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Assistant Operating Engineer - Facilities & Services

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Other Engineering, Operations
Urbana, IL, USA
Posted on Wednesday, November 1, 2023

Assistant Operating Engineer - Facilities & Services

Facilities & Services - Transportation & Building Services

Job Summary

Under direct supervision from Transportation & Auto services management to operate light duty construction equipment such as tractors, hydraulic sprayers, pumps, rollers, winches, and other equipment. Learns to operate skid loaders, backhoes, and air compressors. Learns to properly perform minor repairs on light and/or heavy-duty construction and husbandry equipment. Performs ice and snow removal duties as assigned.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Operates light duty construction equipment at the waste transfer facility including skid steers, tractors and other husbandry equipment
  • Loads and unloads recyclable materials, supplies and equipment from trucks and docks
  • Performs minor repairs and preventative maintenance on power equipment such as skid steers, tractors and husbandry equipment.
  • Provides general overview and guidance, such as that relating to site safety, to other employees including other Operating Engineers.
  • Performs ice and snow removal using heavy-duty power equipment as required.
  • Performs duties consistent with the next lower level of the series.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Physical Demands

  • Standing : Frequently
  • Walking : Frequently
  • Stairs : Frequently
  • Sitting : Frequently
  • Lifting/Carrying : Frequently
  • Pushing/Pulling : Frequently
  • Climbing : Frequently
  • Balancing : Frequently
  • Bending/Stooping : Frequently
  • Kneeling : Frequently
  • Squatting/Crouching : Frequently
  • Crawling : Frequently
  • Reaching : Frequently
  • Grip/Dexterity : Frequently
  • Twisting : Frequently
  • Talking : Frequently
  • Hearing : Frequently
  • Repetitive Motions : Frequently
  • Eye/Hand/Foot Coordination : Frequently
  • Visual Acuity : Frequently
  • Running/Jumping : Frequently
  • Physical Exertion : Frequently
  • Physical Restraining : Frequently
  • Operating Heavy Machinery/Equipment : Frequently

  • Working Conditions

  • Extreme cold : Frequently
  • Extreme heat : Frequently
  • Humidity : Frequently
  • Wet : Frequently
  • Noise : Frequently
  • Hazards : Frequently
  • Fumes/Particles/Allergens : Frequently
  • Toxic, Caustic Chemicals : Frequently
  • Temperature Changes : Frequently
  • Inclement Weather : Frequently
  • Heights : Frequently
  • Work Outdoors : Frequently
  • Tight Spaces : Frequently
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) : Frequently
  • Dangerous Machinery/Equipment : Frequently

  • Additional Physical Demands

    Ability to safely lift at least 50 pounds
    Must possess strength adequate to safely change attachments on equipment

    Minimum Qualifications

    1. One year of experience and/or vocational training in the operation, maintenance, and minor repair of lighter duty power equipment used in construction and maintenance work, such as tractors, hydraulic sprayers, pumps, rollers, winches, and other husbandry equipment.
    2. Possession of a valid driver's license appropriate to the equipment to be driven.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

    1. Building and Construction - Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
    2. Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
    3. Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
    4. Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
    5. Depth Perception - The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
    6. Multilimb Coordination - The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
    7. Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
    8. Far Vision - The ability to see details at a distance.
    9. Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
    10. Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
    11. Reaction Time - The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
    12. Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment - Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
    13. Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material - Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
    14. Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
    15. Controlling Machines and Processes - Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
    16. Handling and Moving Objects - Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
    17. Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
    18. Processing Information - Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

    Appointment Information

    This is a 100% full-time Civil Service 1393 - Assistant Operating Engineer position, appointed on a 12-month basis. The expected start date is as soon as possible after 12/1/2023. Salary is commensurate with experience.

    For more information on Civil Service classifications, please visit the SUCSS web site at

    Application Procedures & Deadline Information

    Applications must be received by 6:00 pm (CST) on 11/30/2023. Apply for this position using the Apply Now button at the top or bottom of this posting. In order to be considered as a transfer candidate, you must apply for this position. Applications not submitted through will not be considered. If required by the position, transcripts or other documentation of credentials are to be provided no later than the first day of employment. For further information about this specific position, please contact Lance Oliver ( For questions regarding the application process, please contact 217-333-2137.

    The University of Illinois System is an equal opportunity employer, including but not limited to disability and/or veteran status, and complies with all applicable state and federal employment mandates. Please visit Required Employment Notices and Posters to view our non-discrimination statement and find additional information about required background checks, sexual harassment/misconduct disclosures, COVID-19 vaccination requirement, and employment eligibility review through E-Verify.

    Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to apply and may request a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (2008) to complete the application and/or interview process. Requests may be submitted through the reasonable accommodations portal, or by contacting the Accessibility & Accommodations Division of the Office for Access and Equity at 217-333-0885, or by emailing

    Requisition ID: 1020754
    Job Category: Service Operations
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