Heavy Equipment Operator

at Dredge America Inc
Location Kansas City
Date Posted May 12, 2021
Category Construction
Job Type Not Specified



This is a 100% travel position. Dredge America's core focus is improving quality of life through innovative environmental dredging solutions and our team is what makes that possible. The Operator position includes efficiently and effectively operating dredging equipment while maintaining equipment by performing routine maintenance and basic mechanic work when required. The Operator duties include consistently meeting or exceeding minimum production standards as set forth in the project budget.

Primary Role:

The basic function of an Operator is to achieve the maximum production possible while taking care of the equipment and working in a safe manner at all times. Below is a list of the primary duties that will be covered under this role.

  • Models the Dredge America values: Committed to do the right thing with a can-do-attitude.
  • Utilize basic mechanical knowledge to inspect equipment, analyze, troubleshoot, and plan sequence of repair operations.
  • Coordinate with Deckhands and Laborers to ensure the dredge is clean and well maintained.
  • Fill out Operator shift reports and grade check sheets.
  • Meet and exceed productions goals for the project.
  • Responsible for maintaining communications at all times with Superintendent and Deckhands.
  • Communicate with Superintendent on supplies needed and any equipment issues.
  • Participate in daily safety meetings.
  • Perform basic manual labor tasks.


  • Minimum of 1 year experience.
  • Technical training or graduation from a technical school is a plus.


  • Operate all work boats, anchor scows, trash pumps and booster pumps.
  • Operate all land-based support equipment such as forklift, skid-steer, excavator, etc.
  • Operate all dredges in the fleet.
  • General Hypack knowledge such as startup and shut down procedures.
  • Ability to cut up, load and fuse pipe.
  • Basic computer skills with Word, Excel and Outlook.
  • Experience working with mechanical, hydraulic, and electrical component systems.
  • Working knowledge of the occupational hazards and safety precautions of working on and around heavy equipment.
  • Ability to work effectively and establish good working relationships with others.
  • Ability to engage in heavy manual labor for extended periods, in all types of weather, and under various working conditions. Able to life 50 pounds.
  • Basic computer skills with Word, Excel and Outlook.


100% travel is required.

12 hour days/7 days a week/3 week on 1 week off rotation schedule. This may include overtime, nights, weekends, and holidays.

Able to live with crew members in project lodging, i.e. hotels, rental homes, rental apartments, etc.

Valid driver's license.

Clear driving record.

Reliable source of transportation.

Able to pass a background check and drug screen.

Must be 18 years or older.

Authorized to work in the US.

Ability to travel throughout the United States.

Comfortable around water.