Water and Sewer

Somerville is a city that upholds progressive principles for both employees and residents alike. If you are looking for a culture that embraces innovation, empowerment, and collaborative involvement, Somerville not only embraces these talents, but encourages them. Creative, hands on collaboration with passionate dedication are at the core of the City’s workplace culture.  Challenging and fast paced, Somerville also offers a generous benefits package that embodies a strong work life balance. Not only is it a “Model City”, as termed by The Boston Globe, but it is also a model employer.

Statement of Duties

The City of Somerville seeks a Heavy Motor Equipment Operator. The HMEO operates heavy motor equipment in a proper and safe manner in order to perform all assigned work.  Loads and unloads trucks; picks up and hauls material; greases, oils and cleans equipment and performs minor maintenance; performs unskilled labor duties using small hand tools, i.e., shovels, picks, axes, saws, heavy wrenches and small power tools.  Performs semi-skilled manual and laboring work in the construction, operation and maintenance of the water system including work on valves, mains, hydrants, services and other water system property; cuts, lays, caulks and makes up joints on pipes using machine or hand tools; pumps water from trenches, digs, braces and backfills excavations; prepares areas for laying pipe and/or fittings; may work along with private contractor to help avoid hitting water system property.  Must use and/or operate tools and equipment required for the performance of job and must protect tools and equipment from being damaged.  Performs all other duties that may be assigned.

Safety Sensitive Position.


Recommended Minimum Qualifications:

Must be in good health, dependable and able to do hard physical work in extreme weather conditions.


Must have skill and experience in the tools, equipment and material.


Must possess a valid Massachusetts Class B drivers license with CDL.



Work requires agility and physical strength, ability to function in close quarters, and is subject to outside environmental conditions, including wet, hot and cold weather.  Worker is subject to noise, vibrations, hazards and atmospheric conditions including fumes, dust and air contaminants.



The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the position’s essential functions.


Physical Skills

Position requires standing/walking most of the day, lifting/carrying up to 75 lbs, pushing/pulling, climbing, reaching, twisting, turning, kneeling, bending, crouching and stooping in the performance of daily activities.  The position requires near and far vision and acute hearing, the ability to maintain heavy physical exertion for long periods of time, operate hand and power tools, navigate rough terrain, move in or about construction sites.   


Motor Skills

While performing the duties, employees are regularly required to use oral communication skills and handle tools and equipment. The position requires balancing, pushing, pulling, grasping, feeling and repetitive motion to complete tasks.


Visual Skills

Visual acuity is required to operate motor vehicles and heavy equipment.


Application Procedure: 

Open until filled. Send your resume and cover to:

City Hall Personnel Office
93 Highland Avenue
Somerville MA 02143
Fax: 617-666-4426
TTY: 1-866-808-4851
Email: [email protected]

City of Somerville residents are especially encouraged to apply.

The City of Somerville is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, disability or any other protected category. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Auxiliary aids and services, written materials in alternative formats, and reasonable modifications in policies and procedures will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities free of charge, upon request.

Individuals with disabilities who need auxiliary aids and services for effective communication, written materials in alternative formats, or reasonable modifications in policies and procedures, in order to access the programs and activities of the City of Somerville or to attend meetings, should contact the City’s ADA Coordinator, Nency Salamoun, at 617-625-6600 x2323 or [email protected].

Full Time
$796.80 weekly plus benefits. Overtime eligible.
Application Start Date: 
Friday, January 4, 2019