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3535 Halifax Road Petersburg Virginia 23805-1113

Why Valmont

Welcome to Valmont, where a world of opportunity awaits. When you join our team, you become part of a passionate group dedicated to changing lives and conserving resources around the globe. We want problem solvers who roll up their sleeves to foster progress and innovation for all people. At Valmont, we provide infrastructure, irrigation, tubing and coatings to the world. We strengthen cities. We nourish croplands. We design, manufacture and coat. Our products and services make a difference. Join us, and BUILD YOUR WORLD.

A Brief Summary of This Position:

This is an individual contributor position responsible for receiving, unloading, and storing incoming product loads and inspecting finished products for damage and defects. The incumbent will operate equipment used to move material including forklifts and pallet jacks. They will be responsible for identifying material and product being loaded and unloaded. The incumbent assist with tags for products being unloaded, which may involve taking notes and pictures and entering that information into the computer. Incumbent will be responsible for inspecting galvanized product to ensure a high quality finished product and making recommendations to resolve any damage or defects found in products. Interact with customers and truck drivers, coordinating special handling as a result of an inspection, general plant housekeeping, and work safely with the required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Essential Functions:

  • Operate forklifts with the capacity to move up to 22,000 lbs of material on and off of flatbed trailers.

  • Communicating potential problems or needs with material to the Lead or Supervisor

  • Inspect incoming material for proper venting and hanging

  • Read tags, bills of lading, and shipping and receiving papers

  • Write up receiving paperwork on incoming product with details including piece count

  • Move pieces of steel and other material up to 50 pounds by hand from different locations in the plant

  • Operate small hand tools including tape measures, micrometers, saws, drills, riveters, and nail guns

Important Details about the Role

  • Assist in general plant clean up and housekeeping

  • The ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide

  • A working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook

  • Stand 90% of a shift and work outside in extreme weather conditions

  • Communicate and interact with coworkers in a positive manner

  • The ability to pay attention to detail and follow work instructions

  • High awareness for safety

  • Must be a person of passion and integrity who has the drive to excel and deliver exceptional results

Required Qualifications of Every Candidate (Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities)

  • No Degree. 0-1 years relevant experience

  • Ability to work with wood and small hand tools such as tape measures, saws, drills, riveters, and nail guns

  • Ability to operate overhead cranes and/or forklifts

  • Experienced fork lift operator in industries such as steel, lumber warehouses, truss fabrication operations, galvanizing plants and construction material operations or warehouses.

  • Ability to inspect to ensure that products meet quality standards

  • Ability to bundle, crate, box, and wrap products to be shipped

  • Ability to load a truck

  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds frequently throughout a shift

Highly Qualified Candidates Will Also Possess These Qualifications

  • Three (3) year experience operating a forklift in a professional environment

  • Three year experience in a Shipping/Receiving or Distribution position

  • Completion of the American Galvanizers Association (AGA) Inspection course

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or protected veteran status . Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Educational Background

  • Must be able to read and follow written and verbal instructions.

  • Requires adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing.

  • Must understand the quality requirements of finished product.

  • Must be able to read tags, bills of lading, and shipping and receiving papers.

  • Must possess adequate communication skills to work efficiently from verbal instructions given by departmental supervision.

  • Must have a working knowledge of small hand tools including tape measures, micrometers, saws, drills, riveters, and nail guns.

Decision Making

Must be able to identify proper loading as per special loading instructions, identify quality issues and bring those to the attention of the Lead or Supervisor, and resolve identification and equipment issues by notifying the Lead or Supervisor. Must be able to stage trailers with easy access to material being loaded. Independent creativity for setting up and loading is required for 75% of this job function. Insure proper safety precautions are used during all aspects of loading and unloading while operating equipment. Must communicate problems and/or needs to departmental supervision to aid in the maximum utilization of equipment, material and human resources.

Physical Effort

Shipping/Receiving Material Handler will be operating equipment including forklifts approximately 85% of the shift. This requires continuous in and out of the equipment including standing, walking, bending, kneeling, squatting, climbing, twisting, and turning to inspect and correct material loads. The other 15% will be spent walking and moving around product loads to create tags, inspect the quality of finished products, and entering data into the computer.

Mental and Visual Effort

Constant visual effort must be expended while operating equipment in the congested areas around the galvanizing environment. Must be mentally aware of how and where to place material on trucks being loaded and stage material for processing. Must be aware and practicing all safety considerations while operating equipment in and around the galvanizing area. Employee must be aware that all custom material is to be identified and tagged. Use of small hand tools including, saws, drills, riveters, and nail guns requires employee to be alert at all times.

Responsibility for Equipment and Process

Proper attention is required while operating the equipment to minimize damage, extend the life of the equipment, and to perform in a safe and efficient manner

Responsibility for Material or Product

Considerable attention is required by the operator to eliminate the damage to material when handling customer product in work areas, including the weigh scale, storage and cleanup areas, loading and unloading of trucks and railcars. .

Responsibility for Safety of Others

Extreme caution must be maintained to prevent injury to others when operating equipment in the storage yard, in and around vehicles, and inside the building. Typical injuries could be broken bones, arms, hands, legs, crushed feet, cuts, and abrasions. Must be very careful in identifying possible venting restrictions on material by informing the Lead or Supervisor to prevent zinc explosions. Each employee is responsible for learning and applying all provided safety training as outlined by the company and department safety representative and/or supervisor. Keeping safety at the forefront in the daily performance of job duties includes personal safety, safety of others in the department and safekeeping of all company resources. Actively participates in department safety; demonstrates excellent safety practices and behaviors and conforms to all Valmont safety policies and procedures.


Working Conditions

The Shipping/Receiving Material Handler works outside 90% of the time. Incumbent is operating equipment that emits fumes and vibrates. Incumbent is continually exposed to all types of weather conditions including heat, cold, rain, ice, snow, wet, dusty, and windy.


Potential hazards include falls to the ground or from drop deck trailers due to slick working conditions, heat exhaustion or aggravations created by blowing dust and ash. In addition, constant exposure to such hazards as burns, cuts, contusions of various degrees and eye injuries make the possibility for incidents high even under the best conditions.

Valmont does not discriminate against any employee or applicant in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, genetic information, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by law. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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Valmont Industries, Inc. is a leading producer and distributor of products and services for the infrastructure and agricultural markets.

Valmont began in 1946 when founder, Robert B. Daugherty, combined his $5,000 savings with a wholehearted belief that business could and should be done better. From those modest beginnings, the company grew into a global leader of engineered products and services for infrastructure, and water-conserving irrigation equipment and solutions for agriculture.

From lighting and traffic structures to guide the way, to communication towers that keep people connected, to utility structures that power homes and businesses, to irrigation equipment and technology that helps grow the world’s food, we are committed to Conserving Resources. Improving Life ® .

Four primary business segments comprise Valmont: Engineered Support Structures; Coatings; Irrigation and Utility Support Structures. We manufacture products in over 80 different facilities spread across 6 continents and do business in over 22 different countries. Valmont is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol (VMI).

We are passionate about our products. We pride ourselves on being people of integrity who excel at delivering results. We pursue opportunities for growth by taking products and processes to new markets, developing new products for existing markets, and continually improving across the company to ensure that Valmont solutions are always the global industry leader.