Equipment Operator

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
$3,479 - $3,826 monthly
17 Apr 2017
End of advertisement period
24 Apr 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Position Summary

This position requires the operation of multiple pieces of heavy equipment to accomplish both scheduled and emergency services. These services include, but are not limited to, utility digs of all types of utilities, street/road maintenance, snow removal, equipment hauling etc. This position oversees all aspects of these individual services from locates, estimating, contractor contacts, safety etc. must see the job through until completion.

Minimum Qualifications

To be considered for this position, applicants must have:

  • Four full-time years (48 months) of experience operating a backhoe and/or motor grader.
  • Must have a valid Commercial Driver’s license CDL Class A with air brake endorsement.


Successful completion of a formalized apprenticeship program appropriate to the assignment may substitute for the required experience. Verification of apprenticeship program must be attached with this application to use this substitution.

Preferred Qualifications

Highly sought applicants will have many of the following:

  • Experience operating multiple pieces of heavy equipment (backhoe, motor grader, dozer etc.)
  • Strong teamwork and interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge of safety procedures when utilizing heavy equipment
  • Ability to learn and follow established campus regulations
  • Snow removal experience

Essential Job Duties

Job Duty Category

Excavating Services


Provide excavating services for utility repairs and installations. This includes all types of utilities (water, sewer, electrical, gas lines, etc.) and requires the use of multiple pieces of heavy equipment such as excavators, backhoes, loaders, tractor trailers, bulldozers, etc.

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Job Duty Category

Roads and Parking Lots


Build, restore and maintain non-asphalt roads and parking lots. Patch , repair and maintain asphalt streets and parking lots. This requires this position to work closely with contractors for completion of tasks.

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Job Duty Category

Specialized Services


Provide specialized services for the campus community which includes, but is not limited to, heavy hauling, large tree removal, lake dam work, building retention ponds, moving structures etc.

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Job Duty Category



Perform scheduled maintenance and repairs on all equipment which involves mechanical work, welding functions, etc.

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Job Duty Category

Snow Removal


Remove snow from campus streets and parking lots using a grader, loader, dump truck with plow and sander, snow-blower etc. This position responds to emergency snow conditions.

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Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants


  • Clearly document job duties you have performed that relate to minimum qualifications, preferred qualifications, and essential job duties in the Work Experience section on the application. Human Resources must be able to evaluate your experience based on this information.
  • Clearly outline dates of employment and hours worked per week for each employment experience listed in the Work Experience section of the Application so that Human Resources can calculate full-time work experience.
  • The APPLICATION is the only document that will be utilized to determine if minimum qualifications, as outlined in the job posting, have been met. The Application is considered to be the legal document on file; resumes will not be reviewed for minimum qualification requirements.


  • If an Application is considered “Incomplete”, the Application will be removed from consideration for the position.
    • An Application is incomplete if no current/ previous employment is included in the Work Experience section of the Application.
    • An Application is incomplete if “see resume” (or something similar) is noted, or previous employment does not contain job duties for every position in the Work Experience section of the Application.
    • Positions requiring a degree or if using education as a substitution for work experience (eg: Associate or Bachelor’s) transcripts are required in order to verify receipt of the required degree or coursework. If official or unofficial transcripts are not supplied at the time of application, the Application is incomplete.


  • When a resume is listed as a required document, it may be used in the comparative analysis/ evaluation process to determine the candidates that most closely meet the qualifications of the position. This process occurs after an application has passed the minimum qualifications screening.
  • Resumes will not be accepted in place of a completed application; however, some positions may still require a resume as a component for complete application materials.
    **Please see the Required Documents section of the posting.


  • The selection process for State Classified positions may include an exam(s), which requires candidates to physically appear (at the CSU campus in Fort Collins, CO) at the candidates’ own expense.
  • All status updates for this position will be sent via email from In addition to your Inbox, remember to check the Deleted and Junk folders for these important communications.
  • Pertinent updates to your Application status can be obtained by logging into your application account at


Conditions of Employment

Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Pre-employment Physical, Valid Driver’s License - State of CO CDLA with air brake endorsement, Essential Services Designation, On-call Status

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

Employment and Appeal Rights

If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination. Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging.

Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director’s Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director’s Administrative Procedures are available at

A standard appeal form is available at: If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.