HARRIS COUNTY Heavy Equipment Operator (Road and Bridge) in Houston, Texas

Position Description

Under direct supervision, the incumbent follows instructions and performs various manual tasks crucial to maintaining and repairing Precinct 4 roads, bridges and easements.

Performs the duties below; other duties may be assigned as deemed appropriate.

  • Follows applicable laws and regulations to ensure safety on all public roads.
  • Loads/unloads various materials onto or from vehicles or storage areas; secures materials for transporting; transports materials from camp to the job site.
  • Loads materials or equipment onto vehicles and installs strapping, bracing, or padding to prevent shifting or damage in transit.
  • Secures necessary attachments to vehicles or equipment for transport.
  • Retrieves and properly disposes debris and trash.
  • Lifts heavy objects by hand and cleans machines and equipment.
  • Shovels loose materials such as sand and gravel into vehicles or equipment and on areas of roads and rights of way in need of repairs.
  • Mixes, pours or shovels concrete or asphalt as necessary.
  • Installs road signs, sets up barricades and safety cones; flags traffic around or away from work sites.
  • Paints stripes on roads and crosswalks.
  • Receives operations training for tractors and other various equipment.
  • Operates equipment; including but not limited to, weed-eaters, jack hammers, maintainers, water trucks, excavators, dump trucks and tractor/mowers.
  • Operates and maintains equipment in a manner that assures proper working order.
  • Aids and assists with other necessary functions as directed.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Experience levels will be assessed by supervisors and will determine use of equipment and job assignments.


  • High school diploma or G.E.D. equivalency; and
  • A minimum of one (1) year of experience and/or job training in roadway mowing, equipment operation or a closely related field. NOTE:Additional education will substitute required experience on a year-for-year basis.

  • Must be honest, trustworthy and respectful.

  • Must be flexible and willing to adapt to changes.
  • Ability to multi-task and demonstrate sound work ethics.
  • Ability to apply understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions.
  • Ability to deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in standardized situations. Environmental and Physical Requirements:

  • Physical ability to perform job duties including: standing, walking and using hands to finger; frequently reaching with hands and arms and stooping, kneeling, crouching or crawling; occasionally sitting, climbing or balancing and talking or hearing.

  • Must regularly lift and/or move up to fifty (50) pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to twenty-five (25) pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to one hundred (100) pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities including: close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Regularly works near moving mechanical parts.
  • Frequently works in outside weather conditions and exposed to wet and/or humid conditions.
  • Occasionally works in high, precarious places and is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals; risk of electrical shock and vibration.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually very loud. The environmental and physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met/encountered by an 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.

Additional Requirements:

A Class "B" (CDL) commercial driver's license with air brakes endorsement is required to perform this job. The written portion of the CDL exam must be completed prior to employment. Prior to employment, an applicant must also apply for and receive a driving permit from the Texas Department of Transportation. An employee will have (2) opportunities to pass the driving portion of the CDL exam to obtain this license on County time, within 120 days of employment.

NOTE: Qualifying education, experience, knowledge and skills must be documented on your job application. You may attach a resume to the application as supporting documentation; but* ONLY information stated on the application will be used for consideration.*

General Information


  • Monday - Friday / 7:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Seasonal) & 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.


  • Based on 26 Pay Periods

Positions available at Spring, Humble and Lyons Camp

Harris County Precinct 4 strives to maintain a drug and alcohol free environment in the workplace. All new employees are required to pass a drug and alcohol-screening test and may be subject to random testing as a condition of continued employment.

Salary: $12.50 Hourly

Location: Houston, TX

Job Type: Regular Full-time

Job Number: 01532

Department: Commissioner Precinct 4

Closing: Continuous

Agency: Harris County

Address: 1310 Prairie Street, Ste. 170 Houston, Texas, 77002.

Phone: 713-274-5445

Website: http://www.harriscountytx.gov/hrrm/employment.aspx