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Equipment Operator (Roads)
Number of openings 7
Department Public Works Department, Roads Operations , All
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CUPE 855 Outside
Employment Status:
Permanent Full time
Duration (if temporary):
Open To:
Internal/External Applicant(s)
Closing Date:

Job Title                     Equipment Operator

Wage                          $20.09 - $24.32 hourly (2020), with excellent benefits package and membership in OMERS pension plan

Reports To                 Supervisor, Public Works

Department                Public Works

Location                     Roads Operations - West A, West B, East

Hours                         Full-time is 40 hours per week

Other                          -Summer Hours: Condensed 40 hour work week in summer months to allow for one day off a week.

                                   -Availability  for additional hours required, specifically in winter season.

                                   -Travel through the City of Kawartha Lakes in accordance with job requirements; work location may vary.   


The Roads Division is seeking motivated team players to assist in maintaining 2700 km of road networks that make up the City of Kawartha Lakes. The successful individual will display their best collaboration and communication skills within their assigned depot, while safely and competently carrying out the duties of the position. 

(Message to internal staff: As per collective agreement closing date of job posting specific to internal staff only: July 21, 2020)

Job Description

  • Assist in day-to-day maintenance and compliance operations on City roads in an effective, efficient, safe and environmentally responsible manner
  • Understand City and Provincial road standards and monitor compliance; reporting anomalies to Supervisor and maintain necessary records
  • Provide winter control maintenance, road maintenance, sign maintenance, storm drain and ditch maintenance under the direction of the Area Supervisor
  • Provide traffic control duties; install and maintain traffic control infrastructure as per plans approved by Supervisor
  • Safe, competent and efficient operation of departmental equipment as part of regular road maintenance program including using a single, tandem or tri-axel snow plow with plow and wing, tandem truck, front end loader, street sweeper, tractor, tractor mounted brushing unit boom truck, mower, chainsaw, tree trimmer, string trimmer and other equipment as required
  • Snow plowing and sanding operations and snow removal as needed (roads and/or sidewalks)
  • General labour and maintenance duties including, but not limited to:  tree and brush cutting, road and sign maintenance, gravel and cold patching operations, road applications (calcium chloride), guardrail or sidewalk repair, shop maintenance, general vehicle and equipment maintenance
  • Provide roadside maintenance including litter, pickup of dead animals and other debris
  • Provide assistance to the public and provide general information in regards to roads maintenance issues
  • Keep daily time sheets, equipment log sheets, hours of work log sheets for Supervisor review and approval
  • Follow prescribed health and safety procedures including wearing personal protective equipment
  • Perform other related duties as assigned

Skills/Education Required

  • Secondary School Diploma
  • Minimum 1 year of related experience, preferably in a municipal environment
  • Must have a minimum one full winter control season driving experience operating a tandem, single or tri-axle plow truck with wing and sander (must be current, i.e. within the last five years); over any specified road type
  • Ability to read and understand current legislation as it pertains to the Hours of Work legislation, Occupational Health and Safety Act, Highway Traffic Act, Minimum Maintenance Standards, City policies, Operational Guidelines, and other legislation and laws as applicable
  • Knowledge and ability to safely and competently operate loaders, tractors and other equipment 
  • Ability to operate small hand tools and equipment, (i.e. chainsaw, weed eater)
  • Knowledge of road maintenance and repairs, both hard top and gravel
  • First Aid/CPR Certification, WHMIS training
  • Must have legible and accurate writing ability
  • Ability to work independently or as an effective member of a team
  • Effective oral communication and strong interpersonal skills to deal with members of the public, council and all levels of staff
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative consistently with commitment to quality improvement, sharing process improvement initiatives with management
  • Demonstrated time-management skills with the ability to prioritize assigned workloads and meet deadlines
  • Basic skill level with microcomputers and related software
  • Possess and maintain a valid Ontario Class “D” Driver’s Licence with “Z” endorsement and acceptable driving record

Applicants must be prepared for skill testing.


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