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Valmont Industries, Inc. Small Mill Operator in Valley, Nebraska

28800 Ida St Valley Nebraska 68064-8016

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

The primary responsibility of the Mill Operator is to set up and operate the mill to produce the required quality of product at the maximum speed and highest yield possible. The Mill Operator is responsible for adjusting any one of a number of guide rolls, side rolls, forming rolls, and weld head rolls to ensure a quality product. The Mill Operator will also train to run all machines in the department. In addition, the Mill Operator must adhere to all safety measures and wear all provided PPE.

Essential Functions

  • Set up and operate the mill to produce the required quality of product at the maximum speed and highest yield possible

  • Perform tooling changes and machine adjustments as needed to guide rolls, side rolls, forming rolls, and weld head rolls

  • Use wrenches to adjust tooling form gauge changes

  • Adhere to all safety measures and wear all required PPE

  • Perform minor mechanical repairs when possible and contact appropriate maintenance personnel when needed

  • Safely operate material handling equipment such as forklifts, cranes, and combilifts

  • Operate a 6-ton crane to unload and move coils in the work area

  • Perform daily crane and forklift inspections

  • Maintain a clean and organized work area

  • Set up and operate weld test press as needed

  • Keep accurate reporting records of inspections, scrap, and downtime

  • Perform regular visual inspections of tubing for length, straightness, and workmanship

  • Foster a climate and create an environment which encourages openness and cooperation will all others

  • This position reports into the Production Supervisor and has no direct reports but may occasionally be responsible for training other Mill Operators

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

  • 7+ years relevant work experience

  • Able to successfully perform basic math (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) including decimals and fractions

  • Able to read English, have legible handwriting, and good verbal communication skills

  • Ability to interpret blueprints/production cards and be able to use measuring equipment such as tape measures, micrometers, and dial calipers

  • Must have basic mechanical abilities and experience

  • Must have prior forklift experience and the ability to acquire a Valmont forklift license

  • Ability to operate an overhead crane

  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds although the most common lift is 30 to 40 pounds

  • Ability to stand 95% of the time

  • Must be able to work in a team environment

  • Must be flexible on hours and able to work different shifts if needed

Highly Qualified Candidates Will Also Possess These Qualifications

  • Working knowledge for the operation of a wire feed welder

  • Sufficient welding knowledge to diagnose a tubing crush test

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.

If you have a disability and require any assistance in filling out the application for employment, call (402) 963-1115 or email

Valmont Industries is a leading producer and distributor of products for the infrastructure and agriculture markets.

Valmont Industries began in 1946 when our founder, Robert B. Daugherty combined his $5,000 savings and wholehearted belief that business could and should be done better. Since that modest start more than half a century ago, our company has grown to be an international leader in engineered products and services for infrastructure and water-conserving irrigation equipment for agriculture.

From the lighting and traffic structures that guide your way, to communication towers and utility structures that power your home and business, to irrigation equipment that waters the croplands on which your food is grown, Valmont products improve lives worldwide.

Valmont Industries operates in five primary business segments: Engineered Support Structures, Utility Support Structures, Coatings, Energy and Mining, and Irrigation. Valmont (VMI) is publicly traded on the NYSE.

We focus on two global markets: infrastructure and agriculture. Valmont Industries is present in 23 developed and developing countries, offering 27 brands from more than 80 facilities. International sales represent a significant portion of our revenues.

Valmont’s employees are passionate about the products we make. Along with our customers, they are the cornerstone of our success. We pride ourselves on being people of integrity who excel at delivering optimal results. We pursue opportunities for growth by taking our products and processes to new markets, introducing new products to regions where we have a presence, and continually improving our services to ensure that Valmont solutions are second-to-none.