The Install Operator is responsible for the successful installation of helical piles, including the safety and productivity of the crew around them. This role works closely with the Field Supervisor on site, and may occasionally be called upon to take on the role of a Field Supervisor, which may include engaging with customers on behalf of Almita.  The Install Operator is required to have knowledge of the customer and how installation directly impacts them. This role is a key position in the install process. They observe, identify, participate in, and oversee the safety and efficiency of all that occurs at an install site. They are familiar with all functions of each install machine and demonstrate an understanding of trouble-shooting methodologies, referencing best practices for necessary corrections as well as the effect of different ground conditions as they pertain to pile installation. Install Operators have a strong foundation in machine maintenance focusing on operational systems as well as components and general diagnostics. This position is ultimately accountable for accurate and clearly documented install records, both manually entered and from data loggers. Install Operators use multiple methods of communication to maximize safety and efficiency.

Location: Various Field Locations
Work Environment: Field
Hours of Work: 40+ hours/week on shift rotation

•    Act as a mentor for all junior positions
•    Can effectively correct a pile during install and competent at hanging extensions and installation of battered piles
•    Demonstrates understanding of all piles sizes and types, including bucket piles
•    Has experience in installing most piles sizes ranging from 4 ½” to 42”
•    Can quickly and accurately read and communicate specifications and directions from detailed plans and drawings
•    Demonstrates a solid understanding of the factors impacting install, including install specifications (such as torque and embedment), vertical and battered piles, limits (such as overhead power lines) and installing on slopes or difficult terrain (including various ground conditions)
•    Demonstrated ability to complete installations on most ground conditions
•    Demonstrated ability to communicate with Project Management and Engineering departments to resolve installation issues (as required)
•    Demonstrated understanding of the requirement for pre-drill, and can explain the process involved
•    Ability to load/unload machines onto trailers and knows the correct method for chaining machines for transport requiring only minimal assistance
•    Demonstrates safe operating procedures (start-up, operation, stopping, etc.) and understands machine limits (both load and voltage)
•    Participates in the daily maintenance and cleaning of equipment (greasing, visual inspections of all hydraulic components, shovelling tracks, etc.)
•    Can perform hydraulic motor swap or full head attachment swap with support from maintenance

•    Ability to operate machines at or near the upper limits, and in restricted spaces (relative to pile size)
•    Understands regular maintenance, required documentation and the safe operation of all machines used in the field and the shop (including knowledge of grease points, awareness of blind spots and swing zones, proper procedures prior to operation, familiarity with comprehensive pre-use inspections, daily logs, etc.)
•    Demonstrates good housekeeping habits by keeping the site clean and tidy to prevent injuries and property damage
•    Seeks out innovative ways to increase production and potential savings
•    Performs other duties as assigned


  • Teamwork and Collaboration
  • Analytical Thinking                                        
  • Safety Oriented
  • Flexibility
  • Initiative
  • Decision Making 
  • Commitment to Learning
  • Organizational Awareness

The following are required:

  • Ability to use basic construction hand tools
  • Class 5 Drivers Licence with clean drivers abstract (No GDL)
  • Knowledge of basic equipment maintenance requirements (lubrication, servicing, etc.)
  • Knowledge of industry related tools (sockets, wrenches and some air tools)
  • 2 + years of progressive installation experience, demonstrating a high level of proficiency in an operator role

The following are considered assets:

  • Industry tickets such as CSTS, OSSA/BSO, TDG and First Aid
  • 1-2 years of industrial, oil and gas or construction experience
  • Experience with helical piles, micropiles, and/or shoring.
  • Class 1 Driver’s Licence  
  • Leadership experience