Public Works Equipment Operator I (Water Distribution Division)

Description :

                      CLASS TITLE:  Public Works Equipment Operator I




Performs a variety of unskilled and semiskilled tasks and is engaged in the maintenance and repair of city facilities, including the water distribution systems, streets and sewers; generally, but not limited to the operation of trucks and medium sized equipment. 



  • Participates in the repair and replacement of fire hydrants, valves, distribution and service lines, meter and valve boxes and other related facilities.
  • Operates backhoe, front-end loader, bobcat, power rodder, flusher truck, forklift, trencher, street broom water truck, grader, bulldozer, tractor, paint machine, thermoplastic machine, thermoplastic trailer pre-melter, glue sprayer, grinder, vacuum, blower, sign post driver, street sweeper and other light to medium construction equipment.
  • Performs skilled service and maintenance as pipefitting, water taps, boring or pushing under roadways, hydrostatic testing, bacteriological sampling, brick and rock laying, cement work, painting and remodeling, plumbing, carpentry and mowing activities when not engaged in equipment operation.
  • Performs general manual labor as required.
  • Performs other work as necessary and or as assigned.
  • Must report to work on a regular and timely basis.


The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position. 



The Public Works Equipment Operator I reports directly to the Maintenance Leader II in the water and sewer areas.  The Public Works Equipment Operator I reports directly to the Environmental Control Supervisor in Environmental Control. 

The Public Works Equipment Operator I reports directly to the Traffic Supervisor in the Traffic Division. 

The Public Works Equipment Operator I reports directly to the Streets Maintenance Leader II in the Streets Division.


The Public Works Equipment Operator I does not have any direct reports or supervisory responsibilities. 




Training and Experience:  Graduation from high school or possession of a GED and two (2) years of experience as a trades helper or maintenance laborer in any of the construction and maintenance trades, including one year of experience in the operation of trucks and light to medium construction equipment. 


Knowledge, Abilities and Skills:  Good knowledge of manual labor work practices, methods, tools and materials of varied semiskilled maintenance work; and considerable knowledge of the hazards and safety precautions of the work.  Ability to understand and follow verbal and written instructions; ability to use mechanical tools and equipment; ability to operate various types of automotive and power equipment; ability to read and interpret plans and specifications.


Physical Requirements:  The physical requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements.  On a case-by-case basis, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  Physical requirements include occasional walking and standing; frequent lifting and carrying up to fifty (50) pounds; occasional lifting and carrying more than sixty (60) pounds; frequent reaching, handling and twisting; occasional balancing, stooping, kneeling, crawling and climbing; vision, speech and hearing sufficient to perform essential tasks.  Punctuality and reasonable attendance is essential.     Must submit to drug screening and fitness to work physical exam.


Licenses and Certificates:  Possession of a valid Oklahoma Class B CDL is required.  Must possess a class “C” Water license issued by the State Department of Health, or ability to obtain license within nine (9) months of appointment if position is in water or sewer.  Must obtain a chemical applications license if position is in environmental control.    


WORKING ENVIRONMENT:  Work in this classification is primarily outdoors.  Will travel to other city locations as required.  Exposure to wet, hot, cold and/or humid conditions.  Requires ability to work weekends and holidays as required and maintain a stand-by status. 


STARTING PAY:  $11.66/hr.  Excellent employee benefits (insurance, vacation leave, sick leave, retirement, holidays).


WORK HOURS:  8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.


WORK LOCATION:  City of Muskogee Public Works Department, Water Distribution Division, 1401 South B Street, Muskogee, Oklahoma.

Contact :


RESUMES MAY BE SUBMITTED BUT WE REQUIRE THAT OUR EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION BE COMPLETED AND SUBMITTED ALSO.  The employment application can be found on our website:  Just click on “Menu” at the top left side of the page (in the green bar), then under that go to “Departments” & click on “Human Resources”, then click on “Links and Downloads” on the left hand side of the page, then click on “Applications” (toward the bottom of the page), then click on “Employment Application” (print and fill out) or “Fillable Employment Application” (fill out online), or one can be faxed, emailed, or mailed to you or you can pick one up from the City of Muskogee Human Resources Department at 229 West Okmulgee Street (the three story red brick building (Muskogee Municipal Building) at the southeast corner of 3rd and Okmulgee Streets).  The Human Resources Department is located on the First Floor, Room 102.  Applications can be returned to the same address or by mail:  City of Muskogee, Human Resources Department, P. O. Box 1927, Muskogee, OK  74402-1927; by fax:  918-684-6223; or by email:  If you should have any questions, please call the Human Resources Department at 918-684-6221 or inquire in person at the address above or fax or email (above).


DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS:  There is no deadline for applications – the position will be open until filled.



Deadline for Applying : Open until filled