Fixed Shear Operator

Schnitzer Steel Billings

Eugene, OR

The Fixed Shear Operator reports to the Facility & Operations Supervisor, or the Terminal Operations Manager. The Fixed Shear Operator is responsible for the set up, operation, or maintenance of the fixed shear while ensuring that all of his/her efforts are compliant with the company Health, Safety, and Environmental standards. Duties may include the operation of one or several types of power equipment to assist in the cutting or shearing of metal. The Fixed Shear Operator should possess knowledge of machines and tools including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

This position operates under flexible parameters. The primary goal of this position is to achieve excellence in all facets of the position. Providing the highest quality product safely, effectively and efficiently decreases accidents and errors and increase profits.

Essential Functions

    • Environmental and Health & Safety (H&S)
      • Strictly adheres to all Metals Recycling Business Health, Safety, and Environmental standards.
      • Provides a safe environment for all employees, customers and visitors.
    • Operational Performance & Best Business Practices
      • Load materials, start machines, and monitor their operations to ensure timely and accurate task completion.
      • Examine completed materials for defects and verify conformance to established specifications.
      • Test and adjust machine speeds and actions using gauges and hand tools.
      • Provide backup or assistance throughout the yard as needed or assigned.
    • Equipment & Maintenance
      • Install, align, and lock specified blades, hoses, belts, and other parts or fixtures and performs general clean up at the shear.
      • Report all equipment deficiencies or malfunctions requiring maintenance or repair to the proper supervisor. 

Internal Control Responsibilities

Supports the Company’s Internal Control process which includes understanding, communicating, and complying with defined internal controls as well as suggesting and making modifications to the policies, procedures, and controls to better relate to the business.

Communicates upward problems in operations, noncompliance with the code of conduct, or other policy violations or illegal actions.

Job Conditions

This position is regularly exposed to all weather conditions. Physical hazards such as noise, fumes, and dirt are present due to the equipment, machinery, and scrap as would be found throughout the scrap yard. Safety shoes, hearing protection, respirators, face shields, and additional personal protective equipment as needed, must be worn to eliminate the risks associated with these hazards. Travel is not required for this position.

Handling multiple issues regarding safety and maintenance increases pressure. Work load may be unpredictable and pressure can be substantial during peak times. Critical deadlines require considerable adaptability. Disturbances of work flow and/or irregularities in work schedule are expected and occur on an intermittent basis. Extra hours may be required, sometimes on weekends, weekdays, and holidays.

Physical Activities Required to Perform Essential Functions 

Ability to: sit frequently; stand and walk frequently on uneven ground and throughout the yard; lift and carry up to 50 pounds occasionally; push and pull occasionally when moving materials; crouch or bend at the knees consistently to move or access materials or equipment; stoop or bend at the waist consistently to move materials; reach at arms length and overhead frequently; twist and turn at the neck and trunk continually; climb occasionally when obtaining items; manual dexterity required as Fixed Shear Operator will handle, grasp, and manipulate materials, tools, and control knobs constantly; arm-hand steadiness required constantly for precision work; communicate by speech and hearing continually. Visual acuity needed for close detail work. Mental dexterity needed as Fixed Shear Operator will work independently while demonstrating attention to detail and continuous awareness. 


 High School diploma, GED Certification, or experience in a similar role preferred.


PLEASE NOTE: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required.


All U.S. applicants must be 18 years of age or older and all Canada applicants must be 16 years of age or older.

 Radius Recycling participates in e-verify for all U.S. new hires.

An offer of U.S. employment by Radius Recycling or any of its subsidiaries is contingent on the satisfactory completion of a post-offer drug screen and background check.

 All new hires must review and sign an Arbitration Agreement. This applies to all U.S. non-union employees.

 As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Radius Recycling does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, marital status, disability status, national origin or ancestry, veteran status, age, prior industrial injury, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other protected status under local, state or federal law.