Cliffs Natural Resources

Dock Laborer - LS&I Railroad

Location: Ishpeming, MI
Country: United States
Job Code: 3050
Position Type: Hourly


About Cleveland-Cliffs Inc.

Founded in 1847, Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. is the largest and oldest independent iron ore mining company in the United States. We are a major supplier of iron ore pellets to the North American steel industry from our mines and pellet plants located in Michigan and Minnesota. By 2020, Cliffs expects to be the sole producer of hot briquetted iron (HBI) in the Great Lakes region with the development of its first production plant in Toledo, OH. Driven by the core values of safety, social, environmental and capital stewardship, our employees endeavor to provide all stakeholders with operating and financial transparency. For more information, visit

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Job Summary:

Performs any combination of general ore dock tasks, including cleaning and maintaining iron ore docks and its machinery in safe, working order during seasonal shipping.  Work activities are sporadic/seasonal requiring year round general fitness/conditioning for work readiness.

Primary Activities and Responsibilities:

  • Ascend/descend approximately 100 stairs to perform duties on ore dock topside and at base of ore dock
  • Unloads iron ore pellets from freight cars, manually and or with mechanical machinery
  • Loosen iron ore pellets in rail cars, storage silos, and doorways with manual tools and motorized equipment
  • Cleans pellet spillage alongside freight cars and at base of docks manually with hand tools and mechanical sweeper
  • Closes freight car floor hatchways manually and/or with machinery
  • Performs any other work of laborers as assigned by the supervisor

Job Requirements:

             This position requires full, normal flexibility in all joints to perform work at/above shoulder level, ascending/descending ore dock stairway, ladders, freight cars, mechanical trapper unit, forward bending, squatting, twisting or any combination of these movements to perform general duties. Must have the ability to lift up to 50 pounds.  Periodically, duties require fall protection harnessing and shoulder flexibility to secure harness “D” ring to secured cable while walking and standing in all weather conditions.

High School Diploma or equivalent

Valid Driver’s License and be eligible to be insured under the LS&I vehicle insurance company

Previous railroad experience preferred

Excellent reading, communication and computer skills

Ensure compliance with all railroad rules and regulations for safety, operations and Federal Railroad Administration (FRA).  Must practice safe work habits to prevent on the job accidents and injuries.  Must utilize all protective equipment as assigned/required.

Lake Superior & Ishpeming Railroad operates 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.  You will be required to work various shifts, overtime, holidays and weekends and in all types of weather.

Successful completion of pre-employment screens and background check




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