Goverment Jobs
January 24, 2020
Dayton, Maryland
Job Type



This is a semi-skilled position operating motorized fleet and less complex construction equipment to haul material and personnel to job sites and provide operational support in the maintenance of the County's Highway network.

$16.99 - $20.13
$35,339 - $41,870

This is work involving the driving of trucks; the operating of less complex types of motor and mechanical equipment; the performing of a variety of skilled and semi-skilled manual tasks involving such equipment and a variety of hand and power tools. Work includes tasks needed in the construction and maintenance of public works projects.


Include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Operates dump trucks hauling sand, stone, pipe, tools and other materials used in road construction and maintenance.

Operates motor vehicles and equipment with attachments and/or tools (such as chipper, compressor, tamping machine, trencher) to spread salt and sand on icy roads, shore up ditches, install pipes, cut grass, and similar activities.

Operates a highway striping vehicle or its paint spray carriage and a personnel lift truck used in control device maintenance, tree trimming and other duties.

Inspects and performs minor routine maintenance on vehicle, equipment and tools.

Checks for damaged or worn tires or tracks, proper air pressure in tires, and other elements affecting safe equipment operation; performs routine and preventive maintenance as established by unit.

Operates forklift or loader to load and unload heavy materials; manually loads and unloads other materials; performs both routine and skilled laboring tasks.

Performs basic horticultural practices; pruning, plant identification.

Keeps log of vehicle operation; makes reports of equipment defects, accidents, traffic violations, and other mishaps.

May operate more complex motor equipment, hand tools, and power tools; may direct and instruct other employees in the safe use of motor equipment, hand tools, power tools, and related work (i.e. loader, roller, skid loader, compactor, and chipper.)

Performs all types of semi-skilled manual tasks such as: painting, rake and shovel stone, mix cement, flag traffic, mulch and seed, jack hammer, in highway maintenance.

Operates forestry truck and chipper

Operates snow plow and salt spreader; plows and salts road.

Patches roads and shoulders.

May oversee the work of subordinate employees.

Directs traffic flow during work activities.

This position is considered emergency essential, and as such, the incumbent may be required to report for regular work shift during inclement weather, or when an emergency situation arises.

This job has no supervisory responsibilities.


Any combination of education and experience equivalent to completion of the tenth school grade and one year of experience operating large dump trucks and/or other motor equipment of the same complexity; or one year of experience in progressively responsible manual laboring work, some of which has included the operation of such motor equipment.


Knowledge of traffic laws, truck related laws, and safety procedures.

Knowledge of the principles and practices of motor equipment operation.

Knowledge of the hazards and safety rules and regulations involved in laboring and equipment operation activities in the unit to which assigned.

Some knowledge of carpentry and form building.

Skill in the safe and efficient operation of dump trucks and other motor equipment of the same complexity both on and off the highway.

Skilled in the operation of hand and power tools.

Ability to service motor equipment.

Ability to learn the operation of mechanical equipment such as forklifts, backhoes, hydraulic excavator, front end loaders, and other heavy construction equipment.

Ability to learn the geography of the County.

Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions, directions, and traffic signals.

Ability to perform heavy labor for prolonged period of time often under adverse weather conditions.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates

Ability to perform preventive maintenance on above mentioned equipment and vehicles.

Knowledge of tree care technique and procedures.

Knowledge of computer operation.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to walk and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, and ability to adjust focus. The employee shall work overtime under emergency conditions or as circumstances warrant.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions. The employee is frequently exposed to moving mechanical parts, fumes or airborne particles, and vibration. The employee is occasionally exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals. The noise level in the work environment is very loud. The employee may be exposed to high temperatures given off by various material.


Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos. Ability to write simple correspondence. Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients, and other employees of the organization in a professional manner.

Ability to add and subtract two digit numbers and to multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.

Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.


Shall have a valid CDL Class B license, issued by the State of Maryland, during tenure of appointment as a Motor Equipment Operator I, if required by work assignment.

Valid DOT physical card.

Possession of a valid Maryland approved flagger program card may be required, depending upon work assignment, and must be obtained within Department time frames and maintained during tenure of employment. Confined space training certification may also be required, when required by work assignment.

The following is a summary of the benefits available to Howard County employees who hold full-time benefit-eligible positions. Employees in positions covered by a bargaining agreement should consult their union contract for other specific benefits. Additional details are also available in the Employee Manual and in summary plan descriptions which are available in the Office of Human Resources or at Howard County Government's Benefit Website.

FLEXIBLE BENEFITS PLAN: Under the County's flexible benefits plan called CountyFlex, employees may elect to enroll in medical insurance plans, dental insurance plans, optional life insurance, dependent life insurance, and healthcare and dependent care flexible spending accounts. Employee contributions to these benefits are made on a pre-tax basis. Information concerning enrollment options, plan rates and a benefits comparison chart are available in the Office of Human Resources.

GROUP TERM LIFE INSURANCE: Employees receive a group term life insurance benefit equal to 2 times their annual salary at no cost. Accidental death and dismemberment coverage is included. The County pays the entire cost for this benefit. Employees may purchase additional coverage under the CountyFlex benefits plan.

PAID LEAVE BENEFITS: Annual and Disability Leaves are accrued over 24 pay periods each year. Personal leave is credited on January 1st each year. Use of Annual, Disability and/or Personal Leave requires supervisory approval.

ANNUAL LEAVE: During the first 5 years of employment, employees accrue the equivalent of 13 days per year. From years 6 through 10, the accrual is the equivalent of 16 days per year. From years 11 through 20, the accrual is the equivalent of 19 days per year. From year 21 on, the accrual is the equivalent of 21 days per year. Annual leave may not be used during the first 6 months of employment. A maximum of 40 days may be carried over from one fiscal year to the next.

DISABILITY LEAVE: Employees accrue the equivalent of 1 day per month (12 days per year). There is no maximum accrual. This leave may be used for the disabling illness/injury of the employee, spouse or minor child or for a serious medical condition approved under F.M.L.A. Absences of over 3 days must be substantiated by a physician's certificate.

PERSONAL LEAVE: Employees receive 6 personal leave days each calendar year to be taken during the calendar year. Employees hired after April 30th receive 4 days of personal leave that year; those hired after August 31st receive 2 days; and those hired after November 30th receive no personal leave for that year. Personal leave may not be carried over.

HOLIDAYS: Employees are paid for the following holidays:

New Year's Day; Martin Luther King Day; President's Day; Good Friday; Memorial Day; Independence Day; Labor Day; Columbus Day; Veteran's Day; Thanksgiving Day; Friday after Thanksgiving Day; Christmas Day.

OTHER PAID LEAVE: Other paid leave will be granted for approved jury duty, military leave, bereavement leave and official leave. Unpaid leave will be granted in accordance with the Family and Medical Leave Act.

RETIREMENT: Howard County sponsors a defined benefit plan for its employees. participation in the plan is mandatory.Employees are required to make contributions to the plan, which are taken on a pre-tax basis.Contribution rates are dependent upon the planin which the employee participates (general plan, or police and fire plan).The County contributes an additional percentage sufficient to ensure that each plan is adequately funded. Complete details are available in the summary plan descriptions which are availablein th Office of Human Resources.

Howard County Retirement Plan: Employees contribute 3% of salary to the plan. All eligible Corrections Employees must enroll in the Corrections Employees Enhanced Benefit and must contribute 8.5% of salary to the plan.

Howard County Police and Fire Employees' Retirement Plan: Sworn police officers and career firefighters must participate in this plan. Police employees contribute 11.6% of salary and Fire employees contribute 7.7% of salary to the plan.

SOCIAL SECURITY: Participation is mandatory. Employees contribute at the current established rate.

457(b) DEFERRED COMPENSATION PLAN: Employees are eligible to participate in an IRS 457(b) deferred compensation program. This plan allows employees to defer a portion of their income on a pre-tax basis. Contributions are invested at the employee's direction on a tax deferred basis.

EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM: Employees experiencing problems that affect their personal lives and job performance may take advantage of confidential assessment and referral services.

EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE: Employees may apply for reimbursement for tuition costs after completion of 6 months of employment. Prior course approval is required. The maximum annual reimbursement is $1500 contingent upon County funding.

LONG TERM DISABILITY BENEFITS: Employees who have completed 6 months of service are enrolled in the LTD plan. After 6 months of disability, plan may pay 60% of base monthly pay up to $2500 per month. The County pays the entire cost of this benefit.

DISABILITY LEAVE BANK: Employees have established a Disability Leave Bank to which employees may donate disability leave in order to be eligible to receive salary and benefit protection when they are absent due to a serious disabling illness or injury and have exhausted all accrued leave. Employees are eligible to join the Bank after having completed 1 year of employment. Administration of the Bank, including the review and approval of claims for grants of time, is handled in accordance with the Bank's Rules and Regulations which are available in the Office of Human Resources.

VOLUNTARY BENEFIT OPTIONS: Employees may elect to enroll in long term care insurance, critical illness insurance, short term disability income protection, universal life insurance, and discounted auto/homeowner's insurance programs.

CREDIT UNION: Employees may participate in the Tower Federal Credit Union through payroll deductions. Loans are also available to qualified applicants.

Your application, which includes any associated supplemental questions, must be complete at the time of submission and must clearly articulate the required work experience relevant to the position for which you are applying. The submitted electronic document must outline accurate dates to include (month and year) in association with each work history entry. Vague descriptions of experience will not be considered. Please include all pertinent experience in your application to include, full or part time, volunteer, military, acting capacity, or any other such work history that is applicable to the position for which you wish to be considered. Descriptions of duties that state "see resume" will negatively impact your candidacy as resumes cannot be substituted in lieu of a completed application. Applicants will not be contacted for clarification or additional information.

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Are you willing to accept a salary offer within the salary hiring range commensurate with applicable experience/qualifications? $35,339 - $41,870

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Do you have at least one year of experience driving large dump trucks or similar CDL vehicles?

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  • No
If you have at least one year of experience driving large dump trucks or similar CDL vehicles, please explain where you acquired this experience.

    Do you have a valid Class B CDL and valid DOT Card?

    • Yes
    • No
    If you have a CDL, please list all endorsements.

      Do you have experience with construction equipment?

      • Yes
      • No
      If you have experience with construction equipment, please explain where you acquired this experience.

        Do you have tree climbing experience?

        • Yes
        • No
        If you have tree climbing experience, please explain where you acquired this experience.

          Do you have snow removal experience?

          • Yes
          • No
          If you have snow removal experience, please explain where you acquired this experience.

            Are you aware that this position requires that you function as "essential" personnel? Meaning that you are expected to work during inclement weather, emergency situations, and at an on-call basis?

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