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Working As A Mechanical Spreader Operator

  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • Controlling Machines and Processes
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • $40,648

    Average Salary

What Does A Mechanical Spreader Operator Do At Kelly Services

* 1. Operate automatic machinery and / or semiautomatic controlling manufacturing operation within the operating parameters established by procedures, specifications and safety and environmental regulations.
* Observe the manufacturing process and controls panels electromechanical equipment and controls adjustments or repairs when necessary.
* Report conditions of the machine or equipment that could affect its proper functioning.
* Supplementing materials to assigned machines.
* Inspect, pack and document the material according to the procedures of the plant.
* Coordinate and monitor the use of materials in the areas of the department.
* Perform set-up of code changes following the appropriate equipment manuals and product specifications and procedures.
* Carrying out routine, preventive and corrective maintenance such as cleaning, oiling and lubrication of machinery

What Does A Mechanical Spreader Operator Do At NRG Energy, Inc.

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* Operate, inspect, monitor and maintain in a safe, efficient, reliable, and environmentally sound manner steam plant equipment (i.e. Boiler/HRSG equipment, Turbines and associated auxiliary equipment, Fuel Systems, Plant Auxiliary Systems includes valves, pumps, blowers, environmental control process equipment, and water treatment systems.
* Operate, inspect, monitor and maintain in a safe, efficient, reliable, and environmentally sound manner chilling plant equipment (i.e. chillers/absorbers, pumps, filters, cooling towers and associated equipment).
* Operate, inspect, monitor and maintain in a safe, efficient, reliable and environmentally sound manner gas turbine plant equipment.
* Perform chemical tests on boiler, cooling and chilled water systems.
* Observe variations in operating conditions and interprets meter and gauge readings to troubleshoot plant equipment to resolve operational problems.
* Perform routine electrical switching of switchgear 13
* Kv and below.
* Recognizes safety hazards and follows safety guidelines for personal protection, protection of fellow workers and the protection of the public.
* works with other operators and maintenance personnel to teach proper operating procedures to all personnel.
* Perform plant maintenance and cleaning duties as directed.
* Monitor and record data available through the use of various instruments, recording charts, annunciator systems and other monitoring devices onto shift and daily logs as directed by plant operational procedures.
* Perform routine cleaning of administrative and work areas.
* Employee must arrange own transportation to work location(s).
* All candidates are expected to be qualified as Plant Operator within 3 months of hiring.
* Other duties and tasks may be assigned at the company's discretion
* Desirable Additional Knowledge, Skills and Abilities_
* Knowledge of gas turbine and heat recovery boiler operations and maintenance.
* Knowledge of steam plant system operations and basic plant principles used daily in decision making and work tasks.
* Knowledge of absorption chiller operations and maintenance
* Knowledge of centrifugal chiller operations and maintenance
* Knowledge of and ability to operate various switches and valves and the effect each has on the total operation of the generating station
* Knowledge of maintenance areas such as mechanical, electrical, plumbing, welding, etc.
* Familiarity with Maintenance Management Software similar to Maximo or MPW
* Ability to handle multiple task or assignments at the same time
* Ability to Tag Out/Lock Out equipment per NRG Tag Out/Lock Out procedure
* Ability to use addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to perform flow, pressure and meter calculation
* Ability to read and interpret blueprints, schematic diagrams, procedures and technical manuals.
* Ability to communicate plant system and equipment conditions on to others
* Ability to perform checks (e.g., PM's) on running and idle equipment
* Ability to perform regulatory safety and environmental inspections
* Ability to discern and respond to verbal and auditory signals from control panel
* Ability to discern assorted colors
* Ability to record and analyze readings of various electrical and mechanical meters
* Ability to work without supervision inspection while carrying out duties
* Ability to operate company vehicles and equipment (e.g. forklift, plant vehicle, etc.)
* Ability to use a personal computer and associates software
* Ability to perform routine laboratory tests and analysis on samples from steam generation processes (i.e. boiler water, make-up demineralizer, etc.)
* Ability to operate various computer systems to receive, analyze, comprehend and input data
* Ability to generate work notifications for execution of equipment repair
* Ability to communicate information clearly in English, both orally and in writing
* Ability to assist Operators and Maintenance personnel in performance testing
* Ability to work successfully in a team environment
* Physical Requirements_
* Thermal Plant Environment - work both inside and outside in all temperatures and climate conditions in accordance with Heat Stress procedures; around rotating equipment, energized electrical equipment in high noise areas, and/or in confined places, on elevations in excess of 50 feet, or from platforms at heights of 5 feet, or greater.
* Climb stairways, ladders, and work from aerial devices
* Must be prepared to work irregular or rotating shifts and respond to emergency callout 7 days a week, 24 hours a day
* Ability to work in mentally stressful environments: must be able to react to crisis where immediate action is required to correct or curtail potentially damaging or hazardous situations
* Daily work expectation requires ability to perform tasks by walking, standing, sitting, kneeling, crouching, squatting, twisting, pushing, pulling, shoveling, climbing, and working with hand tools (up to 25 pounds) in position above and below head, and extended from body to complete repairs.
* Lift, carry, position and use tools and/or equipment (weighing up to 50 lbs) in awkward positions, swing various weights of sledge hammers, stoop and bend to reach valves, pull on chain-falls or come-a-longs.
* Ability to twist the body and neck while driving company vehicles or operating company equipment
* Performance of duties may cause frequent jarring of the body
* work with and around hazardous and non-hazardous materials (reference the waste management guidance manual)
* Must be able to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) as required (i.e. steel-toed boots, respirators, goggles, safety glasses, etc.)
* Must have the ability to discern and respond to verbal and auditory signals
* Must have the ability to discern assorted colors
* This job description reflects as assignment of essential functions, it does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned.
* Education/Licenses/Qualifications_
* High School Diploma or GED;
* years power plant control room, plant operator or Auxiliary Operator or 5 years in technical trade such as plumbing, electrical or welding or 5 years military technical experience operating high pressure steam boilers, electric power generating equipment, steam or gas turbines, diesel engines and auxiliaries or a Navy nuke or maritime or trade school graduate with Associates degree with steam training or a vet who held a rank of E
* in a technical rate working in nuclear, gas turbine, steam, diesel or electrical power systems
* NJ Blue Seal Steam License preferred or be able to obtain one within 6 months.
* NJ Blue Seal Refrigeration ( Non
* Hazardous) License preferred or be able to obtain one within 1 year.
* Must live within 50 miles or willing to relocate within 50 miles of Princeton
* Must be able to qualify for a Transportation Work Identification Credential
* Must have a valid driver s license in NJ, NY or Pa, or able to get a valid driver s license in these states.
* Familiarity with SAP, Red Tag and MS Office programs a plus
* Successful candidates will be required to receive a rating on Recommended on the NRG Pre-employment Assessment test.
* NRG Energy is committed to a drug and alcohol free workplace.
* To the extent permitted by law and any applicable collective bargaining agreement, employees are subject to periodic random drug testing, and post-accident and reasonable suspicion drug and alcohol testing.
* EOE AA M/F/Protected Veteran Status/Disability
* EEO is the Law Poster(The poster can be found athttp://www.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/poster_screen_reader_optimized.pdf)
* Level, Title and/or Salary may be adjusted based on the applicant's experience or skills.
* Official description on file with Human

What Does A Mechanical Spreader Operator Do At The Boeing Company

* Perform operational checkout of aircraft prior to and during preflight.
* Inspect explosive and armament installations.
* Maintain aircraft historical records.
* Perform activities prior to flight status and final inspection and daily maintenance of completed experimental aircraft or major modification to experimental aircraft.
* Inspect and/or perform bench and flight line operational checkout and inspect, troubleshooting, adjustment and repair of electrical and electronic systems.
* Inspect the calibration, adjustment, troubleshooting, repair and modification of electronic test equipment used exclusively by production and at times may be required to inspect the calibration, adjustment, trouble-shooting, repair and modification of other electronic test equipment as directed.
* Perform aircraft and/or spacecraft bench or flight line operational checkout, trouble-shooting, adjustment and repair of any electrical or electronic system.
* Fabricate, adjust, trouble shoot, repair and modify electronic test equipment.
* Perform operational checkout of hydraulic systems and mechanical systems.
* Diagnose and correct hydraulic and mechanical malfunctions.
* Operate engines during run-ups and troubleshoot when needed.
* Perform engine buildup as assigned.
* Install, repair, and replace tanks, power plants, generators, and aircraft engines.
* Install or replace reservoirs, etc. and repair leaks in same.
* Install or replace instruments such as fuel quantity, rate of climb and oil pressure indicators.
* Perform crash crew duties as directed.
* Splice, route, clamp, solder, and string tie wires or wire bundles.
* Repair, install and hook up bomb, missile and rocket racks and pylons.
* Install and load ejection seats and guns.
* Install adjust, repair and replace structural parts and assemblies.
* Fabricate parts such as skins, doors, aircraft frames, air bags, test panels, clips, brackets, angles and ribs without the aid of jigs and fixtures.
* Modify aircraft components or aircraft support equipment.
* Perform composite repairs.
* Boeing is the world's largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial airplanes and defense, space and security systems.
* We are engineers and technicians.
* Skilled scientists and thinkers.
* Bold innovators and dreamers.
* Join us, and you can build something better for yourself, for our customers and for the world.

What Does A Mechanical Spreader Operator Do At Materion

* Assist in equipment alterations and upgrades
* Trouble-shooting and repair various plant mechanical equipment to maximize equipment availability
* Identification and execution of plant predictive and preventive maintenance activities such as vibration analysis
* The above statement reflects the general details necessary to describe the principle functions of the position described and shall not be construed as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent in the role

What Does A Mechanical Spreader Operator Do At Kinder Morgan

* Equipment Operator will operate heavy equipment needed with bulk material handling such as a front end loader, forklifts and sweeper, etc.
* Mechanical maintenance of heavy equipment.
* Other duties as assigned

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How To Become A Mechanical Spreader Operator

Industrial machinery mechanics, machinery maintenance workers, and millwrights typically need a high school diploma. However, industrial machinery mechanics need a year or more of training after high school, whereas machinery maintenance workers typically receive on-the-job training that lasts a few months to a year.

Most millwrights go through an apprenticeship program that lasts about 4 years. Programs are usually a combination of technical instruction and on-the-job training. Others learn their trade through a 2-year associate’s degree program in industrial maintenance.


Employers of industrial machinery mechanics, machinery maintenance workers, and millwrights generally require them to have at least a high school diploma or equivalent. Employers prefer to hire workers who have taken high school or postsecondary courses in mechanical drawing, mathematics, blueprint reading, computer programming, and electronics. Some mechanics and millwrights complete a 2-year associate’s degree program in industrial maintenance.


Industrial machinery mechanics may receive more than a year of on-the-job training, while machinery maintenance workers typically receive training that lasts a few months to a year. Industrial machinery mechanics and machinery maintenance workers learn how to perform routine tasks, such as setting up, cleaning, lubricating, and starting machinery. They may also be instructed in subjects such as shop mathematics, blueprint reading, proper hand tools use, welding, electronics, and computer programming. This training may be offered on the job by professional trainers hired by the employer or by representatives of equipment manufacturers.

Most millwrights learn their trade through a 3- or 4-year apprenticeship. For each year of the program, apprentices must have at least 144 hours of relevant technical instruction and 2,000 hours of paid on-the-job training. On the job, apprentices learn to set up, clean, lubricate, repair, and start machinery. During technical instruction, they are taught welding, mathematics, how to read blueprints, how to use electronic and pneumatic devices, and how to use grease and fluid properly. Many also receive computer training. 

After completing an apprenticeship program, millwrights are considered fully qualified and can usually perform tasks with less guidance. 

Employers, local unions, contractor associations, and the state labor department often sponsor apprenticeship programs. The basic qualifications for entering an apprenticeship program are as follows:

  • Minimum age of 18
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Physically able to do the work
Important Qualities

Manual dexterity. When handling very small parts, workers must have a steady hand and good hand-eye coordination.

Mechanical skills. Industrial machinery mechanics, machinery maintenance workers, and millwrights use technical manuals and sophisticated diagnostic equipment to figure out why machines are not working. Workers must be able to reassemble large, complex machines after finishing a repair.

Troubleshooting skills. Industrial machinery mechanics, machinery maintenance workers, and millwrights must observe, diagnose, and fix problems that a machine may be having.

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Mechanical Spreader Operator Career Paths

Mechanical Spreader Operator
Driver Repair Technician Hvac Technician
Assistant Chief Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
Operator Technician Engineer
Chief Engineer
10 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Facilities Manager
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Foreman Operations Manager Plant Manager
Director Of Plant Operations
14 Yearsyrs
Equipment Operator Electrician
Electrical Supervisor
8 Yearsyrs
Equipment Operator Operation Supervisor Facilities Manager
Facilities Maintenance Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Facilities Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Forklift Operator Carpenter
General Contractor
6 Yearsyrs
Technician Delivery Driver Maintenance Technician
Lead Mechanic
7 Yearsyrs
Operator Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Welder Operator Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Lead Person
6 Yearsyrs
Heavy Equipment Operator Delivery Driver Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Lead Technician
8 Yearsyrs
Mechanic Technician Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Heavy Equipment Operator Service Technician Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Superintendent
11 Yearsyrs
Mechanic Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Welder Millwright Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Technician Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Foreman Forklift Operator Automotive Technician
Master Technician
6 Yearsyrs
Heavy Equipment Mechanic Maintenance Supervisor Mechanical Technician
Mechanics Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Technician Service Technician Maintenance Technician
Senior Maintenance Technician
8 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Operator Foreman
9 Yearsyrs
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Mechanical Spreader Operator Demographics


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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Russian

  • Chinese

  • French

  • Occidental

  • Armenian

  • Dakota

  • Arabic

  • Mandarin

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Top Mechanical Spreader Operator Skills

  1. Heavy Equipment
  2. Safe Operation
  3. Preventive Maintenance
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Operate and inspect machines or heavy equipment to diagnose defects.
  • Trained equipment operators in preventive maintenance procedures and safe operation of MST Equipment.
  • Can run crews and am detailed in preventive maintenance.
  • Identified and evaluated root cause failures through the use of electronic tools, schematics and other trouble shooting methods.
  • Repair gas and diesel engines, semis and trailers.

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