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Equipment Operator II
Cherokee County – Public Works
403 Chattin Dr, Canton, GA 30115

Job Type

Full Time

Remote Position?


Job Description

The essential function of the position within the organization is to serve as lead worker in
performing semi-skilled work in operating construction equipment in the Roads and Bridges
Department. The position is responsible for operating construction equipment and performing
labor tasks as needed. The position works under general supervision according to some
procedures; decides how and when to complete tasks.

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be
• Serves as lead worker in the operating of equipment such as a bulldozer, motor grader, asphalt
roller, power broom, milling machine, uniloader, rubber tire loader or backhoe in the
construction and maintenance of County roads.
• Operates a transit to check surface grade of work sites to ensure compliance with construction
• Assists the supervisor in estimating the amount and type of materials, tools and supplies
required at job sites.
• Operates trucks to haul materials and pipes, or transport departmental personnel to and from
construction/repair sites.
• Leads in the performance of miscellaneous tasks such as welding, patching potholes, repairing
guardrails or operating mower tractors in the maintenance of right-of-ways and other grassy
County property.
• Monitors and performs duties of laborer as necessary, such as patching streets and gutters by
hand, loading and unloading materials, pulling limbs and debris, or chain sawing and pole
sawing trees.
• Ensures proper traffic control at construction/repair sites, including flagging of traffic and/or
erecting traffic signs; ensures proper location of flaggers at all times as available.
• Operates miscellaneous equipment such as chainsaw, pole saw, chipper or weed eater as
needed to facilitate completion of tasks.
• Performs routine inspections and preventive maintenance on assigned equipment; ensures the
completion of required repair work on equipment and cleans equipment as needed.
• Assists with training of departmental personnel, maintains logs of daily activities, completes
work orders, and fills out related job forms.


Education and Experience

Requires high school diploma, GED or vocational training.
Any combination of education, training, and experience that provides the required knowledge and
skills is acceptable.
Certificates, Licenses and Registrations
Requires NSC Flagger certification, and a valid State of Georgia Class C Driver’s License and
satisfactory Motor Vehicle Record.


DATA RESPONSIBILITY: “Data Responsibility” refers to information, knowledge, and
conceptions obtained by observation, investigation, interpretation, visualization, and mental
creation. Data are intangible and include numbers, words, symbols, ideas, concepts, and oral
Copies, transcribes, enters, or posts data or information.

PEOPLE RESPONSIBILITY: “People Responsibility” refers to individuals who have contact
with or are influenced by the position.
Provides assistance to people to achieve task completion; may instruct or assign duties to

ASSETS RESPONSIBILITY: “Assets Responsibility” refers to the responsibility for achieving
economies or preventing loss within the organization.
Requires responsibility and opportunity for achieving moderate economies and/or preventing
moderate losses through the management or handling of equipment of high value.

MATHEMATICAL REQUIREMENTS: “Mathematics” deals with quantities, magnitudes, and
forms and their relationships and attributes by the use of numbers and symbols.
Uses addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division; may compute ratios, rates, and percents.

COMMUNICATIONS REQUIREMENTS: “Communications” involves the ability to read,
write, and speak.
Reads routine sentences or instructions; writes routine sentences and completes routine work
forms; speaks routine sentences using standard grammar.

COMPLEXITY OF WORK: “Complexity of Work” addresses the analysis, initiative, ingenuity,
creativity, and concentration required by the position and the presence of any unusual pressures.
Performs semi-routine work involving set procedures and rules, but with frequent problems;
requires normal attention with short periods of concentration for accurate results or occasional
exposure to unusual pressure.

IMPACT OF DECISIONS: “Impact of Decisions” refers to consequences such as damage to
property, loss of data or property, exposure of the organization to legal liability, or injury or death
to individuals.
Makes decisions with moderate impact – affects those in work unit.

EQUIPMENT USAGE: “Equipment Usage” refers to inanimate objects such as substances,
materials, machines, tools, equipment, work aids, or products. A thing is tangible and has shape,
form, and other physical characteristics.
Leads or handles machines, tools, equipment or work aids involving moderate latitude for
judgment regarding attainment of a standard or in selecting appropriate items, such as trucks, a
bulldozer, motor grader, asphalt roller, power broom, milling machine, uniloader, rubber tire
loader or backhoe.

SAFETY OF OTHERS: “Safety of Others” refers to the responsibility for other people’s safety,
either inherent in the job or to assure the safety of the general public.
Requires considerable responsibility for the safety and health of others and/or continuous
enforcement of the laws and standards of public health and safety.


EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: “Education Requirements” refers to job specific training
and education required for entry into the position.
Requires high school diploma, GED or vocational training.

Certifications, and Registrations” refers to professional, state, or federal licenses, certifications,
or registrations required to enter the position.
Requires NSC Flagger certification, and a valid State of Georgia Class C Driver’s License and
satisfactory Motor Vehicle Record.

EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS: “Experience Requirements” refers to the amount of work
experience that is required for entry into the position that would result in reasonable expectation
that the person can perform the tasks required by the position.
Requires two years of related experience.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: “Physical Demands” refers to the requirements for physical exertion
and coordination of limb and body movement.
Requires medium work involving standing or walking most of the time, exerting 20 to 50 pounds
of force on a regular basis, and considerable dexterity and skill in operating machinery and tools.

UNAVOIDABLE HAZARDS: “Unavoidable Hazards” refers to unusual conditions in the work
environment that may cause illness or injury.
The position is exposed to extreme heat/cold, wet or humid conditions, bright/dim lights, dust or
pollen, intense noise levels, vibration, fumes or noxious odors, moving mechanical parts, electrical
shock, heights, disease/pathogens, traffic, animals/wildlife, explosives and toxic or caustic

SENSORY REQUIREMENTS: “Sensory Requirements” refers to hearing, sight, touch, taste,
and smell necessary to perform the tasks required by the position efficiently.
The position requires normal visual acuity and field of vision, hearing, speaking, color perception,
sense of smell, depth perception and texture perception.