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Company: Knife River - Western Oregon Division Department: Asphalt
Location: Portland Metro, OR Hiring Manager: Patrick E Budlong
Closing Date: 12/31/2022 at 11:59pm CDT Job Type: Full-Time
Entry Level: $28.00 - $34.00 /hour    
Job Summary:
Good pay! Good benefits! Good people! At Knife River, we take care of our team because we know it’s our people who make us successful. We are one of the 10 largest construction materials producers/contractors in the country, and we’re growing! We are adding people to our team every day — people who are committed to working safely and to delivering high-quality results for our customers.

We are currently looking for an Asphalt Plant Operator for the Portland Metro area!

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:
- Operate and maintain asphalt plant in a safe and efficient manner
- Manage schedules/hours as well as daily duties for all plant personnel
- Communicate with internal and external customers with daily orders and needs
- Track inventories of incoming and outgoing products
- Participate in quality control and safety programs
- Operate equipment, perform asphalt plant maintenance, and other misc. duties as directed by supervisor
- Ability and desire to work in a high pressure environment

This position will/may include nights and weekend shifts during the paving season
This position will/may include travel between plants as needed by supervisor
Minimum Qualifications:
- Requires minimum two (2) years experience in asphalt plant operation
- Must be able to monitor multiple plant systems for production of a quality and profitable product
- Must be able to work in high and confined spaces
- Must have good math skills and the ability to work with statistical specifications with a high degree of accuracy
- Requires skills in planning, organization, communication, and observation
- Must be able to read and comprehend specifications, operators manual, instructions, and maintain operators log
- Must have mechanical ability with welding, fabrication, and good troubleshooting skills
- Must have a positive attitude and the ability to work well with others
- Ability to operate loader helpful
- Ability to pass a pre-employment criminal background check, physical/functional exam and drug screen
- Display a professional and courteous attitude towards all team members and customers
How To Apply:
To be considered for this position, candidates must complete and submit an employment application at by the posting deadline noted above. If unable to complete an application online you may print and send completed application to any Knife River NW address or stop in one of our locations to complete an application. Knife River is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, age, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status or any other protected category under applicable state/federal law.

If you are an individual with a qualified disability as defined by federal, state, or local law and require a reasonable accommodation to complete any part of the application for any reason, please contact your state employment agency or you may call 541-693-5960 to speak with a human resources representative.

Subject to pre-employment drug testing and background check.
Veterans: Put Your Skills to Work with Us!
At Knife River, we are committed to helping our military transition to civilian life. We are constantly looking to add veterans to our workforce and want to make the transition as smooth as possible. There are many jobs within the military that are transferable to our Asphalt Plant Operator position:

Air Force:
Pavement and Construction Equipment Journeyman
Pavement and Construction Equipment Apprentice
Pavement and Construction Equipment Helper

Construction Equipment Supervisor
General Construction Equipment Operator
Rough Terrain Forklift & Loader Operator
Heavy Construction Equipment Operator

Equipment Operator
Equipment Operator Basic
Advanced Equipment Operator
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MDU Resources Group, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected Veteran status.

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