Job description Maintenance Equipment Operator - Public Works near Vancouver (BC)

Find out what work is like for a maintenance equipment operator - public works in Canada. This work description is applicable to all Public works maintenance equipment operators and related workers (NOC 74205).

Public works maintenance equipment operators and related workers


Public works maintenance equipment operators and related workers operate vehicles and equipment to maintain streets, highways and sewer systems and operate trucks to collect garbage and recyclable materials. This unit group also includes workers who clear vegetation close to power lines. They are employed by municipal, provincial and federal public works departments, private contractors under contract with government public works departments and private companies involved in the collection of refuse and recyclable materials.

Job duties

  • Operate garbage trucks to remove garbage and other refuse and dump loads at designated sites
  • Operate street cleaning equipment such as street sweepers or other vehicles equipped with rotating brushes to remove sand, litter and trash
  • Operate snowplows or trucks fitted with plow blades to remove snow from streets, highways, parking lots and similar areas
  • Operate sewer maintenance equipment such as rodders and sewer jet cleaners to maintain and repair sewer systems
  • Operate trucks equipped with apparatuses for spreading sand, salt or abrasives on roadways
  • Operate chainsaws and other clearing equipment to fell trees and cut back vegetation close to power lines
  • Check, lubricate, refuel and clean equipment and report any malfunctions to supervisor.

Job titles

  • garbage truck driver
  • municipal maintenance equipment operator
  • public works maintenance equipment operator
  • salt truck operator
  • sand spreader operator
  • sewer-flushing truck operator - public works
  • snow removal equipment operator - public works
  • street flusher operator
  • street sweeper operator
  • utility arborist

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