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Maintenance Equipment Operator I- Recycling & Waste Management

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Work type: Staff Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Recycling & Waste Management
Categories: Facilities/Grounds

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.


Job Summary

Operates heavy or specialized trucks and equipment employed in solid waste collection, handling and transport. Loads and unloads trucks and performs routine maintenance. Performs manual tasks requiring various specialized skills or knowledge. Performs related unskilled tasks as required. Also operates heavy or specialized trucks and equipment employed in construction, landscaping and highway maintenance. Normally works under the supervision of the Collections and Moving Services Manager, who assigns work, reviews performance for effectiveness and assists in the case of difficulty, but may also receive functional supervision from the Waste Collection, Moving Services or Facility Operations foremen.


Essential Functions

  • Operates heavy or specialized trucks and equipment employed in solid waste collection, handling , and transport, including but not limited to: trash packer truck, recycling truck, backhoe, front-end loader, baler, skid­steer loader, forklift and in-vessel composting machine;
  •  Operates heavy or specialized trucks and equipment employed in construction, landscaping and highway maintenance, including snow plows and sanders in connection with snow removal operations;
  • Operates hoisting apparatus associated with the above trucks such as automatic cart dumper, liftgate, stair climber and toter rover lifter;
  • Performs routine maintenance (including daily vehicle circle checks) and makes emergency repairs of a minor nature on waste handling trucks and other equipment; reports vehicle performance or condition problems to OWM supervisor or to Fleet Services Manager when an emergency and supervisor is not reachable;
  • Operates specialized power tools and equipment such as shredders, compressor, steam washer, cart dumper, sweeper, forklifts and related equipment;
  • Performs manual tasks requiring some specialized skill or knowledge in connection with the loading and unloading of materials and equipment, and with the handling, storing and inventorying of recyclables and containers, demanufacturing of computers and the proper handling of hazardous waste;
  • Performs unskilled manual tasks such as the hand sorting of refuse and recyclables, dismantling of wood and metal furniture, weighing of trucks; and the picking, sweeping, raking and shoveling of litter, leaves and snow;
  • Identifies hazardous materials and equipment in University waste or surplus property stream for referral to Environmental Health and Safety or Asbestos Shop.
  • Maintains records and prepares reports on such matters as customer complaints, generator waste volumes, disposal weigh slips, and container numbers, placement and contamination.


Other Functions

  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Knowledge of University rules and regulations.                                                                                                                


Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Working knowledge of the methods and techniques employed in the use, care and safe operation of certain heavy equipment and trucks associated with solid waste handling, construction, landscaping and highway maintenance, including: front-end loaders, backhoe, packer trucks and dump trucks;
  • Working knowledge of the operation, uses and limitations of hoisting equipment;
  • Working knowledge of state traffic laws, regulations and safety precautions pertaining to the operation of motor trucks, hoisting equipment and other heavy equipment;
  • Working knowledge of the operation and care of specialized equipment such as hydraulic cart lifters, shredders, compressors, sweepers, forklift, balers and loam screeners;
  • Working knowledge of the operation and applications of common hand and power tools;
  • Ability to understand and execute sometimes complex oral and written instructions;
  • Ability to work cooperatively and responsively with co-workers and customers;
  • Ability to operate motor trucks and heavy equipment for extended periods and under exposure to noise, fumes, gases and a wide range of weather conditions;
  • Ability to perform manual labor of a semi-skilled nature for extended periods and under a wide range of weather conditions;
  • Ability to lift and carry heavy objects;
  • Experience in identifying hazardous materials in the waste stream and in taking proper precautions - including referral to staff responsible for hazardous waste management;
  • Experience using heavy trucks equipment including packer trucks, front-end loaders, backhoes and dump trucks.
  • Must possess all required licenses.
  • Must be able to pass a NlDA 5 Drug Screen, per Federal CFR 49.
  • Possess a valid Federal Commercial Drivers License (CDL) Class B (including air brakes and cargo training) and a Class 2b Hoisting License. A Forklift Endorsement is required by any staff that will operate forklifts.


Additional Details

This position has a maintenance function, which includes the obligation to work overtime and to return to work between scheduled shifts when directed. It is also the incumbent's responsibility to update the service desk with their current phone numbers


Work Schedule

Mon-Fri 8AM- 4PM


Salary Information

Grade 13


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