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Machine Operator

Charleston, South Carolina

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Job Overview

This is your chance to make your mark. Making sure our customers have access to the world’s most robust network all while delivering best-in-class service. Your role is key in installing and maintaining our state-of-the-art technology. And you’ll get the satisfaction of knowing that you are helping others and connecting our customers to what matters most to them every day. #connectourcustomers

As a Machine Operator, you’ll work independently in the field placing buried service wire using a manually controlled gasoline or diesel-powered tractor/trencher, plow, boring machine, or other manual tools.  You’ll coordinate work activities with customers, local utilities, and government agencies, providing installation, repairs, maintenance as well as reconnection of fiber and copper services all while following safety practices and delivering the highest levels of service.

What you’ll do:

  • Locates buried facilities near the route of "B" service wire using appropriate equipment. Operate a company vehicle with trailer and machinery.

  • Locate buried facilities near the route of buried wire using appropriate equipment.

  • Manual excavation utilizing a shovel.

  • Provide repairs to low voltage buried utilities or sprinkler systems. Provides temporary repairs to low voltage buried utilities, sprinkler systems, and sewage field lines damaged while performing other duties.

  • Periodic maintenance and non-complex repairs to equipment used in the performance of other responsibilities.

  • Reads and interprets simple instructions.

  • Follow established safety practices and procedures including the manufacturer's specifications for operation or use of equipment.

What you’ll need:

  • Desire to work Monday through Friday with a shift length of 8hrs.

  • Ability to work mandatory overtime and holidays as service conditions require.

  • Eager to work outside in all kinds of weather conditions.

  • Able to utilize various types of machines and tools.

  • Lift and move objects up to 120 pounds.

  • Use computers including hand-held devices to update work status and check new assignments.

  • Light commercial driver’s license or equivalent required, depending on state law and be able to drive manual shift in some assignments.

  • Attain and maintain a DOT medical card.

  • Complete on-the-job and/or classroom training as required.

  • Demonstrate competency in the training requirements during probationary period to satisfy qualification achievement. 

  • Previous operating experience with similar equipment is desirable. 

  • Perform the above job duties with or without "reasonable accommodation.”

  • May be required to go out of region/state due to workload and emergency work.

Interested?  We provide extensive training and the resources you need in a collaborative and dynamic team environment, built for your success.  You’ll have the opportunity to continue to learn and grow with ongoing paid training, leading you to exciting career paths.

Our Machine Operators earn between $442.00 – $982.00 weekly. With our amazing salary opportunities, our average starting salary begins at $51,064 per year. Individual starting salary within this range may depend on geography, experience, expertise, and education or training.

Joining our team comes with amazing perks and benefits:

  • Medical/Dental/Vision coverage

  • 401(k) plan

  • Tuition reimbursement program

  • Paid Time off and holidays (With some exceptions bargained employees qualify for one week of PTO after 6 months of service and 2 weeks after the first year). At least 6 company designated holidays and additional PTO (based on bargaining group to which you are hired.

  • Sick leave

  • Paid Parental Leave

  • Adoption Reimbursement

  • Disability Benefits (short term and long term)

  • Life and Accidental Death Insurance

  • Supplemental benefit programs: critical illness, accident hospital indemnity/group legal

  • Employee Assistance Programs (EAP)

  • Employee discounts up to 50% off on eligible AT&T mobility plans and accessories, AT&T internet (and fiber where available) and AT&T phone

Ready to take your career on the road to success? Apply today! 

Candidates must meet the following minimum qualifications.

The following must be satisfactorily completed for title retention:
On-the-job and/or classroom training as required.

Other Requirements:
Satisfactory performance and attendance in present job.

AT&T will consider for employment qualified applicants in a manner consistent with the requirements of federal, state and local laws

Valid driver's license and the ability to drive vehicle manual shift in some assignments.

Successful candidates require the ability to:

Normally work Monday through Friday with overtime and weekend work as required. Tour length will be 8 hours.

Work outside in all kinds of weather and use various manually controlled machines or tools.

Lifts and moves objects weighing up to 120 pounds.

Previous operating experience with equipment is desirable.

Individuals holding this job title may be required to perform the above job duties with or without "reasonable accommodations." 

Job ID 2320594 Date posted 08/07/2023
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Give back to your community and connect with colleagues through social and team-building events, and annual paid time off for volunteer efforts of your choice.

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