Schnabel Mid-Atlantic Region
  • 23-Jun-2014 to 22-Sep-2014 (EST)
  • Field
  • Washington DC Metropolitan Area, DC, USA
  • Full Time

Job Description

Position: Operating Engineer

Location:  Washington DC Metropolitan Area

Position Summary:

Operating Engineers install piling and tiebacks, for excavation support.  Main skills required include safely and productively operating drills, cranes and excavation equipment as necessary for the installation of sheeting and shoring.  (A more extensive list of responsibilities may be found in the latest International Union of Operating Engineers Agreement, Local 77).

For Union Apprenticeship Program information please contact the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 77 at (301) 899-6900. Please indicate you were referred by Schnabel Foundation.

Operating Engineers usually work eight-hour days; however, overtime may be necessary on Saturdays or night shifts. Workers may be asked to travel.  When that happens, Operating Engineers are compensated with shift pay and travel allowances.  Minimum Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) required includes hard hats, gloves, eye protection and steel-toed boots.  In addition to operating machinery, operating engineers may be responsible for handling, hoisting or moving objects, repairing and maintaining mechanical equipment, or running large pumps or air compressors.

Job Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Understands and able to signal others to facilitate alignment, movement, or adjustment of machinery, equipment, or materials (signaling)
  • Control traffic passing near, in, or around work zones (roadway flagging)
  • Load, unload, or identify building materials, machinery, or tools, distributing them to the appropriate locations, according to project plans or specifications (rigging)
  • Experienced and Knowledgeable in the operation and maintenance of heavy equipment such as: cranes for pile driving (familiar with riggings of swing leads for pile driving and drilling), caisson type or Bauer drill rigs and attachments such as core barrels, muck buckets, etc., tieback drill rigs similar to Hutte, Klemm, Airtrack, Hopto, etc., drilling in different soils conditions (open hole, cased, pressure injected, etc.), as well as other equipment such as excavators, forklifts, large air compressor, pumps, etc.
  • Able to read and understand equipment manuals
  • Able to keep equipment running, well maintained, and clean; able to perform all undercarriage maintenance requirements
  • Has knowledge of bench requirements for equipment and will not operate from an unstable bench
  • Understands and operates equipment within the limits defined by the load charts
  • Keeps written records on Company-owned equipment
  • Performs daily OSHA checks and is familiar with OSHA requirements associated with the equipment and the operation being performed


  • Be able to pass drug and alcohol screening
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Possess valid driver's license or other accepted legal ID
  • Union affiliation or willingness to take the necessary steps to join the union
  • All new hires will be E-Verified

Typical Physical Demands:

  • Ability to climb, kneel, stoop, crouch, balance, squat and tolerate heights without fear due to nature of job typically outside with often uneven and/or muddy ground
  • Must have the ability to exert heavy physical effort, handling average weight objects up to 50 lbs.

Working Conditions/Environment:

  • Work in levels of noise, dust, moisture and temperatures normally found on construction sites

Consistent with the ADA, as amended, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position, when such an accommodation does not create an undue hardship for Schnabel Foundation. For more information, contact the HR Department.

Any misstatement, omission of material fact, or falsification of any statements on any application by an applicant may be sufficient cause for rejection of the application, or dismissal of the Applicant after indenture or employment.

Schnabel Foundation is continually looking for great talent.  While we may not have an immediate need we welcome your information for future openings. 

Schnabel Foundation Company is dedicated to complying with its obligations as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Our recruiting and hiring procedures are free of discrimination based on race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, covered veteran status, including disabled veterans, recently separated veterans, other protected veterans, and Armed Forces service medal veterans or any protected group status as defined by law.

Company Description:

Schnabel Foundation Company was formed in 1959 as a foundation engineering and construction company in business to design and build excavation support and specialized foundation systems.  We still do that today.  We have grown from a single office in Washington, DC to include nine offices from coast-to-coast where we now employ over 40 professional engineers who design and manage the construction projects in those offices.


This position has been closed and is no longer available.
Schnabel Mid-Atlantic Region


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