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Hours Full-time, Part-time
Location Minot, North Dakota

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Job Description

Job Title: Grapple Operator                            

Department: Complete Track Works                  

Division: Northern Plains Rail Services     

Reports to: Manager Track Construction and Maintenance Services                                          

 Job Status: Full Time            

Schedule: Varies. M-F - 07:00-15:30 with additional hours as necessary.         

Travel required: Regional 25% and Production 80+ %

Pay: $28-30/hr BOE


The Northern Plains Railroad, Inc. (NPR) d.b.a. Northern Plains Rail Services (NPRS) and other affiliated companies Grapple Operator position operates tractor trailers, medium and heavy trucks; load, transport, and unload materials, equipment, and supplies for the company.  


Essential Duties and Responsibilities are, but are not limited to:

•Operate tractor trailers and medium and heavy trucks. Load, transport, and unload materials, equipment, and supplies.  

•Maintain truck with accurate and up to date logbooks in compliance with DOT regulations and guidelines.

•Perform manual labor consisting of bending, squatting, kneeling, climbing, and lifting while working at ground level.

•Assist in the restoration, renewal, maintenance, and new construction of track structures as needed. 

•Ability to travel. Overtime.

•Properly utilizes company vehicle; operates in compliance with DMV rules and regulations.

•Participates in U.S. Department of Transportation drug and alcohol testing program.

•Performs basic safety and operational vehicle inspections before and after each trip.

•Performs daily / routine maintenance and / or mechanical repairs of assigned truck as skill and time allows.

•Operates a variety of equipment to move them on, properly secure, and remove them off the trailer at destinations.

•Demonstrates basic equipment operation to customers as required.

•Uses road maps for efficient and timely transportation.

•Maintains proper permits, bills of lading, invoices, and other forms to account for pick up and deliveries.

•Works flexible schedule to meet the needs of the Company and the customer.



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

•Must possess and maintain a current North Dakota Class A commercial driver’s license (CDL).  Health card required.

•Able to operate heavy equipment or possess the comprehensive skills to learn. 


Physical Demands: 

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the physical demands listed below:

•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. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to perform on uneven or slippery surfaces, platforms, ladders, equipment in all weather and temperature conditions. Most of the day could be spent on feet standing. Eye/hand coordination, hand/feet dexterity and grasping hand tools, materials & equipment is required. The employee is frequently required to perform manual labor & physical activities that require considerable use of the whole body, such as standing and lifting from various levels.

•Additional physical demands are listed in the chart below.

•May require travel to various facilities and provide additional services.



•Continuous: Must wear appropriate safety equipment such as safety glasses, hard hats, safety footwear, and hearing protection as required by the company. Exposed to noise.

•Frequent: Exposure to smoke, dust, fumes, odors, grease, oil. Works outdoors in hot and cold temperatures and in all extreme weather conditions. Exposed to vibrations, works with moving machinery, works at heights.

•Occasional: Exposure to electrical hazards, works in cramped quarters, works inside, chemicals, stand on concrete, shift work, walks on uneven or slippery surface, wet conditions, works with others & alone, paperwork.

•Rare: Works with toxic materials.


Education and Training:

•GED or higher.

•1 years’ experience driving a semi-truck.

•Must have and maintain an insurable driving status which includes but is not limited to NPR driver provisions.


Requirements of Joining Our Team: 

Our comprehensive pre-employment process ensures the well-being and integrity of our team. To join our organization, candidates are required to: 

  • Pass a mandatory drug test to maintain a drug-free workplace. Random, reasonable suspicion and post-accident testing may also be required throughout employment. 
  • Undergo a thorough physical examination to ensure the requirements of the position can be met.
  • Provide professional references to validate qualifications and character.
  • Complete a comprehensive background check to confirm suitability for the position. 

We value transparency and the safety of our employees and customers, and these steps are essential in upholding our commitment to excellence.

LIFT 2 - Physical Demands Checklist

* Never (N) = Not at all * Rarely (R) = 1-5% * Occasionally (O) = 6-33% * Frequently (F) = 34-66% * Continuously (C) = 67-100%



N   0%

R          1-5%





C              67-100%



































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