Heavy Equipment Operator

Operations · Ames, Iowa
Department Operations
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level
Compensation Based on Experience

As innovators in the construction field since 1934, we’re constantly seeking ways to improve the process of building… in a brick-and-mortar sense and a people sense.

We are passionate about the construction process because we are builders at heart. We are in a rewarding business, in the finest region of our country, doing meaningful work. If you have a desire to be part of an employee-owned company that appreciates and encourages teamwork as well as the unique contributions of intelligent individuals, we’d love to hear from you.

Position Summary: 

The operation of heavy equipment requires highly coordinated, dependable, and skilled craftspeople.  In some cases, there may be as many as four critically timed and coordinated functions to be performed simultaneously, and the heavy equipment operator must be able to operate the machine in a smooth, safe, productive cycle. The Heavy Equipment Operator must be able to coordinate machine actions with other activities, positioning or moving loads in response to hand or audio signals from crew members.


The Heavy Equipment Operator must be able to:

  • Maintain and service equipment
  • Ability to meet annual physical requirements – safety sensitive
  • Operate equipment in a safe and efficient manner in accordance with the instruction manual and site conditions as well as specific OSHA requirements
  • Operate Large Equipment including:  small loaders, tractor hoes, large excavators, large loaders, and rough terrain forklifts
  • Backhoe and Excavator Operators must be a competent person in soils classification and excavation
  • Understanding and knowledge of rigging



Some out-of-area and overnight travel may be expected. Heavy Equipment Operators are assigned to jobsites located across the state. 

Minimum Qualifications: 

High School diploma or GED and five years of construction experience including previous experience operating heavy equipment on construction sites.   Crane operator certification strongly preferred.

Physical Demands: 

The employee works in conditions of repetitive movement, bending or twisting, and using hands to lift, push, pull, carry, handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls. The employee walks and stands for long periods of time, walks on uneven surfaces, and performs strenuous physical labor under adverse field conditions. The employee must be able to regularly lift and carry heavy objects up to 50 pounds and team lift heavy objects up to 100 pounds. The employee may occasionally need to lift and carry objects in excess of 50 pounds. The employee must be able to sit for four consecutive hours without a break and must have at least average hearing and visual acuity, with or without corrective devices.


The Heavy Equipment Operator will also be required to pass an annual physical for crane operators. 

Work Environment: 

While performing the job duties, the employee may be exposed to fumes or airborne particles, moving mechanical parts, and vibration, within OSHA standards. Job tasks are performed in close physical proximity to other people. The noise level in the work environment and job sites can be loud. The position regularly works near moving mechanical parts and in outside conditions that include inclement weather, heat and humidity, extreme cold, and exposure to dust.

Benefits For Full-time Heavy Equipment Operators Include: 

  • Paid Holidays
  • Vacation
  • Sick Leave
  • Bereavement Leave
  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Company-paid Term Life Insurance, AD&D
  • Medical and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Plans
  • 401(k) (100% immediately vested company match)
  • Travel Per Diem
  • Safety Boot and prescription protective equipment reimbursement


Story Construction is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Story Construction participates in E-Verify: Right to Work

Story Construction is a Drug-Free Workplace

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  • Location
    Ames, Iowa
  • Department
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience
  • Compensation
    Based on Experience