Heavy Equipment Operator (Earthwork)

Position Summary

The Traveling Heavy Equipment Operator works on various construction sites to operate one or several types of power construction equipment, such as excavators, motor graders, skid loaders, bulldozers, scrapers, tractors, or front-end loaders to excavate, move, and grade earth. May repair and maintain equipment in addition to other duties.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Operates heavy equipment of various sizes and weights used in site or highway construction
  • Properly follows company and OSHA safety procedures. Bring problems to the attention of the project Foreman, Superintendent, General Superintendent or Safety Director
  • Follows daily procedures and protocols as set forth in job orientations and training
  • Performs routine inspection and preventative maintenance on assigned equipment and refers defects or needed repairs to project Foreman, Superintendent, General Superintendent or Safety Director
  • Helps identify any underground and overhead utilities have been located/exposed prior to excavating
  • Reviews trenching requirements with Superintendent and ensure any required protection is available
  • Keep project foreman, superintendent, or general superintendent informed of known actions, written or verbal, which may affect the ability to successfully perform tasks at construction project sites or adversely affect Company operations
  • Other projects or duties as assigned by management

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience operating heavy construction equipment
  • Considerable knowledge of heavy equipment operating principles
  • Ability to drive and operate heavy equipment under varying working conditions
  • OSHA 10 certification and the ability to follow applicable safety precautions as well as attend and understand Kevitt’s safety training is required. Working knowledge of hazards and safety precautions common to heavy equipment operations is also required
  • Ability to communicate effectively with all levels of management and employees, general contractors, and other subcontractors
  • Ability to understand, follow and transmit written and oral instructions
  • Must have good interpersonal skills
  • Ability to be punctual and dependable


  • Must be able to pass a pre-employment drug test and background check
  • Must be able to work 8-10-hour workdays, Monday through Friday, with occasional weekends. Must be flexible regarding work hours including possible out of town work
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Union affiliation or willingness to take the necessary steps to join the union

Physical Demands

The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by any employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and perform strenuous physical labor under adverse field conditions. Often required to sit, stand, walk, bend knees, stretch arms, talk and hear.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those employees encountered while performing the essential functions of this job. Employee is exposed to environmental conditions, working near machines and loud noises associated with construction sites. Exposed to variable weather conditions including rain, snow, wind, cold and heat.

Kevitt Companies does not accept recruiting agency solicitations.