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Heavy Equipment Operator
Date of Opening
September 1, 2023
$12-16 per hour Depending on experience
The Heavy Equipment Operator is responsible for controlling heavy machinery to move materials and products around a worksite.
Safely and efficiently transport products based on necessary workflows. Track inventory, inspect the product before and after shipping to identify imperfections or damage, move heavy materials around compost yard, stack product, and count inventory in stock to fill orders. Operate different heavy machinery such as front-end loaders, pre-wet turners, rick turners, bunker fillers, and counterbalance forklifts depending on the tasks they need to complete the job.
Essential Job Functions
This position is responsible for all of the following:
Identifies and transports the product to and from various locations, including loading docks, trucks, storage, and work areas
Obtains production schedule and shipping orders to identifies, verifies, and transports requested raw materials, equipment, or processing workflow accordingly
Applies understanding of machine loading capacity and loading schedule, ensuring prompt and efficient delivery of required items
Uses protective materials and strapping equipment to protect and secure loads; once delivered, removes strapping and wrapping, then safely disposes of waste materials in designated containers or areas
Reports any problems with equipment and product to supervisor
Services equipment as needed, reporting mechanical or electrical difficulties to Maintenance
Maintains records about products and supplies being moved
Communicates with Supervisor and/or Manager quantities and products being moved
Performs other related duties as requested
Following Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) on the safe handling and proper use of machines and tools used for the operations
Adherence to Good Agricultural Practices (GAP’s) for food processing
Adherence to Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP’s) for food processing
Accurate completion of daily logs and reports according to the SOP
- Regular contact with all levels of personnel throughout the organization
- Follow all safety policies and procedures
- Other tasks assigned by manager
- Professionalism, flexibility and creativity
- Ability to learn and work under pressure and meet deadlines
- Ability to manage multiple tasks and prioritize workflow
- Regular and reliable attendance
- High School Diploma or equivalent (preferred)
Five years of facilities maintenance, construction, or repair experience in a commercial or industrial setting
Proven proficiency with MS Office suite (i.e., Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.) a plus
Valid Drivers’ Licenses (required)
To successfully perform the job’s essential functions, the employee must be an articulate individual who can relate to people at all levels of an organization and possess excellent communication skills. The ability to professionally and comfortably interact with all personnel levels, including management, supervisory, etc., is vital. The employee will work closely with personnel in their department to ensure work and problem resolution accuracy.
Physical Demands and Working Environment
Work is performed both indoors and outdoors with exposure to various weather conditions. May be required to utilize safety equipment and clothing to avoid exposure to chemicals, moving equipment, noise, and temperature extremes. Hard hats and other required personal protective equipment must be utilized in designated locations. Position involves frequent bending, standing, kneeling, climbing ladders, reaching below and above shoulders, and lifting objects weighing up to 50 lbs. utilizing proper lifting techniques. Wrist, hand, and finger dexterity is required to operate various equipment and materials. Accommodations may be extended to individuals with disabilities if such accommodations are determined to be reasonable and necessary to permit the performance of the essential functions of this position.
Working hours are determined by facility management to meet the needs of the business. These may include weekends and holidays.
Appropriate dress and hygiene are essential in promoting a positive J-M Farms image to our customers, both internally and externally. As a result, J-M Farms typically allows a “business casual” dress code, provided that employees are well-groomed, neat, and are dressed appropriately for their job functions. Due to the nature of some positions, jeans and tasteful shirts are allowed. Some work areas have frigid temperatures. Therefore, shirts and hoodies to keep warm are strongly encouraged. Uniforms are available to all employees at their cost payroll deducted. However, due to the Tunnels’ duties, uniforms are available at no cost to employees working in the Tunnels. Hairnets, beard nets are required in all harvesting areas at all times. Hairnets, beard nets, lab coats are required in packaging areas at all times. Personal hygiene is strongly encouraged.
The above descriptions are not intended to be all-inclusive lists; rather they are intended only to describe the general nature of the job. In addition, it is not intended to be construed as a contract of employment; the employment relationship can be terminated by the employer or the employee, with or without notice, at anytime.