Dickerson, Maryland

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Covanta is seeking a Lead Equipment Operator for its Montgomery County Resource Recovery Facility in Dickerson, MD. The ideal candidate will have a versatile knowledge of mobile equipment and a passion for leading and developing fellow team members on the safe operation of the onsite equipment.

Specifics of the role:

Reporting to the Transportation Supervisor, the Lead Equipment Operator will know how to or be willing to learn to operate gantry cranes, tractor trailers, front end loaders, side loaders, yard trucks, locomotives, and an ash processing and metals recovery system. The Lead Equipment Operator is responsible for ensuring the daily processing targets are achieved through field-based leadership, tactical planning, and execution. Coordination of equipment repairs is required when necessary. This role is also expected to fill in for the Transportation Supervisor in his/her absence.

Specific Areas of Responsibilities:

What you will do:
  • Demonstrate a personal commitment to safety and health excellence.
  • Oversee the offloading of railcars of Municipal Solid Waste and ensure all delivered waste is transported to Refuse Pit in timely manner so as not to impact train schedules.
  • Oversee the operation of an ash separation unit and ensure ash storage is maintained and the required tonnage of ash is transported offsite each day so as not to reduce plant loading
  • Oversee the operation of a Ferrous Metal Recovery unit and ensure the required amount of recovered metal is trucked offsite.
  • Operate equipment in line with training and needs of the team.
  • Assign responsibilities on a daily basis within the team to achieve required production targets. This will include responsibilities for both production and maintenance tasks (i.e. housekeeping, minor repairs, painting)
  • Ensure all equipment is being operated in a safe and compliant manner.
  • Report out daily to management level staff on key production metrics.
  • Identify the root cause of equipment malfunctions and coordinate the appropriate internal and/or external resources required to repair.
  • Implement established training programs for the cross-qualification of team members.
  • Coordinate train logistics between multiple parties.
  • Coordinate housekeeping activities and resource loading in conjunction with both planned and unplanned downtime.
  • Fill in for Transportation Supervisor when he/she is unavailable
  • This position is part of a team that supports a 24/7 operation. Typically this position will work 5 days per week between 8-10 hours per day. Days off will vary by week. Some overtime will be required. Night shift work is rarely required.

Critical Skills and Abilities:
  • Self-directed, action-oriented, forward-thinking and creative individual with high ethical standards.
  • Dynamic leader with a record of achieving results individually and through others.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with an ability to provide constructive feedback in a positive way.
  • Good judgment and strong safety, health, and operational focus.
  • Organized, team player who is an effective influencer.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead change in the face of adversity; to challenge the status quo constructively.
  • Able to stand or sit for sustained periods of time.
  • Able to climb stairs and ladders.
  • Able to work at heights.
  • Able to lift equipment that can weigh up to 50 pounds and carry it up to 100 yards.
  • Able to wear personal protective equipment including respiratory protection which requires a tight fitting mask that does not allow any facial hair in the face-sealing areas, fall protection, safety boots, protective clothing, hearing protection, and gloves.

Education and Experience:
  • HS Diploma or GED required.
  • Experience in the operation or maintenance of at least some of the aforementioned equipment is required.
  • Minimum 3 years of leadership or supervisory experience preferred.

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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Dickerson, Maryland

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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