Wilson County Government

Heavy Equipment Operator 02092021

Posted On:
Closing On:
Tuesday, 9th February 2021
Monday, 15th March 2021
Department: Solid Waste
Shift: M-F 7:00 am - 4:00 pm Saturday 8:00 am - 12:30 pm
Job Type:
Full Time
Education: High School
Pay Rate: $17.61 per hour

Job Description:


The purpose of this classification is to operate heavy equipment, drive Solid Waste vehicles, and perform manual work associated with road surface construction, road maintenance, or other projects/activities within an assigned department of the County. Duties and responsibilities include operating/driving heavy equipment and large vehicles, maintaining equipment/vehicles, hauling/transporting materials, performing road surface construction/maintenance tasks, or performing other tasks as assigned. Reports to Landfill Foreman and Solid Waste Director.                                                                                                                                    


The following duties are normal for this position.  The omission of specific statements of the duties does not exclude them from the classification if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment for this classification.  Other duties may be required and assigned.

Operates various heavy equipment, medium/light equipment, vehicles, machinery and tools, which may include a bulldozer, track loader, scraper, front-end loader, dump truck, skid-steer loader, water truck, water pump, packer, grader, backhoe, tractor, long arm bush hog, mower, weed eater, brush chipper, air compressor, tire tools, chain saw, generator, pickax, post hole digger, shovel, rake, mechanic tools, carpentry tools, or two-way radio. 

Follows safety procedures, utilizes safety equipment, and monitors work environment to ensure safety of employees and other individuals.

Hauls, transports, loads, and/or unloads various equipment, rock, refuse, or other materials used in projects or at work sites; monitors status of materials under transport and retrieves any fallen debris/materials. 

Performs general cleaning/maintenance tasks necessary to keep vehicles, equipment, and tools in operable condition, which may include inspecting equipment, checking fluid levels, replacing fluids, greasing equipment, replacing parts, changing tires, sharpening blades, washing/cleaning equipment, or cleaning shop/work areas; monitors equipment operations to maintain efficiency and safety; reports faulty equipment.

Assists in monitoring inventory levels of equipment, tools, parts, and supplies; initiates request for new or replacement materials.

Prepares or completes forms, or other documents.

Receives various work orders, policies, procedures, maps, manuals, reference materials, or other documentation; reviews, completes, processes, forwards or retains as appropriate.

Communicates with supervisor, employees, other departments, the public, outside agencies, and other individuals as needed to coordinate work activities, review status of work, exchange information, or resolve problems.

Performs various tasks associated with loading water onto water truck, applying water to control dust, and cleaning dust buildup.

Monitors leachate collection, water run-off and reports to Solid Waste Director. 

Performs general cleaning/maintenance tasks necessary to keep vehicles, equipment, and tools in operable condition including replacing fluids, greasing equipment, replacing parts, changing tires.

Responsible for litter pick up on and off the landfill property. 

Separates latex and oil-based paints and properly packs and disposes these products.  

Collects, separates, and palletizes all electronic waste. 

May be required to work with the tire recycling process when needed. 


Provides assistance to other employees or departments as needed.

Performs other related duties as required.


High school diploma or GED; supplemented by vocational/technical training in heavy equipment operation and truck driving; supplemented by two (2) years previous experience and/or training involving heavy equipment operation, truck driving, and maintenance work in area of assignment (such as road surface construction, road maintenance,  or solid waste disposal); or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job. Must possess and maintain a valid Tennessee driver’s license with appropriate endorsement(s) - Class B CDL Preferred.  Operation of some heavy equipment may require possession and maintenance of a valid Tennessee Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) including appropriate endorsement(s).  


Data Utilization:  Requires the ability to calculate and/or tabulate data. Includes performing subsequent actions in relation to these computational operations. 

Human Interaction:  Requires the ability to exchange information for the purpose of clarifying details within well-established policies, procedures and standards.

Equipment, Machinery, Tools, and Materials Utilization:  Requires the ability to operate and control the actions of equipment and machinery, requiring the monitoring, adjustment, regulation, and/or setting of multiple conditions.

Verbal Aptitude:  Requires the ability to utilize a variety of reference data and information. 

Mathematical Aptitude:  Requires the ability to perform addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.

Functional Reasoning:  Requires the ability to apply principles of rational systems; to interpret instructions furnished in written, oral, diagrammatic, or schedule form; and to exercise independent judgment to adopt or modify methods and standards to meet variations in assigned objectives.

Situational Reasoning:  Requires the ability to exercise judgment, decisiveness and creativity in situations involving evaluation of information against measurable or verifiable criteria.


Physical Ability:  Tasks require the regular and sustained performance of moderately physically demanding work, typically involving some combination of climbing and balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, and crawling, and that generally involves lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling of moderately heavy objects and materials (20-50 pounds); may occasionally involve heavier objects and materials (up to 150 pounds).

Sensory Requirements: Some tasks require the ability to perceive and discriminate colors or shades of colors, sounds, depth, texture, and visual cues or signals.  Some tasks require the ability to communicate orally.

Environmental Factors: Performance of essential functions may require exposure to adverse environmental conditions, such as dirt, dust, pollen, odors, wetness, humidity, rain, fumes, temperature and noise extremes, machinery, vibrations, electric currents, traffic hazards, bright/dim light, toxic agents, disease, or pathogenic substances.


Preferred Skills:

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