Heavy Equipment Operator

King County   Pioneer Square, WA   Full-time     Construction / Physical Labor / Skilled Trades
Posted on March 4, 2023
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$36.67 - $44.33 Hourly

Maple Valley, WA

Job Type
Career Service, Full Time, 40 hrs/week

DNRP-Natural Resources & Parks

Job Number

SWD -Solid Waste



The Operations Section of King County's Solid Waste Division (SWD) is inviting applications for five (5) Heavy Equipment Operators. If you are a Heavy Equipment Operator who has experience operating heavy equipment with spreading, loading, compacting and digging in an efficient, productive and safe manner, this is your dream job! (SWD will be considering applicants who currently do not hold a Class A or Class B CDL but who are willing/able to obtain it within 6 months after hire.)

Here's Why...

Awesome Benefits: Besides competitive wages, County offers benefits that are unmatched by most private employers. This includes:
• Free health insurance for you and your dependents (An approximate value of $4968.00 per year compared to a private health plan)
• A pension plan with approximately 10% employer contribution
• A Deferred Compensation plan with a low participation fee
• 13 days of paid holidays, 14 vacation days, and 12 days of sick leave per year (vacation and sick leave will increase with seniority).
• Inexpensive Long-term and Short-term Disability coverage and Term-life insurance
• Employee discounts for services such as gym membership and cell phone plans and more....

Competitive Wages:
• A starting wage of $36.67/hour (Step 2 of range 50) with a top rate of $44.33/hour (Step 10). You can reach the top step within 4 years or sooner.
• You will start at $40.32/hour (Step 6) and advance to $44.33/hour (Step 10) after completing probation if you successfully completed State Apprenticeship program in the craft hired.
• Additional pay incentives available for unique work situations such as callout, emergency, stand-by, etc.

Work-life Balance: If you are looking for a job that values your life outside work, this is your position. While you may get opportunities to work overtime and earn more wages, the working conditions for this union-represented job allow you to prioritize your life after work.

Development Opportunities: Solid Waste Division believes in developing its employees. You will have plenty of opportunities for career advancement based on your skills and interests.

Serving the Community: Working for King County and the Solid Waste Division is more than a paycheck - you will be an integral part of a mission-oriented organization focusing on environmental collaboration and innovation to make the lives of our citizens better.

Examples of Job Duties:
• Operate a large dozer D-9 or similar in grading, excavating and back-filling.
• Operate a refuse compactor at the County landfill site.
• Operate a push/pull scraper of twenty-five yards covering compacted solid waste and excavating and moving soil.
• Operate other equipment such as sweepers, slope mowers, cranes, front-end loaders and graders.
• Apply knowledge of driving laws and proper use of equipment, road building materials, basic survey principles, construction safety principles, and environmental regulations related to landfill work.
• Respond to on-site accidents, emergencies, and hazardous spills to assess immediate concerns and possible equipment use.
• Monitor, control and direct activities at job site; control flow and sequence of truck dumping, direct customers to appropriate areas.
• Identify potentially hazardous or unacceptable materials at job site and coordinate proper disposal.
• Perform visual safety inspection of vehicle; checking fluid levels and tire pressure, refueling vehicles, maintain vehicle cleanliness and perform pre-trip inspections.

Required Knowledge, Experience, and Skills:
• Minimum of two (2) years of demonstrated experience safely operating heavy equipment such as:
o Large Dozer D-9 o Back-Hoe
o Push/Pull Scraper
o Refuse Compactor
o Sweepers
o Slope Mowers
o Front-end Loaders
o Graders
• Demonstrated application of safety procedures with operating heavy equipment.
• Demonstrated ability to identify potential on-site hazards
• Ability to respond to on-site safety situations
• Ability to work in a team and independently
• Excellent oral and written communication skills and interpersonal skills

The Most Competitive Candidate Will Possess:
• Experience in landfill construction and maintenance.

Necessary Special Requirements:
• Valid Washington State Driver's License upon hire
• Valid Washington State Class A or Class B Commercial Driver's License upon hire (CDL) with current Medical Card upon hire OR the ability to obtain such License within six (6) months after hire.
• Current Washington State Department of Transportation Medical Card

Working Conditions:
Union Membership: Positions in this classification are represented by International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE), Local 302.

Work Schedule: This position's shifts/work schedule may vary depending on shift bids and operational needs. Scheduled work shifts include 5/8 and 4/10.

Work Location: The primary work locations for this position is the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill, 16645 228th Ave., SE. Maple Valley, WA.

Physical Environment: Must be able to work on heavy equipment and machinery on uneven slopes, surfaces, grades and terrain in heat/cold, wet/humid, inclement weather and other adverse conditions such as odor, high volume noise, dust and heavy traffic.

Application Instructions:
• All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply. This recruitment will be used to fill current positions and may be used to create a list of competitive candidates to fill similar future vacancies.
• Applicants must submit an (1) On-Line Application including the Supplemental Questions, (2) Copies of applicable Certifications and/or Special Licenses.
• If you have questions related to this recruitment process, please contact Jemima McMahon by phone (206) 477-4002 or email at jemima.mcmahon@kingcounty.gov.

The selected candidate, who possesses a CDL, will be required to undergo drug and alcohol testing prior to employment and, subsequent to commencement of employment, will be subject to random, post-accident, reasonable suspicion, return to duty and follow up testing. The selected candidate will be required to pass a physical examination and satisfactorily complete professional reference checks.

Supplemental Information

Forbes recently named King County as one of Washington State's best employers.

Together, with leadership and our employees, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference? Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play.

Guided by our "True North" , we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles--we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.

King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer

No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.

To Apply

If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions please contact the recruiter listed on this job announcement.

King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being. Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:
  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 12paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page .

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy. If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails. Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.

NOTE: Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position.Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.

For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.