Hi-Rail Grapple Truck Operator

US-Nationwide
11 months ago
Category
Operations

Summary

Perform Grapple Truck Operation and general construction laborer tasks.  Employees are promoted according to their capabilities and desire for advancement, not after a specific period of time.  Employees must complete specific training activities and pass a written exam for advancement. 

Responsibilities

Grapple Truck Operation (30%)

Complete daily DOT logs, grapple inspection, truck inspection and required weekly paperwork.

Read and understand grapple operator manual for safe grapple truck operation.

Read load charts and operate within the capacity of the charts.

Must be able to use proper rigging and hand signals when making a lift, do not exceed weight limits as posted on load charts.

Perform and document daily, weekly, and monthly Grapple/Crane inspections.

Operate rail gear properly.

Perform scheduled maintenance on grapple/crane, truck and hyrails as required.

Keep truck organized and the interior and exterior clean.

Must be qualified in Koppers Level II track Worker Safety.

Must be able to communicate with boom truck trainer, Foreman, and Manager Fleet.


Laborer Responsibilities (70%):

Remove steel rivets with pneumatic tool, tighten structural steel bolts with impact wrench, remove existing structural steel with oxygen & acetylene torch, drill holes in existing or new structural steel with magnetic drill, hang scaffolding, paint steel, assist in replacement of bridge timbers, ascend and descend slopes with rough terrain, drive spikes and drift pins with maul, dig using hand shovel, drill holes in existing or new timber with ½” Electric or Hydraulic Drill, and work at heights.  Ability to operate a jack hammer, rock drill, pneumatic chipper and other power tools to assist in the repair of concrete structures.


Ability to operate 1/2” drill and generator, impact wrench, pneumatic tools, hydraulic tools, magnetic drill, torch and chain saw.  Ability to use lineman gear, D-handle spade (shovel), sharp shooter (shovel), crow bar, and pry bar.  Ability to successfully complete gas mask, lead exposure, respirator usage and Fall Protection training programs. Know and follow company safety rules and policies.

 

In this position you will be subject to outside environmental conditions with no effective protection from weather, extreme cold and hot temperatures, noise, close proximity to moving mechanical parts, electrical current, working on scaffolding and high places, working with chemicals, fumes, odors, dusts, mists, gases, or poor ventilation.


Requirements are representative of minimum levels of knowledge, skills, and/or abilities. This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position.  Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by their supervisors.


A review of this job description has excluded the marginal functions of the position that are incidental to the performance of fundamental job duties.

 

Supervisory Responsibilities

This job has no supervisory responsibilities.

Requirements

 

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and talk or hear. The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 50 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 75 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this
job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

 

This position involves Heavy Work: Exerting up to 100 pounds of force.  The incumbent must have the ability to perform the following physical activities: Climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, grasping, talking, hearing and repetitive motions.


Climbing: Ascending or descending  ladders, stairs, scaffolding, ramps, and the like, using feet and legs and/or hands and arms.  Body agility is emphasized.


Balancing: Maintains body equilibrium to prevent falling when walking, standing, or crouching on narrow, slippery, or erratically moving surfaces.

 

Stooping:Bending body downward and forward by bending spine at the waist.


Kneeling: Bending legs at the knees to come to a rest on knee or knees.

 

Crouching: Bending the body downward and forward by bending the leg and spine.

 

Crawling: Moving about on hands and knees or hands and feet.

 

Reaching: Extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction.

 

Standing: Standing for sustained periods of time.

 

Walking:Moving about on foot to accomplish tasks, particularly for long distances.

 

Pushing: Using upper extremities to press against something with steady force in order to thrust forward, downward, or outward.

 

Pulling: Using upper extremities to exert force in order to draw, drag, haul, or tug objects in a sustained motion.

 

Lifting:Raising objects from a lower to a higher position or moving objects horizontally from position to position.

 

Grasping: Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm.

 

Talking: Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word.

 

Hearing: Perceiving the nature of sounds with no less than a 40 dB loss @ 500 Hz, 1,000 Hz, and 2,000 Hz with or without correction.  The ability to receive detailed information through oral communication.

 

Repetitive motions: Moving the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.

 

Education and/or Experience

HighSchool diploma or equivalent. 

Previous experience with heavy physical labor and exposure to heights. 

6 months to 1 year previous experience operating a hyrail grapple truck

Language Skills

Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.

Mathematical Skills

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.  Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.

Reasoning Ability

Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.  Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

Possess a valid commercial driver’s license (CDL) with air brakes, equivalent to the state of Wisconsin Class A with hazardous material (HAZMAT) endorsement. Must pass company knowledge, and road test for truck.

Other Skills and Abilities
Knowledge in different types of bridge construction, the structural significance of their components and methods of repair.  Must know, follow and enforce all company policies and safety rules.  Ability to successfully complete gas mask, lead exposure, respirator usage and Fall Protection training programs.

Other Requirements

Must be able to travel 100% of the time.  The company provides transportation from job site to job site in company vehicles.  Employees are compensated based on mileage, unless the employee is driving a company vehicle, in which case he/she is paid hourly

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions.  The employee is frequently exposed to moving mechanical parts; high, precarious places and vibration.  The employee is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals and risk of electrical shock.  The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.

 

COMPETENCIES

To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

 

Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; Works well in group problem solving situations; Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.

 

Interpersonal Skills – Effectively communicates with both customers and employees; Maintains confidentiality; Keeps emotions under control.

 

Teamwork – Balances team and individual responsibilities; Exhibits objectivity and openness to others’ views; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own interests; Able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; Supports everyone's efforts to succeed.


Change Management – Communicates changes effectively; Builds commitment and overcomes resistance; Prepares and supports those affected by change. Adapts by changing approach or method to best fit the
situation; Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.

 

Leadership – Exhibits confidence in self and others; Inspires and motivates others to perform well; accepts feedback from others.

 

Organizational Support – Follows policies and procedures; Completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; supports organization’s goals and values.

 

Judgment – Displays willingness to make decisions; Exhibits sound and accurate judgment; Supports and explains reasoning for decisions; Includes appropriate people in decision-making process; Makes timely decisions.

 

Quality - Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; Shares expertise with others.

 

Safety and Security – Observes safety and security procedures; Determines appropriate action beyond guidelines; Reports potentially unsafe conditions; Uses equipment and materials properly.

Dependability - Follows instructions, responds to management direction; Takes responsibility for own actions; Keeps commitments; Commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals; Completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan. Contribute to other projects and plans not specifically noted to reach Divisional objectives.

 

This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position.  Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by their supervisors.

 

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