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Job Title: Equipment Operator
Company: Seward County Landfill
Address: 515 N. Washington
City: Liberal
State: KS
Zip: 67901
Telephone: 6206263203
Job Description:

Job Summary

The Equipment Operator reports to the Landfill Foreman. When required, the Equipment Operator may be required to drive and/or perform performance maintenance on the trucks, operate equipment and other such functions.


The Equipment Operator’s work is of moderate difficulty. The work in this position is variable and changes from moment to moment and the work is generally performed and completed without assistance but with some oversight. This position requires the Landfill Foreman to comply with State of Kansas Health & Environmental Regulations and in this regard, this position is a very intense job requiring focus in all aspects.


The Equipment Operator position is a highly responsible job because the Equipment Operator often makes decisions on his own and is entrusted with the safe and efficient running of the Landfill Department in the absence of the Landfill Foreman. This position requires an individual with a high degree of focus, concentration and an ability to pay attention to details.


Due to unforeseen circumstances, this position may be stressful at times and requires the ability of the Equipment Operator to occasionally consider a different course of action of deviate from standard operating procedures to get the job done.


The Equipment Operator interacts with other departmental employees as well as the general public. As a result, the position requires a mature mind; the individual should be flexible and change oriented as situations change quickly in this job; the employee must be able to get along with subordinates and supervisors, alike; the employee must possess a good deal of public relations skills, self-confidence, patience and a strong knowledge of the use of heavy machinery and an ability to work effectively with others.


The roles, responsibilities, job functions, knowledge, skills and abilities set forth herein may be revised from time to time in order to comply with federal and state laws, departmental needs and the changing requirements for this position.


Supervision Exercised or Received

The Equipment Operator receives supervision from the Landfill Foreman

The Equipment Operator has supervisory responsibilities over other personnel

Essential Functions

  1. Enforces and adheres to Federal, State of Kansas and local landfill regulations
  2. Assists in coordinating, directing and supervising the work of a large crew, placement of solid waste, compaction and covering of daily disposed refuse and Seward County landfill site
  3. Participates in safety training programs
  4. Exercises responsibility for the completion of activity reports accident and injury reports and equipment condition reports
  5. Analyzes causes of equipment breakdowns to ensure prompt attention to maintenance and repair needs and coordinates activities to attain maximum availability of tractors, scrapers, compactors, motor graders, water tanks, and other equipment used in Seward County landfill operations
  6. Schedules and directs work, maintenance and repair periods for facilities and equipment
  7. Trains and instructs new employees in safety practices, as needed
  8. Confers with Landfill Director and/or Landfill Coordinator on related problems and suggest new methods or procedures
  9. Handles and documents internal customer complaints regarding mechanical operations
  10. Performs preventive maintenance and inspection processes for wear on a wide variety of basic and complex equipment including heavy construction equipment, refuse collection equipment and other equipment
  11. Checks various gear boxes and fills, as required; cleans batteries and cables; checks for leaks in coolant, oil, air, lube oils and hydraulic fluids and for wear and cracks on frames and rails; removes and replaces minor and major components on construction equipment; rebuilds pumps and hydraulic systems on heavy equipment; performs metal fabrication and makes repairs with welding tools; makes adjustments to roller, sprockets, tracks, brakes, belts, hydraulic linkage, throttle and selector levels and blade control cables on construction equipment; performs overhauls, repairs and adjustments on engines, transmissions, clutches, differentials, carburetors, generators, distributors and various types of pumps; inspects, adjusts and installs various other parts on vehicles in the shop; may assist with maintenance of refuse collection bins and containers
  12. Demonstrates continuous efforts to improve operations, decrease turnaround times, streamline work processes and work cooperatively and jointly to provide quality seamless customer service
  13. Works cooperatively with co-workers and the public
  14. Works irregular hours, shifts, weekends and holidays, as required
  15. Observes and/or monitors employees’ behavior to determine compliance with operating and/or safety standards
  16. Maintains customer and employee relations
  17. Drives and works on trucks, when necessary
  18. Operates other equipment, when necessary
  19. Follows all safety regulations, procedures, processes and project goals
  20. Ensures all work meets with Landfill Department and truck driving expectations
  21. Manages recycling activities
  22. Operates all equipment in a safe manner
  23. Trains staff, trucker drivers and supervisors, as needed
  24. Assigns work to staff, truck drivers and supervisors, as needed
  25. Responsible for the direction of the work to be performed by staff, trucker drivers and supervisors
  26. May interview, select/hire, discipline and terminate employees, as required

Additional Responsibilities

  1. Adjusts work assignments and schedules in the event of an emergency to participate in emergency preparedness, response and recover activities, as assigned
  2. Performs related duties as required or assigned within job classification
Publication Date/Time:
4/9/2014 12:00 AM
Closing Date/Time:
Open Until Filled
Knowledge of 1. United States Department of Transportation (DOT), State of Kansas, Seward County and City of Liberal rules and regulations 2. Subtitle “D” Regulations 3. Landfill Department Operations Plans 4. Landfill Department Contingency Plans 5. State of Kansas, City of Liberal traffic laws and speed limits 6. Regulations relating to landfill operations 7. Modern methods, processes and procedures in operating a sanitary landfill 8. Solid waste, hazardous waste and wastewater landfill systems operation and the equipment used in the performance of the task 9. Principles and procedures for providing internal and external customer service; this includes assessing the needs of both to meet quality standards for services and to provide high levels of customer satisfaction 10. Seward County Employee Manual 11. Seward County departmental policies and procedures 12. Operating computers and relevant software 13. Preparation and compilation of various Landfill Department reports, e.g., to KDHE, Tax Reports, HHW Reports and Recycling reports 14. Working within the PC Scale/Tower programs 15. Operating trucks safely 16. Safe and required maintenance of both trucks and other equipment 17. Proper instruction on the operation and maintenance of trucks and other equipment a. Proper instruction to employee on the operation and maintenance of trucks and other equipment 18. Component and working parts of large and small vehicles 19. Safe work practices and work zone traffic safety 20. Use of mechanical and hand held tools, e.g., electrical diagnostic tools, specialty tools, pullers and wrenches 21. Proper structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and correct grammar Skills in 1. Providing effective leadership 2. Planning and coordinating diverse activities simultaneously 3. Operating surveying equipment, heavy machines, hand and power tools and other department equipment 4. Using hammers, socket wrench, grease gun and other tools; running a compost turner, water trailer, GPS surveying equipment 5. Speaking, with confidence, to other staff members and general public 6. Meeting and dealing tactfully with others; able to communicate effectively and clearly, both orally and in writing 7. Reacting appropriately to verbal and/or written communication 8. Active listening, speaking and writing 9. Managing tense, highly charged and/or emotional situations 10. Independent problem solving especially in complex problems 11. Emotional Intelligence, e.g. possesses self-awareness, self-regulation, self-motivation, social skills and empathic skills 12. Conflict management/problem solving/team building 13. Strong work ethic 14. Superb ethical behavior Abilities to 1. Carry out duties with a minimum of supervision 2. To oversee the maintenance of all heavy equipment in the Landfill Department 3. Safely operate heavy and multi-axle trucks 4. Follow directions and perform those directions in a safe and timely manner 5. Assess situations rapidly and make decisions in a timely manner 6. Analyze facts and exercise sound judgment 7. Establish and maintain effective working relationships 8. Carry out oral or written instructions and produce desired outcomes in a timely and accurate manner 9. Communicate effectively using superb oral and written skills; use interpersonal skills to interact with coworkers and supervisors and to exchange or convey information in a timely and accurate manner 10. Social Perceptiveness – be aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do 11. Problem Sensitivity - identify when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong 12. Goal Setting – set and achieve goals/articulate a vision or overall objective 13. Relationship Building - establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with department heads and employees contacted in the course of work 14. Time Management - manage time, especially during times of stress or when deadlines are involved; ability to complete projects within a required time 15. Manage projects and multiple priorities simultaneously 16. Maintain confidentiality
Special Requirements:
Education High School Diploma or GED required Work Experience Minimum of five (5) years of work experience driving trucks and working with heavy equipment Computer Skills Experience in using Microsoft Office, including the use of Excel, e-mail and other relevant modern office equipment Licenses/Certifications Must possess valid Class A & B CDL & CPM Licenses with air brake and tanker endorsement or be able to possess within thirty (30) days of hire, without record of suspension or revocation in any state; no felony convictions or disqualifying criminal history; MOLO Certification would be helpful.
Work Hours 45+ Hour Work Week – Full Time; Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; hours may vary Evening/Week-Ends As necessary Work Environment General indoor and outdoor environment; will be required to work outdoors in extreme temperatures Physical Requirements The work of a Equipment Operator is a highly responsible position which requires mental acuity. The Equipment Operator will be required to do complicated tasks: work in day and night environment, able to work outdoors in an extremely hot, cold, dry or wet environment; must be able to walk for long distances on uneven, sloped terrain in all weather conditions; must be able to work in hazardous or dangerous work areas or situations; must be capable of working under stressful situations including operation of equipment in bad weather or other difficult condition, e.g., heights, limited head room; must have acceptable vision for computer duties, performing pre/post trip inspection, driving trucks, operating heavy equipment, must have acceptable hearing to hear on the telephone and in public contact; must have appropriate voice skills to be clearly understood on the telephone, radio and in public contact; must have fine and gross motor skills and full use of fingers, hands and arms to perform computer or writing duties; must have good cognitive skills; must be able to sit for an hour or more, speak, hear, stand, walk, balance, stoop, squat, bend, and/or kneel. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Must be able to pull open a truck’s hood and other equipment requiring 100 pounds of force. Must be able to climb up, into and out of trucks/heavy equipment. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Special Skills Preferred Note At the discretion of Seward County, a Background Check may be made. Employment is contingent upon satisfactory completion of the Background Check. Nothing in this Job Description restricts the ability or right of Seward County to assign, reassign or eliminate the duties and responsibilities of this job either orally or in writing. Tasks and responsibilities may be changed at any time due to reasonable accommodations or other reasons deemed appropriate by the County. This Job Description does not constitute an Employment Agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change, according to the business needs of Seward County.
$14.00 to $15.50 an hour plus benefits.






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