City of Newport News | Newport News, VA

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Posted Date 6/20/2019

Under general supervision, this position is responsible for operating the long reach and large
hydraulic excavator and tractor trailer combination equipment in support of drainage easement, right
of way maintenance and lake cleaning. Reports to a Crew Supervisor C - Lakes.


Operates equipment such as hydraulic and walking excavators, rubber tire and track loaders,
backhoes and other heavy equipment to clean and re-grade drainage ditches and lakes; operates a
road tractor and lowboy to transport equipment, materials and supplies and utilizes hand and power
tools as needed. 

Installs erosion control measures and excavates for the installation and repair of underground storm
drain utilities and structures and assists with pipelaying operations.

Ensures the safety of City equipment, private property, and others by following proper safety
procedures, watching for overhead utility lines, and checking for traffic and underground utilities;
sets out traffic cones and signs according the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD);
flags traffic as needed.

Performs routine checks and preventive maintenance on equipment; identifies and reports
equipment malfunctions; cleans equipment as needed.

Performs other duties as assigned. 


Employees at all levels are expected to effectively work together to meet the needs of the community
and the organization through work behaviors demonstrating the City’s Values. Employees are also
expected to lead by example and demonstrate the highest level of ethics.


• Stormwater Services – Knowledge of the principles, practices and procedures used in maintaining

and repairing storm drainage construction. 
  • Equipment Operation - Knowledge of the proper procedures for operating, inspecting and

maintaining assigned equipment as related to pipeline easement maintenance.


  • Safety - Knowledge of occupational hazards, safety precautions, and safety regulations related to
equipment operation and general construction work. Knowledge of traffic laws and regulations
governing the operation of equipment.


  • Interpersonal Relationships/Customer Service – Develops and maintains cooperative and
professional relationships with employees, representatives from other departments and
organizations, and the public.
  • Judgement/Decision Making –Uses logic and reasoning to understand, analyze, and evaluate
situations and exercise good judgment to make appropriate decisions.



  • Communication – Excellent ability to communicate complex ideas and proposals effectively so
others will understand to include preparation of reports, agendas, and policies. Excellent ability
to listen and understand information and ideas presented verbally and in writing.
  • Time Management – Ability to plan and organize daily work routine. Establishes priorities for the
completion of work in accordance with sound time-management methodology.


Requires 3-5 years of work experience in the operation of Class II and Class III equipment or an
equivalent combination of education and experience.

Graduation from a recognized motor equipment operator apprenticeship program may substitute for
up to one year of experience.


Requires satisfactory results from a pre-employment medical evaluation; pre-employment substance
abuse testing and is subject to random alcohol and controlled substance testing.

Requires a valid driver’s license with an acceptable driving record. 

Must obtain a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) permit prior to employment and complete the
practical portion of the CDL test within 60 days of employment.

Must successfully complete the required National Incident Management System (NIMS) Incident
Command System Certifications and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Flagger and
Intermediate Work Zone Traffic Control Certifications within one year of employment. 

The job is considered Essential Personnel and will be required to work during and following natural
disasters and emergency situations.



  • Tasks require the regular and, at times, sustained performance of moderately physically
demanding work.
  • Some combination of climbing and balancing to include climbing ladders, stooping, kneeling,
crouching, and crawling.
  • May involve the lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling of moderately heavy objects and
materials (20-50 pounds).


  • Some tasks require the ability to perceive and discriminate sounds, depth, texture, and visual cues
or signals.
  • Some tasks require the ability to communicate orally.


Performance of essential functions may require exposure to adverse environmental conditions, such
as dirt, dust, pollen, odors, wetness, humidity, weather, fumes, temperature and noise extremes,
hazardous materials, machinery, vibrations, traffic hazards, toxic agents, animals/wildlife, water
hazards, disease, or pathogenic substances.

Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Entry Level

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