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 7522).

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, workers who inspect the condition of utility poles and workers who locate underground utility lines and pipes. 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

  • This group performs some or all of the following 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
  • Operate equipment and hand tools to inspect and test utility poles for decay and deterioration
  • Operate equipment and instruments to locate underground utility lines and pipes
  • Check, lubricate, refuel and clean equipment and report any malfunctions to supervisor.

Job titles

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

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