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HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATOR (WASTE MANAGEMENT)

by The Regional Municipality of Waterloo

Location: Kitchener, Ontario
Date Posted: May 25, 2011

Job Description

Full-time


LOCATION:  Waterloo Landfill, 1516 Glasgow Street, Kitchener


Loads and unloads transport trailers with/containing waste and recyclable materials; hauls, levels, compacts, and covers landfill refuse at the tipping face daily, using heavy equipment such as bulldozers, compactors, hydraulic excavator, articulating dump trucks, roll-off trucks, water trucks, and front end loaders.  Performs daily maintenance circle check before taking equipment out.  Operates a rubber tire loader and excavator.  Maintains roadway leading to tipping face.  Operates an articulating dump truck to haul fill.  Operates a hydraulic excavator to load fill.  Operates compactor to push, compact, and cover refuse or to push and compact clay as required.  Operates a loader to turn leaves for compost pile; maintain brush, metal, tire, and shingle piles; and load items to pull windscreens around.  Operates loader and water truck to maintain the compost pad by turning and watering leaves.  Operates roll-off truck to pick up bins at rural transfer stations and other Regional sites.  Operates bulldozer to push and layer refuse on tipping face.  Operates an automatic tarp machine and/or hydro sprayer to apply alternate daily cover at the tipping face when required.  Operates a water truck to wet down or flush roads.  Uses a hand spade, bar knife, and pressure washer to clean equipment tracks.  Performs general maintenance duties, such as painting and repairing bins, maintaining rear doors on bins, welding or other housekeeping duties.  Heavy visual and auditory concentration, manual dexterity, prolonged sitting, twisting to look front and back, pushing, pulling, and reaching are required over 90% of the time.  Climbs in and out of vehicles, bends, crouches, and stoops on uneven terrain or slippery equipment surfaces to perform maintenance, clean wheels and tracks, move roll-off bins, and change loader attachment.  Work is performed outside 75% of the time in a heavy equipment cab, subject to constant vibration or jarring from rough terrain, proximity to other moving equipment in congested areas, landfill odours, dirt, and various weather conditions.   Equipment start up in service bay exposes incumbent to diesel odours.  Cleaning and maintenance exposes incumbent to dirt and refuse from landfill, diesel fuel, oil, and other fluids.  Incumbent is potentially exposed to asbestos or filter cake material.  Incumbent has contact with individuals who may be irate, difficult, or verbally abusive.  Travels to other landfill sites or rural transfer stations to pick up materials when operating roll-off truck.  Works statutory holidays, as required.  Wears personal protective equipment as appropriate.


Knowledge of basic reading, writing, and arithmetic skills and proficiency in the safe operation of heavy equipment, with a minimum of loader, bulldozer, compactor, excavator and roll-off truck, normally acquired through the attainment of a Grade 12 secondary school education plus three years experience in a similar environment, or equivalent.  (Equivalency would be attained through Grade 10 secondary school education and three years directly related experience). Knowledge of Regional policies and procedures, ISO 14001, as well as Provincial and Federal legislation including the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Environmental Protection Act.  Knowledge of height and weight restrictions on transport vehicles as per Highway Traffic Act.  Knowledge of landfill operations to follow grade stakes and maintain a grade within 8 inches.  Communication and human relations skills to exchange or provide information to contractors, customers, supervisors, and co-workers; to participate as an effective team member.  Awareness and mechanical aptitude to identify maintenance requirements, perform regular equipment maintenance checks, use air compressor, power or hand tools, and comply with safety policy and procedures required for operation of equipment.  Ability to read and understand owners manuals, safety policies and manuals, maintenance requirements, instructions, labels, Material Safety Data Sheets, memos, policy material, and time cards.  Ability to write notes and recommendations for procedural or equipment changes and to complete daily check lists.  Ability to communicate effectively with co-workers using two-way radio.  A valid Class DZ drivers licence and acceptable driving record are required in order to operate Regional equipment.  Ability to support and project values compatible with the organization.


WAGE:  $24.93 per hour


IS SHIFT WORK NORMALLY REQUIRED:  NO


HOURS OF WORK:  Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Please apply online, by the closing date May 30, 2011 quoting competition number 2011-1191, or send your resume to: The Regional Municipality of Waterloo, Human Resources, 150 Frederick Street, 3rd Floor, Kitchener, ON N2G 4J3.

We thank all applicants in advance; however, we will be corresponding only with those selected for an interview.




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