Heavy Equipment Operator
Atlantic Recycling Group - Baltimore, MD

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Heavy Equipment Operator

1. Basic Functions and Scope of the Job: Operate and maintain various heavy equipment in a safe, efficient manner. The Heavy Equipment Operator will perform a variety of tasks in connection with loading and unloading heavy equipment and/or railcars. Performs fundamental maintenance daily, weekly, or as needed on equipment.

2. Work Performed/Tasks:

  • Loads/unloads heavy equipment and/or railcars on a daily basis.
  • Pick, carry, swing, and place loads smoothly and safely into railcars, truck, container, etc.
  • Analyze capacity load charts when needed and complete logs
  • Determine load weights and check them against lifting capacities to prevent overloads.
  • Move levers, depress foot petals, or turn dials to operate cranes, cherry pickers, material handlers, or other equipment for moving, lifting, or placing loads.
  • Performs basic preventative maintenance – includes daily lubrication of parts, fluids and filter changes, and blowout of radiator. Also perform check and service as required:
  • Coolant
  • Engine Oil
  • Hydraulic Oil
  • Oil level in splitterbox
  • Fuel tank
  • Clean tracks and track drive chains
  • Check back-up alarm
  • Check fire extinguisher
  • Conduct daily visual inspections, greasing duties listed on Daily Operator Checklist. Give completed checklist to supervisor daily.
  • Operate mobile equipment and trucks as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned when crane is not operating including some clean up around railcars

3. Qualifications (Knowledge/Skills/Abilities):

  • Understands the stability of supporting surfaces and the ability to identify potential site hazards.
  • Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance
  • Familiarity with basic crane technology and definitions
  • Ability to conduct crane inspections for unsafe conditions or deficiences. Also capable of performing basic maintenance – including preventative maintenance.
  • Multi-limb coordination – ability to operate various gauges, dials, and other switches and levers at one time. This may involve using two or more limbs at one time while sitting or standing.
  • Control precision – aptitude to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or vehicle to exact positions.
  • Understand and abide by Company safety standards and practices
  • Perform Lockout/Tagout when applicable
  • Awareness of occupational hazards associated with machine and environment.
  • Ability to identify blind spots and pinch points

4. Physical Requirements:

  • Tools – Use of tools will be necessary when performing preventative maintenance and daily equipment checks.
  • Equipment – Operating motorized equipment and vehicles
  • Sitting for up to eight plus hours a day
  • Occasional lifting < 50 lbs, climbing, walking, bending, shoveling required
  • Manual dexterity – the ability to move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or two hands together to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects

5. Environment:

  • Exposure to outdoor environs
  • Dust
  • Dirt
  • Temperature extremes
  • Fumes and/or smoke
  • Loud noise

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