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Ballard Marine Construction is a specialty marine and underwater contractor based in Washougal, WA, with regional offices and projects throughout North America.

Why join Ballard? It’s simple. You get to work on amazing technical projects with likeminded team members. The Ballard culture is second to none, and because of that we are incredibly protective and particular on who we invite onto the team. We have a unique culture of true excellence; we hold each other accountable from our newest interns and engineers to our most senior leaders. You will always go to work knowing that everyone you are working with cares as much as you do and is working hard to reach common goals. You will get out of it what you put into it. Ballard is an amazing place to work and if what we’ve said resonates with you, you just might be right for us!

Job Summary:

The Heavy Equipment Operator is responsible for operating one or more types of heavy construction equipment, such as front-end loader, roller, bulldozer, or excavator in order to move, excavate, and grade earth, erect structures, or pour concrete or other hard surface pavements.

Ideal Candidate:

Core Attributes:

  • Grit and Resiliency - We dig deep to figure out how to make things happen no matter how impossible it seems. We never give up. We take on challenges that nobody else can; or will.

  • Comradery and Inspirational - We are a hard-working team of likeminded individuals working toward a common goal. We regularly celebrate wins and like to have fun whether at work or at play. We come together each day looking for ways to instill life and energy into the world around us.

  • Driven and Competitive - We love competition. We love to win and love to learn when we lose. Not getting the job done is not an option. We are obsessed to do our best and we do what it takes to win.

  • Trustworthy and Respectful - We are passionate about honesty, authenticity, and transparency. No lies. No drama. No politics. We value constructive conflict and ensure that even in conflict we treat others with respect.

  • Ownership and Accountability - When something goes wrong, we first “look in the mirror” before we “look out the window”. We ask “what could I have done differently?” and then we share lessons learned. Regularly challenging ourselves and those around us to be better is a way of life. “Me first” belongs here.


  • High School or Equivalent (preferred)


  • Experience with operating a front-end loader, excavator, and compost/topsoil trommel

  • Experience operating with and around a variety of shoring and trench safety equipment.

  • Experience with minor daily equipment maintenance (i.e., fluids, grease, and lubricants).

  • Construction Experience

  • Excavator Operation

  • Heavy equipment operation


  • Problem solving, analytical, and decision-making skills.

  • Natural learning orientation: ability and willingness to learn new skills.

  • Thrives in, and can adapt to, working in a fast-paced work environment.

  • Ability to read and interpret construction drawings and specifications.

  • The ability to work independently as well as part of a team.

  • The ability to freely access all points of a construction site in wide-ranging climates and environment.

  • Strong organizational skills to effectively oversee all aspects of the project

  • Able to lift, bend, stoop, climb, etc. for extended periods of time.

  • Ability to work under pressure and multitask.

  • Safely operate a variety of equipment including excavators, backhoes, wheel loaders, bulldozers, graders, and rollers.

  • Ability to operate on a wide range of heavy civil projects including commercial site preparation, mainline utility construction, road building, land clearing, and earth moving.

  • Ability to dig around existing underground utilities, cut and fill to grade, load trucks, excavate, and backfill trenches to desired compaction, and lay utilities including pipe, structures, and vaults safely and efficiently.

  • Ability to perform a thorough daily equipment inspection.


  • Embrace and lead Ballard’s safety culture.

  • Promote Ballard’s Values and Guiding Principles.

  • Maintain equipment related document control

  • Operate, drive, and control heavy equipment

  • Load and unload equipment from vehicles

  • Keep performance records of machine functionality regularly

  • Performs inspections at the beginning and end of the shift

  • Responsible for the daily maintenance of machines

  • Operating front end loader and/or excavator safely and proficiently.

  • Visually screen construction and demolition debris for unacceptable materials.

  • Load and move dirt, rocks, equipment, and materials, using trucks, excavators, bull dozers, graders, or related equipment

  • Communicate efficiently and effectively with truck drivers on where to offload incoming material.

  • Ensure all Ballard Health, Safety & Environmental policies are followed.

  • Assist co-workers with heavy items.

  • Maintain safety and cleanliness of the facility and general housekeeping.

  • Other job duties will be added as needed.

Physical Demands / Working Environment:

  • Physical requirements include lifting up to 65 lbs., extended standing, walking, sitting, bending, climbing, working inside and outside, and use of fall protection equipment

  • Able to perform job tasks in sometimes dusty, hot and/or cold working conditions

  • Able to sit for extended periods, climb up & down from cab heights


Ballard offers a strong benefit package and provides a culture that values opportunity for growth, development, and internal promotion. Benefits include medical coverage, 401K Plan with employer match, paid holidays, and so much more!!

EEO Statement:

Ballard Marine Construction, LLC. is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, or veteran status. A reasonable accommodation will be considered for qualified individuals with a disability if it does not create an undue hardship for the Company, consistent with the ADA as amended.

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