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Seward County Road & Bridge Equipment Operator/Truck Driver

December 2, 2021 2:54 pm

Job Details

Company: Seward County

Address: 515 N. Washington

Location: Liberal, KS

Zip: 67901

Phone Number:

Fax Number:

Email: [email protected]


Job Position: Full Time

Road & Bridge Equipment Operator/Truck Driver


Job Description

Under general supervision the Grader/Equipment Operator performs work of moderate difficulty in the operation of heavy equipment and multi-axle trucks used in the construction, maintenance and repair of Seward County roads. Although the work performed is frequently laid out in general terms and inspected upon completion, intermediate phases of work are completed without assistance. The Grader/Equipment Operator position is a highly responsible position because the Grader/Equipment Operator is entrusted with the safe repair and of all roads within Seward County. Due to unforeseen circumstances, this position may be stressful at times and requires the ability of the Grader/Equipment Operator to occasionally consider a different course of action of deviate from standard operating procedures to get the job done.

Position Requirements


High School Diploma or GED required


Must possess valid CDL License


Essential Job Functions and Responsibilities

Essential Functions

  1. Follows all safety regulations, procedures, processes and project goals
  2. Ensures all work meets with Road & Bridge Department expectations
  3. Assesses needed road and ditch repairs; conveys information to Road Foreman
  4. Maintain proper signage in each district and keep all debris/trash cleared from ditch/roadway.
  5. Operates all equipment in a safe manner (dump trucks, back hoe, semi-truck trailer, scraper, water truck, skid loaders, salt trucks, plows, loaders, asphalt saw, street sweeper, chain saws tractor with packer or mower behind, etc.
  6. Plows snow, salt and/or sands Seward County roads
  7. Operate power-driven machine, equipped with movable hoe or shovel (front or back mounted, pull or push to fill bucket) to excavate or move dirt, rock, sand and other materials
  8. Operate tractor (rubber-tired or track-type) equipped with front mounted blade to gouge out, push, transport, level and distribute earth, rocks, trees, structures, etc. in preparation for and during construction and maintenance of roads, pits, quarries, etc.
    1. Push levels and depress pedals to move machine, to lower and push/pull bucker into material to be loaded and to lift, swing an dump contents of bucket into truck, railcar or onto conveyor, hopper or stockpile with minimal spillage
  9. Push other pieces of equipment, as intended for their efficient operation
    1. Start engine, shift gears, press pedals and move levers to perform all driving and operating functions
  10. Drive blade and move levers to regulate height and angle of grader blade, to raise and lower scarifier or ripper that loosens packed materials to permit grading and to tilt front wheels when making sharp turns or working on steep or slick surfaces
  11. Drive blade in successive passes over working area and observes references takes, slope meter or hand signals of assisting worker to level surface
    1. Feel lever and listen to sound of engine to determine depth of cut and/or hardness of material
  12. Operate self-propelled blade (grader, road grader, motor grader) to spread, remove, plow, doze and level dirt, gravel, hot and cold mix asphalt, snow, ice, stone, etc. to specifications in maintenance and construction of earthwork structures such as ditches, slopes, highways, street, dikes and temporary roads
  13. Perform rough grading
    1. Start engine, shift gears, press pedals and turn steering wheel to perform driving functions.Move levers to raise, lower, tilt, scoop and dump, engage and disengage from bulk materials in the performance of operating functions
  14. Maintains regular attendance and punctuality


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


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities –Knowledge of

  1. Applicable Code of Federal Regulations and applicable State of Kansas Annotated Statutes
  2. 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
  3. Seward County Employee Manual
  4. Seward County departmental policies and procedures
  5. Component and working parts of large and small vehicles
  6. Construction and realignment earthwork
  7. Gravel and surface roadway maintenance, repair and construction
  8. Roadside drainage systems
  9. Snow and ice control
  10. Safe work practices and work zone traffic safety
  11. Street/highway/road maintenance, repair and construction and work zone practices
  12. Use of mechanical and hand held tools, e.g., electrical diagnostic tools, specialty tools, pullers and wrenches
  13. 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. Speaking, with confidence, to other staff members and general public
  4. Meeting and dealing tactfully with others; able to communicate effectively and clearly, both orally and in writing
  5. Reacting appropriately to verbal and/or written communication
  6. Active listening, speaking and writing
  7. Managing tense, highly charged and/or emotional situations
  8. Independent problem solving especially in complex problems
  9. Emotional Intelligence, e.g. possesses self-awareness, self-regulation, self-motivation, social skills and empathic skills
  10. Conflict management/problem solving/team building
  11. Strong work ethic
  12. Superb ethical behavior


Abilities to

  1. Carry out duties with a minimum of supervision
  2. Haul and place road maintenance and construction materials
  3. Construct and maintain drainage structures, gravel and paved roads and roadway drainage systems
  4. Operate heavy construction equipment and motor vehicles
  5. Participate in construction and realignment earthwork
  6. Read, interpret and apply written directive including manual provisions
  7. Assess situations rapidly and make decisions in a timely manner
  8. Analyze facts and exercise sound judgment
  9. Establish and maintain effective working relationships
  10. Carry out instructions furnished in writing, oral or diagram form and to produce desired outcomes in a timely and accurate manner
  11. 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
  12. Social Perceptiveness – be aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do
  13. Problem Sensitivity – identify when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong
  14. Goal Setting – set and achieve goals/articulate a vision or overall objective
  15. Relationship Building – establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with department heads and employees contacted in the course of work
  16. Time Management – manage time, especially during times of stress or when deadlines are involved; ability to complete projects within a required time
  17. Manage projects and multiple priorities simultaneously
  18. Maintain confidentiality


Physical Requirements

The work of a Grader/Equipment Operator is a highly responsible position which requires mental acuity. The Grader/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 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 performing pre/post trip inspection, driving trucks, operating heavy equipment, shovel/raking roadway materials, setting up signs/cones, installing right-of-way fencing, maintaining bridges/guardrails/culverts/road-side drainage, operating the crusher plant, weed whacking and trimming trees; 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, mobile radio and in public contact; must have fine and gross motor skills and full use of fingers, hands and arms to perform 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.  May be required to lift, carry, drag or push boxes or equipment up to 135 pounds. Must be able to tarp loads, pull open a truck’s hood and other equipment requiring 100 pounds of force. Must be able to use grease gun to lube equipment, use hand tools, remove/replace guards and rails, requires upper body forces of up to 40 pounds. Must be able to climb ladders to get into and out of grader and other vehicle/heavy equipment. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Additional Information


Work Hours

40 Hour Work Week – Full Time; Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; hours may vary


As necessary

Work Environment

General outdoor environment and may be required to work outdoors in extreme temperatures

Employee must submit to pre employment drug and alcohol testing and random drug and alcohol testing.




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.

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