Finish Blade Operator

at Hunter Contracting Co
Location Gilbert, Arizona
Date Posted June 22, 2022
Category Construction
Job Type Not Specified


Job Purpose: Operates self-propelled grader to spread and level dirt, gravel, and stone to finish grade specifications in construction and maintenance of earthwork structures, such as highways, streets, dikes, temporary roads, and sub-divisions.

Roles, Duties, & Responsibilities:

  • Reads blueprints and thoroughly understands materials and proper handling of materials.
  • Operates blade to regulate elevation and angle of slopes.
  • May perform fine or rough grading.
  • Operates blade with laser leveling equipment.
  • Installs scarifies to ripper tips and related shanks.
  • Runs, maneuvers, navigates, or drives mechanized equipment.
  • Grades or redistributes earth, aggregates, or materials for the construction or repair of structures, highways, and roads.
  • Aligns machines, cutterhead, or depth gauge marker with reference stakes and guidelines on ground or positions equipment following hand signals of assistant.
  • Signals directions and warnings to coworkers.
  • Determines the kinds of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
  • Fastens attachments or accessories to equipment.
  • Turns valves to control air and water output of compressors and pumps.
  • Adjusts hand wheels, levers, and depresses pedals to drive machines and control attachments.
  • Watches gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure the machine is working properly.
  • Inspects equipment for deficiencies, such as tires, lights, brakes, fuses, and fluid levels and submits report indicating equipment condition.
  • Determines the causes of operating errors and decides what to do about it.
  • Repairs and maintains equipment.
  • Reads and interprets survey markers and stakes to meet set standards.
  • Reads and interprets engineering drawings and specifications.Adheres to all Hunter Contracting Co. safety policies, procedures, and instructions from management.
  • Performs other incidental and related duties as required and assigned.

Work Qualifications:

  • Operates machine within precision and tolerance of 100th of a foot or .008th's of an inch.
  • Practices good safety habits.
  • Follows oral directions and meets set standards.
  • Judges distances and slopes accurately.
  • Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Knowledge of materials, methods, and tools involved in the construction or repair of structures, highways, or roads.
  • Knowledge of materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective construction or repair of structures, highways, and roads.
  • Takes pride in craftsmanship.
  • Works within precise standards of accuracy.
  • Prioritizes work to meet goals or deadlines.
  • Demonstrates attentive and active listening skills.

Education & Work Experience Requirements:

  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience operating a blade machine; OR,
  • Any equivalent combination of experience and training that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities

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