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Field Operator

  • Job reference: AE-000456
  • Sector: Energy, Nuclear
  • Location: Aiken

Atkins is one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies.  Atkins has been providing infrastructure planning, engineering, construction, environmental consulting, urban planning, architecture, and program management services to public and private clients across the United States for more than 50 years.


Atkins has the depth and breadth of expertise to respond to the most technically challenging and time-critical infrastructure projects and the urgent transition to a low-carbon economy.


Atkins Nuclear Solutions US is currently seeking a Field Operator to join the nuclear team in Aiken, SC. 


  •      Performs a wide range of facility, equipment and machine operations associated with a site/program/ project/function and or facility process(es). Ensures compliance with 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 medium weight equipment to perform waste handling and treatment operations
• Operates power-driven equipment of medium weight and horsepower such as trucks, skip loaders, mixer trucks, backhoes, tractor/trailer combinations, motor sweepers, power mowers, wood chipping machines, hoists/forklifts, loaders, water and rock trucks and small rollers. Reports the need for major mechanical adjustments and repairs
• Uses machines and equipment to remove, package, store, treat and transport loads of waste materials
• Performs cask unloading, hauling and handling tasks
• Performs field cask leak testing activities
• Inspects shipment rigging and assists in hooking slings/wire rope to crane rigging/hook(s)
• Helps secure containers. Determines when containers are secure and meet Department of Transportation regulations
• Measures, marks and records openings and distances to layout areas where construction work will be performed
• Loads, unloads and identifies building materials, machinery and tools and distributes them to the appropriate locations in accordance with project plans and specifications
• May perform the work of an Operator 1 or 2 as required
• May lead and direct the work of an Operator 1 or 2
• May provide training to an Operator 1 or 2 as needed and reviews the work of others as needed
• Performs other duties as assigned.


• 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.

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.

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