Plant Dredge Operator- Des Moines
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City: Des Moines

State: Iowa

Postal/Zip Code: 50313

Hallett Materials, an Oldcastle Materials Company, was established in 1918. Hallett Materials produces quality aggregates with a firm belief in customer service. The materials produced by Hallett Materials are used in the construction of new highways, bridges and buildings as well as landscaping and maintenance projects.

Position Title:
Plant Dredge Operator

Oldcastle Materials Group (OMG)/Midwest Region

FLSA Status:
Non-Exempt; Hourly

Pipeline Level:

Reports To:

Direct Reports:

April 19, 2013

Position Overview

The successful applicant will be trained to operate and maintain all of our plant and processing equipment as well as dredges. The candidate will be expected to work at all of our Central Iowa dredge operations. To operate the dredge efficiently and effectively to maximize production while at all times maintaining a safe work environment. Must partner with other plant crew members to ensure production is running at efficient levels.

Key Responsibilities

Responsible for a safe work environment for themselves and co-workers.

Must follow all safety policies, procedures and rules.

Maintain the plant and keep everything running and in good condition.

Develop understanding of the products made and kept with in state specification.

Understand quality control processes and ideas

Properly follow all company policies and OSHA/MSHA regulations for safe working procedures and environment. Report any problems to the Superintendent, Safety Manager, or Human Resources Manager.

Responsible for ensuring daily maintenance is completed.

Responsible for keeping dredge clean.

Report all major maintenance problems to Lead-man or superintendent

Assist in training less-experienced employees on the proper operations, servicing, and repair of dredge to further their abilities.

Be able to lift clean out led on dredge.

Perform general laboring duties when necessary.

Perform other duties as assigned.


High School diploma or general education degree (GED) required.


Related experience and/or training preferred.


Must pass a drug screen and criminal background check.

Pass a pre-employment “Fit for Work” physical.

Be able to provide valid documentation for the I-9 Immigration document.

Display a professional and courteous attitude to co-workers, supervisors, and the general public at all times

Must be willing to work nights, weekends and overtime when necessary.

Must be able to travel to multiple locations during a workday.

Report to the assigned job site in uniform and ready to being work at the designated start time.

Strict adherence to safety requirements and procedures outlined in the Employee Handbook.

Willingness to work in a team environment and assist co-workers or supervisors with other duties as required.

Individuals are required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) in designated operations and production areas as stated by OSHA and/or MSHA. Protective equipment that may be required, but not limited to, for this position is: Face Shield, Safety (hard toe) Shoes, and Coveralls.

Able to work in or around water. Position requires taking a boat to dredge and being out on the water all day.

Be willing to work outdoors in extreme temperatures both hot and cold.

Strictly adhere to safety requirements and procedures outlined in Employee Handbook.

Able to operate front end loader and skid loader.

Must be at least 18 years of age due to nature of working environment.

Additional Requirements

Ability to read, write and do basic mathematical calculations in order to keep time and material records.

Previous aggregate plant experience is preferred.

Must be able to work seasonally and have flexibility to work weekends and evenings during the season.

Sand and Gravel experience is a plus.

Ability to work at heights.

Ability to understand and follow verbal and written instructions.

Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing.

Ability to effectively direct others in the workplace.

Basic knowledge of Excel and Word.

Basic knowledge in electricity and mechanics.

Physical Requirements

Able to stand, walk, use hands and fingers to manipulate objects or controls, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, talk and hear.

Physical ability to perform maintenance on plants under temperature extremes and extended periods of time.

Must be able to climb ladders/stairs to maintain equipment. Requires the following motions: climbing, lifting, stooping, bending, squatting, stretching, pushing, pulling, vibrating, twisting, standing, walking sitting and reaching.

May require sitting for extended periods of time.

Vision abilities (with correction) include close, distance, peripheral, depth, and the ability to adjust focus.

Able to climb ladders or stairs and to work at heights.

Able to lift/move 50-100lbs objects while using proper lifting techniques.

Able to work extended hours.

Able to work in all weather conditions.

Able to work in tight quarters.

Must be able to hold weights of 5-10 lbs in a stretched arm position for extended periods.

Able to stand on hard surfaces for extended periods of time.

The statements included in this job description are not intended to be all-inclusive. They represent typical elements and criteria necessary to successfully perform the job. Other duties may be assigned as required. Requirements for this job are subject to modification by the Company and its designees, and reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

What Oldcastle Offers You

A culture that values opportunity for growth, development and internal promotion

Highly competitive base pay

Comprehensive medical, dental and disability benefits programs

Group retirement savings program

Health and wellness programs

About Oldcastle

Oldcastle has a long and proud heritage as one of North America’s largest corporations. We are a proud reflection of the hundreds of family businesses, local and regional companies and mid to large sized enterprises that together form the Oldcastle family. Oldcastle operates with a decentralized, diversified structure, letting you work in a small company environment while having the career opportunities of a large enterprise.

Oldcastle is a great place to grow! If you’re up for a rewarding challenge, we invite you to take the first step and apply today! Please complete your online application and profile which will be sent directly to the appropriate Hiring Manager. Thank you for your interest in the Oldcastle family!

Hallett Materials is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer

Hallett Materials is part of the Oldcastlecareers™ network.

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