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Production Technician

Company: Airgas Inc
Location: Madera
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

Who We Are: Airgas Merchant Gases (AMG) is a leading producer and distributor of industrial and medical gas products in the United States. AMG produces and distributes gas products, provides applications development and support, and manages the supply chain for products sold through both the bulk and packaged gases channels. AMG's products serve a wide network of customers in manufacturing, food and beverage, petrochemical and chemical processing, health care, education, and many other market areas.

Candidate will be responsible for the safe reliable and efficient operation of a cryogenic Air separation plant by executing SOP established by AMG and the local management.

Principle Accountabilities:

  • Performs all duties assigned to the operator technician
  • Maintains a high degree of safety and environmental awareness through the practice of safe work habits
  • Attain and maintain classroom instructional and technical Air Separation qualifications
  • Assist local management in the implementation of all safety policies and procedures
  • Safely start or stop plant. Monitors plant and its machinery performance by interpreting complex mechanical, electrical and thermodynamic data, specifically aiming to achieve production and specific power goals, improve plant efficiencies and minimize cost.
  • Responds to plant and production disturbances; Troubleshoot process and systems problems
  • Incorporates technical data into proper material format and content, with minimal supervision
  • Reads and interprets technical drawings and manuals
  • Performs preventive maintenance of ASU components and auxiliary systems
  • Prepare and maintain required administrative forms and reports.
  • Maintains qualifications of regulatory compliance (FDA, EPA, OSHA, DOT) in regard to production and distribution and documents for release of medical products
  • Maintains and organize plant equipment history files and plant technical library
  • Conducts safety briefings and issues work permits for vendors when appropriate.
  • Provides operations support for other AMG locations as required.
  • Completes other related duties as assigned.
  • Education High school diploma or GED required. Minimum two years of college, technical school, or military technical experience preferred.
  • Two years of experience operating and/or maintaining a technical process in an industrial setting preferred. Will possess practical experience in operations and maintenance of industrial plants and facilities.
  • Practical experience in process control is preferred.
  • Basic knowledge of Thermodynamics and its cryogenic application.
  • Mechanical Aptitude
  • Possess journeyman skills in mechanical system maintenance and operations.
  • Be familiar with current maintenance programs.
  • Initiative and Ingenuity
  • Requires the use of considerable judgment to recognize and interpret sophisticated instrumentation and make decisions accordingly.
  • Requires strong problem solving abilities.
  • Requires the ability to use computer programs to effectively analyze, document and track specific initiatives and goals set by management.

Physical Demand

  • Moderate physical effort to handle light and medium weights and occasionally heavy tools and equipment. May occasionally work in awkward physical positions. Must be able to physically climb 250ft on a ladder and lift 50 lbs.

Mental or Visual demand

  • Ability to work alone. Requires continuous mental and visual attention to operate equipment, make repairs and adjustments, etc.
  • Responsibility for safety of others
  • Requires 100% compliance with Airgas safety policy and procedures, and cGMP (current Good Manufacturing Practices) training and techniques to prevent lost time or serious injury to others.

Working Conditions

  • Light indoor and outdoor manufacturing environment, subject to noise dust, heat, cold. Occasional travel may be required.
  • Rotating 12 hour swing shifts
  • Share on-call responsibilities with other Operator/Instrumentation technicians to facilitate uninterrupted plant operation 24 hours a day; 7 days a week.
  • Unavoidable hazards
  • Exposure to asphyxiating gases, fall hazards are present. Proper PPE required for all job duties.

Other Skills Required

  • Critical thinking - ability to work independently to troubleshoot, diagnose & solve issues with process and plant equipment.
  • Computer - strong skills in computer programs used for process control as well as document and spreadsheet creation and interpretation.
  • Analysis of inefficiencies - Ability to find process inefficiencies by calculating mass and heat balances aimed to find solutions. Recommends to management necessary improvements to reduce cost.
  • Communication - ability to communicate effectively with a broad array of people using both verbal & written tools to build upon and become part of a strong team environment.

Airgas offers a full benefits package that includes:

Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, AD&D, Short Term and Long Term Disability Insurance, Vacation, Sick, Paid Holidays, 401(k) Retirement Plan with company match, Tuition Reimbursement and much more!

EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status, or disability

Keywords: Airgas Inc, Madera , Production Technician, Other , Madera, California

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