Helena, Montana

Loram Maintenance of Way





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Job Title: Machine Operator 1

FLSA Status:  Non-Exempt

Department: Operations

Reports to: Assistant Manager, Superintendent or Assistant Superintendent

GENERAL DESCRIPTION / PURPOSE:

Machine Operator 1 (MO1) is responsible for operating, maintaining, and repairing company railway maintenance and inspection equipment. This position can operate Loram's on track MOW equipment and/or on track vehicles with supervision in both operating and travel modes. In this role you may be assigned to various types of equipment platforms dependent on business needs and demands.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

Safety Focused

  • Ability to lead a comprehensive and appropriate job briefing during operations shifts, maintenance shifts, and while conducting maintenance tasks.
  • Consistently follows safe work processes, procedures and rules
  • Understands on track safety and can explain specifics when asked
  • Able to locate all emergency equipment and demonstrate correct operation

Machine Operations and Technical Knowledge  

  • Conducts machine inspections to identify problems, defects, changes, and hazards and communicates conditions to the operator or supervisor and performs common repairs as instructed. Provides accurate feedback that allows machine leadership to make maintenance decisions
  • Accurately records and reports common parts used to supervisor, including floor stock
  • Performs maintenance and repairs according to set schedules and policies
  • Accurately describes gauge and HMI functions as they relate to machine operation
  • Demonstrates the ability to document and complete daily field reporting, personal expense reporting, field lodging, and other administrative reporting as necessary

BEHAVIORAL COMPETENCIES:

  • Safety Awareness
  • Values Based
  • Learning on the Fly
  • Action Oriented
  • Listening
  • Personal Learning

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

Experience:

Internal: 3+ Months Experience working with Loram equipment or equivalent in a 24/7 environment; Some assignments require Excavator experience. Meet all relevant or applicable pre-qualifications as noted in the general description for this role and Loram's career development matrix.

External: 2+ Years Demonstrated technical skills such as mechanical, electrical, hydraulic and machine operations. 2+ Years Demonstrated ability to learn communicate verbally and in writing and learn best practices

Licenses/Certifications: Maintain Railroad Certifications, CPR/First Aid, valid Driver's License

WORKING CONDITIONS:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the role. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • 100% travel, including international, using any method of transportation.
  • Ability to apply high levels of cognitive, analytical, retention and reasoning.
  • Excellent communication skills used within any social context.
  • Can stand, sit, walk, reach, balance, stoop, kneel, hear, taste and smell.
  • Can see up close, distances, colors and has use of peripheral vision and depth perception.
  • Can tolerate variable and sometimes extreme physical conditions during visits or inspections of company equipment in a railroad environment.

Loram is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.

Helena, Montana

The railway track maintenance industry is a big-dollar business dominated by just a handful of highly specialized firms. In North America, where railroads spend well over $6 billion a year maintaining their track, one of the largest companies of the industry is Loram Maintenance of Way, Inc. Founded in 1954, Loram Maintenance of Way started out as a small operation having just a handful of employees and a product line consisting of two simple machines. In the many years since that unpretentious beginning, the company has become one of the leading suppliers of track maintenance machinery and services in North America.

To all the major railroads in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, the Loram name is synonymous with technologically sophisticated, high-production machinery. The company's reputation for producing state-of-the-art equipment is surpassed only by its reputation for providing the highest quality service. Loram's specialties as a manufacturer of machinery and a contractor for services are reflected by its two main operating departments. The Ballast and Grade Service Department operates the company's large and diversified fleet of machinery for such tasks as resurfacing track, cleaning ballast and ditches along the right of way. The Grinding Service Department is responsible for operating Loram's large fleet of rail grinding machines.

 Loram machines are both sold and leased to railroads, but the company's reputation rests on its performance as a contractor offering a wide range of track maintenance services to major railroads. This reputation goes back to 1954, when Mannix International, the company that eventually became Loram Maintenance of Way, entered the field of railway track maintenance as a contractor supplying machinery for ballast work. In the beginning, Mannix International's business was built around two undertrack machines, the Mannix Sled and the Mannix Plow, which greatly simplified the task of raising and reballasting track.

These first two machines were the starting point for a product line that now includes a wide array of equipment for track maintenance work. During the 1950's and 1960's, Mannix International improved its undertrack equipment and began manufacturing other types of machines. By 1974, when the company was renamed Loram Maintenance of Way, the product line had been expanded to include shoulder ballast cleaners, ditch cleaners, tie handling machines, and rail grinders. In the early 1980's Loram emerged as the North American leader in the technology for both shoulder ballast cleaning and rail grinding. Today, Loram Maintenance of Way is recognized as one of the premier firms in the North American railway track maintenance industry.

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