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SIMON | Excavator Operator - Rapid City, SD

Date: Apr 23, 2021

Country: Rapid City, South Dakota, US, 57702

Company: Colas

Subsidiary: Simon



Simon is a subsidiary of the Colas Group, a worldwide leader in infrastructure construction and maintenance. Simon specializes in aggregates, asphalt and ready-mix concrete production, asphalt paving, and concrete, bridge, highway, and utility construction. Through strong local ties backed by global resources, we focus on quality and value to deliver the best products and services for our clients.  What we do is bigger than construction – it is about connecting communities, building new roads to the future, and keeping the spirit of the pioneers alive and well. 


Works with ground personnel in the excavation and installation process of laying pipe on line and grade.


  • Support the Simon safety culture and other Company strategic initiatives
  • Safely operates a large excavator.
  • Ensures trench is excavated to the proper depth/grade with proper safety sloping or protection.
  • Responsible for placement of water, storm & sanitary sewer pipe in the excavation.
  • Ensures all work is conducted in a safe and responsible manner.
  • Follows directions of ground crew regarding craning, gravel placement and grading.
  • Ability to cut grade with minimal time spent on excavating to ensure production is on schedule.
  • Knowledge of changes in soil conditions and materials that impact operations.
  • Conducts trench work so that it meets OH&S requirements.
  • Knowledge of proper rigging of pipe, manhole barrels, etc. and ensures safe work procedures are followed during lowering of materials into the excavation.
  • Perform minor maintenance to excavation equipment; report problems or defects to mechanic for repair.



Qualifications, Education, Skills and Experience

  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED) preferred
  • Two years plus of excavator operation for utility work
  • Valid drivers’ license with ability to maintain a clean driving history required
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals

Physical Requirements/Working Conditions

  • Wears and maintains personal protective equipment (PPE) as required
  • Regularly required to lift and /or move up to 50 pounds with or without assistance
  • Regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel
  • Regularly required to communicate (talk and hear) 
  • Frequently required to stand; walk; sit; reach with hands and arms and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl 
  • Standing/working on feet for long periods, and walking across uneven terrain
  • Regularly required to work from a seated position operating equipment for long periods
  • Frequent exposure to loud noise 
  • Regularly exposed to moving mechanical parts and vibration
  • Regularly exposed to all outdoor weather conditions, dust, and airborne particles
  • Regularly exposed to fuel, oil, and other chemicals
  • Occasionally exposed to working from high, precarious places and risk of electrical shock


Workplace Values Requirements

  • Support, promote, and practice Simon core values, vision, and mission
  • Support, promote, and comply with Simon Code of Ethics, Workplace Conduct, Safety, and other established policies at all times
  • Embrace the Company’s safety culture, actively support all safety initiatives, and adhere to defined accountabilities implemented by the Safety Steering and Continuous Improvement teams
  • Align personal vision and goals with larger goals of the Company
  • Support continuous improvement to improve Simon processes, performance, safety, and overall success


The information contained herein is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the duties and responsibilities of the job, nor are they intended to be an all-inclusive list of the skills and abilities required to do the job. Management may, at its discretion, assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.


Colas Inc.and its subsidiaries (SIMON) are an Equal Opportunity Employer. For details on the specifics of this commitment, please click here EEO document.  If you need accomodation to access the information provided on this website, please contact Colas Inc. 973-290-9082 or send an email to ColasRecruiter@colasinc.com.  

Nearest Major Market: South Dakota
Nearest Secondary Market: Rapid City