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City of Greenville
City of Greenville



Job Location: Greenville, SC
Job Type: Full Time
Department: PUBLIC WORKS

$33,280.00 Annually


475 Fairforest Way - Greenville, SC

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Full Time



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Brief Description

Job Summary
This is an entry-level trainee position intended for individuals with no or less than six months of professional experience operating a specialized commercial vehicle. Individuals already in possession of a South Carolina Class B or A Commercial Drivers License (CDL) will complete up to 4 weeks of training, including both classroom and hands-on training intended to provide the essential skills and knowledge required to operate a variety of specialized commercial vehicles, including right-side drive safely and independently upon program completion. Individuals who do not already possess a CDL will undergo additional training for up to 12 weeks and will be required to obtain a Commercial Learners Permit (CLP) within 3 weeks of hire and the CDL license within 8 weeks of hire.

The purpose of this position is to develop and prepare trainees for promotion to Solid Waste Equipment Operator I. To successfully complete the program, trainees must demonstrate proficiency and understanding in the following areas: federal, state, city, and department rules and regulations; inspections, reports, and documentation; equipment safety; customer service; routes and directions; and driving. Failure to demonstrate proficiency and understating in all areas at designated evaluation points will result in removal from the training program.

Job Duties

Essential Functions
Obtain CDL License: Complete CDL training program, to include classroom study and hands-on driving instruction. Must test and successfully pass Commercial License Permit (CLP) exam within 3 weeks of hire. Must test and successfully obtain CDL within 8 weeks of hire.

Complete Commercial Vehicle Training Program:
Rules and Regulations: Receive department orientation and review of all department and City policies and procedures. Study and acquire knowledge of all federal and state traffic laws and regulations pertaining to operating a commercial vehicle.

Vehicle Care, Inspections, Reports, and Documentation: Learn the requirements of conducting pre- and post- trip inspections to include making sure all equipment is in proper working order. Receive hands-on instruction in checking tire pressure, fluid levels, safety equipment, gauges, steering controls, accelerator and brake pedals, horn, wipers, lights, mirrors, etc. Learn how to properly clean and maintain vehicles and their components to include greasing and lubricating movable parts, as well as proper fueling procedures. Learn the guidelines for completing and submitting accident, injury, and incident reports.

Equipment Operation and Safety: Train in proper operation of specialized vehicle equipment (e.g., joysticks, levers, mounted brooms, robotic/mechanical arms, claw/grabber, boom/suction hose, boom/crane telescopic extension, jet and vacuum units, etc.) as well as how to safely secure specialized equipment when not in use. Train in emergency response procedures, including the use of safety equipment (e.g., fire extinguishers, reflective triangles, safety chains, safety equipment harnesses, and towing equipment). Learn emergency management techniques for extraordinary circumstances one may encounter while performing job functions including, collisions, mechanical failures, and natural disasters. Actively participate in the reporting of safety issues and concerns that are observed during essential job functions.

Customer Service: Receive training in tactful and courteous interactions with the public. Review basic City public services and operations in order to respond to general questions.

Route Familiarization: Develop and maintain working knowledge of city streets and current service routes. Receive hands-on training in effectively utilizing route optimization guides, global positioning systems, hard copied directional aids, maps, on-board diagnostics, etc. to follow routes and meet time points. Utilize communication system to contact dispatch and report current position and conditions, receive accident and incident information, and coordinate detours.

Driving Instruction: Learn and perform defensive driving techniques for urban and rural driving that include, but are not limited to, mirror usage and scanning techniques, monitoring blind spots, proper following distance, and safe acceleration and braking techniques. Learn and perform advanced maneuver techniques for driving commercial vehicles that include turning, parallel parking, alley docking, off-set backing, and straight-line backing. Receive hands-on training in operating commercial vehicles in a variety of weather and road conditions.

Operate Commercial Vehicle During Regularly Scheduled Operations: Under supervision, fully operate a specialized commercial vehicle on regularly scheduled routes and operations through light to heavy City traffic, in a safe manner and in accordance with the city, county, state, and federal laws, as well as City rules and policies. In performance of all essential functions, demonstrate proficiency and understanding of all training material. Monitors equipment, weather conditions, and safety of other personnel. Actively participate in the reporting of safety issues and concerns that are observed during essential job functions.

Perform other duties as assigned.


Job Requirements
High school diploma or equivalent is required.
This is an entry-level training position that does not require prior experience.
Must be able to obtain a DOT Medical Card from the City of Greenville.
Motor vehicle record must meet the standards of City policy.

Driver`s License Requirements
Valid South Carolina Class D Driver`s License at hire.
Valid South Carolina Class B CLP within 3 weeks of hire.
Valid South Carolina Class B CDL with air brake provision within 8 weeks of hire.

Performance Requirements
Knowledge of:
The safe operation of commercial vehicles and heavy equipment, including complete familiarization with there systems and safety features.
Traffic rules, regulations, and laws and procedures for the safe operation of commercial vehicles and heavy equipment.
Geography and roadways of an assigned route(s).

Ability to:
Operate commercial vehicles and heavy equipment safely.
Operate vehicle two-way radio system, and specialized on-board equipment.
Operate and/or utilize all standard safety equipment installed in/on vehicles and equipment, including safety harnesses, restraints, fire extinguishers, and any other equipment required by federal, state, or local regulations.
Conduct and document pre- and post-trip inspections.
Properly climb up and down to enter and exit vehicle frequently throughout the day.
Perform traffic flagging and understand signs and procedures.
Operate joystick or button control systems.
Read and understand maps and schedules.
Read, understand and follow rules and regulations, vehicle operating procedures, vehicle laws, and written and oral instructions.
Maintain effective working relationships and deal courteously and effectively with the public, fellow employees, and supervisors.
Be able to work without immediate supervision in the field after completion of the initial training period.
Report accidents, injuries, and incidents immediately.
Maintain simple records and make basic mathematical calculations.
Be punctual and maintain regular, predictable attendance.
Be available to work a flexible schedule that includes nights, weekends, holidays, and a reasonable amount of overtime.

Working Conditions

Working Conditions
Primary Work Location: Vehicle cabin, outdoors (residential collection routes), and classroom environment.

Protective Equipment Required: Steel-toed shoes, hard hat, gloves (optional), safety vest, and safety glasses.

Environmental/Health and Safety Factors: Frequent exposure to unpleasant environmental conditions and/or hazards with the majority of work performed outside or with exposure to risk. Daily exposure to extreme temperature, respiratory hazards, noise and vibration, mechanical hazards, and electrical hazards. Weekly exposure to chemical hazards. Seasonal exposure to wetness and/or humidity.

Physical Demands: Constantly requires hearing, vision, talking, fine dexterity, handling/grasping, reaching, twisting, sitting, and foot controls. Frequently requires pushing/pulling, bending, climbing, kneeling, and walking. Occasionally requires carrying, lifting, crouching/stooping, balancing, and standing. Strength demands include frequently exerting up to 20 pounds and occasionally exerting 20-50 pounds.

Mental Demands: Frequently requires tedious or exacting work, working in a noisy/distracting environment, and working closely with others as part of a team. Occasionally requires time pressures, frequent change of tasks, performing multiple tasks simultaneously, and working an irregular schedule or overtime.

Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance
The City of Greenville is an Equal Opportunity Employer. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions. Prospective and current employees should contact Human Resources to request an ADA accommodation.

The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

The City of Greenville offers a comprehensive and affordable benefits package designed to provide a variety of choices to best fit the needs of our employees and their families. View more details about these benefits here: City of Greenville Employee Benefits.


The City offers the following health insurance options to eligible employees:

  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Basic Term Life
  • Employee Supplemental Life
  • Spouse Term Life
  • Child Term Life
  • Short Term Disability (STD)
  • Long Term Disability (LTD)
  • Voluntary Benefits (Critical Illness, Accident, Hospital Care, etc.)
All health insurance coverage is effective the first of the month following the employees hire date except for LTD which is effective the 91st day following date of hire.

  • General Leave is earned/accrued biweekly by all regular, full-time and permanent part-time employees as a percentage of normal work hours.
  • The City of Greenville observes 11 paid holidays.
The City is a member of the South Carolina State (SCRS) and Police Officers (PORS) defined benefit Retirement Systems.

  • Employee Recognition & Awards Program (ER&A)
  • Employee Service Awards
  • Longevity Bonus
  • Worker`s Compensation
  • Deferred Compensation
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

City of Greenville (SC)

206 S. Main St

Greenville, South Carolina, 29601




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Our office hours are 8:00 am-5:00 pm Monday - Friday.

The City of Greenville will provide reasonable accommodations for otherwise qualified individuals. The City of Greenville does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, disability status or age in employment or provision of services.


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