• Loader/ Utility Operator (Part-Time)

    Location(s) CA-NS-Sydney
    Job ID
    Employment Type
    Regular Part-Time
    Skilled Labor
  • Overview

    The Operator’s duties will encompass responsibility for safely performing the basic tasks required to offloading of International and Domestic coal vessels, loading trains, trucks, maintaining coal yard integrity, and associated maintenance.  These duties will encompass, however are not limited to - task associated with direct interactions with International and domestic vessels and their crews, operate the coal handling system, operate industrial mobile equipment, and perform general maintenance on equipment and facilities, mooring of vessels, port security aspects, input and complete work ordered for internal Savage data base, completion of required documentation (Regulator and Internal) at the Nova Scotia Power pier at Sydney NS. The Coal Facility Operator will report directly to the Operations Team Leader / Supervisor / Operations Manager.


    • Willingness to properly wear all required Personal Protect Equipment as deem necessary by labour standards and Savage
    • Thorough understanding of the operation of HD Industrial Mobile equipment, and the basic maintenance
    • Task directly associated to the mooring of incoming vessels, and unmooring of vessels at the completion of coal discharge
    • Comply with all requirements of Marine Facility security
    • Operate conveyor systems to transport coal in accordance with applicable safety practices.
    • Operate industrial mobile equipment as required for the purposes of maintaining coal yard integrity and logistics, supplying of required coal systems, loading of Trucks, and coal yard and road maintenance
    • Work individually and as a team
    • Complete daily safety inspection of equipment and facilities to ensure safe operations
    • Perform routine clean-up,  housekeeping, and maintenance of facilities, equipment and coal handling system
    • Complete all training as identified as mandatory for regulatory compliance, as well as company associated course and training assigned by the Savage.  Training sessions may involve in-house, on line.  Training may be conducted locally or on occasion - out of province offsite training
    • Perform other tasks as instructed


    • Must be 18 years of age or older and pass pre-employment screening
    • Must be able to safely perform the essential functions of the job without posing a direct threat to the safety of his or her own self, or the safety of others
    • Must be able to work with a team, take direction from supervisors(s), adhere to required work schedules, focus attention on details, and follow work rules
    • Experience in operation of front-end loaders, backhoes, skid steers, excavators, and other heavy equipment preferred.
    • Ability to read, write, and understand English, follow written and/or verbal instruction, and possess basic math and computer skills.
    • Must be willing to work any shift, including weekends, holidays and overtime as needed
    • Can follow all policies and procedures as outlined by Savage
    • Wear required Savage uniform
    • Maintain a professional neat and tidy appearance.
    • Clean shaven for the purposes of respirator and/or dust mask proper fit, and annual fit test.
    • Ability to follow written and/or verbal instructions with minimal supervision
    • Ability to pass a skills test on the type of work performing
    • Dependability in attendance required
    • Ability to work holidays and weekends as needed 
    • Ability to work rotating shift schedule and overtime when needed
    • Willingness to undertake equipment and facility maintenance task.
    • MFSO (Marine Facility Security Officer) or PWSR (Person with Security Responsibilities) certification preferred.
    • Coal handling or aggregate handling experience preferred.
    • Experience with loading trucks utilizing front end loader preferred.
    • Mechanically inclined, and willingness to undertake equipment and facility maintenance task.


    • High School or GED
    • 2-5 years of experience preferred but not required


    Physical Requirements

    • Work in an environment containing coal dust, hazardous noise, confined space, and in hot or cold environments
    • Work at heights , climbing stairs, and climbing ladders
    • Walk on uneven ground
    • Walk up to 3 miles per shift
    • Must be able to pass a fit test and pulmonary function test for the purposes of wearing a respirator and recertify annually or as needed;
    • Lift up to 50 pounds frequently


    With more than 70 years’ experience in hundreds of locations across North America and internationally, Savage is a trusted partner for safely moving and managing mission-critical materials with worry-free consistency while creating value for our Customers. Savage specializes in rail, truck and marine transportation, logistics, materials handling and other industrial and environmental services. We Hire RightTrain Right and Treat Right, and strive to provide our Team Members with opportunities to do things they never dreamed possible.


    Savage offers competitive benefits that include: medical, dental, vision, life insurance, short and long term disability, a retirement plan, paid time off and opportunities for growth.


    Savage is an Equal Opportunity Employer and maintains a drug free workplace. 


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