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Henkel Construction Company Equipment Operator - Crane in Ames, Iowa

General InfoJob Type: Full-Time Minimum Years of Experience Required: 5 Years Minimum Years of Education Required: High School/GED Willing to Travel Speciality: Commercial,Industrial,Institutional Must be Authorized to Work in the US Company Info

Our goal is to be the Owner’s choice for construction services based on our professionalism, performance, dedication, and teamwork. We are committed to our employees and do our best to provide them with safe working environments where new ideas and growth are encouraged. In addition, we are dedicated to community service, as a company and as individuals.

We were awarded the top safety awards from Master Builders of Iowa/Iowa OSHA. Henkel received the Outstanding Safety Achievement Award, Safety Professional Award, and Safety Champion award. In addition Henkel Construction was the winner of Master Builders of Iowa Masters Award for projects $5 million to $10 million.

Job Description

Operate several types of power construction equipment, such as motor graders, bulldozers, scrapers, compressors, pumps, cranes, shovels, tractors, or front-end loaders to excavate, move, and grade earth, erect structures, or pour concrete or other hard surface pavement. May repair and maintain equipment in addition to other duties.


  • 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 handwheels 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.

  • Locate underground services, such as pipes and wires, prior to beginning work.

  • Monitor operations to ensure that health and safety standards are met.

  • Align machines, cutterheads, 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 equipped 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.

  • Repair and maintain equipment, making emergency adjustments or assisting with major repairs as necessary.

  • Check fuel supplies at sites to ensure adequate availability.

  • 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.

  • Operator 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 other operators to guide movement of equipment.

  • Operate road watering and rolling equipment.

  • 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.

  • Keep records of material and equipment usage, and problems encountered. Immediately report any problems to supervisor.

  • 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.

  • Read and obey safety rules and regulations.


Competency Statement(s)

  • Accountability – Ability to accept responsibility and account for his/her actions.

  • Accurate – Ability to perform work accurately and thoroughly.

  • Adaptability – Ability to adapt to change in the workplace.

  • Analytical Skills – Ability to use thinking and reasoning to solve a problem.

  • Communication, Oral – Ability to communicate effectively with others using the spoken word.

  • Decision Making – Ability to make critical decisions while following company procedures.

  • Detail Oriented – Ability to pay attention to the minute details of a project or task.

  • Goal Oriented – Ability to focus on a goal and obtain a pre-determined result.

  • Honesty/Integrity – Ability to be truthful and be seen as credible in the workplace.

  • Initiative – Ability to make decisions or take actions to solve a problem or reach a goal.

  • Interpersonal – Ability to get along well with a variety of personalities and individuals.

  • Judgment – The ability to formulate a sound decision using the available information.

  • Problem Solving – Ability to find a solution for or to deal proactively with work-related problems.

  • Reliability – The trait of being dependable and trustworthy.

  • Time Management – Ability to utilize the available time to organize and complete work within given deadlines.

  • Working Under Pressure – Ability to complete assigned tasks under stressful situations.


  • Medical Insurance

  • Vision Insurance

  • Dental Insurance

  • Accident Insurance

  • Life Insurance

  • 401k – Company contribution with no match required

  • Profit sharing

  • Holidays

  • Paid Vacation

  • Bonus program

  • Assistance for continuing education

  • Employee recruitment bonus

  • Quarterly incentives

  • Perfect Attendance incentives

  • Hiring bonus!

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