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Heavy Equipment Operator - Grounds

Posted: 06/09/2021

Operate heavy equipment in support of University’s day-to-day objectives with major impacts within Construction and Landscape Projects, Gravel Pit Operations, and utility repairs.  Perform all duties related to the maintenance, construction/repair of campus streets, roads, and parking lots and parking garages.  Perform all duties related to street signage and markings on campus.  Perform snow removal on campus streets, roads, parking lots, garages and the airport facility using sophisticated snow removal equipment. Assist with storm damage clean up.  Winterize and store equipment, tools, etc. Perform preventative maintenance and cleaning of vehicles such as: checking fluid levels, tires, fuel, lights, etc. On 24-hour callback for emergencies


  • High school diploma or GED
  • Three years’ operating heavy equipment required. (i.e., backhoe, bulldozer, 1 1/2 ton trucks, front end loader etc.)
  • Skills in minor maintenance of heavy equipment
  • Must have demonstrated leadership abilities
  • Good verbal communication skills and the ability to give verbal and written instructions 
  • Ability to read and interpret maps, blueprints and schematics
  • Computer skills to be able to access personal employee data 
  • Ability to climb in and out of equipment frequently on a daily basis
  • Extreme visual concentration when operating equipment
  • Will work in all types of weather conditions, manual dexterity and coordination for equipment operation, frequent sitting on equipment  
  • Ability to lift and carry objects up to 100 lbs. frequently
  • Work outdoors 75% of the time or more
  • A valid US or Canadian driver’s license
  • Must be able to obtain a Commercial Driver’s license (Class B) within 90 days of hire; must also maintain this license, including successful completion of required medical examinations


  • Knowledge of campus buildings and locations 

Additional Information:

  • Purdue will not sponsor an employment related visa for this position
  • The hours for this position are 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Monday through Friday
  • Occasional overtime may be required
  • A Background Check will be required for employment in this position
  • FLSA: Non-Exempt (Eligible for Overtime) 
  • Retirement Eligibility: Non-exempt Defined Contribution Plan
  • Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply
All university employees are afforded a generous benefits package including medical/dental/vision insurance, paid time off, and retirement contributions. As part of Purdue University’s expansive employee benefit package, the University is proud to offer its employees the opportunity to grow, learn, and advance by offering a tuition remission opportunity at both Purdue University and Purdue Global.

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