Livingston County
  • 22-Feb-2021 to 03-Mar-2021 (EST)
  • Drain Commissioner
  • Howell, MI, USA
  • Starting at $21.2365 / hour
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

Comprehensive Benefit Package Available- Health, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, Disability, EAP, Pension, 457, Wellness & Telemedicine

About Us:

We are located in Southeast Michigan and are one of the fastest growing counties in Michigan. Livingston County consists of 16 townships, 2 villages and 2 cities. The county contains a diverse mix of rural agricultural areas, historic downtowns, suburban development, lake-side living and large recreational lands. Home to two metro parks (Kensington and Huron Meadows), 3 state recreation areas (Island Lake, Brighton, and Pinckney), 1 state park (Lakelands Trail), 2 state game areas, 1 wildlife area, 2 Livingston County parks (Lutz and Fillmore), and numerous local parks, Livingston County has an abundance of recreational opportunities. Livingston County offers 163 park acres per 1,000 residents, more than any other county in Southeast Michigan.

Position Summary:

Under the supervision of the Field Supervisor - Drain is responsible for operating various heavy equipment and vehicles in performing construction related tasks and maintaining drainage and sanitary sewage infrastructure. Assures the proper maintenance of County-owned equipment used in construction and maintenance activities.


  • Hybrid pension plan which includes a Defined Benefit & 401a with an employer match
  • Comprehensive Medical, Pharmacy, Dental & Vision
  • Optional Voluntary 457 Deferred Compensation plan
  • Short-term & Long-term disability & Basic Life & AD&D insurance
  • Health & Dependent Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Paid vacation, sick days & 13 Holidays. Unused vacation and sick time rolls over
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Up to $500 annual Wellness reimbursement* & $100 incentive for completing your annual physical & Health Assessment
  • Voluntary benefits such as Accident, Critical Illness, & Hospital policies
  • Employee Assistance Program

* Pro-rated based on Date of Hire

Pay Rate Information:

The Heavy Equipment Operator is a non-union position and starting pay is $21.2365 / hour. This position is eligible for step pay increases within our Non-Union Grade 6 Wage Scale. Top end of the current wage scale for this position is $27.6073/ hour.

Essential Job Functions:

An employee in this position may be called upon to do any or all of the following essential functions. These examples do not include all of the duties, which the employee may be expected to perform. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily. Operates various heavy equipment and vehicles in performing various construction duties such as digging, hauling, dozing, and cleaning. Operates equipment such as a backhoe, vactor truck, loader, and dump truck.

  • Operates equipment to maintain drainage right-of-way.
  • Inspects equipment, assures proper maintenance and repairs equipment as needed.
  • Performs welding and metal fabrication as needed.
  • Responds to basic customer inquiries and complaints regarding drainage problems and issues. Addresses problems in accordance with standard operating procedures.
  • Serves as the lead worker during on-site tasks and projects in the absence of the Field Supervisor - Drain.
  • Assists the sanitary crew in performing repairs and maintenance tasks.
  • Performs other duties as directed.

Required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Minimum Qualifications:

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, abilities and minimum qualifications necessary to perform the essential functions of the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the job.

Requirements include the following:

  • High school diploma or GED and four years of progressively more responsible experience as a maintenance worker and heavy equipment operator.
  • The County, at its discretion, may consider an alternative combination of formal education and work experience.
  • Hi-Lo certification and applicable OSHA certifications.
  • Michigan Commercial Driver's License Class A.
  • Considerable knowledge of operating a variety of heavy equipment and vehicles, diagnosing problems and maintaining mechanical equipment, and performing equipment repairs and general maintenance.
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships and use good judgment, initiative and resourcefulness when dealing with County employees, contractors to the County, representatives of other governmental units, professional contacts, elected officials, and the public.
  • Ability to read construction plans and follow related instructions.
  • Ability to assess situations, solve problems, work effectively under stress, within deadlines, and in emergency situations.
  • Skill in the use of office equipment and technology, including some knowledge of Microsoft Suite applications and department-specific software.
  • Skill in the use of GPS, underground cable locators, metal detectors, laser levels, confined space entry equipment, and gas monitors.
  • Ability to respond to emergencies or service needs on a 24-hour basis.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the 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, walk, climb, use hands and fingers, talk, hear, and view and create written documents. The employee uses hand strength to grasp tools and may climb ladders or uneven terrain. The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms, such as to operate and repair vibrating machinery, use wrenches, hand tools, etc., and operate motorized equipment and vehicles. The employee must lift or push/pull objects of up to 75 lbs. without assistance. Accommodation will be made, as needed, for employees required to lift or move objects that exceed this weight.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee frequently works in outdoor weather conditions. The employee works near moving mechanical equipment. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate, but can frequently be loud.

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