SurfaceCycle CareersSkid Steer Operator – CO

Reporting Manager

General Manager


Alpha Milling


Arvada, CO

FLSA Status



Pay is $23 – $26/hr



Position Overview

The Equipment Operator/Skid Steer position serves as a key participant in the interaction between the Company (and other crew members), other contractors and our customers. The position is responsible for operating a variety of equipment in a safe and efficient manner, including skid steer equipment and other related machinery.

Essential Job Duties

  • Controls and actively participates in labor related activities on job sites during various stages of the project to ensure the accurate completion of the project.
  • Operates a skid steer in a safe manner.
  • Communicates with crew while on the job site, including the use of radios, hand signals, or other necessary forms of communication.
  • Provides clean-up behind a milling machine through the use of a skid steer with various attachments connect, such attachments include roto milling head, sweeper attachment and bucket attachment.
  • Manipulates hand or foot levers to control movements of skid steer on roadways and related surfaces such as parking lots, streets, highways, etc.
  • Cleans up any loose particles left behind by the broom tractor and milling machine.
  • Keeps milled surface and roadway clean of any loose particles.
  • Uses milling head attachments to mill any left-over asphalt or concrete around manholes and water valves that the milling machine could not mill.
  • Removes excess asphalt/concrete around manholes and water valves that a milling machine or other equipment cannot reach.
  • While on a job site, may be responsible for appropriately marking manholes and water valves with spray paint to be avoided by the milling machine.
  • May be responsible for a variety of additional duties, such as working with a milling machine on job sites, and is responsible for:
    1. actively communicating with the employee operating the machine;
    2. ensuring the milling machine is clear of any debris or objects it could potentially hit, including remove millings that could hinder the operation of the machine;
    3. assisting with changing carbide teeth in milling machine drum; and
    4. greasing the machine.
  • May also be responsible for working with a clean-up crew on job sites, responsible for assisting equipment operators to ensure loose particles are removed from the milled and roadway surfaces using shovels, brooms or other methods to achieve a cleaned surface.
  • Other duties may include helping with traffic control set-up and taking down and tending a slow/stop sign to maintain safe public and worker travel through the work zone, loading and unloading equipment (including equipment from trucks), shovels dirt, gravel, and other materials.
  • May performs work with all hand tools including but not limited to pneumatic or traditional hammers, drills, impact guns and grease guns.
  • May operate a variety of heavy mechanical equipment that requires technical expertise or specialized training.  Heavy mechanical equipment in addition to a water truck include but not limited to water trucks, milling machines, backhoes, skid steers, and broom tractors in a safe and efficient manner.
  • Performs routine maintenance on skid steer and other equipment, including greasing the machine, changing cutting edges, carbide teeth, changing oil, air filter replacements, etc.).
  • Advises the Foreman, Shop Manager and/or Mechanics of any requirements for maintenance or repairs.
  • Ensure Company machines, equipment, vehicles, and tools and washed, cleaned and securely stored.
  • Responsible for informing management of any safety concerns; adheres to safety and work performance standards to comply with OSHA, company and other agency regulations.
  • Maintains ability to travel up to 100% of time to various job sites, possibly including extended overnight stays.
  • Maintains regular and punctual attendance.
  • Complete special projects as required.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Working knowledge of heavy equipment, processes, and safety protocols.
  • Valid CDL (Class A or B) preferred; acceptable motor vehicle record.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Department of Transportation (DOT) and current OSHA rules and regulations and ensuring compliance with these guidelines.
  • Ability to engage in heavy manual labor for extended periods, in all types of weather and under various working conditions.
  • Proven effective oral and written communication skills, job planning skills and mechanical aptitude are a must.
  • Ability to work long hours outdoors and will be on their feet all day while either walking or standing.
  • Ability to work Monday through Sunday and overtime as required (including irregular hours, out of town work, overnight stays, weekends and holidays).
  • Demonstrated skills in the care and use of hand and power tools employed in all phases of heavy equipment mechanical maintenance and repair work.
  • Reliable work ethic; regular attendance is required.
  • Ability to establish and maintain professional relationships with individuals of varying social and cultural backgrounds with co-workers, vendors, and subcontractors at all levels.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality regarding all departmental matters.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

  • Must tolerate working environment with outside temperatures that include excessive heat, cold, wind, and precipitation.
  • Must be able to work outside, around moving objects, vehicles, and machinery with moving parts.
  • Must be able to push, pull and lift up to 50 pounds to an overhead position.
  • Must be able to stand, walk, kneel, bend, and twist body.
  • Must be able to stand for long periods of time.
  • Must be able to use both hands and demonstrate good hand-eye coordination.
  • Tolerance to sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable.
  • Potentially exposed to contaminants, such as dust or fumes from exhaust; frequent exposure to hazardous equipment.
  • Occasionally work in very bright or very dim lighting conditions.
  • Are sometimes exposed to hazardous situations that produce cuts or minor burns.
  • Occasionally are exposed to whole body vibration, such as when using a jackhammer.
  • May need to work in tight/confined spaces or work areas.
  • Must be able to regularly wear personal protective equipment, including hard hats, safety goggles, safety vests and/or ear plugs.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job responsibility satisfactorily. This job description is not to be construed as all inclusive. Employees may be required to perform any other job-related task as requested. Reasonable accommodations may be considered and implemented to enable individuals with qualified disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Alpha Milling is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We encourage women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply for our open positions.