make fine, highly controlled muscular movements to adjust the position of control mechanisms.
  • Ability to sit for prolong periods of time.
  • Ability to work in extreme hot and cold and adverse weather conditions.
  • Ability to shovel.
  • Ability to bend, sit, stoop, and stand for long periods of time in the outdoor weather.
  • Ability to wear required personal protective equipment.
  • Ability to work for prolonged periods with unscheduled breaks.
  • Ability to work unscheduled overtime hours.

The specific statements shown in each section of this description are not intended to be all-inclusive. They represent typical elements and criteria considered necessary to perform the job successfully.