Heavy Equipment Operator - Decatur River Port, AL


Decatur, AL, US, 35601

Category:  Transload Operations

Start a Watco Career and Discover the Difference

Keep the world’s supply chain moving. That’s what the Watco team does every day at our short line railroads, switching sites, terminals, ports, and logistics hubs. 

Whether you’re at one of these locations or in a support-services role, there’s one thread that ties everyone together. We’re all on the same team. One Watco

Here’s what you can expect from Watco: 

  • Award-winning culture recognized by Forbes and Newsweek
  • Competitive compensation and benefits
  • Paid on-the-job training with peer trainers 
  • Operations training at the Safe Performance Center in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Leadership and development programs offered through Watco University 
  • Career advancement opportunities

Working at Watco

Watco has a reputation for putting people first. In fact, our company was named to Forbes’ 2021 list of America’s Best Mid-Size Employers.

Working at Watco means working in the exciting field of transportation and supply chain logistics. We’re involved in domestic and international operations that are expanding all the time. Working at Watco also means a supportive, collaborative environment where you can learn and build a career.  You’ll find that safety is at the heart of everything we do. We look out for our team members’ safety and the safety of the people in the communities where we work.  In addition to these strengths, we offer competitive pay and industry-leading benefits.

Come to Watco and join a team where you'll leave each day knowing you've made a difference.


Hourly pay rate: $19.00 - $20.00 Depending on Experience

Schedule: 6:30 am - 3:00 pm. Need to be available for overtime and on weekends as needed 

Location Information


  • Located on the Tennessee River, the Decatur River Port features 212,500 sq. ft. of warehouse space. This Alabama facility primarily handles bulk and breakbulk commodities and is rail-served by Norfolk Southern.
  • Additional Site Information: https://www.watco.com/service/terminals/decatur-riverport-al/


Essential Duties and Responsibilities


  • Responsible for the safe operation of all equipment required in this position.
  • Perform routine inspections and maintenance checks on equipment.
  • Regularly communicate via 2-way radio with Supervisors, Team Members and customers.
  • Perform all work in compliance with Company standards, procedures, and regulatory requirements.
  • Follow written Dual verification procedures on all material movements.
  • Perform other job-related duties as assigned.




  • High school education or general education (GED)
  • Must be 18 years or older
  • 1 or more year(s) related experience preferred but not required
  • Applicant must pass the General SOP testing, and Heavy Equipment function test along with Team Member demonstration checklist.
  • Must be able to pass and or obtain all reporting, testing, and certifications as required for this position.

Skills and Abilities


  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
  • Learn from directions, observations, and mistakes and apply procedures using good judgment.
  • Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.
  • Ability to work independently or as part of a team and interact appropriately with others.
  • Ability to work in all types of weather.
  • Ability to work the scheduled shifts required for the position and/ or overtime as needed.
  • Maintain regular, dependable attendance and a high level of performance.

Nearest Major Market: Decatur