Equipment Operator

  • Orange County, CA
  • Orange County, California
  • Mar 20, 2020
Full Time Construction and Skilled Trades Public Works
  • Salary: $40,393.60 - $54,100.80 Annually USD

Job Description


In addition to performance-based merit increases, this position is scheduled to receive salary range increases on the following dates:

Effective July 3, 2020 - 2.50% increase
Effective July 2, 2021 - 2.86% increase
Effective July 1, 2022 - 3.50% increase

Mandatory Employee Retirement Contributions will decrease on the following dates:

Effective July 3, 2020 - 1.2% decrease
Effective July 2, 2021 - 0.64% decrease

Salary may be negotiable within the range listed above, based on position requirements and successful candidate's qualifications, subject to appropriate authorization.


Thisrecruitment will be open for a minimum of five (5) business days, and will remain open on a continuous basis until 11:59 p.m. (PST)on the day the County's needs are met. This recruitment will establish an open eligible list and will be used to fill immediate and future Equipment Operator positions.

First Round of Consideration: Friday, April3rd, 2020 at 11:59 PM (PST).

Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply immediately.


OC Public Worksprovides services on a regional basis to unincorporated areas, to cities, and to other County agencies and departments. The primary mission of the department is to protect and enrich the community through efficient delivery and maintenance of public works infrastructure, planning, and development services. OC Public Works core values are integrity, accountability, service and trust.

OC Public Works is a unique County department comprised of ten service areas: OC Development Services; OC Fleet Services; OC Administrative Services; OC Facilities Design & Construction; OC Facilities Maintenance & Central Utilities; OC Environmental Resources; OC Operations & Maintenance; OC Construction; OC Infrastructure Programs; and OC Survey.

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OC Operations and Maintenance is a section of OC Public Works whose goal is to serve the citizens of Orange County by providing a safe environment and enhanced quality of life through improvements to and maintenance of public infrastructure. Operations and Maintenance provides a wide range of planning, design, project management, construction and maintenance services to Orange County's unincorporated areas, 380 miles of flood control channels, 4 dams, 8 pumping stations, 320 road miles, and other infrastructure. O&M provides public works services for the contracted cities of Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Dana Point, and the Foothill/Eastern and San Joaquin Hills Transportation Corridor Agencies. O&M also plays a crucial role in responding to the needs of the public in the aftermath of devastating fire and storm events and other general emergencies.An employee within this classification may be designated as a "key responder" and as such shall be required to respond to non-normal working hour emergency operational condition.

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The Equipment Operator will be responsible for hauling a variety of materials such as rock, base, and dirt in support of flood channels and road maintenance. The incumbent will operate trucks up to and including 10 wheel haul trucks used in hauling a variety of material; operate water trucks, sweeper trucks, and other light equipment used in the maintenance of roads, channels, parks, and beaches; may lead crews of various sizes to accomplish projects; and performs other duties as required.

In addition to the minimum qualifications, the ideal candidates will possess at least one (1) year of experience working in the public sectorin a related position or at least two (2) years of work experienceoutside of the public sectorwhich demonstrates the possession of the required knowledge and abilities listed in the classification specifications and the following competencies:

Technical Expertise

  • Knowledgeable of the appropriate use of equipment and materials, traffic control, traffic safety regulations, utility protection, and construction-related skills
  • Uses knowledge and judgment in applying appropriate methods and techniques to ensure speed, quality, and consistency in work objectives
  • Has a clear understanding of on-the-job knowledge and skills relating to construction and/or related fields

Safety Knowledge
  • Ensures safe work practices associated with the appropriate use of equipment and materials, traffic control, traffic safety regulations, utility protection, and construction site safety
  • Recognizes potential hazards in the workplace and sees that they are addressed
  • Knowledgeable of Public Works, State, and Federal safety regulations including reporting requirements

  • Accurately and concisely exchanges information with others, both orally and in writing
  • Effectively follows written and oral instruction and is able to take instructions from others
  • Actively listens to others for full understanding of what is being communicated
  • Comprehends and interprets technical material related to the position


Possession of a valid California Drivers License,Class A with both tanker and combination vehicle endorsements is required by date of appointment and while employed in this series. Please attach a copy of license or permit when applying.

In accordance with the Federal Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act of 1991, incumbents will be subject to random, reasonable suspicion and post-accident drug and alcohol testing.


Physical Requirements
Stamina to work outdoors in varied climates and exposed weather including extreme heat, cold, and wind, noise, pollens, and dust; visual abilities including close vision, distance vision, depth perception, ability to focus, and to drive vehicles requiring a Class A license; speak and hear well enough to communicate with others clearly and understandably in person, in the field.

Environmental Conditions
May include standing for hours, climbing channel slopes, setting grade stakes, shoveling mud, digging, or sweeping; upper body strength to lift/push/pull/carry up to 75 pound objects.

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Human Resources Services (HRS) will screen all application materials to identify the qualified candidates who meet the minimum and desirable qualifications. Only those applications that demonstrate the qualifications needed to successfully perform the duties listed will be referred to the next step.

NOTE: All applicants should check their e-mails on a daily basis, in order to ensure that they do not miss any e-mail notifications from the County of Orange regarding scheduling appointments or notifications.

Performance Examination | (Weighted 100%):
Candidates will be required to demonstrate the ability to safely operate a variety of heavy and light construction equipment in a variety of situations, and may be required to perform other job-related tasks.IMPORTANT:At the time of the performance test all applicants will be required to show proof of a valid California Driver Class A License or Permit. Failure to provide this information will result in immediate disqualification in the competition

Based on the Department's needs, the selection procedures listed above may be modified. All candidates will be notified of any changes in the selection procedure.

Eligible List
Once the assessment has been completed, HRS will establish an eligible list of candidates. Candidates placed on the eligible list may be referred to a selection interview to be considered for present and future vacancies.


Emailis the primary form of notification during the recruitment process. Please ensure your correct email address is included in our application and use only one email account.

NOTE: User accounts are established for one person only and should not be shared with another person. Multiple applications with multiple users may jeopardize your status in the recruitment process for any positions for which you apply.

Candidates will be notified regarding their status as the recruitment proceeds via email through the site. Please check your email folders, including spam/junk folders, and/or accept emails ending with "" and "" If your email address should change, please update your profile


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For specific information pertaining to this recruitment, please contact RosalindaRecendezat (714) 667-9750

Orange County, as an equal employment opportunity employer, encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Job Address

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