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



Job Title:

  Principal Equipment Operator
Announcement #:  2753
Location:   Wastewater Maintenance
Beginning Salary:        $1,133.60 bi-weekly
Closing Date:  

5 pm October 14, 2016

Status:   Full Time



Operates a variety of medium and heavy duty equipment, specialty equipment and heavy trucks utilized in construction, maintenance, and repair activities of water distribution and wastewater collection; serves a regular lead person to monitor work flow, review and correct work, and direct work at job sites and visits with the public concerning complaints.


  • Drives trucks of various sizes and weights in the loading, hauling and unloading of various equipment and materials and operates heavy equipment.
  • Performs required labor involved in construction and maintenance projects as part of a crew, including pavement cutting, ditch digging, manhole and line cleaning, main and pipe repair, laying and backfilling and operates a backhoe and track hoe in the digging of ditches; operates a front end loader in the loading of trucks and moving dirt.
  • Cuts, fits, lays, repairs, taps, cleans and flushes water mains, pipes, gates and fittings on repair of mains and services and installation of services, assists in shutting off broken sections of water mains.
  • Performs all duties in conformance to appropriate safety and security standards.
  • Performs labor involved in construction and maintenance projects.
  • Supervises the installation and maintenance of sewer mains and lines for a 1 or 2 man crew.
  • Maintains materials and equipment inventory
  • Insures proper preventative maintenance on equipment assigned to activity and cleans equipment to insure the proper maintenance of equipment and tools by cleaning and checking equipment and tools after use.
  • Operates a vacuum truck, flush truck, rod truck, dump truck and any other equipment related to wastewater collections and maintenance
  • Operates a survey level and laser level during construction projects.
  • Assists in the training of lower level employees to increase their skills in the maintenance, construction and repair of water and sewer facilities.
  • Uses locating equipment to determine the location of buried water and wastewater lines.
  • Responds to emergency situations.
  • Must enter confined spaces.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • To perform this job satisfactorily, the individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Graduation from high school or GED equivalent and three (3) years prior experience related to construction, maintenance, and repair of streets, water lines, sewer lines, or refuge disposal; or any equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Considerable knowledge of equipment, facilities, materials, methods and procedures used in maintenance, construction and repair activities of water lines, sewer lines.  Skill in the operation of the following tools and equipment, back hoe, front end loader, motorized vehicles and equipment, including dump truck, pickup truck, utility truck, jet inductor truck; manlift; saws; pumps; generators; compressors; common hand and power tools, shovels, wrenches; detection devices; mobile radio; phone; ditch witch; survey level; laser level.
  • 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, other departments and public; ability to understand and carry out written and oral instructions; ability to operate survey level and laser level; ability to operate television equipment in main inspection; ability to provide leadership for small crews.
  • Knowledge of the materials, methods, techniques, tools and equipment used in the areas of specialization.  Knowledge of the occupational hazards involved and safety precautions necessary for the safe conduct of work and equipment operation.
  • Ability to plan, layout work, supervises a group of subordinates and obtains effective results and meet established schedules.  Ability to maintain required operating records and prepares reports.  Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates and the public.  Ability to understand and follow complex oral and written instructions and to work from sketches and plans.  Ability to make decisions recognizing established precedent, and practices and to use resourcefulness and tact in meeting new problems.  Ability to understand and follow complex oral and written instructions and to work from sketches and plans.  Ability to perform grade and elevation mathematical calculations.
  • Possession of valid driver’s license at date of hire.  Possession of a Class "A" Oklahoma Commercial driver’s license or pass the written test within 30 days and obtain the license within six (6) months of employment.
  • Class D Certification in Wastewater within one year of date of hire; willingness to obtain a higher certification.

This position is assigned to the Wastewater Collection/Wastewater Maintenance Division, which is located within the compound of the City of Lawton Public Works Department facilities located at 2100 SW 6th Street.


Regularly:        Required to use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools or controls and reach with hands and arms. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. The employee must frequently lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, up to 50 pounds.  

Frequently:      Required to stand and talk or hear, walk, sit, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and smell. The employee must frequently lift and or move up to 80 pounds

Occasionally:               Smell materials to better identify or insure purity (lack of contamination).

Rarely:              Lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects up to 100 pounds, including the human body.

    EOE/ AA Employer/Vets/Disability
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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.