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East Tennessee State University

Utility Heavy Equipment Operator

Title Code: 7460 

Occ. Group: 422.933 

Utility Heavy Equipment Operator

Expectations for All Employees

East Tennessee State University pursues its mission based upon core values. An employee's job performance must support and exhibit the university's core values:

PEOPLE come first, are treated with dignity and respect, and are encouraged to achieve their full potential;
RELATIONSHIPS are built on honesty, integrity and trust;
of people and thought is respected;
is achieved through teamwork, leadership, creativity, and a strong work ethic;
is achieved through wise use of human and financial resources; and COMMITMENT to intellectual achievement is embraced.


Employees in this class are under general supervision. Work performed in operating heavy equipment such as road graders, bulldozers, tractorvators, backhoes, and trucks in a variety of maintenance and construction tasks, and performing related work as required. 

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities

Performs such work as ditching, grading roads, and concrete finishing.

Inspects the equipment for mechanical problems and sees that these problems are corrected.

Operates truck as needed.

Performs work of a semi-skilled or unskilled nature when necessary.

Operates a bulldozer to move dirt and other material.

Works on road construction projects.

Operates a backhoe, tractorvator, or road grader in construction and maintenance of roads and parking lots.

Performs other work as assigned. 

Required Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of practices used in the operation of assigned heavy equipment.

Knowledge of state, city and campus traffic regulations.

Knowledge of safety precautions and maintenance of heavy equipment.

Knowledge of the care and use of motor vehicles.

Knowledge of the materials and equipment used in general maintenance and construction work.

Knowledge of occupational hazards and safety precautions.

Ability to operate assigned heavy equipment.

Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions.

Ability to operate heavy equipment for extended periods under some unfavorable climactic conditions.

Ability to establish and maintain an effective working relationship with other employees. 

Recommended Qualifications

Applicants possessing these qualifications have a good probability for success in this class. However, applicants not possessing these qualifications should apply if they believe their training and experience will enable them to perform the work successfully. Successful completion of the tenth grade. Experience in the operation of assigned heavy equipment. Possession of a valid Tennessee operator license as issued by the Tennessee Department of Safety. 

Date         Skill         Eval          
10/1/80        5     532023213

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position.

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