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Company: Alcoa
Location: Lake Charles, LA
Career Level: Entry Level
Industries: Manufacturing, Engineering, Aerospace


Alcoa (NYSE: AA) is a global industry leader in bauxite, alumina and aluminum products, with a strong portfolio of value-added cast and rolled products and substantial energy assets. Alcoa is built on a foundation of strong values and operating excellence dating back nearly 130 years to the world-changing discovery that made aluminum an affordable and vital part of modern life. Since inventing the aluminum industry, and throughout our history, our talented Alcoans have followed on with breakthrough innovations and best practices that have led to efficiency, safety, sustainability and stronger communities wherever we operate.


MENTAL REQUIREMENTS: Reads, writes, comprehends, retains and recalls oral and written instructions.  Understand the processing unit and computer equipment which control flow.  Able to read and understand all Calciner specification sheets for coke runs to ensure feeds are mixed correctly. Operator must be able to prepare reports using basic math and percentages routinely. The worker must be able to follow instructional directives and procedures.  Understands and retains specific verbal information to move loads between locations and perform manual labor. Reads various gauges and dials on equipment. Complete paperwork as required. Perform simple mathematics. Operates various pieces of heavy equipment and cranes and prepares a check list prior to use each day. Estimates load sizes, quantities, distances, and speed of objects.  Assembles and disassembles load riggings and troubleshoots mechanical problems.  Inspect, monitor and adjust the plant potable water, storm water, sewage/wastewater and emission control equipment.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Physical effort for most part is awkward position, working from elevated platforms, climbing stairs, walkways and conveyors about 60% of the shift.  Stooping, turning, twisting and bending at the waist (can include reaching without bending at the waist) are common for Title V.  Normal hearing and vision used for communication, work efficiency, and safety.  Normal depth and vision perception are crucial to position.  Must maintain good physical condition, stands and walks 85% of shift in all areas of the plant.  Upper body strength required for rodding, equipment and pushing/pulling equipment values.  Lifts/Carries up to 50Lbs which may require lifting and lowering numerous times during the shift.  Eye hand coordination and hand dexterity imperative for handling tools and equipment.  Kneeling and squatting are common occurrences for daily water inspections.  Communicates verbally, with hand signals, radios and paging system. Sits in cab of heavy equipment 50% of the shift.  Lifts and carries 50# loads (boards, scrap, water hoses, etc.) without a lifting device or helper. Climb up 20' ladders/stairs to enter equipment and up 7 stories (120 steps) to operate dock cranes. Must be able to push/pull conveyor gates to direct flow and unplug plugged chutes. Assume variety of twisting and turning positions when rigging loads and moving objects. The worker must possess manual dexterity and perception for operation of heavy equipment with foot-hand-eye coordination. Good visual acuity and depth perception used for operation of heavy equipment and cranes. Normal hearing required for communications, work efficiency, and safety. General housekeeping duties to include, but are not limited to shoveling, lifting, sweeping, use of a large sledgehammer, pushing and pulling of 2'-3' water hose to clean spills and equipment.  Most of the shift is dedicated to moving throughout the work area inspecting equipment, taking readings and troubleshooting problems and reclaiming material into a large hopper from in a Payloader several times a shift. However, 50% of the shift the worker sits at control center observing, monitoring and operating computer controls for efficient product flow through the unit. Must be able to lift and carry 50-pound objects routinely and swing tools as necessary. Climbing is essential to the position. The operator must climb an 8'ladder to enter a large Payloader and walk up 6 flights of stairs approximately 15 times per shift.  When working the day shift, operators are required to ascend a conveyor that is ¼ mile long at 45° grade to top of 80' silos and walk on catwalks between three silos to inspect and take readings. Occasionally the operator must walk a 65° grade conveyor to the day bins and climb into hoppers with ladders or on screw conveyors to retrieve materials and/or unplug chutes. It may be necessary to work in awkward positions for short periods to check valves, take readings or remove obstructions from the system. Good eye-hand coordination and the ability to use hand signals is needed to monitor process and communicate with others.  Normal hearing used to distinguish between horns, bells and other sounds.  Normal vision (including good periphery vision) is required for safety communication and work efficiency. The operator must be able to differentiate colors (yellow, green, blue and red) for computer operation. Foot-hand-eye coordination is also required when using mobile equipment.

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