As the President of First Rate Excavate, I wish to welcome you to view our current employment opportunities. I offer you a better understanding of our services. First Rate Excavate is committed to providing excellent service in all the service areas we provide, along with the quality of worked performed. If this sounds like a team you would like to be a part of, I encourage you to apply now to be a part of our Employee Owned Company.

Equipment Operator

The equipment operator operates a variety of contractor equipment and trucks used in construction, maintenance and repair activities and performs a variety of semiskilled tasks in the maintenance of light, street and storm drainage systems.

Essential Functions

  1. Operates trucks of various sizes and weights in the loading, hauling and unloading of various equipment, materials and supplies.
  2. Operates trucks and construction or power equipment, backhoe, dump truck, snowplow, road grader, front-end loader, hydraulic excavators, skid steers.
  3. Operates other small equipment and tools to maintain street and utility systems.
  4. Works with and assists the line crew in digging ditches and trenches, hoisting material, tools, equipment, and any related work with a backhoe, road grater or front-end loader.
  5. Performs routine inspection and preventive maintenance on assigned equipment and refers defects or repairs to the supervisor; cleans equipment.
  6. Assists in the installing and maintenance of traffic control devices.
  7. Plows snow and salts roads according to departmental policy.
  8. Performs all duties in conformance to appropriate safety and security standards.


  1. Technical Capacity.
  2. Time Management.
  3. Thoroughness with paperwork.
  4. Customer/Client Focus.

Work Environment

While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in outside weather conditions.

Physical Demands

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.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands and fingers to handle, feel or operate objects, tools or controls, and reach with hands and arms. The employee is frequently required to stand, talk and listen. The employee is occasionally required to walk, sit, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, and crawl. The employee must frequently lift or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift or move up to 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.



Local travel to various work-sites is required. Some out of town work.

Required Education and Experience

  1. Graduation from high school or GED equivalent.
  2. Experience involving the use of medium and heavy equipment.


Additional Eligibility Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Valid Drivers License
  • Hiring will be contingent on passing a drug screen and a Motor Vehicle Report Record Check 
  • May require out of town work 

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.



Dependent upon achievement of certain employment status and eligibility requirements the company offers the following benefits:

  • Hiring Bonus
  • Career Pathway Mentorship
  • 401K-With Employer Match
  • Paid Time Off 
  • Paid Holidays 
  • Health Insurance 100% Employer Paid
  • Dental/Vision  
  • Paid Accommodations for Overnight Travel 
  • Subsistence Pay for Overnight Travel 
  • Employee Assistance program
  • Employee Owned-ESOP
Equal Opportunity Employer, including disabled and veterans.