Applying To: Construction Equipment Operator I

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Dear applicants, in order to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Recruitment and Examination Section is suspending all written tests, performance tests and oral interviews until further notice. These examination components are being replaced with experience and training evaluations, which do not require physical contact. Please fully describe all of your qualifying education, training and experience on your applications. Thank you. The safety of all of our staff and applicants is our priority as we continue with our efforts to conduct merit based testing for staffing the City's Civil Service.


  • Minimum: $34,840.00
  • Maximum: $57,980.00

Applicants who meet the minimum experience and training requirements will start at $34,840 annually. Applicants who have successfully completed a bona fide apprenticeship program registered with the Department of Labor and obtained journeyman status will start at $45,552 annually.  Proof of completion of apprenticeship program and journeyman status must be submitted with the Employment Application or at the time of the Performance Test.

Nature of Work

Incumbents in this position operate a wide variety of equipment of construction projects for city streets, parks and utilities. 

For an additional description of this position, please refer to the classification specification for Construction Equipment Operator I

Minimum Qualifications

One year of experience in the operation of heavy construction equipment such as crawler loaders, backhoes, bulldozers, wheel loaders, and related  equipment.  OR an equivalent combination of training and experience.

License:  Incumbents must possess and maintain a valid Missouri CDL (Class A or B) while employed by the City of  St. Louis.  Candidates that have a CDL permit at the time of hire must obtain a valid CDL (Class A or B) as a condition of successfully completing their working test period.  Some positions may require incumbents with  a  CDL (Class B) to obtain and maintain a valid CDL A with X (Hazmat and Tanker) endorsement within six months of appointment.  Please note type of license, number, class, expiration date, and State where issued on the Employment Application.  At the  Performance Test, applicants who do not possess a Missouri CDL or CDL permit  must present a "Driving Record Check" from their State's Department of Motor Vehicles.

When completing the Employment Application, please be as thorough as possible when describing your experience, training and education relating to the operation and maintenance of heavy construction equipment and types of equipment operated. Include reasons for changes in employers and explain gaps in employment on the application.  Incomplete and/or carelessly completed applications will not be considered.  Resumes will  not  be accepted as a substitute to a fully completed application.

MEDICAL: The pre-employment medical exam will include a drug/alcohol screen and subsequent random drug/alcohol testing in accordance with D.O.T. regulations.

VETERAN'S PREFERENCE POINTS:  To be eligible for veteran's preference points, the applicant must submit a copy of his/her DD 214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty with the Employment Application or at the time of the Performance Test.  The Director of Personnel may, in his discretion, accept alternate documentation.

LAST DATE FOR FILING APPLICATION:  Applications will be accepted until a sufficient number are received to fill the anticipated vacancies.  Please submit application as soon as possible.  Applicants can be submitted on the Internet.  Visit the City web site at

Examination Components and Their Weights

  • Experience and Training: Pass/Fail
  • Performance Test: 100%
  • Character Investigation: Pass/Fail
  • Medical Examination: Pass/Fail

O.C. 3000
August 29, 2019

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