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Heavy Equipment Operator

City Of Alexandria Virginia
Alexandria, VA
$48,185.54 - $84,794.32 Annually
Closing date
Nov 22, 2023

Job Details



An Overview
A Heavy Equipment Operator operates heavy, multi-purpose equipment with complex controls requiring a high degree of skill and manipulative ability. The work in this class requires considerable skill, especially in constructing grades and in operating heavy equipment efficiently to avoid stopping the progress of related operations. Standard procedures are followed, and the work is inspected periodically for safety and economy of operation. This class differs from that of Equipment Operator II in the higher degree of skill required for finished grading and comparable tasks, and the greater possible consequences of error in the form of damage to more expensive equipment. Supervision may be exercised over Laborers I, II and III and/or Equipment Operators I and II. Tasks are performed under the general supervision of a Labor Supervisor or a Superintendent.

The Opportunity
*Operates roll-off container trucks for loading and hauling of refuse and heavy materials.
*Operates refuse collection rear-loaders and manages two-man crew for residential refuse collection.
*Operates refuse truck and may assist in collection of recyclable material as needed.
*Assists Assistant Superintendents in performance of daily program monitoring duties.
*Keeps equipment clean and reports any malfunctions of equipment to fleet management.
*Trains subordinates in equipment operation.
* Operates a fully automated side loading refuse collection truck with hydraulic controls.
*Performs related work as required.

About the Department
T&ES is a community partner in shaping a livable, green, and prospering Alexandria. We plan, build, operate, and maintain transportation systems and infrastructure that improve mobility and provide people and businesses with core public services. The work we do keeps Alexandrians moving, growing sustainability, and thriving. If you are curious for a broader view of our city, click City of Alexandria to learn more.

Minimum & Additional Requirements

The Ideal Candidate
High School Diploma or GED, three years of experience in the operation of heavy equipment; one year of supervisory experience; thorough knowledge of the proper methods of transporting heavy loads and load limits, traffic safety rules and accident prevention practices, or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. Skills in the operation of heavy multi-purpose motor equipment under all types of weather conditions.

Additional Requirements: Possession of a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) with the proper endorsements in the state of residency.

Preferred Qualifications

To be considered as an ideal candidate, one must possess two (2) years of experience in the operation of, front load trucks for commercial refuse collection, roll-off container truck and knuckle-boom loader.


The City of Alexandria is an award-winning, innovative, and progressive local government that brings together elected leaders, residents, businesses, and staff to foster a thriving community.  We are an independent, full-service city, providing the services typically operated by both counties and cities in areas such as public safety, transportation, human services, parks and recreation, planning, and administration. We offer a wide range of exciting career opportunities in a variety of fields, with the resources and expertise to succeed.  In Alexandria, employees are our most important asset, and we work hard to create and support a culture that delivers excellence through the shared values of respect, integrity, teamwork and continuous improvement.

Our employees have access to excellent medical, dental, vision, life insurance and other benefits.  Alexandria provides a defined-benefit pension and offers six weeks of paid parental leave to employees who become parents through birth, adoption or foster care.

We offer a robust wellness program, interdepartmental rotation program, tuition assistance funding and professional development program that helps employees obtain the knowledge, skills, qualifications and experience to enhance their professional and personal growth.

With a population of approximately 160,000 and a land area of 16 square miles, Alexandria is the seventh largest city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Located on the Potomac River across from Washington, D.C., Alexandria is known for its beautifully preserved 18th- and 19th-century architecture, charming waterfront, high-tech economy, vibrant retail and restaurant corridors and diverse neighborhoods. We are a unique and historic community, and we continue to innovate for the 21st century.

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