Dirt Operator
Company: US Fusion
Location: Alvin , TX
Category: Welding, Skilled & Trades, Construction
Job Type: Full Time
Posted: 3/27/2019

US FUSION & Specialty Construction



Operates gasoline or diesel powered heavy equipment to lift and move materials and objects as needed. May have to operate the following equipment: Track hoe, skidder, backhoe, bulldozer, stinger, front-end loader, etc.

Reads, studies and interprets job specifications, plans and blue prints.  Uses basic math skills including geometry, trigonometry to make calculations for work.  Can complete difficult job tasks according to job specifications with minimal or no supervision.

Essential Functions

  • Must be able to operate heavy equipment in a safe manner while staying focused on the surroundings at all times.
  • Drives equipment to work site utilizing knowledge of driving laws and interpreting driving signals and directs activities of hoist laborer or spotter and out riggers to prevent capsizing when lifting heavy loads.
  • Starts engine, moves hand and foot levers and controls to rotate equipment to raise, lower blade or bucket to move dirt, gravel, rock etc.
  • Receives and gives hand signals and/or verbal instruction to and from flagman in order to determine positioning of equipment and specific placement of materials being moved. Must utilize knowledge of hand signals and flagging techniques daily.
  • Must be able to scrape, cut or level materials using motorized equipment as directed.
  • Must read and interpret load charts and make proper sling and choker selection using basic math skills including geometry to calculate the loads and to verify with the machine.
  • Responsible for identifying hazardous work conditions such as unstable ground, high winds and congestion of traffic and/or pedestrians.
  • Responsible for checking operational condition of equipment prior to use and performing regular maintenance activities such as lubrication of moving parts, checking fluid levels, and checking tire or track condition.





Required Education and Experience:

  • Minimum of 4 years' experience.
  • Rigging and flagging skills.
  • Must pass Pala-Interstate Certification Exam.
  • 20/30 and 20/50 Snellen Eye Sight- color vision/depth perception.
  • Undergo OSHA required physical exam.
  • Undergo baseline audiogram.
  • Must hold a valid driver’s license.
  • Must hold NCCER or NCCCO certification.

Preferred Education and Experience

  • High School or GED preferred but not required.
  • Trade School program preferred but not required.




  • Supervisory Responsibilities
  • This position requires supervision of any Helpers or spotters who work with them to insure the employees working around the machinery work safe at all times. The Equipment Operator should mentor the Helper or Spotters and teach them the correct and safe way to do the assigned task.


Work Environment

  • The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to a variety of extreme conditions at construction job sites and frequently works near moving mechanical parts and vibration. The employee regularly works in outside weather conditions. The employee is frequently exposed extreme hot and cold weather, wet or humid conditions.  The employee may be exposed to fumes or airborne particles, gases, odors and areas with poor ventilation.  The employee may work in high or low elevation, confined areas, on uneven ground levels and various ground surfaces.  The noise level in the work environment and job sites is usually loud. Proper steps shall be taken to mitigate hazards and proper PPE will be used.

Physical Demands

  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to communicate with coworkers and supervision. The employee is frequently required to sit; stand; walk; use hands and fingers to handle, feel or operate objects, tools or controls, and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must frequently lift or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

This is a full-time position. Days and hours of work will be determined by each specific job site. Overtime may be required.


PALA Group, Inc. and its Subsidiaries provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.


Alvin, TX
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