Sterling Construction Company, Inc. (Ralph L. Wadsworth Construction, Texas Sterling Construction Co., and J. Banicki Construction)

Pile Buck (Pile Driver) / Crane Operator

3 months ago
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A skilled craftsperson with knowledge and experience in the installation of all size and dimensions of piles; including sheet, pipe and H pile. Possesses a firm knowledge of differing soil types and their impact on the work performed. Oversees the work of other welders and members of the pile crew to ensure safety and quality of the work performed. Understands pile plans and survey and is able to layout a job site to specifications. May be transferred from project to project according to the availability of work or on a seasonal basis. May be designated according to specific work performed. Lays out, fits, and welds fabricated, cast, and forged components to assemble pile configurations by performing the following duties:


Other duties may be assigned. (Many of the tasks performed are not full time and the size of the project and scope of the work determines whether a worker spends all his time on one task or is transferred from task to task as the project progresses to completion.  


  • Read, understand, interpret and enforce safety policies and practices.
  • Examines blueprints to determine dimensions of structure and jobsite layout.
  • Lays out worksite as needed.
  • Determines sequence of activities concerned for piling installation.
  • Assigns workers to daily tasks and manages production.
  • Inspects work performed by subordinates to ensure quality.
  • Supervises workers engaged in piling operations.
  • Establishes or adjusts work procedures to meet production schedules.
  • Recommends measures to improve production methods, equipment performance, and quality of product to increase efficiency of work crew.
  • Maintain a general knowledge of equipment used on the job including basic understanding of equipment limits and designed purposes.
  • As directed by the Superintendent, assists with ordering supplies.
  • Should be able to perform all essential duties and responsibilities of a Welder Level 3
  • Selects equipment and plans layout, assembly, and welding.
  • Lays out, positions, aligns, and fits components together.
  • Bolts, clamps, and tack-welds parts to secure in position for welding.
  • Sets up equipment and welds parts, using arc, gas-shielded arc, or stick arc welding equipment.
  • Clean, lubricate, and refill equipment.
  • Conduct pre-operational checks on equipment to ensure proper functioning.
  • Drive pilings to provide support for buildings or other structures, using heavy equipment with a pile driver head.
  • Move hand and foot levers of hoisting equipment to position piling leads, hoist piling into leads, and position hammers over pilings.
  • Supervisory Responsibilities - May be responsible to lead a team of up to 8 crew members including crane operators and welders.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • 5+ years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. 
  • Welding certification in stick and wire – all positions required plus 5+ years welding in this capacity.
  • Crane Certifications plus 5+ years of operating a crane and driving pile.
  • Must have demonstrated experience in a variety of pile types and dimensions including sheet, pipe and h-pile. 
  • Must possess a proven knowledge of pile hammers, vibrating hammers and cranes.
  • Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos.
  • Ability to write simple correspondence and to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients, and other employees of the organization.
  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.
  • Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.
  • Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

Physical Demands - The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to sit and taste or smell. The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 25 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust


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