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Kwest Group LLC Heavy Equipment Operator in Roanoke, Virginia

Heavy Equipment Operator Roanoke, VA 24001

Kwest Operator Position Description


Report to:Site Foreman

Job Description Overview

Team members classified in a heavy equipment operator position shall perform skilled types of work focusing on the safe operation of heavy equipment used in the construction and maintenance of public works projects, industrial construction, energy construction projects and facilities, environmental services, and railroad projects. Safety training by the company will be required for all team members. Out-of-town work is probable and may require travel of up to three weeks away from home at a time. Dependable attendance and punctuality are critical.

Wage & Benefits

  • $32.53/hour with 90-day and annual evaluations.

  • Weekly pay.

  • 40 – 60 hours a week.

  • Overtime pay (time and a half) after 40 hours.

  • Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, Hospital Confinement, Accident and Critical Illness insurance coverages begin on 61stday of employment.

  • 401k with 4% match.



  • Knows the safety procedures and performs thorough review of the operator/user manuals prior to operating any power tools or equipment.

  • Performs laborer tasks as required and directed by field leadership.

  • Operates heavy duty construction equipment safely and efficiently, including but not limited to loaders, graders, crawler excavators, bulldozers, backhoes, and scrapers.

  • Performs equipment preventative maintenance and assists with minor mechanical repairs if needed.

  • Operates on cut and fill excavations with compaction requirements.

  • Operates equipment proficiently to properly install underground utilities at various depths.

  • Operates equipment proficiently to properly grade for slopes, contours, and finish grade for future paving operations.

  • Operates equipment on erosion control projects. Removes mud and sediment from streams, installs culverts and timber mats, and installs and removes erosion control features.

Knowledge of:

  • Operational characteristics of a variety of heavy, power-driven equipment.

  • Maintenance requirements of heavy, power-driven equipment.

  • Methods and materials used in general construction and maintenance work.

  • Principles and techniques of field maintenance activities.

  • Traffic laws, ordinances, and rules involved in heavy equipment operations.

  • Occupational hazards and standard safety practices.

Skill and Ability to:

  • Operate heavy power-driven equipment.

  • Perform a variety of skilled construction and maintenance tasks.

  • Read and interpret maps, sketches, drawings, specifications, and technical manuals.

  • Perform a variety of manual tasks for extended periods in unfavorable weather conditions.

  • Work independently in the absence of supervision.

  • Understand and follow oral and written instructions.

  • Learn soil composting techniques.

  • Prepare written reports and/or forms.

  • Communicate clearly and concisely - orally, in writing or via radio.

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

  • Work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends, as required.


Team members will be assessed on their progression and capabilities through an annual evaluation or an out of cycle evaluation. For the annual evaluation, team members will complete a self-evaluation, while their supervisor will also complete an annual review. The process is imitated for the out of cycle evaluation. Once the self and supervisor evaluations are completed, the performance evaluation is reviewed by the workforce development planning group with respect to the areas of safety, quality, customer service, training record, hours of equipment operation and years in position/tenure. Kwest General superintendents and the director of field operations will recommend for a team member’s classification compensation advancement or reclassification. Kwest Group president will review each recommendation and give the final approval for a classification compensation advancement or reclassification. An approved recommendation is then forwarded to the Director of HR for execution of advancement or reclassification. The team member’s foreman and general superintendent will discuss with the team member in regards to their evaluation and any change in compensation or classification.

Education and Qualifications

  • A high school diploma, GED, or trade school certificate is preferred.

  • Heavy Equipment Operator license or certificate.

  • Valid Class B Commercial Driver’s License.

  • Valid CDL is preferred.

  • Clean driving record.

  • Working knowledge of construction site safety, truck maintenance, and road safety regulations.

  • Will be required to pass a pre-employment drug screening, and if offered a position, any random drug screening if randomly selected.

  • Must attend all mandatory safety meetings and participate in discussions with the work crew and any safety personnel on site.

  • Must be able to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends as required. The average work week would consist of 5 ten-hour days, but schedule will be dictated by project needs.

  • Must be able to work out of town, sometimes out of state, and for lengths of time, such as the job would dictate.

Working Conditions

  • Travel from site to site will be required. Work environment will normally be an active construction site. Exposure to dust, noise, high heat, extreme cold, and rain should be expected.

  • Employee must be physically able to perform repetitive motion and heavy lifting, as described below. Must be able to maintain effective audio and visual discrimination and perception to the degree necessary for the successful performance of assigned

Physical Demands

  • Must wear all employer-mandated personal protective equipment, including hard hat, safety glasses, ear plugs, safety vests, and safety-toed work boots. Other PPE may be required from time to time depending on special safety concerns. All PPE will be provided by the company at no cost to the employee, other than safety

  • Must be able to hear with or without the use of a hearing device and clearly see at least 30 feet with or without the use of corrective vision

  • Must be able work while wearing a respirator if

  • Alternate standing and walking on uneven terrain surfaces, such as hillsides, muddy and icy soils, and other working surfaces. Safe negotiation of all types of surface conditions will always be required.

  • Bending, squatting and kneeling will be required frequently during a workday.

  • Constant pushing and pulling of certain tools and materials will be required in the course of a day’s

  • The employee must be able to differentiate and / or identify colors.

  • Must have knowledge of occupational hazards in this field and standard safety practices. Must be able to pass the 10 Hour OSHA testing and first aid – CPR requirements before starting work.

  • Must complete and meet requirements under the physical demands of this job description through a fitness for duty examination.

  • Within one year, employee must be able to obtain OSHA 30-hour status. All training will be provided by the company.

    Kwest Group Mission Statement

    It is our goal to provide each client with unsurpassed results in target geographical areas through exceptional project management supported by a highly trained and motivated team utilizing the best resources, with safety having priority over all competing objectives. To accomplish this, we recruit and retain the best employees in our industry while maintaining a focus on diversity and stakeholder satisfaction. At all levels, Kwest Group will continually strive to be the leader in the construction industry with our core values being safety, quality and customer satisfaction.

    About Kwest Group

Kwest Group is a self-performing civil site construction firm, nationally recognized as an industry leader in safety by Assoc. Builders & Contractors, as well as being Marathon Petroleum’s Contractor of the year in 2016, with operations in the energy, petrochemical, rail, & federal markets. At Kwest Group, we enjoy being an employee owned company (ESOP), sharing the highest core values of safety , quality , and customer satisfaction . We are committed to our team members and the work they do, giving them the tools, they need to succeed and grow with us, while ensuring the highest degree of safety for our associates, project stakeholders, and the public. We offer a remarkable safety program that has resulted in over 3.5 million man-hours worked without a lost time incident and includes a wellness program with rich benefits.

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.


Kwest Group maintains a policy of non-discrimination for all employees and applicants in every facet of the company’s operations. In compliance with federal and state laws, Kwest Group recruits, hires, trains, and promotes all qualified employees, in all job titles, without unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, age, citizenship, national origin, disability, veteran status or genetic information.

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