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Knutson Construction Operators in Iowa City, Iowa

Celebrated as one of Minnesota's Top Workplaces! Knutson Construction is accepting applications for an Operator to join our Iowa City, IA team.

“Together We Make Dreams Real” – that is our purpose as a company and we exist to work in concert with each other, owners, design professionals and subcontractors to make the journey as stress-free as possible. Together, we've created a dynamic, fun, inspiring environment where we can be ourselves and grow each day. Knutson is deeply committed to cultivating and upholding diversity throughout our workforce, relationships, and communities. We recognize the utmost importance of continually advancing our comprehension of diversity, equity, and inclusion as transformative forces within our work, industry, and company values.

At Knutson, opportunities to shine happen daily. We value what makes you different and empower you to act on your ideas. Our culture is one that encourages, supports, and feels like a family.

This position of Operators is responsible for working with others to construct various projects in a team-oriented environment. The goals of the team never vary safety, quality, and timeliness. Knutson Operators are reliable, exacting, safe professionals who exceed our customers' expectations every time.

The key job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Perform pre- and post-operation inspection of the equipment in accordance with Company policy to ensure windows, lights, mirrors, and rear-view camera are clean. Safely and efficiently operate equipment that may include forklift, lull, bobcat, forklift and other equipment using proper safety standards.

  • Continuously monitor the condition of the equipment to ensure it is operationally ready at all times to minimize down time; clean tracks or wheels on equipment, as needed.

  • Manipulate or depress cane controls to regulate speed and direction of crane and hoist movement according to written, verbal, or signal instructions.

  • Perform routine maintenance to include lubricating, fueling, and cleaning.

  • Place blocks and outriggers to prevent capsizing when lifting heavy loads.

  • Operate equipment according to signals from helper.

Required Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent understanding of techniques and methods

  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instruction, procedure manuals, and load charts

  • Willingness to follow safety guidelines at all times

Minimum Education and/or Experience Requirements:

  • High school diploma

  • Certification on Operating Cranes

Additional Benefits & Perks:

  • Competitive Pay

  • Performance Based Career Advancement

  • Medical, Dental and Vision

  • Health Savings Account with employer contribution

  • Flexible Spending Account

  • Paid Time Off

  • Life and Long-Term Disability Benefit with no premium cost to employee

  • Mentorship Program

  • Internship Program

  • Tuition Reimbursement

  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

  • Employee Referral Bonus Program

  • Scholarship Program

  • Flex Fridays

  • 401k w/Company Match

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.


  • Monday to Friday

  • Weekend availability

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Iowa City, IA 52240: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Preferred)