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Crane Operator

Company: Valmont Industries, Inc.
Location: West Point
Posted on: March 20, 2023

Job Description:

1700 S Beemer West Point Nebraska

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This is an individual contributor position responsible for operating the galvanizing department-- s 15-ton overhead bridge crane. The Bridge Crane Operator is responsible for inspecting hooks and chains and using gauges to check the thickness of the crane set-up. Incumbent is responsible for securing loads with hooks and chains and moving the suspended loads throughout the plant by operating the radio-controlled overhead bridge cranes. The Bridge Crane Operator is responsible for monitoring steel products in the process tanks and zinc baths to achieve desired, high quality end results. Incumbent will also be responsible for operating and maneuvering the drossing equipment. In addition, the Bridge Crane Operator will assist in general plant clean up and housekeeping, and work safely with the required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Essential Functions:

  • Inspect hooks and chains and use gauges to check the thickness of the crane set-up
  • Secure loads with hooks and chains
  • Operate the radio controlled overhead bridge crane and move suspended and non-suspended loads throughout the plant
  • Monitor steel products in the process tanks and zinc baths
  • Move pieces of steel up to 50 pounds by hand from different locations in the plant and yard; most frequent lift is 35 pounds
  • Operate and maneuver the drossing equipment in a proper and safe manner
  • Spend up to 75% of shift walking/standing
  • High awareness for safety while wearing all necessary Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Work in a non-temperature controlled environment that includes exposure to outdoor weather conditions Important Details about the Role
    • The ability to communicate and interact with coworkers in a positive manner
    • The ability to pay attention to detail and follow work instructions
    • The ability to work one (1) to two (2) shifts of overtime per week
    • The ability to work in extreme temperatures with exposure to smoke and irritating particulates
    • The ability to recognize and solve practical problems
    • Must be a person of passion and integrity who has the drive to excel and deliver exceptional results
    • This position reports to the Shift Supervisor Required Qualifications of Every Candidate (Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities)
      • Ability to recognize hazardous substances and to know basic employee responsibilities for chemical safety
      • Perform duties of a Material Handler and Crew Leader functions, as needed
      • Assist in general plant clean up and housekeeping
      • Must be able to read and follow written and verbal instructions
      • Ability to write and perform addition and subtraction of whole numbers Highly Qualified Candidates Will Also Possess These Qualifications
        • High school diploma or GED equivalent
        • Six (6) months of galvanizing experience
        • One (1) year of previous experience with overhead crane operations
        • Read and follow written and verbal instructions
        • Perform basic math functions such as adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing
        • Lift, push, pull, and carry up to 50 pounds
        • The ability to pass an eye exam
        • Operate forklift and / or straddle truck as needed All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


          Educational Background

          Bridge Crane Operator must be able to read and follow written and verbal instructions. Reading, writing, the addition and subtraction of whole numbers is required. Must understand completely the level of quality expected, as established by our quality program. Must possess adequate communication and interpersonal skills. Must display an aptitude for problem solving and the ability to plan for or around future needs or problems. Must know the quality requirements for all custom galvanizing as noted in the ASTM123 Standard.

          Job Training Skill Development

          Bridge Crane Operators will first receive training on the basic skills of a Material Handler. After 2-4 weeks training as a Material Handler, the Bridge Crane Operator training will begin. Six months of on the job training are needed to achieve a minimum acceptable level of performance. During this six months, incumbent will train on all overhead bridge cranes in the plant.

          Decision Making

          Bridge Crane Operator will help plan for the most effective utilization of equipment, material, and human resources in the galvanizing process area. Will make critical decisions concerning the galvanizing process such as condition of incoming steel, appropriate cycle times, appropriate immersion times, quality levels, solutions to process problems, and material flow for maximum output. Close attention to submersion times to get required mill thickness in least amount of time is required.


          Physical Effort

          Bridge Crane Operator will spend 75% of his / her time standing and walking using pendant / remote control for crane operation. The other 25% of the time will be standing, walking, kneeling, bending, and lifting parts or fixtures weighing from 25 to 50 pounds.

          Mental and Visual Effort

          Due to the visual requirements of this position, employee must demonstrate acceptable vision. Continual visual inspection of all parts produced by the Bridge Crane Operator to assure an acceptable level of quality. Continual visual inspection is required of all production racks / fixtures / chains to assure no unsafe conditions exist. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception. Excellent eye / hand coordination required and continual awareness / concentration to assure safe, efficient crane operation and proper process line flow. Ongoing analysis of every dip to determine best possible procedure for pickling / dipping each load. This is especially critical to custom work and engineered product lines where potential quality and safety problems need to be identified in advance. The Bridge Crane Operator will spend 100% of his / her time performing duties, which require attention to the above details.

          Inattention to these details can create major problems in the area of quality, safety, productivity, and facility capacity. High degree of care mental strain for constant safety of others is required.

          Continual inspection of acid tanks for lost parts. Acid will bubble and parts must be taken out of tank right away to avoid ruining chemical make-up of tank or damage to product.

          Responsibility for Equipment and Process

          Typical loss due to improper operation of the bridge crane would average $1,000 per incident, plus any costs associated with lost productivity due to downtime. Damage to tank walls or heat exchangers due to improper crane operation typically run $4,000 per incident. Damage to production fixtures due to improper crane operations typically run $250 per incident. Damage to chemical make-up due to improper crane operation typically run several thousand dollars. Under normal operating conditions with competent operators, there is even probability that losses will occur.

          Responsibility for Material or Product

          Losses due to mismanagement of the galvanizing process are difficult to define but will occur continuously even under the best conditions. Solution contamination, chemical losses, and excessive zinc pickup will all result if proper galvanizing procedures are not followed. There is a high probability of picking up more zinc than is desired / needed if proper procedures are not followed, with costs averaging up to $100 per dip made in the zinc bath. Through the continual attention to proper operating procedures, the galvanizing Bridge Crane Operator will be instrumental in the minimizing of damage to the product due to careless or improper practices. If the job is not performed properly, there is a very high possibility of damage to the product, such as dented pipe, over pickled material, lost parts, bent or damaged parts, and improperly prepared steel. Typical cost per incident would average $400.00.

          Responsibility for Safety of Others

          The heavy nature of the industry makes it reasonable to expect that injuries could very well result in permanent disability or death. To prevent the possibility of injuries occurring to fellow employees or themselves, the Bridge Crane Operator is expected to carry out the work assignment in a safe and conscientious fashion . click apply for full job details

Keywords: Valmont Industries, Inc., Omaha , Crane Operator, Other , West Point, Nebraska

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