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North Wind Group Operator-Excavator 2345 SMC in WYOLA, Montana

Location: Wyola, MT

Title: Operator-Excavator

Schedule (FT/PT): FT

Travel Required: As Needed

Clearance: Ability to Obtain

Since 2012, Silver Mountain has performed over $52 million in a variety of construction projects ranging from design-build to repair and renovation in a variety of locations. Silver Mountain manages both task order IDIQ contracts as well as competitive bid and sole source projects, including 100% design, design-build, demolition, facilities repair, DOD fuels systems, and new construction. Silver Mountain is a certified 8(a) small disadvantaged business headquartered in Alaska with offices nationwide.

TERO Referral Applicants only


Excavator Operators are responsible for operating equipment to excavate bulk materials, trench, move soil, rock, vegetation and debris and then smooth and compact surfaces on construction sites, civil construction projects and infrastructure projects.


  • Perform daily maintenance and safety checks of equipment.

  • Preparing and positioning for operation on site.

  • Operate the machine and other heavy equipment in a safe and appropriate manner.

  • Selecting, fitting, and removing attachments such as buckets, compactors, or rock breaking hammers.

  • Work safely with ground personnel.

  • Working from drawings, markers, and verbal instructions.

  • Servicing, lubricating, cleaning, and refueling equipment and performing minor adjustments and repairs.

  • Work closely around structures, other heavy equipment, or existing site appurtenances.

  • Trenching for pipe installation, placing precast structures, backfill, site restoration.

  • Lifting, carrying, and skillfully placing materials, structures, or supplies.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Education and Experience:

  • High Diploma or equivalent

  • Experience in construction field work.

  • Minimum five (5) years of experience as an equipment operator (CAT 323 excavator or comparable.) on construction sites.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of heavy equipment operations.

  • To include but not limited to reading Grade Stakes and performing equipment daily inspections and identifying maintenance needs.

  • General knowledge of construction materials and processes

  • To include but not limited to identifying differing materials and their place within the project site.

  • Strong Communication skills

  • Excellent hand, eye and foot coordination

  • Attention to detail

  • Must be able to climb onto and up and down a machine several times a day.

  • Must be able to sit in a machine and operate it for several hours without stopping.

  • Must withstand vibration from track and job site conditions as well as noise from other equipment.

  • Must be able to use arms, hands, and feet in repetitive motions.

  • Must be able to perform manual duties, such as placing paint drums on the vehicle.


  • More than five (5) years of experience as an excavator operator

  • Experience working on steep slopes

  • Experience with trenching, benching, shoring, placing bedding, craning and placing pipe, placing backfill, and working around existing utilities.

  • Ability to regularly perform within a +/- 0.1 foot tolerance


  • Must pass pre-employment background check

  • Must pass pre-employment drug screening

  • Applicants are required to have REAL ID ACT compliant documentation at time of hire and nothing on record that would prohibit you from gaining access to Department of Energy sites


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach and signal with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear; and taste or smell. The employee frequently is required to stand and walk. The employee is occasionally required to sit. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 60 pounds.


A typical day for an excavator operator is spent on a construction site in conditions that can be unpredictable; for example, working conditions may be noisy, cold, hot and dusty.

North Wind offers a competitive pay and benefits package to include health, life, and disability insurance benefits, 401(k) with company match, generous paid leave and education reimbursement for eligible employees. As a company, we are committed to employee wellness, professional development, and work-life balance. We value safety, reliability, and commitment to our people! For more information about our benefits or hiring philosophy, visit the North Wind Career Opportunities Page.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The nature of those accommodations will be determined on a case-by-case basis. If you are an individual with a disability and require a reasonable accommodation to complete any part of the application process, or are limited in the ability or unable to access or use this online application process and need an alternative method for applying, you may contact our Helpline +1.208.528.8718 or use the Request for Reasonable Accommodation form to get assistance.

North Wind is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and welcomes all qualified applicants. Applicants will receive fair and impartial consideration without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic data, religion, or other legally protected status. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

Proof of citizenship will be required as a condition of employment.

Candidates may be required to obtain and hold a Secret or Higher US Government Clearance.