Whitaker Construction

Heavy Equipment Operator

Whitaker Construction
Category Equipment Operator Type Full-time
Location Brigham City, Utah View Website View website
Pay Rate $20-30/hr (BOE)
Category Equipment Operator
Type Full-time
Location Brigham City, Utah
View Website View website


Job Summary: 

Heavy Equipment Operators are highly skilled individuals that operate and maintain various types of construction equipment; including but not limited to Pipelayers, Loaders, Backhoes, Skid Steers, Mini Excavators, Compactors, etc. The Heavy Equipment Operator is responsible for safely and skillfully operating equipment to perform pipeline repairs and new construction activities on-field operations projects throughout the pipeline system in a safe and efficient manner and within the company and regulatory agency procedures. 


Whitaker Construction offers an exceptional benefits package including: 

  • Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). Employees earn shares in the company – All employees have ownership in the company and its success 
  • Competitive wages 
  • Health, Dental, Vision, Life, Short Term Disability, Supplemental Insurance 
  • 401 K and Match 
  • Vacation 
  • Paid Holidays 
  • Paid Personal Days 
  • Quarterly Incentive Program (profit sharing) 
  • Referral Bonuses 
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) 



Roles and Responsibilities:

Including but not limited to the list below.  

  • Follow safety rules, regulations, guidelines, policies, and site-specific safety plans when performing all activities. 
  • Ability to proficiently operate three or more pieces of equipment such as Pipelayer, Loader, Backhoe, Skid Steer, Mini Excavator, Compactor, etc.  
  • Operate equipment to perform work including ditching, excavating, backfilling, grading, etc. with minimal disruption to the surrounding improvements and infrastructure. 
  • Load material or equipment for transport from yard to job site and secure as appropriate. 
  • Locate utilities and other buried lines or structures prior to digging.  
  • Inspect equipment and general work area prior to the start of any job. 
  • Perform routine inspection and preventative maintenance on assigned equipment and operate equipment without damaging it. 
  • Understanding of soil types and how they affect the work being performed and the hazards they present. 
  • Knowledge of construction stakes and grades, and Blue Stakes laws and regulations. 
  • Actively aware of surroundings near the equipment to maintain safe operation and distances from potential hazards such as underground utility lines, overhead utility lines, other equipment, and other workers. 
  • Maintain the flow of work under minimal supervision. 
  • Ensure equipment is safely and securely stored. 
  • Awareness of working near roadways, and an understanding of traffic control layout. 
  • Assist Construction Laborers with labor duties. 
  • Other duties and responsibilities may be assigned by supervisors. 


Skills and Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or GED preferred. Any vocational training is strongly desired. 
  • Those with an education and/or work-related credential from a secondary or post-secondary educational system will be given preferred interview status (Precision Exams, NOCTE, etc.). 
  • A minimum of 2 years of heavy equipment operator experience with multiple types of equipment, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. 
  • Must have a Class A CDL. 
  • Must have a valid Medical Card per Department of Transportation (DOT) standard. 
  • A clean driving record is required. 
  • Knowledge and experience in underground utility construction work is preferred, but not required. 
  • Strong knowledge regarding the operation, safety, and maintenance of equipment being used. 
  • Ability to safely operate equipment around utilities, field personnel, structures, property, etc. 
  • Ability to read and understand drawings, specifications, safety, and quality standards, and effectively utilizing all tools and equipment relevant to the work. 
  • Ability to detect unsafe or hazardous conditions of equipment and work environment. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. 
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment. 
  • Reliable transportation to get to and from work. 


Physical Requirements: 

  • Able and willing to work long hours including day, night, weekend shifts as needed, and work outside of normal hours. 
  • Able to walk, lift, reach, stoop, stand, grasp, balance, climb, kneel, crouch, and lift up to 50 pounds frequently. 
  • Able to work in outside environments being subjected to weather changes, noise, vibrations, and job hazards. 
  • Good hand-to-eye coordination. 
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception. 
  • Ability to work around live natural gas lines. 
Whitaker Construction, founded in 1953, has over 67 years of experience in the heavy civil and underground utility construction industry. Whitaker, an ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan) company, has become one of the largest contractors in the intermountain area with more than 400 employees and nearly 50 crews. We perform sanitary sewer, storm drain, culinary water, irrigation, earthwork, roadway construction, dams, landfills, natural gas pipelines, industrial piping, and telecommunication projects primarily in Utah, Idaho, Nevada, Wyoming, Colorado, and Oregon.
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Equipment Operator

As an equipment operator, you’re in charge of heavy machinery worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. You can run just about any machine including haul trucks, excavators, dozers, scrapers, graders, and many others performing tasks from mass excavation to laying pipe. Running equipment everyday is just about as cool as it gets.

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