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Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: W1001 / Light Equipment Operator
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Grade: 07

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The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.

Summary

Operates and may perform inspection and routine maintenance on various equipment including forklifts, bobcats, delivery trucks, small tractors, and sweepers in the performance of materials moving, trash removal, and other similar activities.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Operates forklifts, front skid steer loaders, and dump trucks to transport trash and materials.
  2. Operates mechanized sweepers.
  3. Operates tail gates and/or platforms to facilitate loading and unloading of materials.
  4. Drives 2;5-ton or heavier vehicles and may operate other light equipment.
  5. Performs routine inspection and maintenance on vehicles such as checking oil, water, and tires.
  6. Ensures proper care in the use and maintenance of equipment and supplies; promotes continuous improvement of workplace safety and environmental practices.
  7. Performs snow removal, as required.
  8. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • High school diploma or GED; at least 1 year of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Knowledge of materials handling equipment and procedures.
  • Ability to drive motor vehicles.
  • Ability to understand and follow specific instructions and procedures.
  • Ability to use hand and power tools applicable to trade.
  • Knowledge of light equipment operation and/or maintenance.
  • Knowledge of basic vehicle inspection and maintenance including tire pressure, checking oil and water levels.
  • Ability to read, understand, follow, and enforce safety procedures.

Conditions of Employment

  • Possession of a valid New Mexico driver's license is a requirement for this job.
  • This position is represented by a labor union and is subject to the terms and conditions of the CWA Collective Bargaining Agreement.
  • Successful candidate must submit to post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Work involves almost constant exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, toxic chemicals, biohazardous materials, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, and/or loud noises.
  • Extensive physical activity. Requires strenuous physical work; heavy lifting, pushing, or pulling required of objects over 50 pounds.
  • Work environment involves some exposure to hazards or physical risks, which require following basic safety precautions.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 05/24/2017