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Crane Operator in Schnitzer - Albany at Schnitzer Steel Industries

Date Posted: 11/28/2018

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Job Description

If you are looking for a career which offers advancement and growth opportunities, look no further! Schnitzer Steel offers upward mobility, great benefits, and competitive compensation packages.

Founded in 1906, Schnitzer Steel Industries has become one of the nation's largest recyclers of scrap metal. Today, Schnitzer operates 95 recycling facilities, including seven deep water ports – on both U.S. coasts and in Hawaii and Puerto Rico – which enable efficient delivery of processed scrap metals to steel mills and foundries around the world. In 2018, Schnitzer was named a World's Most Ethical Company for the 4th consecutive year by the Ethisphere Institute. This prestigious award is given exclusively to companies who demonstrate leadership in five key categories: ethics and compliance; corporate citizenship and responsibility; culture of ethics; governance; and leadership, innovation and reputation. Schnitzer is the only metals recycling company to be among the winners.

This position offers competitive pay along with a variety of benefits including: medical, dental and vision plans for both you and your dependents; 401k with company match; paid time off which starts with your first check; and paid holidays.

The Crane Operator reports to the Terminal Operations Manager, or the Shredder Operations Manager. The Crane Operator is responsible for the operation of hydraulic and/or cable equipment to lift and move materials, machines, and/or products in many directions while ensuring that all of his/her efforts are compliant with the company Health, Safety, and Environmental standards. The Crane Operator must possess knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

This position operates under flexible parameters. The primary goal of this position is to achieve excellence in all facets of the position. Providing the highest quality product safely, effectively and efficiently decreases accidents and errors and increase profits.

Required Skills

Environmental and Health & Safety (H&S)

  • Strictly adheres to all Metals Recycling Business Health, Safety, and Environmental standards.
  • Provides a safe environment for all employees, customers and visitors.

Operational Performance & Best Business Practices

  • Move levers, depress foot pedals, or turn dials to operate cranes or other equipment for lifting, moving, or placing loads.
  • Determine load weights, and check them against lifting capacities to prevent overload.
  • Load or unload bundles from trucks or move material to or from containers using moving equipment.
  • Take actions to avoid potential hazards or obstructions, such as other equipment, workers, or moving objects.
  • Align machine with reference stakes and guidelines, ground, or positioning equipment following hand or audio signals form other workers.
  • Coordinate machine actions with other activities, such as positioning or moving loads in response to hand or audio signals from crew members.

Equipment & Maintenance

  • Inspect crane mechanisms or lifting accessories and report any equipment deficiencies or malfunctions to the proper supervisor.
  • Basic sorting of scrap, as well as metal and debris in preparation for processing.

Internal Control Responsibilities

  • Supports the Company’s Internal Control process which includes understanding, communicating, and complying with defined internal controls as well as suggesting and making modifications to the policies, procedures, and controls to better relate to the business.
  • Communicates upward problems in operations, noncompliance with the code of conduct, or other policy violations or illegal actions.
  • This position is regularly exposed to all weather conditions. Physical hazards such as noise, fumes, and dirt are present due to the equipment, machinery, and scrap as would be found throughout the scrap yard. Safety shoes, hearing protection, respirators, and face shields must be worn to eliminate the risks associated with these hazards. Travel is not required for this position.
  • Handling multiple issues regarding safety and maintenance increases pressure. Work load may be unpredictable and pressure can be substantial during peak times. Critical deadlines require considerable adaptability. Disturbances of work flow and/or irregularities in work schedule are expected and occur on an intermittent basis. Extra hours may be required, sometimes on weekends, weekdays, and holidays.

Physical Activities Required to Perform Essential Functions

  • Ability to: sit in the seat of a crane continually, up to 60 feet off ground level; stand rarely except when walking to and from worksite; lift and carry up to 50 pounds rarely; crouch or bend at the knees occasionally to inspect crane; stoop or bend at the waist occasionally to increase visibility; reach at arms length and overhead frequently when operating crane levers; twist and turn at the neck and trunk continually; climb occasionally when entering crane cab; walk frequently on uneven ground; handle and grasp levers and dials continually; continuous leg and foot motion when using pedals; communicate by speech and hearing continually. Visual acuity needed for constant observation and scrap inspection. Mental dexterity needed as Crane Operator will work independently while demonstrating attention to detail and continuous awareness.
Required Experience
  • High School diploma or GED Certification required.
  • Related training or experience operating different types of cranes preferred.
  • This position requires possession of a valid driver’s license and the ability to drive an automobile.

All U.S. applicants must be 18 years of age or older and all Canada applicants must be 16 years of age or older.

Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. participates in e-verify for all U.S. new hires.

Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. administers a pre-employment drug screen and background check for U.S. new hires.

All new hires must review and sign an Arbitration Agreement. This applies to all U.S. non-union employees.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, marital status, disability status, national origin or ancestry, veteran status, age, prior industrial injury, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other protected status under local, state or federal law.


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