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Herzog companies was founded in 1969 by William E. Herzog as a heavy/highway construction contractor in the Midwest. Herzog now specializes in Railroad Construction, Transit Operation and Maintenance Services, Civil Construction and Railroad Services nationwide. Our team consists of people who are innovators at heart, continuously exploring new ways to improve our products, services, and, ultimately, the industry. By always challenging ourselves - and each other - to push for more, we keep Herzog at the forefront of the rail industry.


Herzog Contracting Corp. is currently seeking Equipment Operators in Boston, MA to work on the Green Line Extension Project.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Operates and performs operator-level maintenance of several types of heavy equipment including all-terrain construction equipment including end loaders, backhoe tractors, bulldozers, and road graders.
  • Operates this equipment to plow, move and broom crushed rock ballast within the track structure, to remove or install track or structure components or complete track or structure elements, to move, load, unload, or stockpile track or structure material, and to move, grade, level, compact, load, or unload embankment material or vegetation or trash.   Pulls levers and depresses pedals to drive machines and control working elements such as blades, tamping tools, rail clamps and jacks, ballast brooms, load booms and lines, load buckets, outriggers, rail guide wheel attachments, and projector and extension buggies.  Lubricates working parts, changes engine and hydraulic oil and filters, cleans and changes air filters, tightens bolts, inspects and adjusts fluid levels, belt tensions, and dimensioned measurements (e.g. cross level of  track), and performs safety inspections of equipment per FRWS using wrenches, screwdrivers, and other small hand and power tools.   May arrange for protection of workplace under FRWS.  May be designated according to type of equipment operated (e.g. ballast-cleaning machine, ballast regulator, surfacing tamper, tamper, rail crane, tie remover, tie installer, multiple spike driver, or tie crane operator).  May work as a member of a crew or independently.  May work under the direction of a Railroad Track Repair Leader or Railroad Bridge Repair Leader and may direct the work of Railroad Track Repairers or Railroad Track Repairer Helpers. Performs maintenance, adjustment, inspection, and repair tasks to railroad structures using hand and power tools, construction equipment, and railroad maintenance equipment, performs work in accordance with the FRWS regulations, and additional duties within the general scope of the Services.  May work as a member of a crew or independently.  May work under the direction of a Railroad Bridge Repair Leader and may direct the work of Railroad Track or Bridge Repairer Helpers.



  • High School Diploma or equivalent preferred
  • Previous Heavy Equipment experience, preferably Railroad experience.
  • Strong mechanical aptitude preferred, basic mechanical ability required.
  • Experience using hand tools, power tools and hydraulic equipment.
  • Knowledge of and ability to adhere to safety requirements and procedures.
  • Willingness to wear the proper and required PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) such as hard hat, steel toed boots, eye and hear protection and face shields and other PPE required for specific tasks.
  • Knowledge of safe, efficient use of equipment and tools to perform construction and maintenance tasks.
  • The ability to communicate in a professional manner with owners, owners representatives, customers and direct supervisor.
  • Ability to work a computer or other hand held device for payroll reports, equipment reports, safety and equipment reports and email correspondence.
  • Ability to complete work under time pressure and to maintain composure under the stress of emergency situations.
  • Must be able to work well with others.
  • Able to read, write and communicate (speak, hear and understand) the English language
  • Bilingual is a plus


Pre-Employment Requirements:

  • Subject to pre-employment background check and motor vehicle report review.
  • Subject to pre-employment physical, medical evaluation, and drug screen due to the safety sensitive nature of this position.
  • Successfully complete and maintain any required safety certification and testing on an annual basis.


Physical Requirements:

The physical demands described below must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential job functions of this role. This position will be physically demanding at times.  This is a non-exhaustive overview of the physical requirements of this job.

  • Must be able to walk on uneven surfaces and vegetation including but not limited to rocks, inclines, beams, mud, wet, ice on a consistent basis.
  • Must be able to be aware of surroundings and follow verbal commands while being exposed to moderately loud noises on a daily basis.
  • Must be able to adapt to various temperature extremes including but not limited to heat, cold, moisture and wind.
  • Must be able to operate hand controls and drive various construction equipment on the job.
  • Able to carry various equipment and tools across uneven surfaces.
  • Able to grasp or squeeze various equipment and tools
  • Able to ascend/descend stairs
  • Able to lift up to 75 lbs
  • Able to tolerate static kneeling, bending, and squatting posture
  • Able to sit and stand for long periods of time
  • Able to visually distinguish colors - red, blue, green, yellow; hear and distinguish auditory signals
  • Able to work outdoors in all weather conditions (hot, cold, rain, snow, and sleet.)
  • Available to work a 40 hour work week subject to overtime, on call and alternate shifts that may include weeknights, weekends and holidays.
  • Able to work in a safety sensitive work environment.



  • Herzog is nationally recognized for its excellent corporate safety record which results from all employees at all levels, in all positions adhering to established policies and procedures. Reporting any and all safety violations to your immediate supervisor is a prerequisite for continued employment. Safety diligence by all results in a safe work environment for all.



  • Herzog offers a robust benefits package including medical and dental coverage. The plans are specific to projects and locations.


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It is the policy of Herzog Contracting Corp. to provide equal opportunity in employment for all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, disability, medical condition, age, citizenship, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, military status, veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by law.