Heavy Equipment Operator - Sauget, IL


Sauget Cahokia, IL, US, 62201

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: $20.00 - $27.00 based on experience 

Schedule: 3 days on 2 days off rotating M-F every other weekend.

Experience operating heavy equipment (skid steer, front end loader, etc.) is preferred but not a requirment for this position. 



Location Information


Watco moves any commodity, and at this site, we handle primarily bulk and breakbulk products such as coal, pet coke, and cement as well as liquid chemicals.




  • Responsible for the safe operation of all equipment
  • Must know how to respond in case of emergency
  • Applicant will be trained on General Procedures, Heavy Equipment functions along with employee demonstration check list, all other required testing.
  • Applicant will be required to handle material and work rotational shifts overtime as required as need to maintain Customer first principles
  • Regularly communicate via 2-way radio with Supervisors, Supervisors, Team Members and customer
  • Must communicate regularly with the Supervisor and the Customer
  • Applicant will be required to handle material and work various hours as need to accomplish the required tasks.
  • Demonstrate predictable, reliable, and timely attendance.
  • Follow written and verbal instructions to complete assigned tasks on schedule.
  • Read, write, and communicate in English & understand basic math.
  • Learn from directions, observations, and mistakes and apply procedures using good judgment.
  • Working knowledge of Watco Safety and Operating principles
  • Work independently or as part of a team and interact appropriately with others.
  • Receives oral or written instructions from Supervisors indicating which piles are to be loaded in/out of, need to be maintained,
  • Written Dual verification procedures must be followed on all material movements.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. 
  • Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or Team Members.
  • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.
  • Ability to pass training and required testing.
  • Must be available to work a rotating shift as well as be prepared to work in all types of weather
  • Other duties as assigned.

Machines, Tools, Special Equipment, Personal Protective Equipment Used 


  • PPE: hard hat, safety glasses, splash goggles, face shield, Reflective clothing, gloves, steel toed metatarsal boots
  • Other PPE as required
  • Front end loaders, Excavator / Material handlers, Skid steers, Dozers, Water Truck

Nearest Major Market: St Louis