Heavy Equipment Operator - Port of Pine Bluff, AR


Pine Bluff, AR, US, 71602

Category:  Transload Operations

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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

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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.


Starting pay rate: $15.00 - $16.00 per hour 

Schedule: Day Shift 


Location Information: https://www.watco.com/service/terminals/pine-bluff-ar/

Conveniently located on the Arkansas River, the Port of Pine Bluff serves a number of industries including metals, paper, and steel, and is a Foreign Trade Zone. This port is near Little Rock, Arkansas, served by the Union Pacific Railroad, and offers more than 100,000 sq. ft. of warehouse space




  • The primary purpose of this position is to transload materials by using a Friction Crane, Forklift (Taylor Lift), Skid Steer, and other heavy equipment as necessary. This position will be operating in the field inside of barges, inside gondola cars, warehouses, and other locations as needed. CDL License is required.
  • Operates and Maintains – 200 Ton Updated P&H Overhead Crane, 140 Ton Manitowoc Friction Truck Crane and a 50 Ton Lima Friction Barge Crane or equal equipment, Front-end loader, Forklifts and Tractor Trailers. Plus must oversee general management of personnel, equipment and facility for normal terminal operations.
  • Safe, efficient operation of Friction Rig / Crane or any equipment involved at the terminal.
  • Maintains equipment by performing preventative maintenance i.e. lubricating, cleaning, adding gear lubricants, changing cables and document all activities performed daily.
  • Responsible for the crane adjustments-brakes, clutches, motors, and support equipment - Air and Hydraulic systems.
  • Check all fluids and air pressures.
  • This position assist the existing Crane Operator as needed and will also require operating forklifts, driving trucks and various equipment throughout the Port facility. Person will also be required to work on and around barges and the dock, as needed. 
  • Inspect all moving parts, cables, boom, pendant lines, sheaves, and bucket.
  • Responsible for safety of barge, truck or rail cars and all crew members working in the area at all times, especially when vessel is in motion and when material is being removed from or loaded into the vessel.
  • Observes load hookup and determines safety of load.
  • Observes safety and security procedures; reports potentially unsafe conditions.
  • Manipulates or depresses crane controls such as pedals, levers, and buttons, to regulate speed and direction of crane and hoist movement.
  • Uses equipment and materials properly.
  • Troubleshoot equipment problems and minor repairs.
  • As directed performs activities of co-workers.
  • Must be willing to work shift and/or overtime hours during the week and/or weekends as dictated by operations.
  • In order to appropriately perform the essential duties of this job, regular work attendance is required.
  • Fastens attachments to crane with cables and becket pins.
  • Connects hydraulic hoses, belts, mechanical linkage, or electrical power cords to crane.
  • Moves levers to control equipment movement and attachments.
  • Moves levers and depresses pedals to maneuver crane and raise, lower boom and Load Block to discharge or load materials to or from vessels.
  • Maintains equipment by performing preventive maintenance, i.e.: lubricating, cleaning, adding gear lubricants, changing filters and documents all activity performed.
  • Greases, oils, and performs minor repairs on crane or front-end loader daily.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Machines, Tools, Special Equipment, Personal Protective Equipment Used: 


  • 200 Ton Overhead Crane, 140 Ton Friction Truck Crane, 50 Ton Friction Barge Crane, Forklift, Loader, Tractor Trailers
  • PPE; hard hat, vest, safety glasses, gloves, steel toed boots




  • High school education or general education diploma (GED).
  • In order to appropriately perform the essential duties of this job, regular work attendance is required.
  • Experience working with Overhead Cranes, Truck Friction Cranes, Barge Cranes, and various equipment is preferred but not required for this position
  • Valid Drivers Licences is preferred, but not required for this position
  • Must be able to work with a team, take direction from supervisors, keep required work schedules, focus attention on details, and follow work rules.
  • Ability to pass training and required testing.
  • Must be willing to work any shift change as needed. Willing to work on holidays, weekends, and overtime as needed and required.



Nearest Major Market: Little Rock
Nearest Secondary Market: Pine Bluff