Coal Handler - Coal Equipment Operator

Appalachian Power Company
Remote friendly

Job Summary

Perform work of a routine nature in connection with the coal conveying system and unskilled manual work in and about the plant yard, coal docks, and in buildings, as assigned.

Job Description


1) Perform cleaning work on the coal conveyor system, such as bunkers, runways, trip room, belt decks, barge unloading equipment, coal docks and barges, tunnels and work areas.

2) Load, unload and handle coal, materials, supplies and equipment; where required, couple and uncouple railroad cars; set and release brakes, operate rail switches; signal locomotive operator when to start, stop, go forward or backward; and flag traffic at crossings.

3) Haul and move materials, supplies and equipment; clean and remove ashes and debris; cut grass and weeds; dig ditches; work on track beds; replace light bulbs and similar unskilled manual tasks.

4) Clean and perform lubrication and minor repairs on equipment.

5) Secure, identify and transport coal samples, as directed.

6) Inspect fire equipment as assigned.

7) Operate mobile equipment as assigned assist offloading fuel trucks and other fuel deliveries.

8) Report irregularities and abnormal conditions to the appropriate supervision.

9) Assist in training other employees and instruct and direct other employees assigned to assist.

10) Perform similar or less skilled work

Minimum Requirements:

Education requirements are listed below:

  • 2-year technical degree or high school diploma and two years related military and/or electric utility technical experience
  • Must have performed the duties of and have maintained all the qualifications and current certifications of Equipment Operator-Junior and must be able to pass an examination and/or demonstrations as determined by the Company.
  • Must satisfactorily complete, in such time frames as may be established by the Company, all required training to advance to the Coal Equipment Operator classification or vacate the Coal Handler classification.
  • Successful completion of the Plant Operator Selection System (POSS) and the Plant Maintenance Selection System (MASS) tests are required for this position. A review of Employment Testing Information, Test-Taking Tips, together with the POSS and MASS Practice Tests may be helpful. A link to these materials may be found at Careers by selecting Employment testing.


Physical demand level is Not Yet Determined, and requirements details are listed below:

  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds, push pull up to 50 pounds, work in awkward body positions.



Compensation Data

Compensation Grade:


Compensation Range:

$30.61-31.69 USD

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