Equipment Operator I – Grade 15

Mandan, ND

The City of Mandan, North Dakota is currently accepting applications for the position of: 

Equipment Operator I - Grade 15


Position Details

Salary: Starting at $18.82/hour.

Status: Non-Exempt/Full-time

Department: Public Works - Streets

Closing Date: November 30, 2020 at 5pm.

*Applications without a resume will be disqualified. 


Description of Work

  1. Supervision Exercised: May provide guidance to other Equipment Operators, lower level maintenance workers, and laborers. May be a lead person on a project basis.
  2. Supervision Received: Works under the direct supervision of the Maintenance Superintendent.
  3. General Statement of Duties: Performs skilled work in the operation of heavy-duty maintenance and construction equipment. Work involves responsibility for the safe and efficient operation of motor graders, bulldozers, scrapers, rollers, sweepers, front-end loaders, boom trucks, snowplows and blowers, which entail considerable manipulative difficulty in operation. Operation of assigned equipment is a full-time or predominate task, but normally other work is performed. Work is performed independently within established policies, procedures, and standard equipment operation techniques. This is the first level in a two level classification series. This classification is distinguished by the increased scope, variety and complexity of the work performed.

Major Duties

  1. Performs other duties of a comparable level/type as required.
  2. Required to work various schedules that includes nights, weekends, and holidays; respond to after-hours emergencies, modified workweeks, subject to on call hours as assigned.
  3. Cleans and maintains Public Works and Landfill shop. Assists with skilled or technical maintenance, major repairs and welding, fabricating parts along with other duties to assure equipment is serviced, maintained, and operational at all times. Such as checks, cleans, services vehicles and equipment; applies grease and changes fluid; keeps records of maintenance performed.
  4. Operates motor grader, front-end loader, compactor, and trucks at the landfill to maintain clean sites for compost, concrete, asphalt, trees and sludge.  Performs maintenance duties including building maintenance and grounds keeping.  Changes transfer station boxes.
  5. Operates compactor to crush and pack household garbage and other related debris; distributes and levels trash for proper landfill management; operates transfer station.
  6. Operates aerial lift trucks and other aerial devices, installs signs and barricades, operates line painting equipment to paint street marking and crosswalks according to the uniform traffic control and devices codes to assure safety of citizens and employees and to assure paint and markings for curbs, streets and crosswalks are according to NDDOT standards. Repairs and maintains curb catch basins, and storm drains.
  7. Operates roller, chipper, pager, oil distributor, crack router, asphalt melter/applicator, and other related equipment; Calibrates equipment and calculates quantity of materials to assure quality construction and repair of streets.  Also operates various hand tools.
  8. Operates street sweepers to assure clean streets and operates lawn mowers, riding and tractor mounted, to assure a groomed appearance of street right of ways and street ditches. Also operates various types of heavy equipment to pick up debris such as sweeping tree branches ext. from grass pickup sites.
  9. Operates Conveyor to mix Salt Sand, operates motor grader, snow blower, front-end loader with reversible plow and attachment skid steer and sanding trucks.  Cleans City streets and right-of-ways by driving safely in and around parked or moving vehicles and pedestrians to assure safe removal and control of snow and ice. Required to be on call to preform emergency work, if needed.


Minimum Qualifications

  1. High school diploma or GED
  2. Experience in the operation and limited maintenance of heavy equipment; or any equivalent combination of training and experience preferred.  
  3. A valid North Dakota Driver’s License required; obtaining a valid Class B North Dakota Driver’s License with airbrake endorsement is required within the probationary period.


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 

  1. Considerable knowledge of the operating characteristics and servicing of a variety of heavy automotive and related equipment.
  2. Considerable knowledge of the work hazards and applicable safety precautions associated with assigned equipment and operations.
  3. Considerable knowledge of applicable traffic laws, ordinances and regulations involved in the operation of assigned equipment.
  4. Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions.
  5. Ability to make minor operating adjustments and to recognize operating deficiencies in assigned equipment.
  6. Ability to perform arduous tasks for extended periods of time in all types of weather conditions.
  7. Skill in the operation and servicing of one or more types of heavy-duty maintenance and construction equipment.
  8. Skill in the operation of various tools.
  9. Skill in communication, interpersonal skill as applied to interaction with co-workers, supervisor, general public, etc. sufficient to exchange or convey information and to provide and/or receive work direction.
  10. Knowledge of landfill operations.
  11. Knowledge of street maintenance procedures and methods, including knowledge of traffic signing and barricading regulations for public and personnel safety while working with equipment and performing maintenance duties in the public right-of-way.


Special Requirements

  1. Equipment Operator II must possess a valid Class B ND License with air brake endorsement.  Landfill operators must also have or be able to obtain within one year of hiring the appropriate certification from the North Dakota Health Department, as required.
  2. Equipment Operator II must have 3 years’ experience and training in the operation and maintenance of heavy equipment as described in the major duties of the Equipment Operator I position.  Also must have completed certification in: Work Zone Safety, Ergonomics for Heavy Equipment, Accident and Breakdown Procedures, Personal Protective Equipment for Heavy Equipment, Extreme Driving Conditions, Fall Protection for Mobile Equipment, Being a Successful Team Member, Heat Stress, Cold Stress and First Aid Basics.


The physical activities of this position are:

  1. Climbing: Ascending or descending ladders, stairs, scaffolding, ramps, poles, and the like, using feet and legs, and/or hands and arms. Body agility is emphasized. This factor is important if the amount and kind of climbing required exceeds that required for ordinary locomotion. 
  2. Balancing: Maintaining body equilibrium to prevent falling when walking standing or crouching on narrow, slippery or erratically moving surfaces. This factor is important if the amount and kind of balancing exceeds that needed for ordinary locomotion and maintenance or body equilibrium.
  3. Stooping: Bending body downward and forward by bending spine at the waist. This factor is important if it occurs to a considerable degree and requires full use of the lower extremities and back muscles.
  4. Kneeling: Bending legs at knee to come to a rest on knee or knees.
  5. Crouching: Bending the body downward and forward by bending leg and spine.
  6. Crawling: Moving about on hands and knees or hands and feet.
  7. Reaching: Extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction.
  8. Standing: Particularly for sustained periods of time. 
  9. Walking:  Moving about on foot to accomplish tasks, particularly for long distances.
  10. Pushing: Using upper extremities to press against something with steady force in order to thrust forward, downward or outward.
  11. Pulling: Using upper extremities to exert force in order to draw, drag, haul or tug objects in a sustained motion.
  12. Lifting: Raising objects from a lower to a higher position or moving objects horizontally from position-to-position. This factor is important if it occurs to a considerable degree and requires the substantial use of the upper extremities and back muscles.
  13. Fingering: Picking, pinching, typing or otherwise working primarily with fingers rather than with the whole hand or arm as in handling.
  14. Grasping: Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm.
  15. Feeling: Perceiving attributes of objects, such as size, shape, temperature or texture by touching with skin, particularly that of fingertips.
  16. Talking:  Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word. Those activities in which they must convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately, loudly, or quickly.
  17. Hearing:  Perceiving the nature of sound with no more than a 40 db loss @ 500 Hz, 1,000 Hz and 2,000 Hz with or without correction. Ability to receive detailed information through oral communication and to make fine discriminations in sound, such as when making the fine adjustments on machined parts.
  18. Repetitive motions: Substantial movements (motions) of the wrists, hand, and/or fingers.
  19. 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.
  20. The visual acuity requirements including color, depth perception and field of vision for this position are: MACHINE OPERATORS (including inspection), INSPECTION, CLOSE ASSEMBLY, CLERICAL, ADMINISTRATIVE:  This is a minimum standard for use with those whose work deals largely with preparing and analyzing data and figures, accounting, transcription, computer terminal, extensive reading, visual inspection involving small parts, operation of machines (including inspection), using measurement devices, assembly or fabrication of parts at distances close to the eyes.  This is minimum standard for use with those who operate cars, trucks, forklifts, cranes and high lift equipment.


The conditions the worker will be subject to in this position are:

  1. The worker is subject to both environmental conditions: Activities occur inside and outside.
  2. The worker is subject to inside environmental conditions: Protection from weather conditions but not necessarily from temperature changes.
  3. The worker is subject to outside environmental conditions: No effective protection from weather.
  4. The worker is subject to extreme cold: Temperatures below 32 degrees for periods of more than one hour.
  5. The worker is subject to extreme heat: Temperatures above 100 degrees for periods of more than one hour.
  6. The worker is subject to noise: There is sufficient noise to cause the worker to shout in order to be heard above the ambient noise level.
  7. The worker is subject to vibration: Exposure to oscillating movements of the extremities or whole body.
  8. The worker is subject to hazards: Includes a variety of physical conditions, such as proximity to moving mechanical parts, electrical current, working on scaffolding and high places, exposure to high heat or exposure to chemicals, human waste or other body fluids.
  9. The worker is subject to atmospheric conditions: One or more of the following conditions that affect the respiratory system or the skin: Fumes, odors, dusts, mists, gases, or poor ventilation.
  10. The worker is subject to oils: There is air and/or skin exposure to oils and other fluids.
  11. The worker is required to wear a respirator or use a self-contained breathing apparatus.


Qualified applicants will be invited to participate in a Mechanical Reasoning Assessment and an Integrity Inventory test to be considered further for the position.


Applicants who are residents of North Dakota and eligible to claim veteran’s preference must include Form DD-214. Claims for disabled veteran’s preferences must also include Form DD-214 and a letter less than one year old from the Dept. of Veteran’s Affairs indicating disability; claims for preference as the eligible spouse of a disabled or deceased veteran must include Form DD-214, a marriage certificate, and a letter less than one year old from Dept. of Veteran’s Affairs indication disability, or the veteran’s death certificate.

  • Applicants who may need additional job information or may require accommodation or assistance with the application or interview process should contact Human Resources at 701-667-3217.
  • Applicants are subject to pre-employment drug testing and background checks. 
  • In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.
  • The City of Mandan is an Equal Opportunity Employer.