Heavy Equipment Operator

Mechanics/Maintenance Earlham, Iowa


Description

Position Summary

 

Under the immediate direction of their supervisor, the Equipment Operator safely operates mobile heavy equipment as part of our stripping and earth moving operation. This position will be based out of Earlham, IA but will travel around the Des Moines, IA area and Nebraska. This position will require regular travel and overnights. With any travel required the employee will be paid mileage, per-diem and drive time when not working out of Earlham. 

 

Overtime pay starts after 40 hours and this crew works 60 hours per week on average.

 

Essential Functions

  • Must be able to or willing to learn to operate all other mobile equipment, including: haul truck, dozer, motor grader, water truck
  • Assist in plant repairs and clean-up
  • Perform pre-shift safety inspection on equipment
  • Perform preventative maintenance and service mobile equipment. Report needed repairs to shop personnel
  • Responsible for good housekeeping of equipment
  • Adhere to MSHA and plant safety rules and regulations
  • Perform duties with minimum supervision

 Minimum Education and Experience

  • High school diploma or GED equivalent required
  • Experience is a plus but will train the right candidate

 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Must be able to read equipment operating manual
  • Must be able to complete pre-shift inspection report
  • Must be able to communicate in English on radio or CB
  • Possess basic mathematical aptitude to complete daily reports
  • Must be able to wear all required safety equipment
  • Must be able to perform duties in a safe manner
  • Must be able to read and interpret gauges
  • Proven ability to work in a TEAM environment

 Physical Requirements

  • Must have good hand/eye coordination and be able to operate hand/foot controls
  • Possess good vision to perceive depth at close range and distances up to 150 feet
  • Must be able to climb on and off equipment to operate and service
  • Must be able to bend, stoop, climb and reach around mobile equipment
  • Capable of lifting up to 50 lb
  • Must be able to sit and operate equipment for long periods up to 10+ hours per day
  • Must work outside in all weather conditions consistent with extreme ambient temperatures: heat, cold, wetness, dryness, dust, and noisy conditions
  • Must be able to work at various heights

Working Conditions

 

Larger equipment is typically air conditioned. There will be times when outside assignments that may require periods of work in all weather conditions-heat, cold, wet or dry. May have exposure to dust, sand, gravel, diesel exhaust, etc. 

Equal Opportunity Employer/Veterans/Disabled