Equipment Operator

Title: Equipment Operator
Reports To: Foreman

General Summary of the Position: Operate a variety of equipment utilized in the construction, maintenance and repair of roads, highways, parking lots, and plant operations.

Essential Functions:

(Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following tasks, knowledge, skills, and other characteristics. This list of tasks is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by positions in this class. It does not imply that all positions within the class perform all of the duties listed, nor does it necessarily list all possible duties that may be assigned.)

  1. Operate heavy equipment of various sizes and weights used in road, site, or highway construction, paving, or plant operations
  2. Properly follow company and OSHA safety procedures. Bring problems to the attention of the Foreman, Superintendent, Safety Director, or HR Manager.
  3. Follow Daily Procedures & Protocols as set forth in job orientations & trainings.
  4. Performs routine inspection and preventive maintenance on assigned equipment and refers defects or needed repairs to supervisor; cleans equipment.
  5. Assists in the installation and maintenance of traffic control devices. Controls traffic at work sites by flagging to guide traffic through work areas, as required or assigned.
  6. Assists in training of lower level employees performing the maintenance and repair duties as required or assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Other Characteristics:

  1. Considerable knowledge of heavy-equipment operating principles. Ability to drive and operate the equipment under varying working conditions.
  2. Working knowledge of methods, materials and tools used in street and road construction work.
  3. Working knowledge of hazards and safety precautions common to heavy equipment operations.
  4. Ability to perform manual work requiring periods of extensive physical exertion and potential exposure to adverse weather conditions.
  5. Ability to work from construction specifications or blueprints.
  6. Ability to understand and carry out written and oral instructions.
  7. Ability to meet attendance schedule with dependability and consistency.

Physical Work Activities & Exposure

Operators much have good eyesight and better than average coordination in order to operate both hand and foot levers simultaneously. They must have good judgment in order to perform complicated tasks, and must be able to work closely with other crafts without constant supervision. Skilled operators are constantly alert and observant of their surroundings.

  1. Work is regularly performed in outside weather conditions, including rain and extreme heat, near moving mechanical parts.
  2. Exposure to wet and/or humid conditions, vibration, dust and asphalt.
  3. Must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 75 pounds.
  4. The noise level is usually loud.
  5. Frequent sitting, talking or hearing.
  6. Use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls.
  7. Reach with hands and arms.
  8. Walk short distances, sometimes over uneven terrain.


  1. Five years of experience in operating heavy equipment, two of which must have been related to heavy/highway construction.
  2. Sufficient education to make appropriate arithmetic equations and complete written documentation; or an equivalent
  3. combination of experience, education and training that provides the desired knowledge, skills and characteristics.

Special Requirements:
Possession of or ability to obtain:

  1. A valid Massachusetts driver’s license with CDL endorsement with no active violations within the previous 3 years.
  2. A valid Massachusetts hydraulic hoisting license.

Apply For This Position

Please download the employment application print it out and mail it to:

Human Resources
Palmer Paving Corporation
P.O.Box 47
Palmer MA 01069


Fax with cover letter or cover page
Attn: Human Resources