Excavator / Heavy Equipment Operator

Chesapeake, VA


REQUIREMENTS:  ALL Applicants must be:

  • 18 years of age
  • Able to pass a drug test
  • Legally eligible to work in the US
  • Must be able to pass DMV screen requirements established by MEB’s Insurance Carrier
  • If assigned to a government project, US citizenship and clear background check may be required.
  • Additional Requirements for Craftworkers:
    • Must have own transportation to and from jobsite every workday (driver’s license not required)
    • Must provide own hand tools (excluding power tools)
    • May be expected to travel where the project requires (multi-state opportunities)

Primary Function: Safely operates heavy equipment including, but not limited to excavator, dump truck, loader, backhoe, tamper, water truck, and bulldozer.

Typical Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Operate a variety of vehicles and large heavy equipment while performing work inside industrial facilities, on roads and in right-of-ways including excavating, loading, hauling, and dumping.
  • Load gravel, dirt and sand; smooth and grade roads; spread rock and gravel.
  • Excavate trenches and construct ditches for installation of culverts, water pipes and sewer pipes; remove silt and debris.
  • Install various forms of trench and excavation shoring systems including trench boxes, sheets, plates, and hydraulic shoring
  • Make minor repairs and adjustments to equipment while in the field.
  • Evaluate lifting capacities of equipment & rigging versus weights of lifted materials.
  • Knowledgeable of equipment in respect to checking and maintaining all fluid levels and lubrication.
  • Assist other crafts when equipment is not in use.

Skills, Knowledge, Qualifications & Experience:

  • In some cases, may need the ability to read engineering drawings
  • Practice good safety habits
  • Possess knowledge in utility and site grading/construction
  • Read survey markings
  • Follow instructions and meet set standards
  • Judge distances and slopes accurately
  • Make decisions based on verifiable standards
  • Must have five (5) years of experience safely operating equipment such as dump truck, loader, track hoe, backhoe, tamper, water truck and bulldozer.


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