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Excavator Operator

Manthei Veneer – Petoskey, Michigan
Department Manthei Veneer
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level

The Opportunity 

Are you looking to make a true difference in a small-to-medium sized family-owned company? Are you a skilled equipment operator with a safety-minded focus? If you enjoy operating heavy equipment and like working outdoors, we would love to hear from you.

We are Manthei Veneer. An energetic, results-oriented, fun-loving, collaborative, humble, and passionate group of people that enjoy making a difference within the hardwood veneer and plywood industry. We have a hardwood face veneer division, a specialty plywood division, and a retail wood products division.

We are currently seeking a Excavator Operator who will be responsible for maximizing raw material quality through proper loading of water vats, unloading of logs onto conveyors to the lathing department, and maintaining proper vat temperatures through operation and maintenance of boiler system.

This role will also assist in maintaining an organized flow of material through the log conditioning area for the purpose of maximizing the value of all material by processing logs, as well as facilitating the sale and shipment of residual materials and performing routine maintenance on equipment in vat and boiler area.

In this role, it is crucial that you have a strong sense of safety and an unparalleled attention to detail to ensure that orders are met and raw materials are properly conditioned and processed.

We offer excellent health benefits, 401k with employer match, paid time off, paid holidays, product discounts, and much more. Full time, year round employment. 

Duties and Responsibilities

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Safely and efficiently operate the boom/excavator and vat heating system. Ensure safety of vat heating system area.
  • Ensure all vats are loaded per the daily and weekly schedule.
  • Pace logs through the vat area with minimum heat loss, while maintaining optimum production to ensure no downtime.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of all equipment and the safety rules associated with the operations of equipment which includes but is not limited to excavator, log truck, tractors, clam, chain saws, grading station, sprinkling systems and assist associate staff in the safe use of these tools.
  • Be able to use standard measuring tools to determine length and diameter of logs as well as cant hooks, chain saws and other related tools required to sort through, move and evaluate logs.
  • Become and remain familiar with all log applications to assure value is maintained through proper storage and use. Successfully take and pass Grading Training class and test.
  • Be capable of identifying log species and grade in order to sort logs as needed.
  • Deliver logs as required to and from hot water vat system and debarker as required by production schedules. Ensure vats covers are firmly and adequately in place while logs are heating or vats are not in use. Maintain water temperature throughout the day to minimize heat loss.
  • Take care to clean each vat thoroughly as required by cleaning procedure.
  • Know and follow firewood sales procedures and communicate with Production Manager any coordination of pick up or delivery concerns.

Qualifications and Proficiencies

  • Must get forklift license (in-house)
  • Must have or obtain CDL (company will cover expenses)
  • Must have basic computer skills
  • Must exhibit strong time management skills

To learn more about the company and the products we make, please visit

Thank you for your interest! We look forward to talking with you!

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    Petoskey, Michigan
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