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NANA Blocker / Bracer (Trans) in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Blocker / Bracer (Trans)


Akima Support Operations (ASO) provides logistics, facilities maintenance and operations, transportation and support services for mission-critical military installations and civilian agencies around the country. From the homes of U.S. Central Command and U.S. Special Operations Command to the highways of suburban Virginia, ASO experts and professionals work behind the scenes to ensure smooth and continuous operations. Our personnel enjoy competitive benefits packages and challenging roles in work environments committed to safety, diversity and opportunity for career growth. As an Alaska Native Corporation (ANC), 100% of our company’s profits go back to our more than 14,000 Iñupiat shareholders that have resided near and above the Arctic Circle for more than 10,000 years. Our business helps support their way of life and contributes to the survival of a culture that has thrived in a challenging environment.

Job Summary:

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.

  • Must possess and continuously maintain a current State of Colorado Driver’s License prior to starting or by 30 days after employment.

  • Must be US Citizen and be able to obtain and maintain a National Agency Check with Inquiries (NACI) to obtain a CAC and SECRET Clearance. Must receive a favorable background check and drug testing results.

Material & Equipment Directly Used:

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

Working Environment/Physical Activities:

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. Employee use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is required is certain areas. Such PPE includes but is not limited to head, foot, hand, torso, respiratory, vision and hearing protective devices. Must comply with OSHA, EPA, Fire Regulations and published Company work rules.

Reports to the Blocker / Bracer Lead and Supervisor and functions somewhat independently under his/her direction.

The duties and responsibilities listed in this job description generally cover the nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. This is not intended to be a complete list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required. Subject to the terms of an applicable collective bargaining agreement, the company management reserves the right to modify, add, or remove duties and to assign other duties as may be necessary. We wish to thank all applicants for their interest and effort in applying for the position; however, only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

We are an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will receive consideration for employment, without regard to race, color, religion, creed, national origin, gender or gender-identity, age, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, disability, pregnancy or parental status, or any other basis prohibited by law.

We are committed to Equal Employment Opportunity and providing reasonable accommodations to applicants with physical and/or mental disabilities. If you have a physical and/or mental disability and are interested in applying for employment and need special accommodations to use our website to apply for a position please contact, Recruiting Services at or 571-353-7053. Reasonable accommodation requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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Job: Transportation, Logistics & Cargo Handlers

Primary Location: US-CO-Colorado Springs

Shift: Day Job

Req ID: ASO01655