Heavy Equipment Operator
Central Arizona Project - Phoenix, AZ

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To operate all CAP heavy earth moving equipment for the operation and maintenance of the aqueduct, dikes, and civil structures of the Central Arizona Project.


(An asterisk next to the duty signifies that it is considered to be an "essential function" of the job)

Each employee is responsible for his/her own safety and the safety of others in the workplace.

*1. Operates (with appropriate certifications) such earth moving equipment as motor graders, large excavators, crawler tractors and loaders, backhoes, and dump trucks, which are used for maintenance of the CAP aqueduct and dikes. Operates heavy trucks to haul equipment. 80%

*2. Services and maintains adjustments on heavy equipment to ensure proper positioning and operation of equipment. 10%

*3. Records maintenance logs for heavy equipment as required. 10%

Minimum Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

Education, Knowledge, Training, Skills, and Experience:

• High school diploma or equivalent.

• Must have completed three (3) years of a state and federally registered Operating Engineer apprenticeship program; or must have five (5) years total experience operating heavy equipment which includes one (1) year experience operating heavy haul transport.

• Working knowledge of overweight and over-dimensional laws is required to meet state certification requirements.

• Must have and maintain working knowledge of traffic control devices, knowledge of basic surveying technique, knowledge of basic hand signal operations, knowledge of soil and soil conditions and blueprint interpretation.

Required Certifications or Licenses: Arizona commercial driver's license, class A, with tanker endorsement.


Independence: Makes decisions in the field related to the safe and proper operation of heavy equipment. Safely operates within equipment capacity and operating parameters.

Impact: Exercises judgment in the safe and proper operation of heavy equipment in routine field situations following established guidelines and procedures. Consults with supervisor regarding non-routine and complex operations.


Type: Operates communication systems (telephone, radio, etc.) and interacts with all essential personnel involved in field operations including maintenance workers, mechanics, supervisors, managers, electricians, and security officers.

Purpose: Communications and contacts are necessary to coordinate the safe and efficient operation of heavy equipment which complements and facilitates the successful completion of various operation and maintenance functions of CAP facilities.



Supplemental Information:


The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that persons in this position will encounter while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Essential to this position is corrected or non-corrected vision. Example: must be able to see, read and interpret handwritten and printed documents, correspondence, manuals, office papers, computer screen, etc., including seeing various colors. Must be able to see to operate work equipment.

Also essential to this position is corrected or non-corrected hearing which is necessary for the ability to hear and comprehend voice communications as well as the ability to speak to communicate to individuals on the job. Must be able to hear to operate work equipment.

Physical Demands: Essential job requirements involve one or more of a combination of physical movements such as standing, walking, kneeling, reaching, climbing, bending, crawling, stooping, twisting, squatting, pushing and pulling; lifts, carries, pushes and pulls objects exceeding 50 pounds and grasping and manipulation of work objects.

Operating a vehicle for CAP business is an essential function of the job. Must maintain a valid Arizona driver's license, verified by a periodic motor vehicle record check, in order to drive any vehicle on CAP business.

Work Environment: Persons in this position may work in a pumping plant, along the canal, and/or inside CAP structures. The pumping plants and office structures are heated and cooled. Persons in this position drive vehicles or equipment on improved and unimproved roadways. Outside working conditions are dependent on the weather, which involves extreme heat in the summer (temperatures over 100 degrees) and cold in the winter (temperatures below freezing). Some work activities are performed inside of CAP structures that are non-heated and non-air-conditioned. Noise levels are generally minimal, however, they can be excessive for brief periods of time. The person in this position moves about using various conveyances such as an elevator, stairway, walk ramp and/or overhead crane. From time to time persons in this position are required to work at heights off the ground or floor ranging from 5 to 25 feet, using ladders, scaffolding and/or hoist chairs. Occasionally works indoors in either a single-level or upper-level structured office building which is heated, air-conditioned. Persons in this position work in the field having to walk up and down extremely rough terrain. Persons in this position will have exposure to flora, fauna and the natural habitat of the desert environment.

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