Waste Worker Trainee

Argonne National Laboratory

Argonne, IL

Job posting number: #7115777 (Ref:414402)

Posted: November 9, 2022

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Participates in training activities as assigned, attends courses held on or off site and maintains passing grades on written or oral examinations; under the direction of a Foreman, works with Waste Management Mechanics or works alone as training and knowledge progresses. Assigned duties include preparation of hazardous chemicals and radioactive wastes for storage and shipment; removal of asbestos from facilities; cleanup and decontamination work; post operational cleanup, including disassembly, cleanup and reassembly of equipment, replacement of radioactive filters, etc.; operation of liquid processing equipment for absorption, evaporation, filtration, etc.  Maintains detailed records as required and performs miscellaneous related duties as assigned.  This job description documents the general nature of work but is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all activities, duties and responsibilities required of job incumbent. Consequently, job incumbent may be required to perform other duties as assigned.

Position Requirements

Waste Mechanic Trainee (WMT) is an entry-level position within the Waste Management Department at Argonne National Laboratory. A WMT will enter a comprehensive training program (2-3 years), which has the goal of getting the WMT familiar with Waste Management’s job functions, policies, procedures, forms, and checklists. Under the direction of their supervisor or Journeyman Waste Mechanic, the WMT will learn how to prepare hazardous chemicals and radioactive wastes for treatment, storage and shipment, asbestos remediation, spill cleanup, radioactive decontamination, replacement of radioactive HEPA filters, post operational cleanup, or other required duties as assigned by the Foreman. A successful candidate must be self-motivated, willing to learn, team oriented, willing to follow directions, work safely, compliantly, and efficiently.


Additional Required Knowledge, Skills, and Experience:

  • Ability to model Argonne’s Core Values: Impact, Safety, Respect, Integrity, and Teamwork.
  • High School Diploma or equivalent experience
  • Proficient in the use of hand and power tools
  • Working knowledge of job-related use of computers
  • Mechanically inclined
  • Willing to work overtime (>40 hours per week)

Job Family

Union

Job Profile

Waste Mgmt Mechanic Train

Worker Type

Regular

Time Type

Full time

As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, and in accordance with our core values of impact, safety, respect, integrity and teamwork, Argonne National Laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that fosters collaborative scientific discovery and innovation. In support of this commitment, Argonne encourages minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment. Argonne considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

Argonne employees, and certain guest researchers and contractors, are subject to particular restrictions related to participation in Foreign Government Sponsored or Affiliated Activities, as defined and detailed in United States Department of Energy Order 486.1A. You will be asked to disclose any such participation in the application phase for review by Argonne's Legal Department.  

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Please note that all Argonne employees are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. All successful applicants will be required to provide their COVID-19 vaccination verification as a condition of employment, subject to limited legally recognized exemptions to COVID-19 vaccination.



Argonne is an equal opportunity employer, and we value diversity in our workforce. As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, Argonne National Laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that fosters collaborative scientific discovery and innovation. In support of this commitment, Argonne prohibits discrimination or harassment based on an individual's age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, disability, gender, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.


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