Waste Connections, Inc Heavy Equipment Operator in Avenal, California

Job Title

Heavy Equipment Operator

Employee Type


Requisition Primary Location

Avenal, California

Job Description

Who Are We?

WASTE CONNECTIONS, Inc. (NYSE: WCN) is not only the best waste services company in North America, it is also an amazing place to realize your potential, make decisions, have your voice heard, and partner with extremely hard working and passionate people! We seek servant leaders, mentors, top performers, and fun people. At Waste Connections, we value each individual’s unique background, experience, and passion to make us a great place to work.

Why you need to join us!

CULTURE: It’s a Great place to work! We work in an environment where empowered, self-directed all-stars know what they do is important.

INTEGRITY: Our definition is “saying what you will do and then doing it!” We keep our promises to our customers and our employees.

RESPECT: We show respect for our customers and fellow employees. Respect for ourselves grows through all the hard work and great service we provide to the communities we are privileged to serve.

Avenal Landfill, a Waste Connections Company, is currently looking for a full time equipment operator to work in our Landfill in Avenal, CA.

The shift will be M-F, 7AM – 4PM, Every other Saturday from 7AM – 11AM.

The Position:

We are looking for a safety conscience Heavy Equipment Operator to join the team at our Landfill located in Avenal, CA.

General Summary: Under general supervision, operates large, heavy mobile equipment, performs routine maintenance, cleans and maintains equipment.

Essential Functions:

Operates a variety of heavy equipment including loaders (972 and 980), tippers, D-9 dozers, 345 excavator, D-400 Cat Truck and 836 compactors. Performs routine inspection and maintenance. May assist mechanics in some repairs. Responsible for servicing equipment including fueling and checking hydraulics. Exercises appropriate precautions by visually identifying hazardous waste symbols. Ensures proper care in the use and maintenance of equipment and supplies; promotes continuous improvement of workplace safety and environmental practices. Perform other such duties and functions as may be necessary or incidental to the proper performance of this position

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must have a High school diploma or GED

  • 5+ years experience related to the duties specified above.

  • Valid Driver’s License.

  • Must be able to work schedule stated above.

  • Must have experience operating 972/980 size loaders and/or D-9 Dozers.

  • Preferred experience with all other equipment listed above.

Physical/Mental Demands: Job applicants must be able to:

  • Climb in and out of equipment cabs constantly throughout the shift. Must be able to step into vehicles at a height of approximately 2 to 3 feet.

  • Exert force and lifts up to 50 lbs frequently; 50 – 100 lbs occasionally.

  • Constantly handle, grip, and grasp controls, and push buttons to operator equipment controls; coordinate the movement of more than one limb simultaneously to properly and efficiently operate certain equipment.

  • Work in small, cramped spaces such as an equipment cab.

  • Remain in sitting position for extended periods of time.

  • Regularly walk across rough, uneven or rocky or waste surfaces.

  • Frequently operate levers or pedals and makes fine, highly controlled muscular movements to adjust the position of control mechanisms.

  • Regularly perform extensive physical activity and strenuous physical work.

  • Demonstrate visual and auditory acuity in order to safely operate heavy equipment.

  • Regularly uses a variety of hand and other tools to perform regular maintenance.

  • Frequently walk, stand, sit, bend, stoop, crouch, kneel, climb stairs and ladders.

  • Regularly reach above, at and below shoulder level.

  • Work safely without presenting a threat to self or others.

  • Communicate effectively and cooperate with co-workers, customers and managers.

  • Perform basic daily clerical duties such as maintenance forms or equipment logs.

Work Environment: Job applicants must be able to :

  • Constantly work under adverse conditions including outside in any weather, around rodents, insects, foul smells, dirt, dust, and hazardous conditions such as ice and snow.

  • Constantly work outdoors, sometimes in extreme weather conditions, around machinery and around co-workers.

  • Frequent exposure to dust, fumes, smoke, gases odors and excessive noises.

  • Occasional exposure to chemicals, solvents, grease or oil and slippery or uneven surfaces.

We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer (Minority/Female/Disabled/Veterans)

Job Requirements:







Who We Are

Waste Connections is an integrated solid waste services company that provides solid waste collection, transfer, disposal and recycling services in mostly exclusive and secondary markets. Our goal is to create an environment where self-directed, empowered employees strive to consistently fulfill our constituent commitments and seek to create positive impacts through interactions with customers, communities, and fellow employees.


Waste Connections is always working to protect the health of the communities we serve, and we are grateful for the hard work and dedication that you bring to your job every day. Working here means you are a safety-minded individual who is making important contributions on a daily basis that will make a positive impact on those around you. We appreciate that you are a person of integrity who takes pride in the work you do.

Our Opportunities


People who want to gain valuable professional experience will find that Waste Connections is a fantastic place to work. You’ll enjoy the opportunity for beneficial training and professional development opportunities that can help enhance your skills and lead the way to a more promising future.


Bring your passion to succeed and you’ll quickly discover that great opportunities are all around you. At Waste Connections, you’ll thrive if you are friendly, dedicated, and prefer a work hard/play hard culture that is focused on maintaining our reputation as the premier waste services company in the markets we serve.