Heavy Equipment Operator - Sign Maintenance

Description :


JOB TITLE: Heavy Equipment Operator - Sign Maintenance

DEPARTMENT: Secondary Road Department

REPORTS TO: Bridge and Sign Crew Foreman

FLSA STATUS: Non-exempt

FUNCTIONAL TITLE: Sign maintenance person

Under the direction of the Bridge and Sign Foreman, fabricates, installs and maintains traffic control signs and corresponding records, operates a sign maintenance truck, and assists with repair of county bridges.


Assignments may vary from position to position. However, the incumbent can be expected to perform a variety of the following:
Installs new signs and posts, repairs existing signs, maintains a computerized sign inventory, maintains an inventory of sign materials on hand and informs supervisor of materials needed for ongoing maintenance.
Designs layouts for and fabricates special signs as needed.
Responsible for making advance one-calls for buried utility locates.
Performs routine maintenance on bridges, such as; removing and installing bridge plank and repairing guardrail.
Operates medium to light equipment (tandem axle-truck, single axle truck, front end loader) to complete road surface maintenance and for snow and ice removal.
Operates truck with snow blade, wing, and sander; manipulates controls, lowers/raises blade and spreads materials to remove snow and ice from road surfaces; mounts and dismounts plow and blades.
Performs required manual labor tasks involved in road, bridge, tile and culvert maintenance, repair and construction projects, as a crew member, such as: dig post holes, put-up and take-down barricades, patch pavements, paint and repair barricades, shovels snow from sidewalks on departmental property, and performs janitorial service in departmental buildings.
Operates traffic control signs and directs traffic around road maintenance, repair or construction site following established safety precautions.
Operates power equipment and uses hand tools to cut trees and brush and clean-out culverts, operates or feeds chipper, treats stumps after brush cutting.
Performs a variety of routine equipment maintenance work such as oil change, grease job, and change blades. May also perform minor repairs, washes and cleans vehicles when needed. Communicates to the Shop Foreman of problems with equipment.
Maintains report on work projects such as what was done and hours equipment involved.


May operate medium to heavy equipment on a back up or training basis as assigned.
May operate a variety of manually operated auxiliary equipment such as air hammer and tamper, in conjunction with heavier equipment on various maintenance, repair and construction projects.
May operate loaders and loads truck with materials such as gravel, broken concrete or asphalt paving material, dirt and snow, drives truck and hauls load to predetermined site, manipulates controls and dumps load.
May function as checker and ticket collector for loads of construction materials to determine quantities used in road maintenance, repair, and construction.


The individual must possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities or be able to explain and demonstrate that the individual can safely perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills abilities.
- Ability to safely operate road construction, maintenance and repair equipment, including light, medium and heavy trucks; tractors; tractors; mowers; loaders; dozers; and any related truck-mounted attachments, and knowledge of maintenance and servicing requirements of such equipment and vehicles.
- Knowledge of the operating hazards of equipment and vehicles used in road construction, repair and maintenance and corresponding safety precautions to be taken during seasonal weather conditions.
- Knowledge of methods and techniques used in operating and maintaining diesel and gasoline powered vehicles and equipment.
- Knowledge of all County policies which affect the administration of maintenance and construction of the roadway system.
- Ability to safely operate a variety of hand and power tools.
- Ability to safely dig using a shovel.
- Ability to work outdoors for extended periods of time under unfavorable weather conditions, including extreme cold or heat.
- Ability to safely perform physical labor associated with road construction, maintenance, repair and signing, including walking, bending stooping, standing or kneeling; grasping or reaching objects, tools or controls; lifting and carrying objects weighing up to one hundred pounds; climbing ladders; and climbing in and out of cab of truck.
- Ability to maintain all required licenses, registrations and certifications.
- Ability to establish effective working relationships with co-workers assigned employees and supervisors.
- Ability to follow oral, written or diagrammatic instructions.
- Ability to maintain detailed records.
- Ability to verbally communicate effectively and clearly with employees and the public.
- Ability to effectively communicate with supervisory staff on issues that may arise including, but not limited to, road maintenance, equipment, and employee relations.


High School graduate
Work Experience
Three years of equipment operation preferred.
An equivalent combination of education, training and experience that provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the essential functions of the position.
Familiarization with Windows based software would be beneficial.
Required licenses, registrations and certifications:
Class A CDL with Air Brake driver’s license
Other certifications as may be required by county engineer
Required post-offer physical examinations:
By physician designated by county verifying the physical ability to perform the duties described.
Required drug testing:
Drug screen for CDL
Residency requirement:
County residency preferred but not required.


Manual dexterity is required. Sits, stands, walks, turns, and bends. Moderate to heavy (50 to 100 lbs.) lifting required when performing manual labor described above, under essential duties. Frequent sitting and operating equipment and trucks in various types of situations, also described under essential duties.


First Aid/CPR, Blood borne Pathogens, Fire Extinguisher Use and Operation, Hazard Communication. Work Zone Traffic Control, MSHA.


Work is generally performed in the cab of a truck or tractor, but much time may be spent outside in adverse weather conditions. The position involves exposure to extreme temperatures; humidity; dirt, dust, and fumes; snow and ice conditions; noise due to operations of machinery or power tools; and other hazards at road construction sites.
All requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities. Prospective employee and incumbents are encouraged to discuss possible accommodations with the County.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature of level of work performed by employees assigned to this job classification. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required of employees assigned to this job classification.

Contact :

Wright County Secondary Road Department has an opening for a full-time road maintenance employee at the Clarion Bridge Shed. Primary job classification is Heavy Equipment Operator-Sign Maintenance. Application form and job description is available at the Wright County Engineer’s Office, 416 5th Ave SW St, PO Box 269, Clarion, IA 50525, telephone 515-532-3597 or at www.wrightcounty.org , click on “Employment” and then “Application.” Applications will be accepted until Friday, February 8th at 3:30 pm. Wright County is an equal opportunity employer.



Job Title:               Heavy Equipment Operator-Sign Maintenance

Department:           Secondary Road Department

Reports to:            Zone Foreman

FLSA Status:         Non-Exempt

Type:                     Permanent Full-Time

Pay Grade:            July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019

                               Probationary, 0-3 months            $21.52

                              Probationary, 4-6 months            $21.77

                              100% Base Pay                         $22.02           

Benefits shall be as provided to employees of the Wright County Secondary Roads per the Wright County Employee Handbook

Location:               Clarion Bridge Shed or Where Assigned

Normal Workday:  7:00 A.M. to 3:30 P.M., Monday through Friday, hours may vary.  Subject to call 24 hours a day during emergency conditions.

Summer work hours from first Monday in May to last Friday in August are 6:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. Monday through Thursday.

Application form and job description are available at the Wright County Engineer’s Office, 416 5th Ave SW, P.O. Box 269, Clarion, Iowa 50525; Telephone 515-532-3597.

Applications close at 3:30 P.M. on Friday, February 8, 2019

An Equal Opportunity Employer

Deadline for Applying : Open until filled