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Small Equipment Operator

Labor General/Skilled/Trade
21022570 Requisition #

Small Equipment Operator

Madison, WI

What is the value of a WM job?

The value of a WM job is more than a paycheck. It’s a way to create opportunities for you and your family. 

We Are Stable: Our WM team is home every day, and our team members perform essential and meaningful work.

We Are Committed to Growth: 100% tuition paid for benefits eligible employees and their family, and established career progression.

We Are Investing in You: Amazing Medical, Dental & Vision, 401K with match, discounted stock options, dependent day care, and more!

Who are we? #WeAreWM

Ready to roll with us?  Click Apply to join the Waste Management team today. 


Equal Opportunity Employer: Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran


Waste Management (WM), a Fortune 250 company, is the leading provider of comprehensive waste and environmental services in North America. We are strongly committed to a foundation of operating excellence, professionalism and financial strength. WM serves nearly 25 million customers in residential, commercial, industrial and municipal markets throughout North America through a network of collection operations, transfer stations, landfills, recycling facilities and waste-based energy production projects.

Shift: 7:15 am – 3:45 pm with 30 min unpaid meal break Monday – Friday

I. Job Summary
Operates one or more pieces of equipment including but not limited to balers, conveyors, wheel loaders, skid steer, yard tractor and forklift to transport and contain materials to facilitate loading and unloading within semi-trailers or shipping containers.

II. Essential Duties and Responsibilities
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Other minor duties may be assigned.

  • Coordinates flow of material by communicating with the baler operator, loader operator, and plant lead.
  • Starts baler up on time, read monitor, which displays functions of baler, and reacts quickly to machine prompts and alarms, and ensures proper operation.
  • Insures material is being fed properly onto conveyor.
  • Monitors and documents downtime.
  • Insures safety around working areas, reports any unsafe acts or conditions to Plant Lead or Operations Supervisor.
  • Verifies quality of material before it is baled or shipped, communicates any concerns to Plant Lead
  • Coordinates with Plant Lead and office staff insure material needed for upcoming schedule is ready
  • Accurately completes daily equipment inspections before during and after use of each piece of equipment documenting any changes or defects.
  • Performs routine maintenance on equipment such as lubricating, fueling, and cleaning before and after each use.
  • Communicates with office staff when supply inventory is needed including bale and banding wire.
  • Operates loader, forklift, bobcat, or other equipment to move material to designated area.
  • Keeps surrounding work areas clean.
  • Stacks material in proper rows by raising and lowering lifting device.
  • Loads or unloads materials into or out of trailers and shipping containers.
  • Moves material from baler to designated storage areas or into trailers for transport.
  • Dumps loose materials out of containers, bins, and gaylords using forklift rotator.
  • Reads and or composes loading, unloading sheets and bills of ladings to verify material grades, counts and weights are correct
  • Ensures paperwork is turned in daily to the office for billing.
  • Accurately inspects, weighs and grades material on plant scales and records all relevant information on proper paperwork which includes source, weight, material grades and number of containers.
  • Ensures shipping vessels are safe by performing inspections before entering and loading/unloading
  • Complies with all safety policies and procedures.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

III. Supervisory Responsibilities
This job has no supervisory duties.

IV. Qualifications
The requirements listed below are representative of the qualifications necessary to perform the job.

A. Education and Experience

  • Education: None required.
  • Experience: Six (6) months of previous work experience.

B. Certificates, Licenses, Registrations or Other Requirements

  • Forklift Certified is not required; those certified will be recertified after hire  

V. Work Environment
Listed below are key points regarding environmental demands and work environment of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

  • Required to exert physical effort in handling objects less than 30 pounds occasionally;
  • Required to be exposed to physical occupational risks (such as cuts, burns, exposure to toxic chemicals, etc.) rarely;
  • Required to be exposed to physical environment which involves all weather extremes, dirt, odors, noise, or similar elements most of the work day;
  • Normal setting for this job is: outdoors

At Waste Management, each eligible employee receives a competitive total compensation package including Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance and Short Term Disability. As well as a Stock Purchase Plan, Company match on 401K, and more! Our employees also receive Paid Vacation, Holidays, and Personal Days. Please note that benefits may vary by site.

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