Operator - Ghent, KY


Ghent, KY, US, 41045

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 Rate: $21.00 


General Purpose


The primary purpose of this position is to work directly in the Material Handling Group in the full range of duties and responsibilities involved in the moving of pipe, rail, and dry bulk commodities; to provide backup coverage to other material handling operations when required; and to develop and exhibit the necessary safety culture, leadership, decision making and operational skills required.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities


  • Consistently operate with SAFETY and ENVIRONMENT being the highest priorities.
  • Ownership and high dedication to quality while carrying out individual material handling operations.
  • Fill in for other team members due to business levels when necessary.
  • Ensure customer satisfaction and operational excellence.
  • Maintain and develop safety culture among all team members.
  • Maintain high level of discipline and be able to work independently.
  • Complete all applicable documentation and recordkeeping.
  • Perform all work in compliance with Company standards, procedures, and regulatory requirements.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Supervisor.

Job Requirements


  • High school diploma or equivalent. 
  • 2-5 years of Operations experience handling pipe and/or dry bulk materials.
  • Must be certified to operate heavy equipment such as forklifts, front-end loaders, Pettibones, excavators, or other types of material handling equipment.
  • Strong organizational skills for a multifaceted work environment. 
  • Detail oriented and customer focused.
  • Ability to troubleshoot operational problems.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and a driving record satisfactory to the Company and its insurers.
  • Must have or be able to obtain a TWIC card.
  • Experience, skills and knowledge above the minimum preferred.


Physical Demands


  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.
  • Must be able to see well enough to do paperwork and operate heavy equipment.
  • Must be able to talk and hear well enough to communicate with co-workers, supervisors and others within the company 100% of the time.
  • Must be able to reach with arms and hands to perform inspection, maintenance and repair duties when needed.
  • Must be able to bend, stoop, twist, kneel, squat 100%.
  • Must be able to use hands to grasp, handle, and feel 100%.
  • Must be able to climb and balance well enough to mount equipment by climbing up and down steps as needed.
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds without assistance


Work Environment


  • While performing the duties of this job the operator is regularly exposed to a high noise level; moving mechanical parts, moving machinery, outside weather conditions and elements; fumes from gasoline, oil and grease. The team member may occasionally be exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals.

Nearest Major Market: Covington