Equipment Operator II

Drainage Division of the Public Works Department, City of Laurel, MS. | Salary: $12.98 per hour/ $26,994.24 annually + attractive benefits package | Open From: Sep 22, 2020 - Until Filled

Job Description

Job Context

The Equipment Operator is a full-time, permanent position in the Drainage Division of the Public Works Department. The immediate supervisor for this position is the Drainage Laborer Supervisor II. The person in this position is supervised on a daily basis and has no supervisory authority. The Equipment Operator works regular hours most of the time with occasional overtime and night work when the workload demands it. There is no shift work involved with this position. The person in this position is not on call. 100% of the work for this position is outdoors and requires work done in all types of weather conditions. The position has accountability for safety and legal issues related to the work for which this position is responsible.


There is exposure to chemicals and/or hazardous materials on a daily basis.  This exposure includes, but is not limited to gasoline, concrete, diesel fuel, dust and various other fluids associated with machinery operations.  The stress level associated with this position is average.  Physical work involved with this position includes, but is not limited to, heavy lifting, walking, bending, sitting for long periods of time, and climbing up and down from machinery.


Major Duties and Responsibilities:



Maintain concrete City ditches

Inspect ditches for problems or potential problems

Obtain appropriate supplies to repair ditches

Operate departmental equipment in order to pour concrete


Install concrete covers for pipes

Assure that pipes are properly installed for covers

Pour concrete over existing pipes

Ensure concrete properly dries


Install and maintain City street bricks

Inspect structures for problems or potential problems

Obtain appropriate supplies to repair ditches

Operate departmental equipment in order to pour concrete and maintain existing bricks

Allow concrete to dry

Ensure driveways are properly maintained


Clean out storm drains, as needed

Receive work order

Examine storm drains for blockages

Clean out drains by operating departmental blower

Remove excess debris from storm drains

Perform preventive maintenance on storm drains


Assist with maintaining City streets, as needed

Fill potholes using appropriate materials

Add asphalt to appropriate areas

Complete crack sealing as needed or directed


Perform other duties as directed


Certification, Education and Experience



Certification:    A valid driver’s Class A CDL license is required for this position.


Education:       A high school diploma or its equivalent is required for this position.


Experience:      At least 1 year of experience in this or a related field is strongly recommended for this position.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities




Proper operation of departmental equipment

Proper procedures for pouring concrete

Power and hand tool safety

Layout of City streets

Safety policies and procedures concerning heavy machinery

Locations of City properties

Procedures to maintain vehicles and equipment

Procedures to maintain and repair City streets

OSHA standards and regulations concerning employee safety

Federal and state statutes concerning the work of the department


General functions and operations of municipal government


Skills and Abilities:

Operate equipment properly and maintain equipment and vehicles

Prioritize daily work flow

Work as a team member with other employees

Meet specified or required deadlines

Make decisions within specified time restraints

Communicate effectively with residents, elected officials, other City employees, etc., both oral and written

Maintain confidentiality

Work autonomously when necessary

Handle multiple tasks simultaneously with frequent interruptions

Deal with others in a professional manner

Maintain professional composure in heated situations

Follow departmental and City policies and procedures


Physical Requirements:

Must be able to frequently lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects weighing up to 50 pounds

Ability to bend, stood, and crouch frequently

Must be capable of extending the hands and arms in any direction; handling, seizing, holding, grasping, turning, or otherwise working with the hands/fingers

Must be able to climb up and down trucks frequently

Must be able to work in all weather conditions


The duties in this job description are illustrations of the various types of work that may be required. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or logical to the position. This job description is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer change.

Fine Print

  • WIN Job Center referral
  • Valid “Class A” Mississippi Driver’s License
  • Social Security Card
  • High School Diploma or Equivalent Required