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MDU Resources Group Portable Loader Operator in Sioux City, Iowa

Portable Loader Operator

Company:Knife River - Midwest Division


Location:Sioux City, IA

Hiring Manager:Megan S Dejong

Closing Date:04/01/2022at 11:59pm CDT

Job Type:Full-Time - Seasonal

Job Summary:

Responsible to safely operate and maintain loader to feed conveyors, hoppers or load trucks. Will travel up to a 150 mile radius of Sioux City, IA. This is a seasonal position with a typical schedule of Monday - Friday, 6:00 AM - 7:00 PM with Saturday as needed.


  1. Perform daily equipment, walk around and site inspections to identify and correct any unsafe conditions and keep equipment properly maintained.

  2. Safely and properly perform maintenance (lubricating, fueling and cleaning) on loader. Maintain 3 points of contact at all times while performing maintenance activities.

  3. Safely and properly operate loader. Make sure bucket/attachments are lowered to ground whenever leaving the equipment.

  4. Load trucks with driver in sight to communicate and ensure safe loading procedure.

  5. Load trucks up to legal hauling weight limit

  6. Identify appropriate material to produce quality aggregate material per job specifications. Communicate with other personnel and make required adjustments to material blends.

  7. Maintain smooth, level haul roads.

  8. Maintain contaminate free aggregate piles.

  9. Inspect material - check gradation quality, oversize rocks, contaminants.

  10. Keep pit floor smooth.

  11. May keep asphalt plant fed for maximum production.

  12. Check for spillage on plant floor and clean up daily (assist with shoveling spillage).

  13. Check for worn out flashing on plant that could lead to spillage.

  14. May maintain the left over asphalt that is dumped out at the plant.

  15. Help maintain asphalt plant as needed.

  16. Communicate effectively (verbal, listening, written) and work with difficult people under high stress situations. Self-motivated, team-player with good interpersonal skills; ability to maintain positive customer relations and act courteous/respectful of others.

  17. Troubleshoot and problem solve situations/problems (material quality, equipment operation/repair, etc.). Monitor and discuss production problems with co-workers and managers/supervisors.

  18. Ensure OSHA, MSHA, EPA, DNR, lock out/tag out, safety and environmental regulation compliance.

  19. Performs other duties as assigned.

The Portable Loader Operator position starts at $21.35/HR and up, depending on experience.

May earn per diem depending on distance.

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. General education, grammar and arithmetic, GED or high school diploma or equivalent.

  2. Equipment operation and maintenance.

  3. Drivers license, preferred. CDL preferred.

How To Apply

If unable to apply online, mail completed application to:2220 Hawkeye Drive, Sioux City, IA 51105.

Knife River is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, age, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status or any other protected category under applicable state/federal law.

Subject to pre-employment drug testing and background check.

This Employer Participates inE-Verify (PDF) (Downloads/EVerifyPoster.pdf) . Download PDF Application (PDF) (Downloads/KRC-60.pdf)

MDU Resources Group, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected Veteran status.