Heavy Equipment Operator

Dpwes Solid Waste Management, Virginia
$47,663.82 - $79,439.78 Annually
Jun 03, 2023
Sep 02, 2023
Full Time
Job Announcement

$2,500 Signing Bonus*

Get your Career Rolling with Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services Solid Waste Management Program.

Newington HEO - Drives a variety of refuse trucks to collect refuse, brush and other recyclable material on county collection routes. Operates a variety of collection trucks in the curbside collection of residential and agency solid waste to include refuse, brush, and recyclables to include rear-end loaders, side-loaders, front-end loaders, and roll-offs. Transports solid waste to appropriate disposal facilities and transfer sites. Maintains daily pre and post trip logs of vehicles and equipment used to include mileage, fuel, and maintenance required. Working knowledge of completing electronic forms. Performs preventive maintenance on vehicles and equipment. Inspects sites and resolve any issues which might interfere with collection operations. Provides outstanding customer service to residential and agency customers in the collection of curbside solid waste. Maintains effective relationships with citizens, employees and supervisors.

I66 Transfer Station HEO - Operates semi-tractor trailer trucks, and other heavy equipment such as front loaders, cranes, and rubber tire loaders, in the disposal of and transport of solid waste. Operates various maintenance equipment to perform facility and grounds maintenance. Completes daily vehicle pre/post trip inspections. Assures cleanliness of vehicles. Prepares and completes all required logs and reports including reports on traffic incidents. Utilizes the communication systems (cell phones, radios, etc.) in accordance with county policies. Operates a two-way radio system in accordance with the regulations of the Federal Communication Commission (FCC). Performs other duties as assigned; duties are performed under general supervision.

I95 Landfill Complex HEO - Operates heavy equipment to perform a variety of landfill and site maintenance tasks. Operates heavy construction type equipment such as rubber tire loaders, track loaders, excavators, backhoes, bulldozers and other equipment as assigned. Operates general facility equipment such as tractors, lawn mowers, street sweepers, etc. Performs vehicle pre- and post-trip inspections. Performs preventive maintenance on heavy equipment and small equipment. Provides customer service to residents and businesses using the facility. Performs related duties as required.

Additional skills, abilities and responsibilities include:
  • Uses effective communication skills to provide oral and written instructions.
  • Engages in safe working practices and complies with safety programs and guidelines established by the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services and the Solid Waste Management Program safety programs and guidelines.
  • Reports for duty on time in proper uniform and physical condition.
  • Maintains assigned vehicles for cleanliness and is in good working condition
  • Adheres to the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services guiding principles.
  • Maintains the standards of the county, including but not limited to the Drug & Alcohol, safety, and personnel policies and procedures.
  • Ensures compliance to all applicable Commercial Driver's License (CDL) and Department of Transportation (DOT) laws and regulations.
Note: Holiday, weekend and overtime work may be required. Position is designated as "essential emergency services personnel".

For more information on a career with the Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services Solid Waste Management program click here.

*A $2,500 signing bonus is available to new county employees hired in the Heavy Equipment Operator position. Applicants must possess a valid CDL at time of application submission to be eligible.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

(The knowledge, skills and abilities listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all- inclusive list.)
  • Thorough knowledge of state traffic laws and regulations;
  • Working knowledge of heavy equipment maintenance;
  • Working knowledge of computers;
  • Skill in the operation of a variety of heavy construction equipment;
  • Ability to read and comprehend maps;
  • Ability to work independently;
  • Ability to perform routine equipment maintenance and make minor repairs;
  • Ability to safely operate equipment;
  • Ability to lead others;
  • Ability to work outside with regular exposure to severe weather, noxious fumes, high levels of dust, etc;
  • Ability to comprehend and abide to safety practices;
  • Ability to maintain effective relationships with citizens, employees and supervisors;
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions;
  • Ability to perform tasks requiring manual dexterity.

Employment Standards

Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to completion of the tenth grade, and three years of experience operating motorized equipment and/or semi-tractor trailers, as appropriate.

  • Valid driver's license.
  • Commercial driver's license (CDL) Class "B" or higher.
  • DOT Medical Card.
  • Forklift Safety Training Certificate within 3 months of hire.
Note: Only candidates with a Class "A" CDL will be considered for the I-66 & I-95 locations.

The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, a pre-employment physical examination, alcohol/drug test, driving record check, and commercial driver's license screening to the satisfaction of the employer.

Required to report to work during extreme inclement weather or other emergencies, including after-hours and weekend work during emergency incidents to fulfill emergency service duties.

  • Two years of experience operating construction-type equipment.
  • One year of experience leading a team.
  • One year of experience in the solid waste or similar operating industry.

Ability to walk, stand, sit, bend, crouch, stoop, reach, lift and work in tiring and uncomfortable positions for lengthy periods of time. Manual strength and dexterity needed to operate equipment and vehicles. Ability to frequently climb in and out of heavy equipment and vehicles. Ability to see, hear and speak and be alert of moving equipment and vehicles on site. Ability to lift and carry items weighing 25 pounds without assistance and 25 to 50 pounds with or without assistance. Ability to work in adverse weather conditions and temperatures. Ability to work around raw waste and/or household hazards. Ability to operate light, medium and heavy-duty equipment and vehicles. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview and may include exercise.

NOTE: Interested applicants are advised to submit their applications as soon as possible. Applications will be reviewed and qualified applicants referred on a continuous basis. Interviews will be conducted on a regular basis throughout the recruitment with candidates whose qualifications best fit our needs. If your application is received later in the recruitment process, it may not be reviewed or considered. The application process will close when the position(s) have been filled or when a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received.

The population of Fairfax County is very diverse where 39.8% of residents speak a language other than English at home ( Spanish, Asian/Pacific Islander, Indo-European, and others ) and we encourage candidates bilingual in English and a foreign language to apply to this opportunity.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or military status in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. DHREmployment@fairfaxcounty.gov EEO/AA/TTY.