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Equipment Operator

Lake Charles, LA, USA Req #11967
Thursday, June 27, 2024
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These are just a few of the benefits you can expect from working with Savage:

  • A safety focused culture that appreciates our Team Members
  • Uniforms and laundry service
  • Paid Time Off (“PTO”), Paid Holidays, Profit Sharing 
  • Excellent benefits including medical, dental, vision, life, disability, 401(k)


Major Purpose: 

The primary responsibility of the Equipment Operator is to safely operate heavy machinery, such as material handler (excavator), conveyor belts and front end loaders, to handle petroleum coke in the Citgo refinery in Lake Charles Louisiana, and assist in maintaining the equipment according to Savage standards.



  • The Equipment Operator will contribute to a coke-handling team by operating several pieces of equipment that will help move, stockpile, and load material onto trucks.
  • Operate any one of the following on a daily basis: a KOMATSU WA500 Loader (or equivalent), Skidsteer and a Material Handler
  • Assist the operation with other tasks deemed necessary to meet customer expectations; i.e. maintenance, clean-up, safety observations and inspections
  • Perform thorough pre and post-trip inspections
  • Maintain cleanliness of equipment
  • Expand personal knowledge of operating equipment
  • Report maintenance issues to the maintenance crew
  • Understand our critical service requirements and see they are met
  • Take an active role in our safety program including attendance at all safety meetings and ensure safe behaviors
  • Ensure environmental compliance



  • Extensive experience operating large pieces of heavy equipment
  • Must be able to read, write, speak and understand English


Because this position operates in the Citgo Lake Charles Refinery, candidates:


  • Must meet refinery standards for entering the plant, i.e. clean criminal history, ability to pass a drug & alcohol screen, possess a current Driver’s License and TWIC card at the time of applying
  • Should understand best practices of maintaining and safely operating Heavy Equipment
  • Must be safety-conscious and understand safe work practices for a refinery
  • Must be comfortable with heights including the ability to walk up and down conveyor belt lines and climb ladders



  • Can work safely, efficiently and thoroughly with no supervision
  • Strong commitment to Environmental, Health, Safety, and Security
  • Solid team player
  • Reliable
  • Honest
  • Professional
  • Seeks growth potential
  • Self-directed and motivated to exceed expectations
  • Sense of urgency
  • Integrity
  • Must be willing to work shift work, weekends, and holidays
Additional Information:
  • A complete job description is available upon request
  • Savage is an Equal Opportunity Employer and maintains a drug-free workplace
  • California Residents Job Application Privacy Notice

Other details

  • Job Family Skilled Player
  • Pay Type Hourly
Location on Google Maps
  • Lake Charles, LA, USA