Equipment Operator I/II - Solid Waste

Solid Waste & Recycling, 149 Gann St, Abilene, Texas, United States of America Req #915
Thursday, February 22, 2024


Under general supervision, to perform skilled work in the operation of solid waste equipment. Safely operate solid waste collection equipment on assigned routes. Perform occasional manual work.


These positions exercise minimal oversight of untrained employees.


Operate trash collection or recycling vehicles, and other Solid Waste Services vehicles and equipment as needed.

Pick up trash, brush, litter, bulky items, and recycling materials.

Read street maps and route sheets to locate route destinations. Learn and follow collection routes.

Perform basic vehicle inspections and preventive maintenance.

Check, service, and clean equipment.

Maintain vehicle records.

Safe completion of the route; and follow all Division safety rules.

Report unsafe working conditions, accidents, and injuries to the supervisor.

Inform supervisor of unsafe or broken sanitation containers and unsafe or, difficult or poorly maintained collection sites.

Complete paperwork, forms, and reports related to collection services.

Dump collected trash or recyclables at designated dump sites/landfill.


Train Equipment Operator I employees in the proper use of equipment.

Observation of safe practices of untrained employees.


Perform other job related duties and responsibilities as assigned


Knowledge of:

Operating characteristics and servicing of one or more types of solid waste handling equipment.

Work hazards and applicable safety precautions associated with assigned equipment and division operations.

Applicable traffic laws, ordinances, and regulations involved in the operation of assigned equipment.

Safe driving principles and practices.

Skill to:

Operate and care for a variety of tools, machinery, and equipment used in the area of work assigned.

Safely operate motor vehicles and equipment.

Ability to:

Complete assigned route by following written and printed instructions.

Read maps and write reports.

Maintain a safe driving record.

Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work, both internally and externally.

Follow and embrace the City of Abilene Core Values – Respect, Integrity, Service Above Self, and Excellence in All We Do.

Perform as a team member in a manner that accomplishes the Division’s mission and treats team members with dignity, courtesy, and respect.   

Experience and Training Guidelines:

For positions with more than one level, all listed requirements at the lower levels are required at the higher levels. Any combination equivalent to experience and training to provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities may be qualifying. Knowledge, skills, and abilities may be obtained through:

Equipment Operator I – CDL


This is an entry-level position designed to familiarize the employee with various equipment and routes.

Previous experience in the safe operation of large commercial equipment is preferred.

Equipment Operator II – CDL


A minimum of 90-days of experience with the operation and servicing of City of Abilene Solid Waste equipment and service routes is required.

Completed training on assigned equipment as verified by the assigned trainer on a Training Completion form is required.

Equipment Operator I / II


A high school diploma or GED is required.

License or Certificate:

A valid Texas Class A or Class B Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) with air brake endorsement is required.

Special Requirements:

Essential duties require the following physical skills and work environment:

Exposure to noise, outdoors, vibration, chemicals, and mechanical hazards.

Ability to travel to different sites.

With or without accommodation, the “X” indicates the overall strength demand of the position during a typical workday:

___     Sedentary – lifting of no more than 10 pounds

___     Light – lifting no more than 20 pounds; carrying up to 10 pounds

_X_     Medium – lifting no more than 50 pounds; carrying up to 25 pounds

___     Heavy – lifting no more than 100 pounds; carrying up to 50 pounds

___     Very Heavy – team lifting over 100 pounds; carrying more than 50 pounds

Physical Demand Codes:  The following describes whether or not the position is expected to exert the physical demands listed during a typical workday as well as the overall frequency of the task:

Codes for how often:

N         =          No

E         =          Extensive (100 – 70% of the time)

M         =          Moderate (60 – 30% of the time)

I           =          Infrequent (20 – 10% of the time)

A         =          Almost Never (<10% of the time)

Code / Task

_A__   Standing

_E_     Sitting

_M_    Walking

_M__  Lifting

_M_    Carrying

_M__  Pushing/Pulling

_M__  Overhead Work

_A__   Fine Dexterity

_E__   Kneeling

_E_     Crouching

_I__    Crawling

_E__   Bending

_E__   Twisting

_E__   Climbing

_E__   Balancing

_E__   Vision

_E__   Hearing

_E__   Talking

_E__   Other:  ____SMELLING (IN CASE OF FIRE) _________________






Other details

  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Employment Indicator Driver
  • Min Hiring Rate $19.96
  • Max Hiring Rate $25.39
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  • Solid Waste & Recycling, 149 Gann St, Abilene, Texas, United States of America