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Compass Minerals America Inc. Utility Operator in Duluth, Minnesota


Compass Minerals is a leading provider of essential minerals that solve nature's challenges, including salt for winter roadway safety and other consumer, industrial and agricultural uses, and specialty plant nutrition minerals that improve the quality and yield of crops. The company produces its minerals at locations throughout the U.S. and Canada and in the U.K. Though the company’s history stretches back as far as 1844, Compass Minerals became a public company in December 2003. The company is part of the S&P MidCap 400 Index, the Russell 1000 Index and was included in Fortune magazine’s 2010 listing of the “100 Fastest-Growing Companies.” Named one of Forbes’ 100 Most Trustworthy Companies in America in 2015 and 2016, Compass Minerals’ mission is to be the best essential minerals company by delivering where and when it matters.

Summary : Responsible for operation of a variety of material handling equipment, process equipment and general laborer duties.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities : include but are not limited to the following (Management reserves the right to add or modify the duties and responsibilities at any time):

  • Perform housekeeping and general cleaning duties throughout the entire facility.

  • Inspect forklift to ensure proper operation and perform routine maintenance.

  • Operate forklift to retrieve stock from warehouse and load on trailers and railcars.

  • Monitor pallets and products for damage. Repair pallets if possible.

  • Load and unload pallets and products on railcars and box and flatbed trailers.

  • Perform special handling as indicated in work order.

  • Prepare paperwork to document work performed, identify exceptions and process shipping on computer.

  • Operate process equipment to fill totes, stretch wrap and top sheet pallets.

  • Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor.

  • Move railcars into position.

  • Plan the load.

  • Inspect dock doors, plates, locks and chocks for proper function.

  • Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor.


Qualifications : To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience : High school diploma or GED is required.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions (See ADA Requirements below).

  • Walk throughout the Warehouse and plant to get product, inspect trailers and load and unload pallets and product, clean and operate process equipment.

  • Stand while inspecting and preparing pallets and product for loading.

  • Sit for extended periods while operating forklift.

  • Bend or crouch occasionally throughout the day to inspect and pick up pallets, clean bins and move product.

  • Reach while restacking pallets and taking plywood off top of pallets

  • Climb stairs, ladders and walk on open grated elevated walkways.

  • Lift up to 80 pounds and moves item short distances.

  • Climb on and off of trailers.

Competencies : To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Problem solving – identify and resolve problems in a timely manner; gathers and analyzes information skillfully; develops alternative solutions; works well in group problem solving situations.

  • Computer literate for order entry and processing.

  • Oral communication – clearly communicate job-related information to co-workers and supervisors before, during and after repairs.

  • Seeing– visually inspect pallets and product for damage. Visually analyze load to ensure proper alignment and ensure correct product is loaded.

  • Reading – read and understand work orders and other written material relevant to the job.

  • Written communication – write in understandable English to complete required paperwork and provide information needed by subsequent shift workers, coworkers and supervisors.

  • Listening – understand oral job-related information and instructions received from coworkers and supervisors. Listen to forklift and yard dog to detect problems.

Work Environment : The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Environmental conditions in different parts of the facility can include extreme heat/cold, wet and humid conditions, noise, vibration, exposure to dust and poor ventilation.

  • Hazardous conditions include moving parts, potential electrical shock, and slick floors.

  • PPE including safety helmet,steel-toed shoes with meta-tarsal guards, gloves, safety glasses, and ear plugs required at all times.

ADA Requirements: To comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) which prohibits discrimination against qualified individuals on the basis of disability, the following table identifies the physical, mental and environmental conditions of the Essential Duties of the job identified above using the following codes: " F " for frequently; " O " for occasionally; “ R ” for rarely; " N " for not at all.




On the job the employee must:

On the job the employee must be able to:

On the job the employee:

(F) Bend (F) Sit

(O) Read/comprehend

(F) Is exposed to excessive noise

(R) Squat (O) Stand

(O) Write

(F) Is around moving machinery

(O) Crawl (F) Walk

(F) Perform calculations

(F) Is exposed to marked changes in temperature and/or humidity

(F) Climb (R) Push/Pull

(F) Communicate orally

(F) Is exposed to dust, fumes, and/or gases

(R) Kneel

(F) Reason and analyze

(F) Drives motorized equipment

(F) Handle objects (manual dexterity)

( ) Other ____

(O) Works in confined quarters

(F) Reach above shoulder level

( ) Other ______

(F) Use fine finger movements

( ) Other _____

Must carry/lift loads of:

(F) Light (up to 25lbs.)

(F) Moderate (25-50lbs.)

(F) Heavy (over 50lbs.)

Compass Minerals is an equal opportunity employer that hires and promotes the best candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, military status, or veteran status.

If interested and qualified, please apply online at

Job: Operations

Primary Location: US-MN-Duluth

Work Locations: Duluth, MN USA 1120 West Railroad Street Duluth 55802

Organization: Operations

Job Type: Full-time

Schedule: Regular

Shift: Standard

Day Job

Req ID: 21000045