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MDU Resources Group ASPHALT SERVICE TECH/BACKUP OPERATOR in Portland Metro, Oregon


Company:Knife River - Western Oregon Division


Location:Portland Metro, OR

Hiring Manager:Patrick E Budlong

Closing Date:12/31/2022at 11:59pm CDT

Job Type:Full-Time

Entry Level:$24.00 - $28.00 /hour

Job Summary:

Good pay! Good benefits! Good people! At Knife River, we take care of our team because we know it’s our people who make us successful. We are one of the 10 largest construction materials producers/contractors in the country, and we’re growing! We are adding people to our team every day — people who are committed to working safely and to delivering high-quality results for our customers.

Knife River has an immediate opening for a Asphalt Service Tech/Backup Operator based in the Portland Metro area!

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Ability to operate and maintain all asphalt plants in the Northwest region: Areas of responsibility would include but not limited to: Redmond, Troutdale, Sherwood, Salem, Corvallis, Eugene and Portable plants

  • Taking orders for production, preventive maintenance, fabrication and repairs

  • Operate machinery needed for production of Asphalt or Recycled Asphalt

Nothing in this job summary restricts the manager's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time. This position will require overtime and weekend work, night shifts and travel when work load requires.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Experience in the safe and efficient operation of a loader, asphalt plant and service truck

  • Must have strong mechanical and fabrication skills as well as basic computer knowledge

  • Welding certification preferred but not required

  • Must be able to work effectively and safely in confined spaces and heights

  • Ability to operate and monitor multiple controls systems for the production of a quality product, while maintaining customer and co-worker relations in a positive and productive manner

  • Able to lift, climb, and perform a wide range of physical tasks

  • Must be a highly motivated self-starter with the drive to expand job knowledge and skills, with the ability to perform all described duties in a high pressure environment

  • Must have and maintain a valid driver's license in good standing

  • Travel Required

  • Ability to work days, nights, weekends, and long shifts as work requires

How To Apply:

To be considered for this position, candidates must complete and submit an employment application at by the posting deadline noted above. If unable to complete an application online you may print and send completed application to any Knife River NW address or stop in one of our locations to complete an application. Knife River is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, age, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status or any other protected category under applicable state/federal law.

If you are an individual with a qualified disability as defined by federal, state, or local law and require a reasonable accommodation to complete any part of the application for any reason, please contact your state employment agency or you may call 541-693-5960 to speak with a human resources representative.

Subject to pre-employment drug testing and background check.

Veterans: Put Your Skills to Work with Us!

At Knife River, we are committed to helping our military transition to civilian life. We are constantly looking to add veterans to our workforce and want to make the transition as smooth as possible. There are many jobs within the military that are transferable to our Asphalt Service Tech position:

Air Force:

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MDU Resources Group, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected Veteran status.