Miami, Florida

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Metal Recovery Operator / Maintenance Technician

Mobile Metal Recovery Unit

Miami Metro Area

You must be legally authorized to work in the country where this job is located and not require any sponsorship assistance from Covanta.

Joining our Mobile Metals Recovery Team puts you in the forefront of one of our most exciting focus areas in Covanta. Our Metals Recovery Team works adjacent to our Waste-to-Energy facility and will take the lead in recovering both ferrous and non-ferrous metals from the landfill neighboring the facility.

The Metal Recovery Operator / Maintenance Technician will operate both material handling heavy equipment and ash processing equipment to process EfW ash for recovery of additional ferrous and non-ferrous metals and to create materials for beneficial re-use and to process recovered material to improve their value and marketability. This Metal Recovery Operator / Maintenance Technician also performs preventive and corrective maintenance as assigned.

This job offers an exciting opportunity with a very competitive Total Rewards package that includes:
  • A competitive Base Salary
  • Performance based Annual Incentive Plan
  • Great benefits including PTO, health insurance, Retirement Savings Plan and 401K match

The Successful Candidate will have the following responsibilities:
  • Operating heavy equipment (front-end loader, wheel loader, skid steer) to manage the ash stockpile(s) and for feeding ash to the metal and aggregate recovery equipment in accordance with established procedures. Completing daily operational checklists, daily equipment cleaning tasks and regular preventive maintenance tasks. Proper start-up and shut down of the ash processing equipment. Regular inspection and cleaning of heavy equipment, lubrication, cleaning conveyor belts, belt scrapers, screens, and shoveling ash in and around the processing equipment.
  • Shoveling of ash and trash build up from under and around conveyor systems and hoppers. General removal of debris throughout the mobile plant. Cleaning and maintenance of Metal removal in and around the mobile plant. Operating transport equipment (forklift, man lift)
  • General Maintenance of heavy equipment and plant equipment. Assist in site repairs on equipment of the mobile ash plant. Power washing and air cleaning of equipment.
  • Safe operation of heavy equipment (wheel loader, skid steer loader, forklift) when assigned to load trucks of recovered materials. Collection of recovered material and processed ash.
  • Safety & Environmental Compliance - follows all Company Safety Procedures, OSHA Regulations, Site Permits and Environmental Regulations. Pro-active to identifying hazards at the site and taking action. Familiar with Respiratory procedures, PPE use, Lock out/tag out, Fall Protection, Hazard Recognition, Loader/Forklift operation. Reporting incidents, near misses, unsafe conditions and behaviors to the Project Manager. Participates in on-site safety & environmental reviews.
  • Meeting productivity targets: identification and implementation of process optimization opportunities. Process adjustments under the Project Manager's direction to improve metal recovery, material quality, or to improve marketability of recovered materials.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Education and Experience Requirements:
  • High School Diploma/GED Required. Trade qualification in Mechanical or Electrical is preferred.
  • Minimum of 1 year of experience operating heavy equipment is required.
  • A valid driver's license is required.
  • Must be able to use job tools as provided (air lances, refuse hooks, rakes, brooms, shovels, etc.)
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as rules, technical procedures, operating and maintenance instructions, and other procedure manuals if required.
  • Knowledge and experience in the operation and maintenance of equipment in industries such as waste, recycling, mining, quarrying, farming is preferred.
  • Experience with truck logistics, and material loading is preferred.
  • Basic computer skills preferred.

Work Environment
  • The Successful Candidate must be able to work their entire shift in basic personal protective equipment (PPE) including but not limited to hard hat, safety glasses, long sleeves, gloves, steel boots and hearing protection, as well as a respirator as needed.
  • They will be expected to work outdoors in a landfill environment in all weather conditions.
  • The needs of this role may require the ability to lift/move up to 50 pounds
  • On certain occasions, kneeling, crawling, stooping, bending or twisting for extended periods of time may be required.
  • Walking and/or standing and/or sitting for extended periods of time and walking on elevated platforms or scaffolding may be required.
  • Must be able to work up to 12 hour shifts and be available 6 days per week.

Key Competencies
  • Strong mechanical ability and aptitude
  • Commitment to safety
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to take appropriate safe action on own initiative to prevent equipment damage or injury to personnel during emergencies or unusual situations.
  • Ability work in a team and also build teamwork.
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment and take initiative when required.

Covanta is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

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Miami, Florida

About Covanta We Help Communities Generate Energy from Waste

 Covanta (pronounced coh-van-tuh) is one of the world’s largest owners and operators of infrastructure for the conversion of waste-to-energy (known as “energy-from- waste” or “EfW”), as well as other waste disposal and renewable energy production businesses. Our company name represents the cooperation and advantages inherent in the partnerships we form to provide sustainable waste disposal solutions  for the communities and businesses we serve. Covanta operates and/or has ownership positions in over 40 energy-from-waste facilities in located North America, Italy and China. We also operate other waste management businesses such as transfer stations and metals recycling facilities complementary to our core EfW business.

Covanta-operated facilities in North America convert 20 million tons of trash annually into 9 million megawatt-hours of clean, renewable energy and create more than 9 billion pounds of steam sold to a variety of industries. Covanta’s U.S. operations process approximately 65 percent of the nation’s EfW volume and generate, in combination with our other renewable energy facilities, approximately eight percent of America’s non-hydro renewable electricity.  

Better for the Environment

Energy-from-waste is a sustainable waste disposal solution that is environmentally superior to landfills. It is a source of clean energy that reduces overall greenhouse gas emissions and is considered renewable under many state and federal laws. EfW projects also lower the risk of groundwater contamination and conserve land.

Covanta supports recycling and programs that enable communities to recycle as much as possible. As part of the EfW process, we recover over 400,000 tons of metal annually for recycling that would have otherwise been lost in landfills. Our modern Energy-from-Waste Facilities are an important element of an integrated municipal solid system that maximizes the recovery of energy and recycles metals while also minimizing the environmental impacts of materials remaining after recycling.

Studies have shown that communities that have an EfW facility typically enjoy higher recycling rates than the national average.1 Why? Processing MSW at Energy-from-Waste facilities for energy generation (steam or electricity) offsets, on average, one ton of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for every ton of waste processed. This occurs by avoiding energy generated from fossil fuels, methane produced by decomposing trash at landfills (methane is an extremely potent GHG - about 25 times more than carbon dioxide) and recovering metals for recycling.

Safe Operations

Health and safety at Covanta is a priority at our Energy-from-Waste facilities and other operations around the world. Covanta’s health and safety commitment helps maintain consistent productivity and work quality that supports our reputation as the energy-from-waste leader. We maintain a comprehensive health and safety program at all Covanta owned and/or operated facilities. Covanta is among the top ten companies in the U.S. to enter the majority of its operating locations into the Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s prestigious Voluntary Protection Programs.

Community Involvement

We take pride in being a good corporate citizen. Each of Covanta’s North American EfW facilities is involved in a variety of local community programs. Our community programs are centered mainly around waste disposal and recycling. Many of our employees volunteer their time to assist in cleaning up local rivers, streets, parks, in addition to, participating in local household hazardous waste programs. We also sponsor programs to support local sports teams, food pantries, scholarships and cell phones for soldiers programs. In general, we collaborate with our communities to protect and improve the environment.

Covanta is a subsidiary of Covanta Holding Corporation, a publicly traded company (NYSE:CVA).  For more information about our portfolio of companies, please visit investor relations.



1 According to findings from the research study entitled, “Recycling and Waste-to-Energy: Are They Compatible? 2009 Update” conducted by Governmental Advisory Associate. The study was partially sponsored by The Energy Recovery Council of which Covanta Energy is a member.

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