Human Resources Department
212 SW 9th St
Lawton, OK  73501



  Principal Equipment Operator                         
LOCATION:   Water Distribution
BEGINNING SALARY:        $1,133.60 bi-weekly
CLOSING DATE :   Open Until Filled
STATUS:   Full-time       


POSITION PURPOSE:   Operates a variety of medium and heavy-duty equipment and trucks utilized in the construction, maintenance, and repair of the water distribution system; serves as regular lead person to monitor work flow, review and correct work, and direct work at job sites


  • Regularly operates a backhoe and track hoe in the digging of ditches; operates a front-end loader in the loading of trucks and moving dirt; operates trenching machine, winch truck and a variety of power construction and maintenance equipment.
  • Regularly drives trucks of various sizes and weights in the loading, hauling and unloading of various equipment and materials.
  • Responds to emergency operations when notified and participates in emergency operation  schedule changes for up to 12 hrs/day, or as needed
  • Regularly performs required labor involved in construction and maintenance projects to water lines, fire hydrants, valves and meters.  Labor will include pavement-cutting, ditch digging, laying and connecting of pipe and backfilling.
  • Regularly cuts, fits, lays, repairs, cleans and flushes water lines, gates, fire hydrants and fittings; shuts off broken sections of water mains


  • Graduation from high school or GED equivalent.
  • Two years prior experience related to the construction, maintenance, and repair of water lines, or any equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Working knowledge of equipment, facilities, materials, methods, techniques, tools and procedures used in the construction, maintenance and repair of water distribution systems.
  • Ability to assess the job at hand and determine course of action, making necessary changes or corrections if needed, in keeping with standard procedures.
  • Skill in the operation of the following tools and equipment: motorized vehicles and equipment including dump truck, pickup truck, utility truck, backhoe, track hoe, front-end loader, hydrohammer, trencher, saws, pumps, generators, compressors; common hand tools and power tools; shovels, wrenches; detection devices; mobile radio; phone.
  • Ability to perform heavy manual tasks for extended periods of time; ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing; ability to work safely; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, supervisors, other departments and the public; ability to understand and carry out written and oral instructions; ability to record information accurately; ability to read water atlas and road map.


  • Possession of valid operator's license and a Class "A" Oklahoma Commercial driver’s license or pass the CDL written test within 30 days and pass the driving test within six (6) months of date of hire.
  • Ability to drive vehicles and operate equipment in ALL weather, traffic and surface conditions.
  • Possession of or the ability to obtain Class “D” Water Certification as issued by the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality  within one year of date of hire.
  • Tools and Equipment
  • Light and medium weight motorized vehicles and equipment, including dump truck, pick-up truck, tractor, front-end loader, track hoes, backhoes, common hand tools, large gas-operated saws, mobile radio.



This position is assigned to the Water Distribution Division, which is located within the compound of the City of Lawton Public Works Department facilities located at 2100 SW 6th Street


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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.                                                  

Frequently:         Works near moving mechanical parts or in outside weather conditions.
Frequently:         Works near moving mechanical parts or in outside weather conditions.
Occasionally:     Exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes, toxic or caustic chemicals.


The noise level in the work environment is moderately noisy which requires hearing protection.


  • The work environment conditions described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 
  • While performing the essential functions of this job, the employee regularly works near moving and vibrating mechanical parts.  The employee occasionally works in high, precarious places; is occasionally exposed to fumes or air borne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals and is occasionally exposed to risk of electrical shock.
  • The employee will regularly be exposed to wet or humid conditions and will regularly be exposed to outside weather conditions of extreme heat or cold with occasional ice or snow.
  • The employee will frequently be working during hours of darkness and will frequently be near heavy vehicle traffic.  The employee will regularly be working in or near excavations or confined spaces. The noise level of the work environment is moderately quiet in the service vehicle; but in the field, is loud, accompanied by jolting and vibration.
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Or apply at: Human Resources Department, 212 SW 9th, Lawton OK   73501  Phone: (580) 581-3392  Fax:  (580) 581-3530

The City of Lawton affords equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, or disability status.

This position requires successful completion of a City of Lawton drug screen and/or physical as a condition of employment