Heavy Equipment Operator in Baghdad at PAE

Date Posted: 8/28/2020

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Job Description

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Heavy Equipment Operator

Heavy Equipment Operator


Heavy Equipment Operator will be based at one of three PAE sites in Iraq and serve the Operations and Maintenance (OMSS) contract in support of the U.S. Department of State. Operators work in harsh conditions and inclement weather and operate equipment in steep and unstable terrain. There is exposure to heat, diesel fuel, gasoline, and bio-hazards, and incumbents perform heavy work such as putting chains on a lowboy, pulling winch lines, etc. Incumbent may be required to work extended hours during emergency utility repair activities. Incumbents must have physical condition and stamina sufficient to perform construction type work such as lifting and carrying items weighing approximately 90 pounds, bending, stooping, and climbing in and around construction type equipment and working in adverse climatic conditions. This position operates heavy equipment including dozer, grader, backhoe, dump truck, front end loader, tractor trailer and low boy transport trailer to build and maintain road systems. The incumbent grades roads and maintains roads for proper drainage of water which requires installation of culverts and cross ditching. The equipment is also used in hazard management and site preparation projects, culvert installations and road reconstruction and closures. Adjustments and performing daily preventative maintenance of the equipment are the responsibility of the equipment operator. The incumbent recommends repair or replacement of vehicles and equipment. This position also assists with buildings and grounds maintenance.   The incumbent keeps records on equipment and maintenance and prepares cost summaries. Experience diagnosing mechanical, electrical, electronic, and hydraulic malfunctions of automotive and construction type equipment; operating, maintaining, and repairing construction equipment; grading surfaces and compacting soil to rough specifications; designing, fabricating, and welding construction type devices; preparing records and reports. The duties and responsibilities listed below are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all inclusive.


  • Operator may read and interpret grade and slope stakes and simple plans.
  • Operate all heavy equipment in a safe and efficient way according to all relevant legislation, policies and procedures.
  • Determines safe operating parameters and follows established procedures.
  • Performs safety inspection of crane, heavy equipment, wire rope, hooks, slings and rigging as required.
  • Documents inspections as required.
  • May grease, adjust and make emergency repairs to equipment .
  • Operates construction heavy equipment such as dozers, loaders and graders, for snow removal, station operations and construction.
  • Lubricates, checks fluids, and performs safety inspection and minor maintenance as required prior to operation of any equipment.
  • Arranges equipment maintenance according to manufacturer recommendations or as directed by the Vehicle Maintenance Facility (but around planned lifts when possible).
  • Informs job site person in charge of impending maintenance schedules.
  • Supports the achievement of metrics, whether metrics are directly or indirectly affected by this position’s work activities.
  • Complies with all Environmental Health & Safety and Quality Assurance requirements and goals.
  • Implements and maintains a safe workplace program and ensures that safety is the highest priority in the workplace.
  • Performs other duties and special projects as assigned.



  • Minimum Acceptable Experience Level:  Must have 5+ years of experience as a heavy equipment operator, Must be able to operate any equipment typically used in any of the locations, Class B Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), Typically requires 2-5 years of related experience.
  • Education: A high school diploma or GED is required. State License or Certification from home state or accredited issuing agency.
  • Security Vetting: Must obtain a Secret or TS clearance. Must maintain eligibility at the required security level for the duration of the contract.
  • Language Skills: Strong, professional, oral and written English communication skills.
  • Citizenship: US Citizenship is required for this position because a US government secret or higher level clearance is required for this position.
  • Medical: Favorable passage of a drug screen and physical examination


  • Crane operation is a plus.
  • Relevant overseas electrical experience.
  • Active DOD or DOS Secret security clearance.
  • Experience working with PAE.


  • Knowledge of ALL principles and processes involved in operating heavy equipment at an overseas facility.
  • Knowledge of principles and processes for providing excellent customer services.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment that requires handling multiple tasks at a given time and rapidly adapting to changing priorities and schedules.
  • Cross-cultural sensitivity with an international perspective.
  • Expert computer skills, specifically in Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Ability to become an active and functioning member of a team.
  • Must have the ability to be innovative and be an agent for change.
  • Expert communication skills to facilitate and disseminate information.


This position may be located in a war zone, in an environment with harsh and dangerous working and living conditions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee may regularly be exposed to extreme and austere desert-like environment. Temperatures can reach 120- 130 degrees Fahrenheit/50-55 degrees Celsius during the summer months. Employees must be willing and able to perform regular job requirements in this austere, extreme environment, as well as willing and able to deploy to Iraq for extended periods. Work schedules are a minimum of 6 days per week and 10 hours per day, while some jobs have higher daily and weekly minimums. Employees must be willing and able to perform physical activities including, but not limited to, heavy lifting and moving of items, parts, assemblies, and equipment up to the safety regulation maximum; climbing in and out of equipment; crawling; and working outdoors. This includes being able to lift and carry 40 pounds of personal protective equipment for extended periods of time and being capable of running and ‘duck & cover’ during emergencies without putting oneself or others at risk.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

PAE is a drug-free workplace.

PAE is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our hiring practices provide equal opportunity for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, gender, national origin, age, United States military veteran’s status, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, family structure, medical condition including genetic characteristics or information, veteran status, or mental or physical disability so long as the essential functions of the job can be performed with or without reasonable accommodation, or any other protected category under federal, state, or local law.

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