Occ. Code 6921000
CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT OPERATOR, GRADE 8
HIGHWAY EQUIPMENT OPERATOR, GRADE 7
New York State Department of Civil Service
NATURE OF WORK
Incumbents of positions in these classes operate a variety of self-propelled equipment in the construction, repair and maintenance of highways, canals and grounds. They also maintain their equipment by performing specific routine maintenance tasks.
CLASSIFICATION CRITERIA AND DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS
All positions of Highway Equipment Operator and Construction Equipment Operator are in the non-competitive jurisdictional class.
Highway Equipment Operators as members of a work crew are characterized by both the performance of laboring tasks and the operation at least one-third of the time of light self-propelled equipment such as small front end loaders, road graders of eight tons or less, maintainers, tractor mowers, patching rollers under ten tons, bituminous sprayers, tree sprayers, pulvimixers, mud jacks, eductors, catch basin cleaners, gunite equipment, self-propelled loaders and snowplows with or without wing attachments.
Similarly, Construction Equipment Operators as members of a work crew are characterized by both the performance of laboring tasks and the operation at least one-third of the time of heavier and more complex self-propelled equipment than Highway Equipment Operators. Such equipment includes road graders over eight tons, six-ton brush cutters, windrow-type loaders, large front end loaders, truck mounted zone stripers, bituminous pavers, gravel mix plants, pavement breakers and rollers ten tons and over.
There are a number of other classes, the incumbents of which operate motorized equipment in repair, maintenance and construction projects. For example, Crane and Shovel Operators operate the largest and most complex self-propelled equipment on construction, repair and maintenance projects. Such equipment includes mobile cranes, power shovels and gradalls. Motor Vehicle Operators drive a variety of self-propelled vehicles including automobiles, buses, trucks and ambulances to transport people, material and equipment. Classes such as Maintenance Helpers and Grounds Workers are assigned to operate mechanical equipment such as lawn mowers, rotary brush cutters, compressors, generators, mixers, sprayers, clippers and power saws. Construction Equipment Operators and Highway Equipment Operators may operate equipment typically operated by these other classes.
TYPICAL ACTIVITIES, TASKS AND ASSIGNMENTS
Operates, at least one-third of the time, one or more of the machines mentioned as appropriate for the class on highway, canal and grounds construction, repair and maintenance projects.
Construction Equipment Operator
Highway Equipment Operator
Performs routine maintenance and repairs on machine to insure safe and efficient operations.
May perform tasks and activities listed in the Standard for Laborer #6961000.
May on occasion, operate equipment listed as appropriate for either of the classes described in this standard, Motor Vehicle Operator, Crane and Shovel Operator or Maintenance Helper.
RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHERS
The tasks performed by incumbents of positions in these classes are primarily thing-oriented so interpersonal relationships are not a classification factor. Incumbents of both classes reply to questions from supervisors regarding problems encountered on work projects. Highway Equipment Operators exchange information with other crew members on the same project to provide assistance in completing assigned projects. Construction Equipment Operators where they act as crew leaders provide advice and assistance to crew members to aid in completing assignments.
NATURE OF SUPERVISION
Positions in these classes are basically non-supervisory but at times Construction Equipment Operators may act as a lead worker in a small crew providing advice and assistance to crew members. Incumbents of positions in the Construction Equipment Operator class are supervised by higher level supervisor or maintenance positions. The supervisors make work assignments, provide general instructions on how the work should be performed and assign the equipment to be used. Work is checked by the supervisors in progress and at its completion for adherence to instructions. Highway Equipment Operators are supervised by higher level supervisor or maintenance positions. Their supervision is similar to that received by the Construction Equipment Operators.
MACHINES, TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT USED
Positions in these classes operate any of the machines listed as appropriate for their class in this standard. They also use wrenches, pliers, screwdrivers and assorted other hand tools to perform routine maintenance and repair work on machines. They also on occasion may operate equipment listed as appropriate for the other class described in this standard and Motor Vehicle Operator, Crane and Shovel Operator and Maintenance Helper.
Construction Equipment Operator
One year of experience in the operation of equipment noted as appropriate for this class and the possession of a valid New York State drivers license appropriate for the type of vehicle operated.
Highway Equipment Operator
One year of experience in the operation of tractors or other self-propelled equipment and possession of a valid New York State drivers license appropriate for the type of vehicle operated.
NOTE: Classification Standards illustrate the nature, extent and scope of duties and responsibilities of the classes they describe. Standards cannot and do not include all of the work that might be appropriately performed by a class. The minimum qualifications above are those which were required for appointment at the time the Classification Standard was written. Please contact the Division of Staffing Services for current information on minimum qualification requirements for appointment or examination.