Journeyman Equipment Operator
Palmer, AK 
Posted 18 days ago
Job Description
Journeyman Equipment Operator

Job Description

This position will be based out of Anchorage, AK office and will primarily be a 'Field Assignment Position' within the state of Alaska and will report to the corresponding Project Manager or designee. Position operates one or several types of power construction equipment, such as motor graders, bulldozers, scrapers, compressors, pumps, derricks, shovels, tractors, excavators and front-end loaders to excavate, move, and grade earth, erect structures, pour concrete or other hard surface pavement. This position requires 75% travel; hours worked while in travel status could be up to 12 hours per day.

Ahtna complies with all federal regulations, to include mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for all employees working directly or indirectly on a government contract. If applicable, employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the position's start date. An individual is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their final dose.

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Ahtna Global, LLC

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Posting Title

Journeyman Equipment Operator

Posting Type

External & Internal

Posting Subtype

Open Continuous (Pool)



Essential Duties & Responsibilities

* Operate various heavy equipment including excavators, backhoes, and front end loaders on environmental and construction job sites.
* Ability to operate precisely and safely in close proximity to others.
* Requires the ability to properly wear, use, and maintain personal respirator equipment and other forms of personal protective equipment (PPE) on HAZWOPER sites.
* Monitor job site for hazards and challenge unauthorized personnel on job site and maintain a safe working environment.
* Maintain constant awareness of surroundings including eye contact with ground personnel and recognize job site specific hazards.
* Possess good communication skills as well as take direction from environmental staff in all phases of field operations.
* Maintain safe excavation areas to include benching, shoring, and barricading as necessary to allow access by site personnel when conditions permit entry.
* Learn and follow safety regulations.
* Take actions to avoid potential hazards and obstructions, such as utility lines, other equipment, other workers, and falling objects.
* Adjust hand wheels and depress pedals to control attachments, such as blades buckets, scrapers, and swing booms.
* Start engines, move throttles, switches, and levers and depress pedals to operate machines, such as bulldozers, trench excavators, road graders, and backhoes.
* Monitor operations to ensure that health and safety standards are met.
* Align machines, cutter heads, or depth gauge makers with reference stakes and guidelines or ground, or position equipment following hand signals of other workers.
* Load and move dirt, rocks, equipment, and materials using trucks, crawler tractors, power cranes, shovels, graders, and related equipment.
* Drive and maneuver equipment with blades in successive passes over working areas to remove topsoil, vegetation, and rocks, and to distribute and level earth or terrain.
* Coordinate machine actions with other activities, positioning or moving loads in response to hand or audio signals from crew members.
* Operate tractors and bulldozers to perform such tasks as clearing land, mixing sludge, trimming backfills, and building roadways and parking lots.
* Check fuel supplies at sites to ensure adequate availability.
* Perform routine maintenance in field as needed or directed.
* Connect hydraulic hoses, belts, mechanical linkages, or power takeoff shafts to tractors.
* Operate loaders to pull out stumps, rip asphalt or concrete, rough-grade properties, bury refuse, or perform general cleanup.
* Select and fasten bulldozer blades or other attachments to tractors using hitches.
* Test atmosphere for adequate oxygen and explosive conditions when working in confined spaces.
* Operate compactors, scrapers, and rollers to level, compact, and cover refuse at disposal grounds.
* Talk to clients and study instructions, plans, and diagrams in order to establish work requirements.
* Signal operators to guide movement of tractor-drawn machines.
* Operate road watering, oiling, and rolling equipment, and street sealing equipment, such as chip spreaders.
* Perform specialized work using equipment such as pile drivers, dredging rigs, drillers, and concrete pumpers.
* Push other equipment when extra traction or assistance is required.
* Drive tractor-trailer trucks to move equipment from site to site.
* Turn valves to control air and water output of compressors and pumps.
* Operate equipment to demolish and remove debris and to remove snow from streets, roads, and parking lots.
* Operate conveyors to remove grit and debris from digesters.
* Perform any other duties as assigned by management.

Qualification Requirements

* High School Graduate or General Education Degree (GED)
* At least 10 years of experience as journeyman level operator
* Proficient operating skills - ability to finish road grade with a motor grader, ability to excavate and install mainline utilities (waterline, sewer line, and storm sewer) to specified line and grade, operate an excavator while using a trench box productively, read and interpret grade stakes, install finish grade with a dozer and manage a fill site while operating a dozer
* Proficient with Topcon / Trimble /Leica surveying equipment
* Knowledge of construction, machines, and tools; including their designs, uses, repair and maintenance, and the practical application of engineering science/technology
* Ability to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) (Goggles, Hardhats, Safety Shoes, etc.)
* Valid driver's license with clean driving record, ability to be insured by company policy

Preferred Qualifications

Operators certificate

Shareholder Preference:
* Pursuant to PL 93-638, as amended, preference will be given to qualified Ahtna Native Corporation Shareholders, Descendants, and Spouses in all phases of employment.

Physical Demands (Note: Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.)

* Frequent lifting, sitting, standing, stooping for prolonged periods of time, using hands/fingers requiring dexterity, should have good hand-eye coordination and motion control in coordination with handling tools, equipment and other related components.
* Reaching with hands and arms for items above and below sight level, talking, hearing, and seeing (up close, at a distance, along the periphery, with depth, color perception, and the ability to adjust focus); walking from place to place within the project location with occasional use of stairs and no elevator available; bending, pushing, pulling, and standing for up to 12 hours.
* Communication - Ability to communicate effectively with others using the spoken and written word.
* Frequent lifting of up to 50 pounds such as small electrical components, equipment, and other materials.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



Work Environment

May be indoors or outdoors, subject to confined spaces, changes in temperature, weather conditions, and noise levels.

Ahtna Global, LLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard for race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or protected veteran status. Native preference applies under PL 93-638. We participate in the E-Verify Employment Verification Program.


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Salary and Benefits
Required Education
High School or Equivalent
Required Experience
10+ years
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