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Job Types and Equipment Descriptions

Equipment Operator 1

Operates light to medium sized industrial equipment in the performance of a variety of construction, maintenance, and other work in combination with assigned vehicle's operation or mode of function and performs light to heavy physical labor.

Medium weight equipment (double axle)

700 hours EO 1 differential, one year at the SUW or EO 1 level, one year servicing equipment at EO 1 level, or two years as UW

Possession of a Class B Commercial Driver’s License with appropriate endorsements and air brake endorsement

Examples of equipment include: aerial extensions under 35 feet, rear end loaders, tandem axle and single axle dump trucks, light sweepers, tractors and tractor mowers.

Equipment Operator 1 Job Specification

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Dump Truck - Large 

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Agency/Department: Public Works – Street Maintenance
Vehicle Description: Tandem-Axle Dump Truck
Attachments: N/A
Manufacturer: International
GVWR: 58,000 lbs.
Used For: Hauling Material
Qualifications: Class B Commercial Driver’s License with Air Brake Endorsement
Differential: EO 1


Trash Truck - Rear Loader

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Agency/Department: Public Works – Solid Waste
Vehicle Description: Rear Loader Trash Truck
Attachments: Hydraulic Compactor
Manufacturer: Mack
GVWR: 33,000 lbs.
Used For: Residential Trash Removal
Qualifications: Class B Commercial Driver’s License with Air Brake Endorsement
Differential: EO 1

 

Equipment Operator 3

Operates heavy industrial construction and earthmoving equipment used in construction, earthmoving, and/or hauling heavy equipment and ground and waste materials and performs light to heavy physical labor.

Heavy weight equipment (no axle specification)

700 hours EO 3 differential, three years at the EO 3 level, or two years’ experience at EO 3 (which must include at least two different types of equipment)

Possession of a Class B Commercial Driver’s License with appropriate endorsements and air brake endorsement. (Some positions may require a Class A Commercial Driver’s License with appropriate endorsements and air brake endorsement.)

Examples of equipment include: front-end loaders, motor graders, bulldozers, skid steers, cranes under a 40-ton capacity, asphalt paving equipment and tarmac snow removal equipment.

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Front-End Loader – Large

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Agency/Department: Denver International Airport
Vehicle Description: Large Front-End Loader
Attachments: Bucket – 8 yd.
Manufacturer: Caterpillar
GVWR: N/A
Used For: Excavation and Earthmoving
Qualifications: No License Requirement
Differential: EO 3


Motor Grader

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Agency/Department: Denver International Airport
Vehicle Description: Motor Grader
Attachments: Blade with Hydraulic Controls
Manufacturer: Caterpillar
GVWR: N/A
Used For: Excavation and Earthmoving
Qualifications: No License Requirement
Differential: EO 3


Runway Broom

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Agency/Department: Denver International Airport
Vehicle Description: Runway Broom
Attachments: N/A
Manufacturer: Oshkosh
GVWR: 45,000 lbs.
Used For: Cleaning Snow and Ice from Airfield Runways and Taxiways
Qualifications: No License Requirement
Differential: EO 3


Skid Loader

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Agency/Department: Denver International Airport
Vehicle Description: Skid Loader
Attachments: Post Hole Digger, Rotomill, Forklift, Trencher, Jack Hammer, and Power Shovel
Manufacturer: Bobcat – Other Manufacturers Include: New Holland, Caterpillar, and Ingersoll-Rand
GVWR: N/A
Used For: Excavation, Loading, and All- Round Construction Work
Qualifications: No License Required
Differential: EO 3

Semi-Tractor Trailer Operator

Operates a semi-tractor including box, hauler, or lowboy

700 hours STTO differential, two years at the STTO level, or three years EOS

Possession of a Class A Commercial Driver’s License with appropriate endorsements and air brake endorsement

Examples of equipment include: trailer, lowboy, box or hauler

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Semi-Tractor Trailer - Box

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Agency/Department: Public Works – Street Maintenance
Vehicle Description: Semi-Tractor Trailer
Attachments: Transfer Trailer – 51’
Manufacturer: Mack Truck and Travis Trailer
GVWR: 148,000 lbs.
Used For: Hauling
Qualifications: Class A Commercial Driver’s License with Air Brake Endorsement
Differential: STTO


Semi-Tractor Trailer - Hauler

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Agency/Department: Denver International Airport
Vehicle Description: Semi-Tractor Trailer
Attachments: Gravel Trailer Bed
Manufacturer: Freightliner
GVWR: 64,000 lbs.
Used For: Pulling Trailers, Dumping, and Hauling
Qualifications: Class A Commercial Driver’s License with Air Brake Endorsement
Differential: STTO

 

Equipment Operator 2

Performs full performance work operating medium sized, specialized equipment for a variety of construction, maintenance, and other work including the use of attachments designed to perform specialized tasks in combination with the vehicle's operation or mode of function and performs light to heavy physical labor

Medium weight equipment (double axle)

700 hours of differential at EO 2 level, three years at the SUW level, or two years at the EO 2 level

Possession of a Class B Commercial Driver’s License with appropriate endorsements and air brake endorsement

Examples of equipment include: aerial extensions over 36 feet, side loaders, tandem axel and single axel dump trucks with snow plows and/or sanders, sewer line jets and rodders, patch trucks, large street sweepers and paint stripers

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Alley Sweeper

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Agency/Department: Public Works – Street Maintenance
Vehicle Description: Alley Sweeper
Attachments: N/A
Manufacturer: Johnston
GVWR: 17,040 lbs.
Used For: Cleaning Alley Debris
Qualifications: Class R Driver’s License
Differential: EO 2


Plow Dump Truck - Large

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Agency/Department: Denver International Airport
Vehicle Description: Tandem-Axle Dump Truck with Plow
Attachments: Reverse-A-Cast Plow with Spreader or Chemical Tank
Manufacturer: International
GVWR: 60,000 lbs.
Used For: Snow Plowing, Sanding, or Deicing Streets
Qualifications: Class B Commercial Driver’s License with Air Brake Endorsement
Differential: EO 2


Road Tack Distributor Truck

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Agency/Department: Public Works – Street Maintenance
Vehicle Description: Tack Distributor Truck with 3,000 gl. Tank
Attachments: Boom with Oil and Tar Sprayers
Manufacturer: Etnyre
GVWR: 36,220 lbs.
Used For: Spraying Oil and Tar
Qualifications: Class B Commercial Driver’s License with Air Brake and Tanker Endorsements
Differential: EO 2


Sewer Line Jet & Vacuum Truck

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Agency/Department: Public Works – Wastewater
Vehicle Description: Sewer Line Jet and Vacuum Truck
Attachments: High-Pressure Water Hoses and Vacuum Suction Equipment
Manufacturer: Ford
GVWR: 41,000 lbs.
Used For: Sewer Line Maintenance and Cleaning
Qualifications: Class B Commercial Driver’s License with Air Brake Endorsement
Differential: EO 2


Trash Truck – Side Loader

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Agency/Department: Public Works – Solid Waste
Vehicle Description: Automated Side Loader Trash Truck – 32 yd. Capacity
Attachments: Hydraulic Compactor with Automated Loader
Manufacturer: Mack Truck and Curb Tender
GVWR: 64,000 lbs.
Used For: Residential Trash Removal
Qualifications: Class B Commercial Driver’s License with Air Brake Endorsement
Differential: EO 2

Equipment Operator 4

Operates large, specialized equipment such as crane, dragline, backhoe, gradall, rotomill, profile machine and related equipment

700 hours differential at EO 4 level, two years at the EO 2, EO 3, or HEST level, or one year at the EO 4 level.

Possession of a Class B Commercial Driver’s License with appropriate endorsements and air brake endorsement. (Some positions may require a Class A Commercial Driver’s License with appropriate endorsements and air brake endorsement.)

Examples of equipment include: power shovels, clamshell loggers, gradalls, backhoes (6’ and greater depth), derricks diggers, asphalt pavers, asphalt profile machines, rotomills, and cranes with over a 40 ton capacity, and other equipment equal in size, rarity and complexity

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The City and County of Denver utilizes a multitude of equipment to successfully keep the streets and airport operating year-round. All licenses must be valid at the time of applying to and/or testing for a position unless otherwise stated. 

Class A Commercial Driver’s License for Combination Vehicles – Any combination of vehicles with a Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds provided the GVWR of the vehicle(s) being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.  Most Class A vehicles are trucks such as a semi-tractor trailer or truck and trailer combinations.

Class B Commercial Driver’s License for Heavy Straight Vehicles – Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing a vehicle not in excess of 10,000 pounds GVWR.  Class B vehicles includes straight trucks.

Class C Commercial Driver’s License for Small Vehicles – Any single vehicle, or combination of vehicles, that does not meet the definition of a Class A or Class B license, but is designed to transport 16 or more passengers including the driver, OR is used in the transportation of materials found to be hazardous for the purposes of the Hazardous Materials Transportation Act requiring a vehicle to be placarded under the Hazardous Materials Regulations 49 CFR part 172, Subpart F.

Class R Driver’s License – Any individual/personal passenger vehicle.

Some City and County Equipment Operator positions require certain endorsements to operate equipment. Below is a quick reference to endorsements that would be required.

T - Double and Triple Trailers
N - Tanker Vehicle with a capacity of 1000 gals or more.
P - Passengers
S - School Bus
H - Hazardous Materials
X - Combination Hazardous Materials and Tank Vehicle
L - Air Brakes Restriction
K - Intrastate Only

 

FAQs

Please view the document Positions Requiring a Performance Test to view all of the positions that require a performance test.

Please view the Positions Requiring a Performance Test document for a listing of all positions that require a performance test including: what is measured, time limits, re-take waiting periods, and how long scores are eligible to transfer.

Your qualifications and experience will be reviewed and if you are selected to test, you will be contacted by the department/agency to schedule a test session.

Applicants will perform a full pre-trip inspection at the beginning of the test according to Colorado CDL standards. For a copy of the most up-to-date Colorado CDL Handbook please go to the Colorado Department of Transportation website.

Testing can take up to one hour and thirty minutes. Some departments will also conduct interviews on the same day which can take an additional 20-45 minutes. Applicants will be notified prior to testing if interviews will be conducted on the same day.

If you are selected to test you will receive an email with testing information, including what to bring. Please read this email carefully as the requirements are different for each performance test. All equipment operators (EO 1, EO 2, and EO 3) must bring a valid CDL with appropriate endorsement and valid DOT Medical Card. Without this documentation, you will not be able to operate the equipment.

Applicants are encouraged to dress with safety and weather conditions in mind. Long legged pants, long sleeved shirts, and work boots are recommended. All equipment and arborist testing will be conducted outside as weather permits.
Lifeguard applicants will need to be prepared to enter the water on test day.

Passing scores are valid for one year. If it has been over a year since you have tested, you will need to retest. Prior scores are reviewed and when applicable they are transferred. If you receive an email to test then you do not have eligible scores to transfer.

Certain Equipment Operator performance scores can be transferred. Scores from EO Public Works Street Maintenance and Waste Water can be transferred to either position. There are differences in some equipment that will require you to test again. For scores that are eligible to transfer please refer to this chart.

Yes, as long as your CDL A has the proper endorsements required for the position.

 

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Office of Human Resources, Talent Acquisition
Webb Municipal Office Building
201 West Colfax Avenue
1st Floor - Human Resources Reception
Denver, CO 80202
720.913.JOBS (5627)
jobs@denvergov.org

Hours
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