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DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS:  This is skilled mechanical work involving the responsibility for the safe and efficient operation of complex motor driven construction equipment. Employees in this class are usually responsible for the maintenance of their equipment. Work is performed under general supervision in accordance with established policies and procedures. Supervision is exercised over motor equipment operators and laborers.  Performs related work as required.

TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES: (Illustrative only)

  • Assists management with the set up of jobs, ensuring all necessary equipment and material is available and on site;
  • Oversees workers on job sites including laborer’s, truck drivers, and sub-contractors;
  • Provides job progress updates to higher ranking workers including Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner and Engineering Supervisor;
  • Assists with any problems or issues that may arise on a job site;
  • Oversees snow and ice removal;
  • Coordinates with work crews to ensure roads are opened in a timely and safe manner following major storms;
  • Coordinates crews and assists with emergency storm repair including bridge and road repair;
  • Works with management in the purchasing and procurement of equipment and tools;
  • Operates a grader in scraping, leveling and construction tasks;
  • Operates a power shovel in general excavation and fill work for highways, bridge approaches and culverts;
  • Operates a bulldozer in cutting and filling ditches and related construction work;
  • Operates a grader in cleaning out and digging ditches to place culverts;
  • Operates graders, backhoes, pavers and sweepers in maintaining roads;
  • Performs minor repair and maintenance work on construction equipment;
  • Performs a variety of related activities as required.

Typical Work Activities are intended only as illustrations of possible types of work that might be appropriately assigned to an incumbent of this title. Work activities that do not appear above are not excluded as appropriate work assignments, as long as they can be reasonably understood to be within the logical limits of the job.

FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS Thorough knowledge of the operation and maintenance of complex construction equipment; good knowledge of the safety precautions in the operation of construction equipment; ability to supervise others; ability to manage a construction and/or road crew, ability to make independent decisions, ability to service and make minor repairs to construction equipment; ability to understand and carry out oral and written directions; manual dexterity; mechanical aptitude; dependability, leadership, good judgment.


Five (5) years of experience in the operation of automotive equipment, three (3) years of which shall have been in the operation of complex construction equipment. 


Possession of a valid New York State Class “B” or higher Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) with endorsements appropriate to the type of motor equipment being operated.



Pending Jurisdictional Classification

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Our mission is to administer, in a fair and equitable manner, the provisions of New York State Civil Service Law and Putnam County Civil Service Rules with respect to the offices and employments in the classified service of Putnam County and the civil divisions therein, which include the towns, villages, school districts, libraries and special districts.

It is Putnam County Personnel Department’s responsibility to ensure Putnam County taxpayers of a public workforce qualified for their jobs pursuant to the principles of selection according to merit and fitness as set forth in Article 5, §6 of the New York State Constitution.

  • Paul Eldridge

    Personnel Officer

Putnam County Office Building

40 Gleneida Avenue
Carmel, New York 10512

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