Lebanon, TN – Lead Maintenance Technician
June 26, 2020
Position Title: Lead Maintenance Technician
Reports to: Operations Manager
Location: Lebanon, Tennessee
FLSA exemption status: Non-exempt
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Under the direction of the Team Leader, a Lead Maintenance Technician performs skilled tasks associated with the day-to-day maintenance functions, equipment care and equipment repair within the gasification plant and related facilities in Lebanon, Tennessee. Utilizing on site operations personnel for support, the position requires performing duties involving specialized knowledge; monitoring the equipment performance and developing new ideas and measures to sustain and/or improve availability, reliability and production performance and provides administrative support to the Operations Manager regarding plant health; and performs related work as required. Position may require traveling for training and support as needed to Aries gasification projects.
Key Responsibilities and Important Duties
- Performs day-to-day multi-craft maintenance of the Lebanon Gasification plant as deemed necessary by equipment health, plant status and maintenance strategy
- Directs planned and emergent third-party maintenance to be performed by contractors ensuring adequate task performance and job closeout
- Ensures adequate reporting of inventories associated with spare parts and plant tooling
- Works with and through Aries procurement for sustainment of spare parts and tooling
- Supports operation of the Lebanon Gasification plant through troubleshooting of issues, maintenance training, etc.
- Reads meters, gauges, charts and instruments associated with the monitoring of equipment health and preventative maintenance
- Inspects plant equipment and reports imminent failures or issues that would jeopardize sustained operability
- Stops and starts equipment as required for repairs, operates, adjusts and maintains equipment to ensure compliance with established standards
- Troubleshoots electrical system problems and makes minor repairs and/or modifications.
- Monitors, operates, and adjust controls on plant equipment and machinery, such as valves, motors, pumps, filters, feeders, hoppers.
- Monitors, interprets and records information taken from gauges, dials, and other instruments
- Collects samples, runs laboratory tests as needed for equipment health monitoring
- Ensuring plant equipment/controls are operating within design parameters while complying with strict SHE rules and regulations as well as company policies and procedures.
- Performs record keeping functions such as logging equipment hours, test results, maintenance work performed and unusual operating conditions; prepares, maintains and submits a variety of records and reports.
- Responds to plant hazardous material spills, leaks, and emergencies.
- Communicates plant equipment concerns and proposes corrective/contingency plans to operations manager.
- Assists in training new and developing operators in day-to-day job functions and general maintenance and troubleshooting principles.
- Performs tasks, including operation of mobile equipment, power tools, etc. typically associated with routine maintenance of a production facility.
- Receives and responds to work requests for equipment maintenance (including instrumentation) with a planned maintenance mindset and adequately prepares to perform tasks with a minimum two-week look ahead (schedule).
- Carry out first line maintenance duties as required to maintain or restore plant operation, adjusting schedules as needed to attain target maintenance schedule metrics.
- Writes and updates maintenance procedures and training manuals
- Builds and maintains positive working relationships with co-workers, other City employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
- Minimum high school diploma or GED. Process Plant Technology Degree or Vocational Maintenance Degree preferred.
- 10+ years multi-craft (mechanical and Instrumentation/Electrical) maintenance experience
- 6+ years in solids handling and solids processing or related industries (e.g., paper & pulp, gasification, power, etc)
- Prior experience in process plant maintenance highly desirable
Required Knowledge, Skills and Experience
- Ability to understand basic equipment operation, mechanical operation and electrical concepts
- Ability to recognize and resolve unusual, inefficient or dangerous operating conditions.
- Good written and verbal communication skills
- Operating a personal computer and a variety of software applications, including SCADA software, and preventative maintenance programs. Basic computer skills including Word and Excel
- Some knowledge of chemical or petrochemical plant operations including basic chemistry principles, and familiarity with typical plant operations and safety documentation (e.g. Procedures, Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams, Material Safety Data Sheets)
- Ability to read and comprehend equipment operation and installation documentation for use as a guideline in preventative maintenance and troubleshooting
- A strong background in troubleshooting of process equipment, instrumentation, controls and electrical circuits
- Competency in Distributed Control Systems (DCS) or Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) operation preferred.
- Experience with basic operation of plant equipment (e.g. process pumps, motors, belt drives, gearboxes, valves and compressors).
- Possession of, or ability to obtain and maintain, a Forklift operator’s certification for operation of mobile equipment. (forklift and loader).
- Some level of power distribution (MCC, starter panels, etc.) preferred
Work Environment and Special Requirements
- Work in a field setting; exposure to cold, heat and humidity as plant is outdoors, noise, inclement weather, dust, dirt, vibration, chemicals, traffic, traffic hazards, confining workspace, odors, mechanical hazards, electrical hazards, explosive hazards, and biohazards.
- Ability to work shifts including weekends, nights, and holidays; work protracted and irregular hours; respond to a pager; take 24- hour call and stand-by; available for unusual hours in emergencies.
- Ability to sit, stand, walk, kneel, crouch, lift, bend, crawl, and climb stairs and ladders.
- Required to use a respirator, safety harness, and other personal protective equipment.
- Exposure to heavy industrial equipment.
- Able to lift and carry 50lb.
Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. The contents of this description are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, skills required of personnel so classified.