Timber Preservation Technician (Laborer)

Koppers, Inc. | IL

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Posted Date 8/18/2023
Description The KRS team is looking for dynamic individuals that are highly self-motivated to become members of our bridge inspection and treatment crew and enjoy rapid advancement opportunities while traveling the United States.

Koppers Railroad Structures, Inc. has been at the forefront of railroad bridge rehabilitation in the United States and Canada since the mid-1950s. We are one of the nation's largest railroad bridge contracting and engineering companies, serving Class 1, regional and short line railroads. KRS has a strong safety culture and is a trusted partner with the railroad industry. We have been building careers for over 60 years and offer competitive wages with a rich benefits package.


The average starting wage for this role will be between $22.00 - $26.00 per hour ($60,000 - $90,000 per year), commensurate with experience. Our weekly lodging allowance is at $550-$660 per week and will be paid according to policy guidelines.

  • Extensive hand shoveling/digging around ground line of timber bridges using D-handle spade/shovel, sharpshooter/shovel, crowbar and pry bar
  • Apply wood preservative treatments and install plugs with hammer
  • Drill holes using 1/2" drill and generator
  • Learn to use climbing equipment (lineman gear)
  • Walk up and down steep slopes on rough ground
  • Inspect timber bridge and make notes about condition
KRS offers an outstanding benefits package that includes the following:
  • Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance
  • 401k Plan with company match
  • Paid Time Off, Holidays, and Bereavement Leave
  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan
  • Travel Assistance Program, to encourage work/life balance through personal travel accounts (qualification period required)
  • Life Insurance (Employee, Spouse, Dependent)
  • Paid Short Term Disability Leave
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Wellness Program Incentives
  • Company provided PPE, equipment, tooling, and transportation
  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Current Driver's License with a favorable driving record (Limited Class A CDL-no airbrakes, is preferred and commands a premium rate)
  • Base knowledge in heavy physical labor (farming, military, ranching, utility work, construction, fence building, hand digging, outdoor labor, heavy landscaping, roofing, etc)
  • No fear of heights with previous exposure to heights
  • Ability to successfully complete gas mask, lead exposure, respirator usage and Fall Protection training programs
Physical Demands/Work Environment
  • This position involves heavy lifting of up to 70 pounds; long hours of standing, walking, and climbing on remote jobsites; Jobsites can be noisy. Ability to read and write are required as the position involves recording of data.
  • This position involves routine exposure to outside weather conditions and work is performed at heights of up to 300'.
  • Occasional work around fumes, airborne particles, and chemicals as well as sources of electricity
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually loud
Salary36.06 Hour
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