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Equipment Operator - Sanitation

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City Of Hickory Hickory , NC 28601

Posted 3 weeks ago


For doers and makers seeking a well-rounded community, Hickory is a bridge between Asheville and Charlotte at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains along Interstate 40, where a collective spirit of craftsmanship strengthens any endeavor with detail, artistry and quality.

Hickory, North Carolina, is a three-time All-America City on the Catawba River approximately one hour east of Asheville and one hour north of Charlotte. More than 40,000 residents call Hickory their home and Hickory is the hub of a 350,000 metropolitan area. Hickory has outstanding school systems, seven recreation facilities, two libraries, several golf courses, theaters, art museums, and eighteen gorgeous parks. Beautiful Lake Hickory is over 4,000 acres and has many public access areas. Please check out Hickory at for a web portal all about Hickory and the surrounding areas and what makes Hickory a "Well Crafted" City.

Qualified applicants are considered for positions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, genetics, or the presence of a non-job related medical condition or disability. U.S. Law requires all applicants to furnish proof of identity and right to work in the U.S.

All offers of employment are contingent on the successful completion of a post-offer functional pre-work screen and a drug screen. This examination process is designed to determine if applicants are able to efficiently perform the essential functions of the job without physical harm to themselves, or others. All applicants are subject to a background check.

An employee in this class will serve on multiple vehicles that require a Class "B" license. Applicants should possess ability to supervise subordinate personnel and make minor equipment repairs. Good knowledge of traffic and safety rules; ability to communicate with oral and written skills and learn the routing system for garbage pick-up; ability to drive as well as perform heavy manual labor in a variety of weather conditions. Other duties and equipment as assigned. Prefer applicants who possess some experience in the operation of rear-end garbage packer, automated and/or front-end loaders under all types of weather conditions. Minimum age of 18; Class "A" or Class "B" commercial driver's license required and possess a high school diploma or GED.

Major Duties

  • Must be able to work on all Holidays except Christmas Day, in all weather conditions, and must be able to work overtime when needed.

  • Drives a rear packer or automated truck along a predetermined route to collect solid waste.

  • Participates in ongoing training provided by the City of Hickory.

  • Transports refuse to transfer station or land fill.

  • Operates front loader to empty dumpsters on an assigned route.

  • Operates leaf truck, junk truck, boom truck, and box truck as required.

  • Performs routine maintenance on equipment (i.e., greasing, checking air pressure, oil and other fluids) and informs appropriate personnel of necessary repairs.

  • Loads and empties refuse, yard waste, or recyclables into the truck.

  • Determines that truck is properly cleaned, serviced, equipped and in proper operating condition at all times.

  • Maintains radio contact with supervisors, other trucks in Solid Waste and dispatcher regarding route changes, work orders, etc.

  • Responsible for maintaining a clean interior of all vehicles operated on a regular basis.

  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Knowledge and Qualifications

  • Ability to read, write and perform mathematical calculations at a level commonly associated with the completion of high school or equivalent.

  • Sufficient experience to understand the basic principles relevant to the major duties of the position, usually associated with the completion of an apprenticeship/internship or having had a similar position for one to two years.

  • Possession of or ability to readily obtain a valid driver's license issued by the State of North Carolina for the type of vehicle or equipment operated.

  • Knowledge of the geographic layout of the city.

  • Knowledge of residential refuse, yard waste and recycling collection procedures and routes.

  • Knowledge of departmental and safety rules and regulations.

  • Knowledge of basic preventive maintenance techniques for equipment and vehicles.

  • Skill in operating a rear packer, automated truck, and front loading garbage truck.

  • Skill in safe and defensive driving techniques.

  • Skill in oral communication.

  • After-hours work is required as necessary during emergencies, inclement weather and other times as necessary.

Supplemental Information

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee in this position to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently/repeatedly required to stand; walk; use hands and exert forces needed to handle various types and sizes of tools, equipment and objects; reach with hands and arms and perform elevated work for periods of time; climb ladders and balance; climb into vehicles and equipment; stoop; kneel; half-kneel; squat; crouch; or crawl; and talk; or hear. The employee is occasionally required to sit. The employee must frequently lift, push, pull and/or move more than 100 pounds. An employee in this position will have successfully passed a "Functional Prework Screen" administered by a professional and impartial third party specialist.

SAFETY SENSITIVE: This position has been identified as safety-sensitive. The employee in this position will be part of a random drug testing pool. The methodology for choosing the random test subjects is handled by an outside, impartial, third party vendor.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work is performed in a truck and outdoors. The work exposes the employee to much noise, dust, dirt, grease, machinery with moving parts, contagious diseases, irritating chemicals, foul odors and inclement weather. The work requires the use of protective devices such as masks, goggles, ear protection, safety shoes, or gloves.

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Equipment Operator - Sanitation

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City Of Hickory