Department(s) Operations, TSS Range Sustainment, Fort Irwin, CA

Reports to Range operations manager / Direct supervisor

Job Summary

Heavy Equipment Operator is a non-exempt, full-time position working on the Training Support System (TSS) Range Sustainment contract at Fort Irwin, CA. A heavy equipment operator is responsible for the upkeep, maintenance and repair of; Roads, Trails, Air fields (UAV, HLZ’s and otherwise), rock crushing (and all maintenance associated with a rock crusher and its operation), Preventative maintenance of assigned equipment and vehicles.

Summary of Essential Job Functions

  • Work with the Heavy Equipment lead to pre-plan and schedule the work plans of daily heavy equipment tasks.
  • Complete daily duties assigned to all Heavy Equipment Operators.
  • Provide and maintain as assigned an up to date status of all pertinent roads, rock quarry, UAV strip(s), HLZ(s) and airfield(s).
  • Submit operations reports to the Heavy Equipment lead.
  • Complete daily, weekly and monthly PMCS to include cleaning and servicing heavy equipment and commercial vehicles.
  • Provide HE lead the necessary information required to order material and parts for assigned equipment.
  • Complete and maintain while assigned equipment or vehicle maintenance and operation logs.
  • Maintain dig permits if required while excavating, grading, etc.
  • Perform dig permit plan checks and utility marking.
  • Perform road and grounds repair and maintenance.
  • Remove asphalt pavement and residual debris.
  • Perform ground maintenance and grading of various ranges and training areas.
  • Oversee the safe operation of equipment / vehicles and will ensure that the proper compliance of vehicle standards is maintained
  • Perform daily operations, maintenance and safety checks on assigned equipment and vehicles.
  • Perform a wide variety of tasks involved in the safe maintenance of facilities, equipment and grounds.
  • Provide training site support of urban operation simulators and selective site tear-down and removal.
  • Safeguard and maintain assigned Government and company property.
  • Ensures physical security of equipment.
  • Perform other work related duties as assigned
  • Repairs berms, trails and parking areas
  • Assemble, place and install targets
  • Housekeeping (cleaning office, customer service area, staging areas and worksites)
  • At times other duties may be assigned

Minimum Requirements

  • High School Diploma or equivalent.
  • At least 3 years’ experience in Heavy Equipment operations.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Heavy Equipment and commercial vehicles as it pertains to Military Range Operation.
  • Knowledgeable in erosion control and effects on impact areas.
  • Must have experience potholing utilities and must have the ability to use a shovel.
  • Must be knowledgeable of Range Operations, Range Safety, and Range Maintenance Operations.
  • Be thoroughly knowledgeable in map reading and land navigation.
  • Be knowledgeable with Army Regulations pertaining to Range Operations and Safety.
  • Have the ability to interact well with customers and fellow employees to create a good working environment.
  • Must have a valid California Commercial Drivers license.
  • Ability to operate equipment safely to task specifications under all environmental conditions.
  • Ability to use good judgment and common sense when performing job functions.
  • Ability to follow written and verbal instructions.
  • Patience to work under sometimes stressful conditions.
  • Ability to work 2nd or 3rd shift, holidays, and weekends.
  • Must be able to speak English and listen with comprehension.

Equipment/Tools Used

Operates Class A vehicles/equipment such as a 5-ton truck, bulldozer, scraper, articulated loader, skip loader, backhoe, tracked excavator, wheeled excavator, dump truck, road grader, various types of rough terrain forklifts (up to 25,000 lb. capacity), skid steer, and a water truck or pull. Will also use basic hand tools and road maintenance tools. The employee is required to provide and wear steel toe safety boots to begin employment.

Physical Requirements

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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to operate vehicle/heavy equipment, sit, talk, and hear. The employee is required to walk and stand; use hands and fingers to feel, handle, or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee must lift and move up to 100 pounds.

The employee is required to wear and use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) appropriate to individual job tasks, including but not limited to safety boots, safety headgear, eye protection, and hand protection. The employee is required to work in frequent exposure to dust, desert pollen and extreme heat and cold associated with desert environment and natural conditions existing on Fort Irwin.

Travel Requirements : None


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.