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Heavy Equipment Operator/Mechanic

Date Posted: 2/4/2020

Location: Metro Park East Landfill

Type of Employment: Full Time

Metro Waste Authority is currently looking to hire a Heavy Equipment Operator/Mechanic to operate dozers, scrapers, graders, track and rubber tire loaders, tub grinders, street sweepers, windrow turners, compactors, and other equipment used to keep facilities operating in an efficient manner at the Metro Park East Landfill, Metro Compost Center, Metro Transfer Stations or other designated locations. This position will also provide specialized mechanical skills in the ongoing maintenance and repair of light, medium, and heavy equipment used at the landfill, compost center, and transfer station. The hired individual will use tools, equipment, and associated testing devices to diagnose and repair MWA equipment. 


  • Graduation from high school or GED equivalency, prior heavy construction equipment operating experience, and three years of experience as a journeyman level mechanic.
  • Demonstrating the ability to troubleshoot/diagnose problems and/or system failures in any of the previously prescribed functional areas, and the ability to diagnose, replace, and/or repair any unit on vehicles as required.
  • A valid Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) with job related (Tanker, Air brake and Hazmat) endorsements as required by Iowa Department of Transportation.
  • Heavy equipment operating experience in a landfill environment preferred, but not required.
  • A drug test and pre-employment physical. Subject to random alcohol and drug testing. Must maintain insurability standards.

Starting wage: $33.44/hour. Benefits for this position include paid holidays (12), paid vacation (accrual), paid sick leave (accrual), longevity pay, health, dental, and vision insurance, disability insurance, uniform allowance, deferred compensation match, and Iowa Public Employees’ Retirement System benefits.  

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Job Application & Resume

A job application is required to apply for this position and a resume and cover letter are recommended. Please download and complete the application using the link below to apply online. Be sure to follow the instructions on the first page of the application form to avoid internet browser issues.

Paper applications are available and can be completed between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Metro Park East Landfill (12181 NE University Avenue, Mitchellville).  

This is a full-time position with excellent benefits including IPERS.

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Closing Date: Open until filled.

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