Effectively and safely operates excavators, utilizing machine specific controls and machine attachments to complete all necessary tasks related to pipeline construction. This includes operating on adverse terrain, in winter operations, and/or near other equipment and power lines. Operates in crowded, fast-paced working environments, and exercises extreme caution with awareness of potential situational hazards to ensure site safety. Interprets verbal and non-verbal communication (including hand signals) from operators, ground personnel and swampers, and acts accordingly. Performs mechanical inspections and servicing including controls and operations, completing logbooks, performs maintenance and adjustments, ensures good housekeeping, and performs machine lubrication. Performs effective operation of equipment by recognizing unusual machine movements and sounds. Recognizes existing and potential hazards and knows how to identify these through conducting a field level pre-job hazard analysis, checking the machine for hazards and assessing any tasks before start. Qualifications: Minimum 3 years of experience operating excavators and other heavy equipment on a mainline pipeline job or similar experience. Completion apprenticeship program, college or industry courses in heavy equipment operating combined with on-the-job training. Previous experience working on mainline pipeline project preferred. Previous excavator operating experience performing tasks such as building access roads, stripping, shading, grading, trenching, bore support, creek crossings, backfill and/or cleanup required. Previous experience working on steep slopes and mountainous terrain. Must be willing and able to obtain valid First Aid, PCST (Pipeline Construction Safety Training and Ground Disturbance Lvl 2 certificates. Training provided. Must have demonstrated ability to work under minimal supervision.