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  • Heavy Motor Vehicle Operator

    Job Locations US-RI-Newport
    Posted Date 4 months ago(4 months ago)
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  • Overview

    An established Prime Federal Contractor is seeking skilled trades talent for ongoing support of its Client, NAVFAC MIDLANT, at various locations.  The following position is one of many assignments for this Client.


    Heavy Motor Vehicle Operator - Naval Station Newport



    Heavy Motor Vehicle Operator:


    • The Contractor employee operates primarily vehicles weighing more than 32,000 pounds, such as semi-tractor trailers, heavy duty flatbed trucks, heavy fuel trucks, heavy straight in-line trucks, heavy fuel tank trucks, heavy vacuum trucks, crane trucks, forklifts, snow plow equipment, street sweeping and busses.
    • Operates truck tractors with trailer or semitrailer coupled by means of a turntable (fifth wheel) or pintle (pivot) hook, and /or tandem rig consisting of either a single trailer or two trailers in tow. 
    • The Contractor employee may also be called upon to serve as a member of a rigging crew during periods of insufficient productive work as a motor vehicle operator.
    • Operation of heavy vehicles such as, tractor-trailer or truck and full trailer combinations requires knowledge and skill to determine the correct turning radius for these flection-type vehiclesto back a trailer into loading docks, between buildings, parked aircraft, and other trailers; to operate in narrow, congested areas, and congested ports or fueling/refueling facilities; and skill in applying the dual braking system for combination vehicles especially on steep winding grades, without causing the trailers to jackknife. 
    • Refueling operations involve driving heavy load vehicles on the flight line as well as over public roads; and operating the vehicle's auxiliary pumping system including regulating the pumping pressure and the rate of fuel flow which varies with each type of aircraft being serviced.
    • Operators of these vehicles apply knowledge and skills inplanning the route in accomplishing long-distance driving; performing the full range of load planningand maneuvering through congested locations, difficult metropolitan traffic, high speed highways, narrow country or mountain roads, and steep winding grades
    • Performs operator maintenance on all vehicles operated to include but not limited to: checking fuel, oil, tires, brakes; installing an emergency fan belt or replacing an electrical fuse; and, as required, makes minor repairs or adjustments.
    • Drivers are required .to load, arrange, and secure varied cargo when relative weights, tie-down requirements, and unloading sequence must be considered.  Operators direct/oversee or assist others with the loading and unloading of cargo and make difficult judgments concerning the arrangement and securing of the cargo.  This responsibility is great because the size and type of the vehicle increases the tendency of the trailer to sway and the driver to lose control of the vehicle.
    • May perform duties in support of hazardous material handling, such as functions supporting safe storage and movement of hazardous or toxic materials such as hazardous wastes or certain types of ammunition, explosives, chemicals, or radioactive materials in accordance with facility and regulatory requirements. Applies skills in operating forklifts and/or other motor vehicles to load, transport, and store hazardous materials. 
    • May work as part of a hazardous material response team involved in the emergency and non-emergency containments and clean-up of hazardous spills.  May require HAZMAT training and certification.
    • The Contractor shall also perform duties involving the proper handling, containment and disposal of hazardous material (e.g. paints, solvents, etc.).
    • The Contractor employee shall obey all OSHA, NAVOSH safety regulations and follow the Army Corps of Engineers EM-385-1-1 Safety and Health Requirements Manual. The Contractor shall be responsible to provide their employee with all required PPE appropriate for the tasks they perform while working for the Government.


    All information for work orders, assets, specifications, and condition assessments is captured in the NAVFAC’s MAXIMO - therefore, candidates must be able to learn and utilize this software platform.


    Contractor shall provide after hour’s support to operate vehicle and equipment s. Contractor should anticipate that approximately 5% of total effort shall be accomplished outside of normal working hours.


    Emergency/On-Call: may be required to respond to job related emergencies, within 1 hour of notification.



    Minimum Skills/Requirements:

    • Requires a Class A Commercial Drivers' License with Class and endorsements P (Passenger), X (Tanker) license endorsements, H (Hazardous Material), and/or S (School Bus) license endorsements.
    • The Contractor employee shall also possess a medical card that indicates they have passed a medical physical to supplement their CDL.
    • Requires licensing, skill, and knowledge in operating vehicles with gross vehicle weight of more than 32,000 lbs.  Vehicles are oversized and/or equipped with more than one body and two braking systems.
    • Skill in maneuvering oversized vehicles, evaluating conditions and load limits of bridges, in scheduling weigh points, and in assessing traffic conditions and hazards locally and over long­ distance routes;
    • Skill in backing tractor-trailers and oversized vehicles into loading docks, between other trailers, and in narrow, congested areas, parked aircraft and in constricted areas; and skill in applying the dual braking system especially on steep winding grades to prevent trailer jackknife;
    • Skill and knowledge in loading, arranging, and securing cargo to prevent overloading and shifting.
    • Requires forklift certification up to 12,000 pounds.
    • Ability to perform minor repairs or adjustments on vehicles;


    Physical Effort:

    • Physical effort is comparable to that required to climb on tractors to hook up service lines and load or tie down cargo; in making couplings between the vehicle and towed equipment because safety     chains, tow-bars, and hooks must be lifted and properly secured.
    • Considerable physical effort may be required to change tires and make limited emergency repairs, such as installing an emergency fan belt or replacing an electrical fuse on open highways.
    • Physical effort may be required in operating, turning, backing, and controlling vehicles which carry heavy loads.



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