General Equipment Operator

Washington D.C
Nov 08, 2019
Nov 24, 2019
Full Time
As a General Equipment Operator, you will operate a variety of motorized equipment used in sweeping, construction, maintenance, and snow removal. Your work will assist in keeping the airport's runways, taxiways, and ramp areas free from debris and in operational condition.

General Equipment Operator

Serves in the Airport Structures and Grounds Division of the Engineering and Maintenance Department at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA).

Operates a variety of motorized equipment. Sweeps airfield runways, taxiways, and ramps; street side roadway; and employees' parking lots. Repairs or resurfaces roadways, parking lots, and sidewalks. Assists the maintenance shops by operating equipment to excavate ditches. Performs related duties.


Operates tandem sweeper to sweep the runways, taxiways, and ramp areas.

Maintains awareness of hydraulic pressure gauge and takes appropriate action when readings are abnormally high.

Uses snow brooms in addition to scrubbing and de-rubberizing on the runways.

Uses magnetic tow-behind sweeper attachment on roadways and taxiways to remove metal objects.

Operates smaller sweeper and scrubber to clean taxi holding area and parking structures.

Performs inspections on the airport landside roadways, runways, and taxiways.

Clears roadway or performs emergency repairs with team.

Properly implements the use of highway speed attenuator, variable message boards, and proper wording and arrow board placement when effecting changes to traffic patterns.

Makes precise adjustments on computer, electric over hydraulic, and electronically-controlled equipment, or installs or removes accessories on a variety of equipment.

Operates farm tractors with different mower attachments on the airfield and street-side.

Clears airfield operations area of loose debris and uses hand-held power saw to cut down heavy brush along the river bank.

Operates slope mower on grassy slopes up to 40 degrees.

Grades areas for seeding and soil erosion control, makes postholes for fences, and uses mini backhoe to dig holes for transplanting shrubbery.

Performs operational checks on equipment and reports equipment malfunctions.

Assists in the repairs or resurfacing of roadways, sidewalks, and other concrete and asphalt ground surfaces.

Uses jackhammer or backhoe to remove damaged asphalt or pavement.

Provides on-the-job training to employees in grounds and engineering equipment.

Performs other duties as assigned.


Three years of progressively responsible experience in the operation of general equipment.

Two of the three years of experience must include the operation of motorized construction equipment.

Skill in operating equipment such as sweepers and snow blast or plow with hydraulic systems, two or more engines, and multiple controls.

Skill as a general equipment operator using manual, hydraulic, and electronic control systems to adjust and calibrate equipment and making multiple connections of and operating attachments.

Ability to work safely and knowledge of the safety rules, regulations, and procedures needed to do so.

Ability to analyze data and information (including blueprints and schematics).

Ability to speak and write effectively.

Skill in using a computer, computerized work order and time and attendance systems.


Licensed as a Class B Commercial Driver (CDL) by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.


A high school diploma or a Certificate of General Educational Development (GED).


A state driver's license in good standing.

Licensed as a Class B Commercial Driver (CDL) by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles within 90 days of hire, promotion, or placement in the job.


Operates vehicle landside and airside (requires AOA permit).

Work is typically reviewed in progress and upon completion for quantity, quality, timeliness, teamwork, customer service, and other factors.

Work requires moderate to heavy physical exertion (lifting objects up to 90 pounds). May bend, stoop, crouch, and work in a cramped position.

May be subject to hold over and recall on a 24-hour basis for essential services and emergencies.

May be subject to night/weekend work.

May be subject to adverse weather conditions and dust/grease/dirt.

May be subject to potential hazards common to the airport environment and construction industry. Wears personal protective gear, as necessary.


A background security investigation will be required for all new hires.

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