Arlington County, Virginia
$53,248.00 - $85,363.20 Annually
Jun 10, 2022
Jun 24, 2022
Full Time
Position Information

The Department of Environmental Services (DES) is seeking an experienced Equipment Operator to be responsible for driving and operating heavy construction equipment to support the construction and maintenance of the County's sanitary and storm sewer infrastructure for the Sewer Construction Section of the Water, Sewer, and Streets (WSS) Bureau.

Specific duties include:
  • Operating a backhoe, skid steer's, and/or crane truck to excavate trenches and holes, assisting in moving materials and equipment, and grading surfaces for construction;
  • Operating related equipment to assist in the construction and/or maintenance of public works' projects;
  • Loading and operating various size trucks such as Medium and Tandem Dump Trucks;
  • Driving and operating other equipment associated with construction maintenance such as asphalt rollers (walk behind and riding) and asphalt/concrete saws (hand held power and walk behind);
  • Performing routine, preventive, and emergency maintenance on equipment; and
  • Performing other duties as assigned and receive supervision from Crew Leader, and/or Trades Manager/Leader.

The successful employee will be safety-oriented, a team player, with excellent communication skills, and demonstrated experience operating equipment as described.

Selection Criteria


  • High school diploma/GED or equivalent;
  • Three (3) years of experience in public works, construction, or another trades vocation that demonstrates the ability to perform semi-skilled to skilled manual maintenance and/or construction;
  • One (1) year of experience operating heavy/specialized equipment such as backhoes, concrete trucks, medium and tandem dump trucks, crane trucks, front-end loaders, or asphalt rollers, asphalt/concrete saws, skid steers and forklifts and/or other specialized equipment; and
  • Commercial Driver's License (CDL) required.
Substitution: Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the education requirement on a year for year basis.

Desirable: Preference may be given to candidates with experience in one or more of the following:
  • Two (2) years of operating a backhoe and/or similar equipment;
  • Experience using a computerized maintenance management system (CMMS); and/or
  • Field construction and reading/interpreting plans, cut sheets, etc.

Special Requirements

  • Applicant must possess a Class B or A commercial driver's license (CDL) with Tankers endorsement.
  • Applicant must possess or obtain within one year of date of hire, a valid Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Basic Work Zone Certification.
  • Applicant must authorize Arlington County to obtain, or the applicant must provide a copy of the applicant's official driving record.
  • Any offer of employment will be contingent upon a favorable review of the applicant's driving record and passing a pre-employment drug screening and alcohol breath test as required by applicable standards.
  • Once hired, the employee will be subject to a Department of Transportation (DOT) drug screening at such times during employment as required by federal, state, and local standards and regulations.
  • Applicant must provide written consent for Arlington County to obtain from previous employer's information required by DOT agency regulations concerning drug and alcohol testing information.
  • Applicant's invited for interview may be asked to participate in skills testing involving the operation of equipment.
  • Additional special licensure, certifications, and/or endorsements may be required depending on area of assignment.

  • The employee performs activities outdoors.
  • The employee is subject to hazards: Includes a variety of physical conditions, such as proximity to moving mechanical parts, moving vehicles, electrical current, exposure to high heat, exposure to chemicals, and/or biohazardous waste.
  • The employee is subject to one more of the following conditions: Fumes, odors, dusts, mists, loud noises, gases or poor ventilation, oils, and other cutting fluids.
  • The employee spends long periods of time standing, crouching, stooping, bending, lifting, pushing, pulling, and carrying.
  • The employee is required to wear common protective gear or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, or hard hats.


  • Heavy Work: Exerting up to 100 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

Requires learning and following all safety rules and regulations pertaining to job functions which includes attending all required safety classes and meetings in order to ensure a safe working environment and that team members are practicing the required safety rules and regulations.

Covid-19 Vaccination : Arlington County Government is committed to the health, safety and wellness for all staff. In support of that commitment, all current and newly hired employees are required to provide proof of Covid-19 vaccination. For those qualified employees with a disability or sincerely held religious belief which prohibits them from receiving a vaccine, you will be able to contact the Office of Human Rights to request a reasonable accommodation. Adherence to this policy is a condition of employment.

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