Heavy Equipment Operator, Zone 7

Recruitment #23-5001-01


THIS IS A NEW ASSEMBLED EXAMINATION.  The eligible list resulting from this examination will cancel any existing list and may last approximately one year but can be extended.

This position requires that all candidates possess and maintain a valid California Motor Vehicle Class A Driver's License and valid Medical Certificate. Candidates must submit evidence from the DMV showing current status of their license at the time of application dated between opening date and the last day of filing for this recruitment. All Candidates must submit evidence from DMV showing the current status of their driving record and proof of having a clean driving record for the previous 18 months.

Please attach a scanned copy of your current official DMV printout and valid Medical Certificate to your online application under the Resume Tab.  Online DMV printouts are not acceptable.  The Resume Tab is located at the top of the screen after you have completed this supplemental questionnaire. The RESUME tab can only attach one (1) file. If you have multiple documents, please save all documents in one file and attach it once under the RESUME tab. Please be sure to give your uploaded file a title in the “Description” field.  All uploaded files must have a description. Only the following file types may be uploaded:  .doc, .jpg, .pdf, .xls, .txt, .rtf. You may also email a scanned copy in the correct file type of the required documents to ERIKA.BEAMS@ACGOV.ORG before the last day of filing. 

Supplemental Questionnaire:  A properly completed Supplemental Questionnaire must be submitted with each application along with DMV printout and Medical Certificate. Failure to submit the Application, Supplemental Questionnaire and DMV Printout and Medical Certificate will result in disqualification. 

Applications and supplemental questionnaires must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing.  

Applications and Supplemental Questionnaire will only be accepted online.



Zone 7 Water Agency supplies treated drinking water to retailers serving approximately 260,000 residents and businesses in Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin and, through special agreement with the Dublin San Ramon Services District, the Dougherty Valley area of San Ramon. Zone 7 also supplies untreated irrigation water (mostly to vineyards) and provides flood protection to eastern Alameda County.

For more information regarding the Alameda County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, Zone 7, please visit their website at http://www.zone7water.com.


Under general supervision incumbents, transports and skillfully operate one or more types of heavy construction equipment in the maintenance and construction of Zone 7 water infrastructure systems, roads, and flood control facilities; may perform manual labor as needed; does related work as required. 

This classification is located in the Zone 7 Water Agency and will report to the Maintenance and Construction Supervisor, Zone 7. The Heavy Equipment Operator, Zone 7 is a journey level class where incumbents operate heavy construction equipment to support the infrastructure needs of the Agency. Incumbents are also responsible for transporting construction equipment requiring a commercial license.

For more detailed information about the job classification, visit: Heavy Equipment Operator, Zone 7 (#5001)


The ideal candidate has experience with a proven track record of success that demonstrates knowledge, skills and abilities in the following areas:

  • Operate heavy motorized equipment including backhoes, motor graders, rollers, track loaders, excavators or large tractors used in the maintenance, installation, and repair of Agency facilities and infrastructure.
  • Determine operational methods and procedures and recommend or adopt effective courses of action.
  • Observation of safe work methods, and safety precautions typical to proper use and maintenance of power tools, vehicles, and equipment used for flood control.
  • Ability to detect necessary repair and make minor adjustments on and provide routine preventive maintenance to equipment.
  • Ability to effectively communicate both written and orally and follow both written and oral direction.



The equivalent of three (3) years full-time experience in the operation of transfer dump trucks and other heavy mobile road equipment, two (2) years of which include the operation of a motor grader, bulldozer, excavator, roller, track-type loader, and backhoe in connection with excavating around utilities, road and flood control construction or maintenance facilities.


Possess a valid non-restricted California Motor Vehicle Class A Commercial Driver’s License including valid Medical Certificate. Candidate must submit evidence from the DMV showing current status of their license at the time of application and must have a clean driving record for the past eighteen (18) months.

Must obtain a Tanker (N) endorsement within six (6) months of employment.  

Special Requirement:  

Federal law and County policy requires that positions in the class of Heavy Equipment Operator are subject to post-offer/pre-placement/pre-duty, reasonable suspicion, post-accident, random, return-to-duty and follow-up drug and alcohol testing.

Working Conditions:

  • Heavy Equipment Operator is subject to 24-hour call-out and must actively participate in the program.
  • Work outdoors in all weather conditions.
  • Subject to intense heat while applying chip seals, asphalt, crack seals, etc.
  • Work on uneven surfaces.
  • Subject to loud noises.
  • Work in confined spaces.
  • Contact with dust, dirt, poisonous plants, dead and live animals, used syringes and condoms, feces, urine, chemicals, paints, petroleum products, etc.
  • Work in high traffic areas.
  • Subject to climbing ladders, working from heights, working in moving water, bending, stooping, lifting heavy objects, crawling through small spaces, working overhead, etc.  

NOTE:    The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.


The most suitably qualified candidates will possess the following competencies:

Knowledge of:  

  • CA Biennial Inspection of Terminal (BIT) regulations pertaining to Class A Drivers, including hours of service, daily vehicle inspection and drivers’ logs.
  • Road and flood control construction and maintenance methods and problems.
  • Provisions of the California Motor Vehicle Code affecting equipment operations.
  • Functions and operations of heavy motorized equipment.
  • Operational characteristics of specialized construction, maintenance, and repair equipment.
  • Proper use and care of common mechanical hand tools and equipment; job site safety and traffic control.
  • Occupational hazards, safety precautions, and safe work practices including proper use and maintenance of power tools, vehicles, and equipment.
  • Proper loading and trailering techniques.  

Ability to:  

  • Operate heavy motorized equipment including backhoes, motor graders, rollers, track loaders, excavators or large tractors used in the maintenance, installation, and repair of Agency facilities and infrastructure.
  • Proper use and care of common mechanical hand tools and equipment; observe, anticipate, and evaluate job site conditions and hazards.
  • Determine operational methods and procedures and recommend or adopt effective courses of action.
  • Properly position equipment and manipulate controls to ensure smooth, efficient, and safe operation of a variety of construction equipment relevant to work requirements and job site conditions.
  • Drive a truck safely while towing equipment.    
  • Quickly acquire skill in operating all heavy construction equipment used by the County.
  • Understand and follow oral and written instructions.
  • Keep simple records.



  1. A review of candidates' application to verify possession of minimum requirements.  Those candidates who possess the minimum requirements for the class will move on to the next step in the examination process. 
  2. A review of the supplemental questionnaire to determine the best qualified. Those candidates considered the best qualified will move on to the final step in the examination process. 
  3. An oral interview which will be weighted as 100% of the candidates' final examination score.  The oral interview may contain situational exercises.

Candidates must attain a qualifying rating on each portion of this recruitment.  


Alameda County utilizes a Civil Service Selection System founded on merit.  Such a system is competitive and based on broad recruitment efforts and equal opportunity for qualified applicants to test in an examination process designed to determine the qualifications, fitness, and ability of competitors to perform duties of the vacant position.  Many of our recruitments are targeted and specific to the needs of a current vacant position, in which case, the eligible list may be exclusively used for that current vacant position.  Other recruitments may be more broadly used for both current and future vacancies, or for other alternate jobs with comparable scopes of work. 

To learn more about our recruitment and selection process, please visit the “What You Need to Know” section of our website, www.acgov.org/hrs.

Selection Plan

Applicants will be informed via email with reasonable notice in advance of any examination process which will require their attendance.  The following dates are tentative and subject to change based on the needs of the Agency:

Deadline for Filing:                                             5:00:00 p.m., Monday, June 05, 2023
Review of Minimum Qualifications:  by June 09, 2023
Review of Supplemental Questionnaire for Best Qualified:  by week of June 26, 2023
Oral Interview Exam: *  Week of July 17, 2023
*The combined oral examination/hiring interview, in addition to establishing an eligibility list, may serve as the final selection interview for vacancies in this classification.


Alameda County and the Human Resource Services Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination and/or selection process to accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities and/or medical conditions in accordance/compliance with the State Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Alameda County’s Reasonable Accommodation Policy and applicable statutes.  To request an accommodation due to a disability/medical condition during this or other phases of the examination/selection process, please contact the assigned Human Resources Representative listed on the job announcement before the last date of filing.   Alameda County requires applicants to provide supporting documentation to substantiate a request for reasonable accommodation. In order to qualify for a reasonable accommodation, applicants must have a disability/medical condition pursuant to the ADA, FEHA and applicable statutes. 

For more information regarding our Reasonable Accommodation procedures, please visit our website, www.acgov.org/hrs.  


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees) 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.



All notices related to County recruitments for which you have applied will be sent/delivered via email. Please add Noreplyalamedacountyhr@acgov.org@jobaps.com, acgov.org and Noreply@jobaps.com as accepted addresses to any email blocking or spam filtering program you may use. If you do not do this, your email blocking or spam filtering program may block receipt of the notices regarding your application for recruitments. You are also strongly advised to regularly log into your County of Alameda online application account to check for notices that may have been sent to you. All email notices that will be sent to you will also be kept in your personal online application account. You will be able to view all of your notices in your online application account by clicking on the 'My applications' button on the Current Job Openings page.

Please take the steps recommended above to ensure you do not miss any notices about a recruitment for which you have applied. The County of Alameda is not responsible for notices that are not read, received or accessed by any applicant for a County recruitment.

NOTE: All notices are generated through an automated email notification system. Replies to the email box Noreplyalamedacountyhr@acgov.org and Noreply@jobaps.com are routed to an unmonitored mailbox. If you have questions, please go to our website at www.acgov.org/hrs. You may also contact the Human Resources Analyst listed on the job announcement for the recruitment for which you have applied.

Erika Beams, Human Resources Analyst 
Human Resource Services Division, County of Alameda
Email Address Link: ERIKA.BEAMS@ACGOV.ORG | Phone: 510-272-6393


All Alameda County employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law.  Employment with the County requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect.  Employees are required to report to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


Alameda County has a diverse workforce, that is representative of the communities we serve and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.  All aspects of employment are based on merit, competence, performance and business need. Alameda County does not discriminate in employment on the basis of, race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors protected under federal, state and local law. Alameda County celebrates diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive, and welcoming workplace environment.

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