Field Crew Heavy Equipment Operator

Nationwide, NE

Position Description

The Heavy Equipment Operator serve as a heavy equipment operator on their assigned crew, which entails reclaiming used railroad material. 

Major Areas of Responsibility

  • Demonstrate and promote a safe work environment within their crew and with those they work with
  • Operate an excavator, rail grinder, rail tester or other heavy equipment to pick up and transport railroad material
  • Sort railroad material using specialized heavy equipment
  • Select safe stockpile locations for transfer; load railroad ties and other track material onto trucks/into rail cars
  • Conduct hi-rail operations in accordance with railroad regulations
  • Order and coordinate the scheduling of trucks/rail cars to the job site
  • Participate in all job briefings, follow railroad protection limits, and conduct proper radio communications
  • Complete the daily activity summary and submit electronically in accordance with established deadlines
  • Practice proper housekeeping with clean, properly maintained vehicles, tools, and equipment
  • Inspect and maintain company vehicles and equipment in accordance with policies and procedures
  • Accurately complete and maintain a driver’s log in accordance with requirements
  • Ensure compliance with all safety requirements, policies, and procedures
  • Report all job site incidents and injuries to Field Manager immediately
  • Complete and maintain all required safety training and certifications

Minimum Qualifications

  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • High school diploma or equivalent preferred
  • 7 - 10 years of experience operating heavy mechanical equipment is required
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to read, write, and speak English fluently
  • Demonstrated strong mechanical and intermediate mathematical skills
  • Effective listening skills, including the ability to interpret, document, and follow oral instructions
  • Valid commercial driver’s license required (must not have any major driving offenses within the last three years)
  • Must be able to pass a railroad background check to obtain and maintain the credentials to work on railroad property (i.e. no criminal convictions within the last seven years, must not have completed a jail sentence or probation within the last five years)

Work Requirements

  • Dependable and consistent attendance/punctuality
  • Understand and accurately interpret/follow laws, rules, regulations, and other railroad/Omaha Track guidelines
  • Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with a diverse group
  • Ability to use company issued technology, including a laptop and smartphone
  • Ability to safely operate heavy equipment
  • Ability to transverse and work on uneven surfaces in an outdoor environment submit to all elements/conditions
  • Ability to change easily from one task to another (varying in nature) and deal with competing demands
  • Ability to meet all functional requirements including, but not limited to: lifting/carrying (up to 100lbs), sitting, kneeling, climbing, standing, walking, bending, squatting, pulling, finger dexterity, and reaching above/below shoulders
  • Personal protective equipment must be used/worn as required

Special Position Requirements

  • Travel:  This position requires up to 24 consecutive days of travel per month