Jul 05, 2024

Traveling Excavator Operator -Southern IL

  • Robinson Construction
Skilled Trades

Job Description

Traveling Heavy Equipment Operator - Southern, IL


  • Operates equipment such as excavators, back-hoes, front end loaders, dozers and other earth moving equipment in a safe and efficient manner.
  • Determines load weights and check them against lifting capacities to prevent overload.
  • Receive construction materials, equipment, and deliver them to work sites.
  • Identify faults in equipment and take measures to fix them.
  • Use earth moving equipment to level soil, move rock and debris, dig below surface to grades of 10 feet below surface, cut slopes, and store spoils with regulations and specifications.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of grades and slopes to interpret plans and drawings.
  • Have a working knowledge of trenching techniques, installation of safety devices like trench boxes and trench plates, spoil removal and storage, loading techniques, and lifting techniques for equipment and materials.
  • Awareness of underground utilities as well as overhead hazards such as electrical wires, enclosures, and personnel.
  • Carryout out minimal repairs on machine when necessary.
  • Adhere to safety regulations and report hazards to relevant authorities.
  • Adhere to company work policies and conditions.
  • Will be responsible for cleanliness of machine, fueling, lubrication, servicing, and maintenance of the machine.
  • Pack dirt and other waste products from work environment to dumping area.
  • Document information of equipment purchase, repairs and maintenance for record keeping.
  • Inspect working environment even before work begins to ensure safety to all
  • Establish good working relationship on site.
  • Manipulate or depress controls to regulate speed and direction of equipment and movements according to written, verbal, or signal instructions. Works within precise limits and standards of accuracy.
  • Inspects equipment on a daily basis to ensure safe operation before use.
  • Takes personal responsibility for fostering a safe workplace by following safety policies and procedures.


  • May perform a variety of duties including those of other positions.

 EDUCATION / EXPERIENCE:                                                                                       

  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • High school diploma or GED preferred.
  • Three or more years of operating experience.
  • Current valid driver’s license required.
  • Current OSHA 10 or MSHA Certification preferred.
  • TWIC card preferred.
  • DOT physical may be required.


  • Knowledge of heavy equipment operation techniques and hand signals.
  • Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and construction industrial equipment.
  • Skill in the standard use of tools and equipment of the profession.
  • Ability to work successfully as a team and independently with moderate supervision.
  • Ability to understand and follow directions.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written form.
  • Ability to visualize a layout by looking at plans and prints.
  • Ability to comprehend and trouble-shoot mechanical systems.


  • Coordinate eye-hand movements with control and precision.
  • Use hands and fingers fully; reach for, manipulate and feel objects; stoop, kneel, crouch, and/or crawl.
  • Climb and maintain body balance on ladders, scaffolding, or high structures; and see and hear well (either naturally or with correction).
  • Lift and carry objects weighing up to 50 pounds.
  • Stoop, lay, bend or squat for long periods of time.
  • Forceful movements of the shoulder.
  • Repetitive movements as well as static and awkward postures of the neck, shoulder, wrist and low back.
  • Vibration of the lower back.


  • May be exposed to fumes, dust or other airborne particles.
  • May be exposed to loud noises.
  • Position regularly works near moving mechanical parts and vibrating machinery.
  • May be exposed to extreme outside conditions that include inclement weather, heat and humidity, and exposure to dust and asphalt.

Must possess and bring the following hand tools to each job site:

2 lb Hammer, 16 oz Ball Peen Hammer, 12” Crescent Wrench, 3/8” Socket Set, Screwdrivers, and Tool Box.

Robinson Construction is a Design-Build General Contractor specializing in the completion of process-intense manufacturing facilities throughout the United States. Our clients include heavy industrial, manufacturing; food grade processing plants, chemical and processing; power and renewable energy; healthcare facilities, and mining industries, as well as federal, state, and municipal agencies.

Robinson Construction is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  We will provide equal opportunity to all applicants and prohibit any discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, disability or veteran status. Applicants are treated on the basis of their job-related qualifications, ability and performance. 

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