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Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas Heavy Equipment Operator  in Clinton, Arkansas

Salary Range

$14.59 - $17.88 an hour


Heavy Equipment Operator

*$1,500 Sign on Bonus*

Remote – Location May Vary

Right of Way – Full Time

Arkansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc. (AECI) is an organization with a rich history and a bright future.As a leader in the energy industry we look to our employees to help us grow, change, and provide power to over 500,000 members of our 17 electric distribution cooperatives.

A Special Equipment Operator I isresponsible for the safe operation and maintenance of special equipment including, but not limited to, tree cutter and forestry mulching equipment used to facilitate the adequate right of way clearance for distribution and/or transmission power lines.In this position, you will be given the opportunity to work alongside peers who are versatile, enthusiastic, and strive to push forward AECI’s mission.


  • Drives and operates ROW vehicles and equipment and able to safely and efficientlycomplete tasks and projects.(Tractor, Skidsteer, Backhoe, Trackhoe etc.)

  • Performs daily inspection and maintenance of chainsaws and safety equipment; must be able to safely and efficiently operate chainsaws. Notifies supervisor in the event of safety hazards.

  • Performs right of way clearing duties, to include the following: bucket work, climbing work, ground clearing, cutting, chipping, piling, burning, and other disposal of brush.

  • Safely operates special equipment to control vegetation along right of way.

  • Inspect ROW in front of equipment to flag obstacles (i.e. phone pedestals, guy wire, septic tanks/septic systems, water and gas lines/meters, etc.).

  • Perform traffic control duties around work area as needed.

  • Must understand general safety rules and policies and promote good relations with other crew members, patron cooperatives, and the general public.

  • The ability to handle stress and work well with others are essential functions of this position.

Minimum Qualifications

  • In pursuant of the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Act 593, this position is a designated safety-sensitive position according to AECC/AECI standards and processes.

  • As a condition of employment, this position requires apost – offer, pre-employment Fitness for Duty Exam, and DOT Physical. (

  • At least 3 months experience and/or training.

  • A valid driver's license is required.

  • Able to work in outside or inside working environment, wherein there are potentially hazardous working conditions and life-threatening situations exist (fire, chemical, moving mechanical parts, electrical sources, fumes, airborne particles, heights, dangerous people, etc.).

  • Able to work in extreme heat or cold

  • Able to work in extremely loud areas

  • Able to perform highly repetitive and physical functions

  • Must be able to travel to various locations and stay overnight as required to complete work assignments

  • Must be able to work extra hours when necessary and report to work whenever needed during non-scheduled working periods

  • Training specified in 29 CFR 1910.269(a)(1)(i)(E)

Preferred Qualifications

  • Commercial Applicator Technician

  • Class A or B CDL License

  • Temporary Traffic Control Certification


  • 401(k) Retirement Plan

  • Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance

  • 9 Paid holidays

  • Educational assistance

  • Paid Time Off

  • Short-term disability

  • Long-term disability

  • Free & confidential Employee Assistance Program


Should you elect to apply for this position, AECC/AECI will review your qualifications. If after reviewing the qualifications and experience of all applicants, your skills and credentials meet our needs, someone from our organization may contact you. Please be advised that the time required to complete the applicant review process typically takes between 30 and 90 days, but could extend beyond that. Once the position has been filled, all applicants will be notified via email.

Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation and Arkansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc. are Equal Opportunity Workplace and an Affirmative Action Employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age or any other protected category.

The Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas, AECC, and AECI endeavors to make the Careers portion of its website accessible to any and all users. If you would like to contact us regarding the accessibility of our website or need assistance completing the applications process, please get in touch with the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas, AECC, and AECI Human Resources recruiter at 501-570-2200. This contact information is for accommodation requests only.

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Job ID 2021-2363