The purpose of the Operator - Terminal position is to carry out the processes of: loading and unloading product, storing product and maintaining the grounds, buildings and equipment used during operations.
Key Job Elements:
Daily responsibilities/duties of Operator-Terminal may include, but are not limited to, any of the following:
Successful incumbents will have:
- Perform product loading and unloading functions and associated duties, in accordance with established operating procedures.
- Maintain operating equipment, buildings and grounds in accordance with operating procedures. This includes, but is not limited to, inspecting equipment; performing mechanical maintenance; advising appropriate personnel of or rectifying unsafe equipment or conditions; and, general cleaning of all terminal areas and ordering of supplies.
- Understand and apply principles of refrigeration systems, as appropriate. This includes testing and recording sample results, and, monitoring/recording gauge readings as appropriate.
- Maintain and update appropriate manuals and records/paperwork accurately.
- Comply with all training, environmental, health and safety programs of the Company/industry.
- Assist with training and development of other operators as appropriate.
- Interact and/or coordinate with Emergency Response Personnel discussions and/or training regarding environmental, health and safety situations.
- Perform hazardous material response/remediation duties should a hazardous material spill occur.
- Progress through and maintain skills acquired in the Operator Progression Program.
- Perform other duties requested by facility management necessary for proper operation of the facility (i.e. recordkeeping, development /implementation of procedures).
- Perform maintenance duties or provide assistance to emergency situations at other Company locations as directed by Company management personnel.
- Participate in the development and implementation of capital and maintenance projects.
- Assume management responsibilities of facility when facility manager is absent.
- High School graduate or equivalent; plus equivalent of 2 years college, Military/technical training, or related work experience
- Ability to understand and follow operating procedures
- Refrigeration knowledge commensurate with position level
- Good communication skills
- HAZMAT certified (post-employment requirement)
- Ability and initiative to exercise independent or team-oriented action
- Must have basic computer skills and be capable of data entry and information retrieval
- Read, write, communicate and comprehend the English language.
- Must have I&E experience or training.
- May be required to travel to and work at different facility locations for limited periods of time.
- Works in variety of environmental conditions (extreme cold/heat, humidity, wind, rain, snow, ice, etc.).
- Works with hazardous chemicals (including emergency response requirements discussed below).
- Incumbents are “on-call” (24 hours per day) for pre-designated time periods. While “on-call”, incumbents must be located within reasonable proximity of facility (approx. 30 min driving time).
- Maneuvers over uneven and/or slippery surfaces.
- Regularly assumes physically awkward and stressful positions.
- Occasionally required to climb to and maneuver at heights of approximately 80-100 ft.
- Works at computer terminals and monitors facility processes during product loading.
Emergency Response Personnel Requirements:
Terminal operators are required to function as emergency responders in the event of a hazardous material (anhydrous ammonia) spill. There are two basic roles which operators could be expected to perform: (1) Hazardous Material Technician and (2) Incident Commander (under 29 CFR 1910.120(q)). Points of note are:
Hazardous Materials Technician - Physical requirements:
- The usual exposure level will be below the PEL. In an emergency situation the exposure level could be immediately dangerous to life and health (see MSDS for PEL and IDLH). For initial entry, personal protective equipment will be used including a Level A encapsulated suit and self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) which weighs approximately 35 lbs
- Emergency response may be indoors or outside where weather conditions can range from extreme heat to extreme cold
- Medical treatment of victims is designated to local community emergency responders but the Incident Commander and Hazardous Material Technicians could administer first aid and CPR on a Good Samaritan basis in an emergency
- Wear Level A protective suits and self-contained breathing apparatus in order to perform offensive measures to patch, plug or stop a leak of anhydrous ammonia. Time spent in the Level A Suit is generally limited to 15-20 minutes. The weight of the SCBA is approximately 35 lbs.
- Deploy approximately 200 ft. of fire hose at critical downwind locations.
- Use tools (e.g., wrenches, hammers, wedges, etc.) to plug piping leaks.
- Remove victims to a safe location for treatment of medical personnel (including confined space removal/retrieval).
- Perform diking or ditching measures using sandbags and shovels to contain water flows on site
- Climb stairs to the top of an ammonia tank (approx. 90 feet high) carrying 50 lbs. of equipment while ascending the stairs.
- Install valves in an ammonia piping system.
- Haul emergency response equipment (i.e.; Level A suits, Biopaks, rubber boots) to designated incident command locations.
- Assist local fire department and authorities, as needed.
- Operate mobile and heavy equipment (front-end loader, pick-up truck) to contain spills.
Incident Commander - Roles and Physical Requirements:
- The role of Incident Commander involves guiding and directing emergency response efforts from an upwind location. The Incident Commander typically functions in Level D protective gear (normal work clothes). Physical activities are restricted to surveillance of the response area and assisting the Hazardous Material Technicians into their protective gear.