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Equipment Operator I

Company: City of Brownsville
Location: Brownsville
Posted on: June 9, 2021

Job Description:

Job Description

THE OPPORTUNITY: The City of Brownsville is in a transformative period driven by significant public and private investments such as the expansion of the Brownsville-South Padre Island International Airport Passenger Terminal, creation of a New Space City, the Port of Brownsville, Downtown Revitalization, and quality of life enhancements.

The ideal candidate for Equipment Operator I aspires to be a model of innovation, inclusion, and empowerment who enables bold people and ideas to thrive. The Maintenance Worker I will be a participatory leader: a results-oriented, relationship-building, self-aware team player who also possesses high integrity and politeness, and who fosters trust by building relationships with tolerance, patience, and support to provide the best value in service of the citizens of Brownsville.

The Equipment Operator I is responsible for operating equipment necessary in the maintenance repair and upkeep of streets and roadways, right of way, grounds, repairing cave-ins, drains and other related maintenance tasks. Operates specialized equipment, machinery or vehicles such as heavy construction vehicles, trucks with hydraulic pumping equipment, pressure sprayers, paving equipment, jackhammers, backhoes or cranes and other related tasks as necessary. The employee works according to set procedures under direct supervision and strictly adheres to all applicable state and local laws, regulations, safety rules, departmental policies, and procedures.


  • Safety Acumen
  • Leadership
  • Customer Service
  • Communication
  • Self-Awareness
  • Flexible
  • Critical Thinking
  • Trust
  • Responsible
  • Ethical


  • Must be able to read, interpret and follow work orders and procedures as necessary.
  • Possesses the ability to manage time efficiently to accomplish goals and tasks.
  • Must be customer service oriented, have a customer friendly attitude and professional appearance at all times.
  • Must maintain professionalism and technical knowledge.
  • Must be able to work effectively under pressure and stringent schedules and produce accurate and satisfactory results.
  • Must be capable of working with Management, internal department, other departments and staff to maintain positive image of the division and services.
  • Must be able to effectively respond to questions from Management, groups of managers, customers, and the public.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively at all levels, both orally and in writing.
  • Must have a genuine interest in training and leadership of team members.


The tasks listed below are those that represent the majority of the time spent working in this class. Management may assign additional task related to the type of work of the position as necessary.

  • Safely operates tools and equipment in all types of weather, or conditions.
  • Operates light equipment and tools, such as blowers, edging tools, sprayers, shovels, rakes and brooms.
  • Maintains facilities, tools and equipment in a clean and neat appearance.
  • Installation of road construction materials on construction sites.
  • Performs reports and completes routine forms for material accountability.
  • Maintains streets and roadways free of trash, debris, and FOD (foreign object damage)
  • Complies with all State and local laws; Departmental policies, safety rules, and procedures.
  • Reports hazardous and dangerous conditions in and around roads, facilities, including incidents/accidents immediately.
  • Operates heavy machinery or heavy construction vehicles, trucks with hydraulic pumping equipment, pressure sprayers, paving equipment, backhoes, or cranes
  • Operates hand and power tools such as trimmers, vacuum sweepers, outdoor hand held power equipment and mowers.
  • Performs preventative maintenance on all equipment and tools.
  • Follows established safety rules and regulations for the safe operation of equipment and machinery, reports accidents, equipment breakage and unsafe conditions to a Supervisor.
  • Performs other related work as required.


  • Requires High School diploma, GED or vocational training


  • Requires a minimum of 6 months of work related experience.


  • Job requires a current, valid Texas Class B driver's license, as required by State Law
  • Ability to pass a personal, criminal and employment background check.


Ability to exert up to 35-50 lbs. of force occasionally or a negligible amount of energy frequently to lift, push, pull or otherwise move objects. Performs work that involves walking, standing, stooping, jumping, stretching, or lifting all of the time and also involves exerting between 20 and 50 pounds of force on a regular and recurring basis or exceptional skill, adeptness and speed in the use of the fingers, hands, or limbs in tasks involving close tolerances or limits of accuracy. Work is primarily performed outside with exposure to dangerous tools, equipment, machinery, inclement weather conductions, noise and fumes. This position is subjected to emergency call back if required.


The City of Brownsville requires all employees to successfully pass a Drug & Alcohol examination and a Background Check.


The City of Brownsville is an Equal Opportunity Employer. ADA requires the City to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Prospective and current employees are invited to discuss accommodations.


The City of Brownsville participates in a generous retirement plan with retirement opportunities available at 5 or 20 years of continuous service. The City has an exceptional employee and family medical and dental insurance plan. Employees may also contribute to deferred compensation plans from Nationwide or VALIC or supplemental insurance plans from AFLAC and Colonial Life. Full time employees have the opportunity to accumulate 10 sick days and 10 annual days per year. Additionally, the City of Brownsville observes 12 holidays annually.


The City of Brownsville does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors.

Nothing in this job description restricts management's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time to develop our employees. This description reflects management's assignment of essential functions; it does not prohibit or restrict the tasks that may be assigned. This job description is subject to change at any time.

Keywords: City of Brownsville, Brownsville , Equipment Operator I, Other , Brownsville, Texas

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