A plant operator handles all the cleaning and repairs for the rock crushing operation. Plant opera-tors handle everyday tasks such as making sure conveyors are lubed, floors are free from debris, and machinery and other important devices are cleaned and maintained. Plant operators sometimes operate heavy equipment.
Mining operations consist of extracting aggregate deposited from the Willamette River. Equipment operators excavate raw materials and distribute them to the plant to be processed into consumable products. Plant operator must maintain and construct various conveyor belts and rock crushers.
Plant operators must be able to follow directions and schematics, used to assist in operational changes. Operators need strong technical skills to make general repairs which often include welding. They also need sound analytical and mathematical abilities. They should be strong communicators, ably taking in and relaying important maintenance information to supervisors and other repairmen.
Most plant operators can be trained on the job, provided they possess a high school diploma and strong work ethic. Candidates with vocational skills in welding and mechanics are preferred. Areas of study for operators typically include technical drawing, science and math.