Hydro Excavation Heavy Equipment Operator – Colorado Springs, CO

Hydro Excavation Heavy Equipment Operator

Colorado Springs Utilities

Colorado Springs, CO



Colorado Springs Utilities Water Construction, Maintenance, and Restoration team is hiring an experienced Hydro Excavation Heavy Equipment Operatorto accomplish core functions within the group. In this position, you will support water, gas, and electric services; responsible for operating heavy equipment for maintenance and repair projects for underground utilities. Heavy Equipment Operators work in a team environment and are expected to maintain a high level of safety awareness.

Starting pay for this position is $36.15/hr. Once you have completed probation (typically 6 months) your pay will increase to $37.96/hr.

In this job, you will be responsible for:

  • Operating a wide variety of heavy equipment, primary responsibility will be a hydro-excavation unit. Experience in other types of equipment is also preferred, such as backhoes, trackhoes, bulldozers, overhead cranes, large screening decks for gravel mining operations, motor graders, wheel loaders, etc.

  • Transporting equipment to the job site

  • Assisting in project planning and setting up job sites

  • Assisting in training other operators

  • Coordinating major construction projects

  • Performing skilled activities in repairing utility collection, transmission, and distribution systems

  • Assisting customers with questions and providing information

  • Inspecting equipment, performing preventative maintenance on equipment, and scheduling major repairs

  • Participation in emergency call outs

  • Operation of Class A and B vehicles

  • Assisting the Water, Wastewater, Gas, and Electric crews in the construction and maintenance of Utilities water distribution or collection systems, working in and near high-volume traffic areas

Who you are

  • Qualified candidates will offer two or more years of experience in the skilled operation of heavy equipment; Hydro-excavation experience is preferred

  • A valid Class B Commercial Driver's License (CDL) and Tanker Endorsement are required; Class A CDL is preferred

  • The successful candidate must be available to work overtime when needed and will be subject to after-hours call-out and/or standby time

Our Commitment to our Employees

Our people are the heart and soul of Colorado Springs Utilities. They keep the lights on, gas flowing, water coming in, and wastewater leaving. We do not just say people are important – we prove it! That's why we are honored to invest in protecting the health and financial security of our employees and their families through our rich benefits program.

  • Time Off – Because everybody needs time off to recharge

  • Vacation – New employees accrue 13 days of paid time off to start, while our more tenured employees accrue 24 days per year

  • Personal Leave -3 days per year of personal leave

  • Paid Holidays -10 paid holidays per year

  • Sick Leave – Accrue 12 days of sick leave annually for those days when you or a family member is feeling under the weather

  • Vacation Buy – Purchase up to 40 hours of additional vacation time

  • Pension Plan – Looking forward to a comfortable lifestyle once you're done working? The Colorado Public Employees' Retirement Association (PERA) provides you with retirement benefits and peace of mind when you retire

  • Medical – Select from three comprehensive medical plans, starting at $5.00 a month. Employees also enjoy access to a Health Savings Account (HSA) and Flexible Spending Account (FSA)

  • Wellness Program – Voluntary wellness program that allows you and your spouse to each earn up to $500 to use towards healthcare expenses, $100 in Visa gift cards, and up to $400 in gym membership reimbursements

  • Dental – Select from two dental plans, with in-network PPO preventive care covered at 100% and access to orthodontia coverageVision – Voluntary plan that covers full vision care services and discounts on LASIK eye surgery

  • Retirement Saving Programs – Supplement your pension plan with voluntary retirement programs such as the PERAPlus 401(k) and MissionSquare's Roth IRA and 457 plans

  • Disability Coverage – Short-Term (STD) and Long-Term Disability (LTD) insurance available for purchase

  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) – Makes the going a little easier by aiding with mental health, stress management, work-life balance, financial and legal matters, and much more

  • Long-Term Care Insurance (LTC) – Whether it's due to an accident or a serious illness, LTC insurance is available for purchase to help you and your loved ones

  • Life Insurance – Company-paid life insurance and supplemental coverage available

Curious about joining our team? Learn more at https://coloradospringsutilities.jobs/jobs/


  • All positions will be posted for a minimum of 5 calendar days.

  • Starting pay will be determined at the time of offer based on the experience, education,  and  training of the successful candidate.

  • Colorado Springs Utilities does not sponsor work visas of any kind (including but not limited to F-1, H-1B, or TN visas).  Eligible applicants must be authorized to work in the United States.


Colorado Springs Utilities

121 S Tejon – 5th Floor

Colorado Springs

Colorado United States


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