Requisition ID:  29744

Grounds Sr. Heavy Equipment Operator

Job Summary

As the Heavy Equipment Operator (S3) for the Purdue Grounds Department, you will:

  • Operate heavy equipment in support of University Department Projects, Gravel Pit Operations and Utility repairs
  • Perform all duties related to the maintenance, construction/repair of campus streets, roads, parking lots and parking garages  
  • Assist with all duties related to street signage and markings on campus  
  • Assist with snow removal on campus streets, roads, parking lots, garages, and airport facility

Education & Experience:

  • Requires high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Minimum 4 years relevant work experience operating heavy equipment required. (I.e., backhoe, bulldozer, 1 1/2 ton trucks, front end loader etc.)

Skills Required:

  • Valid US Driver’s License
  • Ability To Obtain a Commercial Driver’s License (Class B) Within 90 Days of Hire
  • Maintain A CDL License, Including Successful Completion of Required Medical Examinations.
  • Ability to obtain Competent Person Certification for excavations.
  • FAA Certification in Airport Safety and Snow Removal
  • Leadership Abilities
  • Good Verbal Communication Skills
  • Ability To Give Verbal and Written Instructions
  • Ability To Read and Interpret Maps, Blueprints and Schematics Required. 
  • Preventative Maintenance of Heavy Equipment.
  • Computer skills
  • Able to lift and carry objects up to 100 lbs. frequently. 
  • Extreme visual concentration
  • Ability to work outdoors 90% of the time or more. 
  • Ability to climb in and out of equipment frequently daily.
  • Position requires working in all types of weather conditions, manual dexterity and coordination for equipment operation, frequent sitting on equipment.


  • Knowledge of campus buildings and locations.

Additional Information:

  • To learn more about Purdue’s benefits summary CLICK HERE
  • Purdue will not sponsor employment authorization for this position   
  • A background check will be required for employment in this position 
  • This was formerly classified as an operational/technical position; an internal lateral transfer will retain same benefit standing 
  • FLSA: Non-Exempt (Eligible For Overtime) 
  • Retirement Eligibility: Non-exempt Defined Contribution Plan 
  • Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply 


Minimum of 4 years of experience

FLSA Status


Nearest Major Market: Lafayette