Heavy Equipment Operator

Heavy Equipment Operator operates heavy machinery, such as a tractor, bulldozer, backhoe, or excavator, for the purposes of construction, demolition, or excavation. May be responsible for routine maintenance or repairs. Being a Heavy Equipment Operator may need state licensing. May require a high school diploma or its equivalent. Additionally, Heavy Equipment Operator typically reports to a supervisor. The Heavy Equipment Operator has gained proficiency in multiple competencies relevant to the job. Works independently within established procedures associated with the specific job function. To be a Heavy Equipment Operator typically requires 3-5 years of related experience, or may have 2 years experience plus an associates degree, or additional training or certification.

Heavy Equipment Operator Job Description Template

Our company is looking for a Heavy Equipment Operator to join our team.


  • Level surface to specified grade-Observe grade stakes, or other markings when operating machines so that work can be performed to specifications;
  • Operates equipment at the required production pace while observing reference stakes or hand signals of assisting workers;
  • Performs daily maintenance on loader before each shift;
  • Ability to maintain the initiative to maintain the flow of work under minimal supervision;
  • Maintains safety as top priority in accordance with all company safety rules and regulations;
  • Drives bulldozer in successive passes over terrain to raise or lower terrain to specified grade following markings on grade stakes or hand signals;
  • Responsible of demolition of bridges and other structures with excavators and hydraulic hoe rams;
  • Moves and positions raw materials and finished components with use of material moving equipment;
  • Discusses alternatives to help increase safety and productivity;
  • Works with crew to meet the daily work schedule, goals and daily task;
  • Maintains minimum stocking level of supplies, and tools for equipment repair and crew safety;
  • Operates heavy equipment to load outbound trucks with materials;
  • Possess sound understanding of issues involved during ground disturbance;
  • Advising the line manager of requisite upgrades, repairs, and replacements;
  • Directs truck drivers and maintenance team as needed in parking and organizing storage trailers.


  • Manage to handle emergency situations, work pressure and stress;
  • Can work independently with minimum supervision;
  • Ability to understand and follow verbal communication and written instructions;
  • Excellent customer service skills;
  • Business Travel Accident Insurance;
  • Optional Long-Term Disability;
  • 401(k) with Company matching;
  • Minimum of one year of experience in construction, oil and gas or related industry preferred;
  • Vision;
  • Health Care Reimbursement Account;
  • Medical;
  • Must be able to grade to within .10 ft of final grade;
  • Follow Basic Machine Maintenance;
  • Pay is determined by experience;
  • Must have own transportation.