Specialized Equipment Operator

Herzog Enterprises

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Posted Date 8/04/2022

Founded in 1969, Herzog is headquartered in St. Joseph, Missouri, with a satellite office in Fort Worth, Texas.


Over the course of our 50+ year history, Herzog has become a national leader in the construction, operations and maintenance of commuter rail, light rail, streetcar, and freight rail projects. 


We believe our culture is at the heart of our existence. It is that belief which empowers every member of our professional family to act with purpose and passion as they advance their career throughout their personal pursuit of excellence.


Backed by over five decades of experience, Herzog delivers exceptional customer service and elite results. 


Our success is the outcome of our relentless pursuit of excellence, our passion for our customers, safety without compromise, and a deep-rooted belief in the power of team.


We invite you to join us on our journey to excellence as we work to be better today than yesterday and better tomorrow than today.


Herzog Railroad Services Inc. is currently seeking individuals with heavy machinery experience to operate and maintain our fleet of Specialized Equipment.  This unique career opportunity is ideally suited for “Road Warriors” interested in nationwide travel. Our operators work alongside the Class 1 Railroads we serve across the United States.  Our employees go wherever and whenever needed to ensure the highest customer satisfaction and quality work. Our employees receive paid training, daily travel allowance, mileage reimbursement and a competitive hourly wage.

Duties and Responsibilities:

*This is a non-exhaustive overview of the job duties for this position.

  • Operate specialized heavy equipment
  • Work day, night, and weekend shifts
  • Work extended hours (time and a half over 40hrs/wk.)
  • Be on call and ready to mobilize in short notice.
  • Drive lengthy distances to reach jobsites (coast to coast travel potential)
  • Work in sometimes remote locations
  • Perform routine mechanical maintenance to equipment
  • Perform light duty mechanical repairs (hoses, fittings, wiring, fuses, etc.)
  • Use of laptop and Microsoft office products daily
  • Use of wireless internet devices, touch screen devices and email use
  • Regular and predictable attendance and punctuality are a requirement for this position.
  • Other duties as assigned

Travel Requirements:

  • Our operators go the extra mile to meet our customer’s needs.  Extensive travel time is required in this position. Approximately 80% of time OR MORE may be spent away from home on an annual basis. Extended periods working in a location are to be expected. While our operators are compensated accordingly, this commitment to travel time should be seriously considered prior to applying for this position.



  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Previous track hoe, backhoe, and excavator experience preferred.
  • Previous Railroad experience is desirable but not required
  • Basic mechanical ability required
  • Must furnish pickup
  • Extensive travel required
  • Must furnish basic hand tools
  • Must provide steel toe boots (safety vest, glasses and hardhat provided)
  • Must be able to cover travel expenses (if required) until 1st paycheck is processed (approximately 7-10 after start date)

Pre-Employment Requirements:

  • Pass and maintain e-RAILSAFE pre-employment background check and safety certification.
  • Subject to motor vehicle report review.
  • Maintain valid driver’s license and endorsements as required per position.
  • Pass pre-employment DOT physical, medical evaluation, and drug screen due to the safety sensitive nature of this position.
    • This position requires you to pass and maintain a DOT medical evaluation to drive a Herzog commercial vehicle. 
  • Must successfully pass color/vision examinations as required by the position.
  • Successfully complete and maintain any required safety certification and testing on an annual basis.


Physical Requirements:

The physical demands described below must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential job functions of this role. This position will be physically demanding at times. This is a non-exhaustive overview of the physical requirements for this position.

  • Occasionally lift up to 100 pounds and transfer up to 10 feet.
  • Regularly push and pull with forces up to 50 pounds.
  • Work in extreme all-weather conditions; uneven surfaces; safety sensitive work environment.
  • Able to walk on uneven surfaces over sometimes great distances.
  • Regularly use hands to perform activities involving grasping, turning, and holding with forces up to 50 pounds.
  • Regularly ascend and descend steps with a height of 28 inches while carrying 25 pounds.
  • Regularly ascend and descend a 7-rung ladder while carrying 25 pounds.
  • Must successfully pass color/vision examinations as required by the position.
  • Must be able to hear and distinguish auditory signals.
  • Able to work in conditions with loud noise; work on/around heavy/moving machinery.
  • Frequently bend, crouch, stand, and sit for an extended time.


  • Herzog is nationally recognized for its excellent corporate safety record which results from all employees at all levels, in all positions adhering to established policies and procedures. Reporting any and all safety violations to your immediate supervisor is a prerequisite for continued employment. Safety diligence by all results in a safe work environment for all.


  • Herzog offers a robust benefits package including medical and dental coverage. The plans are specific to projects and locations.


Why Herzog:

Led by our beliefs and executed through our behaviors, at Herzog we build upon each other’s contributions by collaborating to make great things possible.


When you join Herzog, we give you the ability and authority to do the same. We will help you take charge of your 20 square feet in a manner that you will facilitate your growth and advancement as a person, as a member of our professional family and in your career.


If you are interested in joining our team, click the Apply button below to start an application.


It is the policy of Herzog Railroad Services, Inc. to provide equal opportunity in employment for all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, disability, medical condition, age, citizenship, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, military status, veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by law.

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