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Hot Plant Operator


Helena, MT, US, 59602

Company:  Helena Sand and Gravel

Job ID:  [[140855]]


Helena Sand & Gravel, is a member of the Oldcastle Materials West Division; Our purpose, commitment to the future, and formula for growth is to champion the safety, empowerment, and development of our employees.  We strive to be The Preferred Source of quality sand, rock, landscape products, ready-mixed concrete, asphalt, paving and construction services.  We succeed as a team by embracing integrity, mutual respect, innovation, service, sustainability, and financial strength.

Position Title:

Hot Plant Operator  

Pipeline Level:


Reports To:

Production Superintendent  

FLSA Status:


Direct Reports:



Aggregate/Helena Sand  

Prepared Date:


Requisition #:



Position Overview

The Hot Plant Operator is responsible for ensuring the hot plant and the various operational structures of the hot plant are in top working order. Primarily work up to 10 hours per day, 5 days per week.  Will also be required to work up to 14 hours per day, and up to 7 days per week as needed during the busy construction season. This position may require traveling for extended periods of time to perform the job duties at various jobsite locations.



Key Responsibilities (Essential Duties and Functions)

  • Participates in daily THINK meetings plus weekly safety meetings.
  • Follows the Asphalt Best Practice Groundman Training Manual daily.
  • Schedules and ensures timely delivery of oil, fuel, aggregates and supplies to the plant.
  • Responsible for plant production of materials and ensures for the efficient working condition of the plant.
  • Ensures that all assigned equipment is properly maintained. Clean, in safe working order and operated properly
  • Assists with stockpiling materials and feeds hot plant from the stockpiles in an efficient and productive manner.
  • Prepares plant for operations at the beginning of the season, and performs shut down procedures at the end of the season.
  • Operates front end loader, skidsteer, end dump and other heavy equipment.
  • Performs plant maintenance and repairs, including welding tasks.
  • Performs set up and take down of traveling plants at different job site locations as required.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.


  • High School Graduate or equivalent required.
  • Must have the ability to interpret and apply verbal and / or written instructions in English. Must have good depth perception and coordination to operate machine controls.
  • Basic knowledge of plant operations, conveyors, motors, and basic mechanical and electrical skills required.
  • Welding, cutting and fabricating skill required. Computer skills required.
  • Must have a valid Driver’s license .CDL Class A preferred, but not required
  • Must pass pre-employment physical screening and controlled substance testing.


Work Requirements

  • Demonstrates good performance, safety and attendance.
  • Demonstrates proper lifting, carrying, pushing and pulling techniques.
  • Demonstrates a willingness to work overtime and weekends / holidays.
  • Demonstrates ability to work and communicate well with Supervisors, Truck Drivers, Heavy Equipment Operators and other employees.
  • Demonstrates the ability to work independently, without direct supervision.
  • Demonstrates the ability to confirm to and maintain OSHA, MSHA, DOT and all other company or state rules and regulations.
  • Demonstrates the ability to follow written and / or verbal instructions.
  • Demonstrates the willingness to learn and work a variety of job tasks.


Knowledge/Skill Requirements

  • Past Hot plant Operator experience preferred
  • Plant mechanic skills preferred, along with fabrication and welding
  • Class A CDL Preferred 



Physical Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

The job of Hot Plant Operator is a Very Heavy Duty job, according to the Selected Characteristics of Occupations Defined in the Revised Dictionary of Occupational Titles , U.S. Department of Labor and Industry. Very Heavy Duty involved exertions of more than 100 pounds occasionally, and / or more than 50 pounds frequently, and / or more than 20 pounds continuously to move objects.


  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
  • Must be able to work in all types of weather conditions.
  • Must be able to lift, kneel, push, pull very often during each day.



Work Environment

  • The work environment characteristics described are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of its job, the employee is regularly required to sit, climb, and use hand to finger, handle, or feel. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, crawl, kneel, bend, and reach with hands and arms above their shoulders.  The employee must occasionally lift and / or move anywhere up to 100 pounds specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision and depth perception.


The statements included in this job description are not intended to be all-inclusive.  They represent typical elements and criteria necessary to successfully perform the job.  Other duties may be assigned as required.  Requirements for this job are subject to modification by the Company and its designees, and reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

What Oldcastle Offers You

  • A culture that values opportunity for growth, development and internal promotion
  • Highly competitive base pay
  • Comprehensive medical, dental and disability benefits programs
  • Group retirement savings program
  • Health and wellness programs


About Oldcastle

Oldcastle has a long and proud heritage as one of North America’s largest corporations. We are a proud reflection of the hundreds of family businesses, local and regional companies and mid to large sized enterprises that together form the Oldcastle family. Oldcastle operates with a decentralized, diversified structure, letting you work in a small company environment while having the career opportunities of a large enterprise.


Oldcastle is a great place to grow! If you’re up for a rewarding challenge, we invite you to take the first step and apply today! Please complete your online application and profile which will be sent directly to the appropriate Hiring Manager. Thank you for your interest in the Oldcastle family!


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Helena Sand & Gravel is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Nearest Major Market: Helena
Nearest Secondary Market: Montana

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