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Field Operator

  • Job reference: AE-000170
  • Sector: Energy, Nuclear
  • Location: Aiken
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Power to the People.

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Transforming the potential of existing and new infrastructure and technology to improve lives through safer, cleaner and smarter energy.

If you're interested in providing clients with:
Power, Nuclear, Renewables and Future Energy expertise

We want to talk to you!
Our talented teams design complex new schemes, assure the longevity and integrity of existing infrastructure and deliver trusted, innovative advice critical to the success of the global energy market.

Power and Electrical
Expertise in thermal generation and power networks is helping our clients address the need for secure, affordable and renewable energy sources. There's a world of opportunities here for people who want to start or develop their career in this exciting sector.

Our mission is to improve lives through nuclear energy, providing clients with nuclear new build, fuel enrichment, nuclear design, generation, decommissioning, waste management and defense.

We've got experts who offer all kinds of solutions in all aspects of offshore renewable energy technology. And we're passionate about spearheading the move towards a low carbon economy - we'll do it by making clean energy sources safe, reliable and cost effective. There’s plenty of potential to apply your skills in this fast moving market.

Atkins is currently seeking a highly motivated self-starter to join our Aiken, SC Energy Team as a Field Operator.


Job Description:


Performs a wide range of facility, equipment and machine operations associated with an Atkins site/program/ project/function and or facility process(es).

Ensures compliance with Atkins policies and procedures and with local, state and federal regulations.

Performs operations work as part of a team of semi-skilled and skilled workers (e.g., laborers; decontamination workers; and facility, equipment and process operators).

Operates a variety of equipment: (1) hand and power tools; (2) small, fixed-facility (light) equipment; (3) medium weight equipment; (4) heavy equipment and (5) cranes.

Decontaminates equipment, machinery and work areas.

Uses equipment to perform construction, demolition, material handling, waste treatment and soil remediation work.

These tasks are necessary to maintain a healthy and productive workforce, to ensure smooth company operations and to ensure customer requirements are met.

Monitors and operates equipment using normal, abnormal and emergency operating procedures.

Operates equipment within the bounds of the Documented Safety Analysis (DSA) as applicable.

Operates equipment under the direction of a Test Engineer, the Test Operations manager or a Shift Operations Manager in support of testing, commissioning and operations as applicable, according to location.

Works under the direction of the Operations Foreman as applicable, according to location.

Complies with all local, state and federal health and safety regulations and site health and safety requirements.

Complies with all requirements for wearing personal protective equipment while performing job duties.

Participates in procedure development and revision, job hazard analysis and safety walkdowns as applicable.

Uses a variety of heavy equipment to perform construction, demolition, material handling and soil remediation work.

Operates, services and makes minor adjustments to excavators, locomotives, road pavers, asphalt makers, steam rollers, large motor graders, backhoes, loaders, scrapers, large forklifts (cargo carriers), large haul/dump trucks and truck-mounted sludge/compost mixers.

Operates and makes minor repairs to winches, hoists, drums and other auxiliary mechanical equipment.

Helps develop procedures for required work. Gathers and analyzes data. Writes and submits a variety of reports.

Performs a wide range of batch plant operations working with heavy equipment used in an industrial operations setting after obtaining necessary qualification(s) and as directed.

Sets and adjusts machine controls to regulate conditions such as material flow, temperature and pressure.

Monitors material flow and instruments such as temperature and pressure gauges, indicators and meters to ensure optimal processing conditions.

Starts agitators, shakers, conveyors, pumps and centrifuge machines. Turns valves and moves controls to admit, drain, separate, filter, clarify, mix and transfer materials.

Examines samples visually or by hand to verify qualities such as clarity, cleanliness, consistency, dryness and texture.

Collects samples of materials/products for laboratory analysis.

Tests samples to determine viscosity, acidity, specific gravity or degree of concentration using test equipment such as viscometers, pH meters and hydrometers.

Measures and weighs materials to be refined, mixed, transferred, stored or otherwise processed.

Cleans and sterilizes tanks, screens, inflow pipes, production areas and equipment using hoses, brushes, scrapers and chemical solutions.

Inspects machines and equipment for hazards, operating efficiency, malfunctions, wear and leaks. Requests repairs as needed.

Maintains logs of instrument readings and test results and sends production information to computer databases.

Operates a control room(s) at an Atkins waste processing facility [after obtaining necessary qualification(s) and as directed] to process radioactive waste materials including rolling, tipping and shredding operations.

Maintains system balance, observes monitors and readouts and makes operational adjustments to control actions such as feed, conveyor, draft fan and stack.

Ensures that—within the assigned process area—license compliance, conduct of operations and procedural compliance are maintained during operations.

Maintains the training to act as an “authorized user” and holder of a radioactive material license.

May perform the work of an Operator 1, 2 or 3 as required.

May lead and direct the work of an Operator 1, 2 or 3.

May provide training to an Operator 1, 2 or 3 as needed and reviews the work of others as needed.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements:

Strong listening skills.

Basic written, verbal and organizational skills.

Normal vision (with or without correction).

Strong interpersonal skills and team player attitude.

General knowledge of local, state and federal health and safety regulations [e.g., Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)].

Ability to understand and apply health and safety regulations and requirements.

Ability to read computer screens and printed documents and to operate small equipment.

Basic computer skills, including the ability to operate equipment using HMI.

Ability to comprehend procedure and work package instructions as applicable.

Ability to successfully pass a fundamentals entry examination as applicable.

Ability to complete the Salt Waste Processing Facility Operator training program as applicable.

Ability to perform physically demanding work.

Ability to work in extreme weather conditions and environments wherein there is exposure to noise, dust, grease, smoke, fumes, noxious odors, gases, chemicals and mechanical and electrical hazards.
Ability to lift up to 50 lb and wear a respirator.

Strong attention to detail.

Detailed knowledge of facility processes, operations and equipment.

Detailed knowledge of machine construction, maintenance and deconstruction.

Demonstrated ability to perform maintenance and repairs on fixed, small-scale industrial equipment used to perform job duties.

Demonstrated ability to operate electronics and computers to diagnose and repair machines used to perform job duties.

Demonstrated ability to handle more complex work and schedule tasks assigned to Operator 1, 2 or 3 employees as appropriate.

Ability to develop and communicate work steps required to maintain and repair medium weight equipment.

Working knowledge of wastewater treatment plants and collection systems (if applicable to work performed).

Working knowledge of rigging practices (if applicable to work performed).

Working knowledge of heavy industrial equipment, machines and construction work and process operations such as batch plant, rotary and shredder operations.



High School diploma or GED.


A minimum of 12 months of related experience as an Operator 3 or equivalent offsite experience.



Ability to obtain applicable qualification card required (for a locomotive, excavator, compactor, bulldozer, batch plant, rotary, shredder, yardmaster or grader operator).

Valid driver’s license with a clean record required. Evidence of insurability required.

For jobs located at the Salt Waste location, must be qualified as a Salt Waste Processing Facility/Parsons Technology Center (PTC) Operator.


We work together across an international network of offices. This means that wherever in the world a project is being delivered, our clients benefit from industry-leading expertise, as well as a dedicated local contact. We understand the importance of having deep roots in the community; knowing and understanding local requirements, practices and culture. This allows us to be true collaborative partners with our clients, so that together, we can tackle complex projects and enhance communities throughout the U.S. and around the world. Making a positive impact on the built and natural environment takes more than just skill - it takes heart. If you put your heart into everything you do, come join our team.

Atkins offers its employees a robust rewards package which includes: a competitive salary; a broad benefits package including medical/RX, dental, vision, life, disability, legal, hospitalization and other valuable voluntary options; generous time-off programs; flexible work schedules; 401(k) with employer match; professional and career development opportunities through our corporate university, as well as a highly-regarded tuition reimbursement program; and an unmatched culture focused on client-service, quality, and tireless pursuit of excellence in all we do. Atkins is an equal opportunity, drug-free employer committed to diversity in the workplace. EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability.

Please view Atkins Equal Opportunity Statement here:

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