Blocker / Bracer (Transportation)

Colorado Springs, CO
Work Type: On-Site
  • Job Category: Transportation, Logistics & Cargo Handlers
  • Travel: No
  • Clearance: Not Applicable
  • Shift: Day Job
  • Req ID: AFO00297

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Job Summary:

AFO is seeking a Blocker/Bracer to support the Fort Carson Contract in Fort Carson, CO.

Job Responsibilities:

  • The Blocker and Bracer secures cargo in or aboard cargo carriers such as trucks, vans, trailers, railroad cars, sea vans, barges and ships to prevent damage during its transportation, determines appropriate lumber size and kind and prepares the lumber required for braces, chocks, blocks, beams, planking, cribbing, skids, cradles, saddles, etc., using hand and power tools.

  • This worker nails, spikes, bolts, or fastens with wood screws or lag screws supporting and bracing fixtures to secure cargo items, constructs weatherproof shelters over some types of deck loads, guys, lashes and binds heavy equipment to pad eyes, rings, eyelets, hooks, stanchions, cleats, or other supporting fixtures using chains, ropes, cable, wires or metal straps.

  • This worker constructs temporary trestles, decking, bulkheads, cribbing and sheathing, and cuts dunnage to support, stiffen, or separate bulky or heavy cargo.

  • Studies specifications and measures, marks and cuts boards using patterns templates, ruler, and pencil and hand and power saws.

  • Fastens or installs parts using hammer, nailing machine or power stapler.

  • Repairs defective containers by replacing damaged parts, and/or fabricate containers from wood and fiberboard including pallets, Dunn age and restraints.

  • Inserts wood bracing’s, cardboard files and felt pads in containers.

  • Builds crates around objects using ruler, hand tools and pneumatic nailer, and ensures items are properly preserved, packaged and do not require further protection before shipping.

  • Fabricates, repairs, modifies and replaces woodwork on vehicle sides and beds.

  • Preserves items, as required, prior to packing.

  • Packs, seals, bands and applies markings to crates and containers.

  • When required, package items in constructed boxes, crates, pallets, etc.

  • Inspects commercial furnished railcars for serviceability and complement of equipment necessary for loading.

  • Assists and directs the tie down of Military Vehicles/equipment and MILVANS loaded onto railcars. Assures all is tied down, blocked and/or braced IAW Military and Transporting railroad specifications.

  • Inspect Blocking and Bracing, issuing Bolt / Wire Wrap seals and assist in the installation of CIDD (Container Intrusion Detection Device) on all Containers deploying overseas.

  • Prepares cargo for shipment, obtains GBL/CBL from outbound freight and loads freight on commercial conveyances.

  • Performs other duties as assigned in a warehouse and/or outdoor environment in all types of weather.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High School graduate or equivalent.

  • Must have a working knowledge of various power saws and basic woodworking principles.

  • Two-year woodworking experience and knowledge of packaging and preservation principles and techniques preferred.

  • Must possess or be able to obtain a forklift license.

  • Must have HAZMAT processing working knowledge and must be capable to obtain Company/Government provided HAZMAT certification.

  • PC and other office equipment, woodworking tools (saws, staples) and forklift.

Pay and Benefits:

  • $26.72 per hour, plus applicable Health & Welfare fringe dollars as defined under the DOL's Wage Determination.

  • The company offers a comprehensive benefits program, including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, 401(k) and a range of other voluntary benefits.

  • Vacation, holiday and Sick Leave offered will be as defined under the DOL's Wage Determination.

Physical Demands:

  • Extensive interaction with the customer is required.

  • Work requires long, strenuous hours and being able to work under pressure.

  • May be required to work an uncommon tour of duty including nights, weekends, and holidays.

  • Work is generally conducted in a warehouse environment. However, duties may involve the conduct of work in the out-of-doors area with a potential exposure to extreme climatic conditions.

  • Work will require lifting up to 50 lbs.; stooping; climbing; prolonged standing; prolonged sitting.

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