The Heavy Equipment Operator is responsible for operating heavy equipment, such as tractors, trailers, gasoline shovels, backhoes, front-end loaders, and dump trucks and other heavy mechanized equipment. This position is governed by state and federal laws and institution policy.


Operates complex mechanized equipment requiring specialized operator skill level, including cranes, bulldozers, excavator trucks, track mounted front end loaders and specialized snow removal equipment.

Receives work assignments through verbal instructions or written work orders. Performs operator level lubrication and maintenance, in accord with operations manuals, including machine adjustments.

Operates all types of mowers, bush hogs, bulldozers, front end loaders, dump trucks, forklifts, tractors in the maintenance of structures and grounds.

Travels to job site by truck or on equipment to be used in the job. Checks the safety of equipment operation and operates equipment for grounds maintenance, physical plant, greenhouses and farming operations.

Uses complex, mechanical equipment, performing tasks including erection, demolition, excavating, grading, filling, or other construction and maintenance activities.

Provides labor for special projects, such as ground work for sidewalks, curbs, and retaining walls. Performs work at heights on equipment, such as platform trucks, ariel ladders and baskets, crane booms, and other equipment.

Plants, cultivates and harvests crops operating tractors, disc, planters and levee hog.

Moves and arranges furniture, loads and unloads materials and other parts and supplies.

Performs preventive maintenance on equipment and reports any problems.

Digs ditches for water, sewer, or gas lines.

Picks up and loads debris, such as limbs, rocks, or other materials on trucks and hauls to dumping area.

Uproots trees and levels lots or grounds.

Hauls gravel and dirt for road repair or construction projects.

Operates bucket truck for cutting and removing limbs from trees.

Performs other duties as assigned.


Frequent in-state and area travel are required. Use of vehicles and equipment are required. Lifting and carrying heavy or cumbersome items is required.


Knowledge of procedures for operating heavy, complex, mechanized equipment in accord with manual, safety regulations, and other instructions. Knowledge of the operation of heavy equipment, driving, and moving mechanized equipment. Ability to operate heavy, complex mechanized equipment . Ability to service and perform minor maintenance on heavy equipment. Ability to understand and carry out oral and written directions and explanations. Skill in the operation of heavy equipment.


Completion of sufficient education or training to read and write; plus two years of experience in operating heavy, mechanized construction and maintenance equipment or a related area.


Must possess a valid Arkansas driver

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