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Maintenance Superintendent - Chemical Plant
Plaquemine, LA  Posted: 6/5/2019


MAINTENANCE SUPERINTENDENT – Chemical Manufacturing Industry  
Our client, a major chemical manufacturer with multiple facilities in South Louisiana, is seeking a Maintenance Superintendent.

4 year accredited Engineering degree or equivalent experience and background in the mechanical, instrument and electrical field.
At least 5-7 years’ experience in the mechanical\instrument and electrical field in a chemical plant.

To perform this job successfully an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.
  • Aptitudes:  Good communication skills, ability to work under deadline pressure, organizational skills.
  • Temperament:  Ability to work with other supervisors, technicians and employees, often under difficult conditions. Must be able to handle pressures from operations and management.
  • Reasoning Ability:  Ability to apply commonsense understanding to carry out detailed written, oral or diagram instructions.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in an office environment, occasionally works with mechanical, instrument and electrical equipment and in outside weather conditions.
The use of personal protective equipment is required for certain jobs and in specified areas of the plant.

  • Regular and punctual attendance.
  • Manages Mechanical\I&E Department personnel and maintenance of the plant including the instrument electrical systems.
  • Appraises and aids in the development of personnel replacements, materials and equipment to efficiently maintain plant and meet production schedules.
    • Inspects operating areas noting and correcting deficiencies in procedures, regulations, techniques, and operating equipment.
    • Meets daily with production, engineering and management personnel to review work orders for repair and report on the status of maintenance and construction projects within the plant.
    • Prepares policies, budgets, broad plans, programs and schedules to guide activities within the mechanical\Instrument & Electrical Departments.
    • Reviews maintenance procedures with technical personnel to keep them updated and completed.
    • Follows up on maintenance operations to minimize waste, overtime and ensure proper repairs.
    • Directs the training and retraining of employees on operating procedures, safety and plant regulations.
    • Initiates maintenance surveys and reviews preventative maintenance schedules for various systems and provides input based on experience to adjust maintenance programs and spare parts inventory.
    • 5Coordinates shutdown of equipment for preventative maintenance, with the production schedules.
    • Ensures spare units are maintained in operating condition.
    • Handles all phases of assigned special maintenance projects preparing appropriation requests, directing contractors and maintaining necessary cost control of the projects.  Prepares bills of materials and specifications for materials and equipment, evaluating bids and submitting recommendations for purchases, obtaining approval of all personnel involved with the design.  Follows field installation to ensure conformity with plans, schedules and engineering standards.
    • Collaborates with the Engineering and Mechanical Maintenance Departments in streamlining the various maintenance programs.
    • Conducts performance reviews on department employees.
    • Periodically represents the department on the weekend and holiday duty roster.
    • Provides facilities to compile, store and retrieve calibration and maintenance records.
    • Directs calibration program and assures traceability, to the American National Standards Institute.
    • Makes engineering studies with the view of improving plant operations, productions capacity, efficiency, etc.  Initiates action for engineering and construction of fixed capital projects.
    • Maintains continuous budget controls to the end that the plant is maintained optimum level consistent with production requirements and minimum cost.
    • Provides necessary supervision for contract maintenance work and construction.
    • Prepares authority request where required for maintenance and fixed capital expenditures and maintains controls in accord with established procedures.
    • Prepares numerous reports covering status of maintenance and construction work in progress, reconciliation of actual versus budgeted costs, plant problems, etc.
    • Approves requisitions for material and contracts necessary for plant maintenance and construction.
    • Studies spare parts requirements and maintain necessary material in stores with aim to provide adequate protection with minimum dollar inventory.
    • Maintains effective safety and housekeeping programs.  Maintains close control over safety work requests jobs and submits periodic status reports.
    • Performs other duties as assigned.                          
  • Administers the department safety program and is directly responsible for the safety of all employees under his/her jurisdiction.
  • Regularly meets with safety department to ensure maintenance procedures satisfy standards of local, state and federal laws and regulations as well as plant rules.
  • Ensures approved procedures are used in handling hazardous materials, opening of vessels, line openings, etc.
  • Participates in the plant safety system, as needed.
  • Mechanical Integrity – OSHA-1910
  • Knowledge of OSHA standards and regulations.
  • Provides input and reviews disaster plans covering procedures for hurricanes, floods, explosions or fires.
  • Investigates incidents and accidents to identify cause and eliminate unsafe conditions.
  • Inspects work area to insure good housekeeping.
  • Audits maintenance procedures to ensure repairs are made at specified manufacturing conditions and industry standards.
  • Reviews equipment and purchase specifications with technical personnel noting any quality problems as well as finding necessary solutions.
  • Participates in the plant quality system, as needed.
  • Checks area monitor print outs to ensure employee exposure to operations is kept to within limits.
  • Checks that proper control and maintenance of outgoing water system is monitored and checked periodically
  • Reports environmental incidents and takes appropriate corrective action.
  • Knowledge of EPA Section 608 on refrigeration.
  • Education of employees of company environmental regulations.
  • Waste disposal.
  • Knowledge of environmental regulations and permits.
  • Reviews records which reflect the cost of maintaining mechanical and instrument and electrical systems while seeking ways of reducing overall cost.
  • Approves purchases of materials and supplies consistent with good budget control while maintaining optimum inventory of spare parts.
  • Maintains accurate time distribution on maintenance personnel.
  • Reviews requisitions, time sheets, invoices and budgets for accuracy and control.
  • Maintains sound security to reduce pilferage and waste as well as loss of proprietary information. 

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