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Equipment Operator

Longview, WA


The ability to operate mobile equipment such as Log Loaders and Front End Loaders.


Operate and maintain the following equipment:

  •  Log Loaders
  •  Front end loaders
  • Forklifts


Ability to understand written documents for proper handling of the customers products.


Understand basic safe use of shop tools.


Having the ability to maintain communication with co-workers concerning their operational needs.


Achieve and maintain a basic understanding of how all the operating systems function/interact and independently perform effective trouble shooting during equipment malfunctions.


Startup and shutdown of equipment.


Learn to perform annual and other scheduled maintenance on equipment.


Understand OSHA safety rules and work in compliance with the Bell Timber safety standards, policies, and procedures.


Identify and report any and all unsafe working conditions.


Ability to read and understand equipment startup procedures, operation procedures, shutdown procedures, and maintenance manuals.


Perform all work in compliance with company standards and procedures.




Education:       High School Diploma or equivalent





Experience operations in log handling including long poles helpful.


·         Experience operating mobile equipment including log loaders & frontend loaders.


·         Must be able to withstand extreme weather conditions; majority of the time will be working outside.


·         The ability to work from written and verbal instructions.


·         Must be able to work as a team, take direction from supervisor(s), adhere to required work schedules, focus attention on details, follow work rules, and take on other duties as assigned.


·         Have the willingness and ability to cross train into other areas, example:  Operate a front end loader safely and efficiently (loading trucks and rail), operate a forklift; learn other processes, such as, Peeler operation and other yard duties.


·         Ability to take initiative and work with co-workers to accomplish defined goals in a fast paced environment.


·         Maintain a regular, dependable attendance and high level of performance.


·         Positively interact with customers and respond to customer inquiries.


·         Pursues training and development opportunities.


·         Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills.


·         Shares expertise with others.


·         Comply with the Dual Verification policy and procedure.


·         Comply with the Bell Timber SQE culture (Safety-Quality-Environment).


·         Mandatory drug screen and background check upon hire.




·         Experience as a Machine Operator.

·         Knowledge of Production Procedures

·         Ability to Read Schematics and Manuals.

·         Analytical Skills

·         Attention to Detail

·         Teamwork

·         Physical Stamina and Strength

·         Handle Heavy Equipment

·         Work Independently.

·         Multitask




While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, reach with hands and arms and is occasionally required to walk, stand, hear, and to use hands to finger, handle or feel. The employee may occasionally lift and/or move 50 pounds or more. Specific vision abilities required by the job include peripheral vision and the ability to adjust focus. The work environment characteristics are best defined as exposure to elements such as heat, cold, precipitation or toxic fumes. Employee will have steady exposure to noise as heard in a piece of mobile heavy equipment; at times noise levels will exceed safe working levels. Employee will have light exposure to the chemicals used in cleaning the plant. The job requires overtime.