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Heavy Equipment Operator

Date Posted:  Nov 19, 2020
Requisition ID:  153002

Greenfield, IN, US, 46140

Work for Indiana

Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana’s communities every day.


About Indiana Department of Transportation:
The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) provides a dynamic workplace that serves Indiana citizens, improves our state’s quality of life, and enhances its economic opportunity. INDOT has a number of innovative programs and projects, including Public-Private Partnerships, Green Initiatives, and cutting-edge uses of materials and assets. As part of the State of Indiana, INDOT offers a competitive total compensation package, as well as outstanding work/life balance. Whether you are an established professional in the transportation field or just starting your career, INDOT has exciting and challenging opportunities for you.


This position is typically filled at a salary of $34,320.00 annually. Internal employees are subject to the promotion and demotion policies.

About the Job

In the District Highway Maintenance Division, the Heavy Equipment Operator operates heavy equipment throughout the district in conjunction with the needs of the various subdistricts.

A Day in the Life
  • Complies with INDOT Safety Policies and Procedures;
  • Works with district and/or subdistrict personnel to provide operational expertise;
  • Coordinates work and meets the needs and requirements of the Work Management System;
  • Moves equipment between facilities and/or work sites;
  • Performs regular inspections and routine maintenance of equipment being operated to insure proper operation and level of service;
  • Interprets plans, written instructions and verbal communication in order to accomplish site preparation, scheduled work and repairs;
  • Operates a wide variety of equipment, including any combination of heaviest types of construction equipment (e.g., cranes with 1,200 pound hammer and F-5500 diesel backhoe & front loader) to excavate and grade ditches, load heavy materials, clean waterways and/or perform similar operations, and a variety of lighter, less complicated equipment (e.g., dozers, rollers, tractors, loaders, forklifts, dump trucks, pickup trucks) to assist in construction and maintenance operations;
  • Excavates and grades ditches;
  • Constructs and maintains roads and bridges;
  • Digs channels;
  • Loads and/or hauls heavy equipment and materials;
  • Cleans waterways and/or performs similar operations;
  • Performs job documentation tasks such as entry into the Work Management System (WMS);
  • Operates a snow plow as required and performs other winter-related duties as needed;
  • Participates in the preparation and completion of special projects throughout the District;
  • Performs routine maintenance and repair of heavy equipment and completes related records and reports;
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
What We're Looking For
  • High school graduate or equivalent
  • Must possess a valid drivers license
What You'll Need For Success
  • Must have valid class “A” commercial driver’s license (CDL) or ability to obtain within 90 days;
  • Required to submit to and pass a drug test as a condition of employment;
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds;
  • Ability to perform physical activities such as lifting, dragging, stooping, standing and walking for long periods of time;
  • Must be able to endure exposure to inclement weather;
  • Must have ability to read, write, and communicate clearly;
  • Ability to follow directions and work as part of a team.
  • Formal education in arithmetic to include fractions, decimals and percentages, and to read, write and speak common English vocabulary;
  • Six months training or 6 months experience in operation of heavy construction equipment (e.g., 10-ton crawler, large cranes, 10-ton backhoe, 18-ton dozer, over 44,000 pound truck mounted excavator) and related safety practices;
  • Skill in operation of heavy motorized and construction equipment (e.g., crane, large backhoe and dozer, heavy crawler, excavator, tractor trailer); maintenance and repair of equipment; operation of light and heavy equipment and hand tools (e.g., dump truck, grader, forklift, tractor-trailer, chain saw);
  • Knowledge of safety practices associated with operation of heavy motorized equipment; arithmetic to include fractions, decimals and percentages;
  • Ability to carry out oral and written instructions and to complete records and reports;


Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes:

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) and vision/dental coverages
  • Wellness program (offers premiums discount for the medical plan)
  • Health savings account (includes bi-weekly state contribution)
  • Deferred compensation account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options
  • Group life insurance
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits
  • Paid vacation, personal and sick time off
  • Competitive leave policies covering a variety of employee needs
  • 12 company paid holidays, 14 on election years
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • New Parent Leave
  • Free Parking
  • Free LinkedIn Learning

If this is an Intermittent position, the position does not offer benefits and is limited to 180 working days in an eleven (11) month continuous period.


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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