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Equipment Operator III

Equipment Operator III

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City of Denver Dept. of Aviation

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Open Date:

May 3, 2024


About Our Job

Denver International Airport Field Maintenance team is looking for an EO III. 

With competitive pay, great benefits, and endless opportunities, working for the City and County of Denver (CCD) means seeing yourself working with purpose — for you, and those who benefit from your passion, skills and expertise. Join our diverse, inclusive and talented workforce of more than 11,000 team members who are at the heart of what makes Denver, Denver. Click here to find out about all the amazing benefits and reasons to work for CCD!  

What We Offer 

The City and County of Denver offers a competitive salary commensurate with education and experience. The starting salary range for this position is $22.76-$34.14. We also offer generous benefits for full-time employees which include but is not limited to:

  • Four (4) Medical Plans, Dental, Vision Insurance
  • Pension Plan for Life (Employee contributes 8.45%, Employer matches at 17.95%)
  • 457 (b) Retirement Plan
  • PTO (over 3 weeks in your first year) and 12 paid holidays
  • Yearly Merit Increase
  • STD, LTD, HSA, FSA, Life Insurance
  • CARE Bank, Family Leave Benefits
  • Employee Assistance Program, Employee Volunteer Program
  • Tuition Reimbursement (up to $2000/year), We Qualify for Student Loan Forgiveness Program
  • Learning and Development Opportunities; Courses and Career Development Resources
  • EcoPass (unlimited free RTD bus/train rides)

Location and Schedule

  • On site at Denver International Airport (parking is provided)  
  • Shift:  Mandatory extended/additional shifts are required. Excluding snow removal operations this position requires ten-hour days, four days a week with either a Day Shift (6:00 AM to 4:30 PM), Swing Shift (4:00 PM to 2:30 AM), or Graveyard Shifts (7:30 PM to 6:00 AM). 8%-12% pay differential depending on shift assigned and equipment operated.
  • Assessment requirement: You will be tested on the front end wheel loader.
  • Denver International Airport is a 24/7/365 team operation. If staffing challenges occur, weather conditions warrant or an emergency crisis occurs, all DEN employees will be required to work extended hours and/or alternative shifts (includes nights, weekends, and holidays)
  • Participates in mandatory snow removal duties  
  • Shifts are not guaranteed and are subject to change

What You’ll Do

Denver International Airport (DEN) is the third-busiest airport in the United States and one of the top ten busiest airports in the world, connecting our community globally through flight and business. DEN is the primary economic engine for the state of Colorado, generating more than $36.4 billion for the region annually and employing nearly 37,000 people. At DEN, we are committed to fostering a diverse, inclusive and equitable workplace. We celebrate individuality and uplift all races, ethnicities, gender identities, national origins, ages, abilities, religion, and LGBTQIA+ communities. We know that our diversity makes us stronger, and we strive to keep diversity, equity and inclusion at the center of all that we do.  


 In this position, you can expect to: 

  • Operates large, heavy industrial equipment and/or semi-tractor trailer equipment which requires a substantial degree of monitoring and/or coordination of the working attachments used in construction, earthmoving, and/or hauling heavy equipment and ground and waste materials and performs light to heavy physical labor
  • Identifies equipment needs for each assigned project and ensures the safe and efficient operation of equipment and a variety of work-related tools.
  • Inspects vehicle for loose parts, damaged or worn tires, proper air pressure in tires, and other items affecting its safe operation and completes a pre/post trip inspection as defined by federal guidelines
  • Observes on-board instruments while operating equipment and takes routine corrective action if malfunctions are indicated
  • Performs manual labor in construction, maintenance, and/or other work-related duties when not driving equipment to or operating it at the work site.
  • Assists in preventative maintenance of equipment by washing and servicing vehicles with water, oil, and fuel, performs basic maintenance, and makes minor running repairs
  • Keeps trip records and logs, reports defects in the vehicle’s operations, accidents, traffic violations, or damage to the vehicle
  • Responds to public inquiries in a courteous manner and provides information within the area of assignment.
  • Participates in snow removal duties

About You

What You’ll Bring

We value diversity of ethnicity, race, socioeconomic status, sexual identity, gender, religion, language, ability, and experience and exemplify this through the makeup of our team at all levels. You'll be right at home here if you cultivate strong relationships and push yourself, your work, the people around you and Denver to the next level.

We are looking for candidates for some or all the following skills and experience:

  • Team-focused work ethic that focuses on punctuality, flexibility, collaboration to assist others, and innovation
  • Flexible to work a variable schedule due to possible emergencies and in inclement weather
  • Attention detail in the field
  • Basic computer skills
  • Can operate all airport snow removal equipment
  • Can operate all EOIII equipment

Required Minimum Qualifications

  • Education: Graduation from high school or the possession of a GED, HiSET or TASC Certificate
  • Experience: Three (3) years of experience operating medium sized, specialized equipment which must include two (2) years of experience operating large, heavy industrial equipment
  • Additional appropriate experience may be substituted for the minimum education requirements
  • Licensures/Certification(s): This job requires driving. Requires a valid Commercial Driver's License (CDL "B") with appropriate endorsements at the time of application
  • Equivalency: Additional appropriate experience may be substituted for the minimum education requirements

Application Deadline

To be considered for this position, you must include the following on your job application (upload the attachment(s) to the Resume/CV section on the My Experience tab):


Please submit your application as soon as possible and no later than 5/17 at midnight to ensure consideration.

FBI Background Check

FBI criminal background check is required for all positions at Denver International Airport (DEN). Employees are also required to report any felony convictions and/or moving violations to maintain this clearance and be eligible for continued employment. By position, a pre-employment physical/drug test may be required.

Snow / Emergency Duties

Denver International Airport is a 24/7/365 team operation. If weather conditions warrant or an emergency crisis occurs, all DEN employees can be required to work extended hours and/or shifts.

About Everything Else

Job Profile

CJ1931 Equipment Operator III

To view the full job profile including position specifications, physical demands, and probationary period, click here.

Position Type


Position Salary Range

$22.76 – $34.14

Starting Pay

Based on education and experience


Denver International Airport

Assessment Requirement

Performance Test

The City and County of Denver provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, or any other status protected under federal, state, and/or local law. 

It is your right to access oral or written language assistance, sign language interpretation, real-time captioning via CART, or disability-related accommodations. To request any of these services at no cost to you, please contact with three business days’ notice.

Applicants for employment with the City and County of Denver must have valid work authorization that does not require sponsorship of a visa for employment authorization in the U.S.

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$$22.76 - $34.14

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8500 Peña Blvd

Denver, Colorado 80249

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