Construction Operating Engineer - DC Metro Area

  • Washington DC Metropolitan Area, Washington, DC, United States
  • Full-time

Company Description

Schnabel was founded in 1959 in Washington D.C. by Harry V. Schnabel Jr.

His commitment to innovation and operational efficiency was driven by an intuitive understanding of what clients valued most — getting out of the ground to street level as quickly, safely and efficiently as possible.

Over 60 years later, and now with a national footprint, Schnabel still prioritizes innovation and operational efficiency as a proven pathway to success.

Job Description

Operating Engineers install piling and tiebacks, for excavation support. Main skills required include safely and productively operating drills, cranes and excavation equipment as necessary for the installation of sheeting and shoring.

Operating Engineers usually work eight-hour days; however, overtime may be necessary on Saturdays or night shifts. Workers may be asked to travel. When that happens, Operating Engineers are compensated with shift pay and travel allowances. Minimum Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) required includes hard hats, gloves, eye protection and steel-toed boots. In addition to operating machinery, operating engineers may be responsible for handling, hoisting or moving objects, repairing and maintaining mechanical equipment, or running large pumps or air compressors.


Job Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Understands and able to signal others to facilitate alignment, movement, or adjustment of machinery, equipment, or materials (signaling)
  • Control traffic passing near, in, or around work zones (roadway flagging)
  • Load, unload, or identify building materials, machinery, or tools, distributing them to the appropriate locations, according to project plans or specifications (rigging)
  • Experienced and Knowledgeable in the operation and maintenance of heavy equipment such as: cranes for pile driving (familiar with riggings of swing leads for pile driving and drilling), caisson type or Bauer drill rigs and attachments such as core barrels, muck buckets, etc., tieback drill rigs similar to Hutte, Klemm, Airtrack, Hopto, etc., drilling in different soils conditions (open hole, cased, pressure injected, etc.), as well as other equipment such as excavators, forklifts, large air compressor, pumps, etc.
  • Able to read and understand equipment manuals
  • Able to keep equipment running, well maintained, and clean; able to perform all undercarriage maintenance requirements
  • Has knowledge of bench requirements for equipment and will not operate from an unstable bench
  • Understands and operates equipment within the limits defined by the load charts
  • Keeps written records on Company-owned equipment
  • Performs daily OSHA checks and is familiar with OSHA requirements associated with the equipment and the operation being performed


  • Be able to pass drug and alcohol screening
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Possess valid driver's license or other accepted legal ID
  • Union affiliation or willingness to take the necessary steps to join the union

Typical Physical Demands:

  • Ability to climb, kneel, stoop, crouch, balance, squat and tolerate heights without fear due to nature of job typically outside with often uneven and/or muddy ground
  • Must have the ability to exert heavy physical effort, handling average weight objects up to 50 lbs.

Working Conditions/Environment:

  • Work in levels of noise, dust, moisture and temperatures normally found on construction sites

Additional Information

Schnabel is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is fully committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veteran or military status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws.

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