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Heavy Equipment Operator

Heavy Equipment Operator

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The heavy equipment operator has the responsibility to safely and effectively operate all heavy equipment required to fulfill scheduled and unscheduled job scopes. Typical types of equipment used are front-end loaders, excavators, graders, blades and telehandlers. The COP heavy equipment operator will be responsible to be a team participant to help the field crew produce measureable, positive field performance including safety, productivity, team morale, quality, and customer satisfaction. He/she will be required to collaborate positively and with all field foreman, craftsmen, clients, superintendent, subcontractors and COP support staff personnel in order to net positive business outcomes. The heavy equipment operator is expected to be an active, fully engaged, vocal and self-committed supporter of COP’s safety practices at all times.


  • Be an active participant and engaged employee with all safe work practices and policies.
  • Works with and assists the crew in digging trenches using trench boxes, hoisting material, tools, equipment, and any related work with front-end loaders, excavators, graders, blades and telehandlers.
  • Performs routine inspection and preventive maintenance on assigned equipment and refers defects or repairs to the supervisor; cleans equipment.
  • Help support equipment load and unload activities as instructed.
  • Maintain a high degree of professional etiquette at all times:
  • Demonstrate critical thinking.


  • Have proven knowledge of industry dig standards and heavy equipment operations safe work practices.
  • Abide by all existing COP and client policies, standards, and procedures at all times.
  • Successfully pass mandatory prescreen equipment operations field practical test demonstration.
  • Have a minimum of 5 years validated relevant past work experience operating heavy equipment in heavy, highway, municipal-utilities and industrial environments.

Successful candidate must meet all conditions of COP's Drug and Alcohol testing requirements as a condition of employment.  Drug/alcohol screening is administered post-offer and pre-employment.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), both the analysis of work and the position description must focus on essential functions and what are actually required and not the ways they are currently or customarily performed. “The term essential function means the fundamental job duties of the employment position the individual with a disability holds or desires.”  (Reference 29 CFR §1630.2(n)(1).)  The physical demands for this position is as follows: stretching, walking, stooping, kneeling, crouching and/or crawling; reaching, handling, smelling, talking, hearing; seeing; or other demands.


COP provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. COP complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.


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