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Maintenance Mechanic

About Premier Thermal

Premier Thermal is a manufacturing company providing products and services primarily to the automotive, heavy truck, energy and agriculture industries.  PT’s customers include OEMs, distributors, forgers and foundries.  PT services its customers through multiple facilities located throughout the Midwestern United States operating 24 hours per day.

Nature and Scope

The company is seeking a Maintenance Mechanic for a 24/7 operation. This position reports to the Maintenance Manager.  Performs a wide range and variety of maintenance and repair operations necessary to keep plant property, equipment, machinery, and tools in good operating condition; diagnose problems and work in many varied and diversified capacities required in general maintenance, overhaul, and repair of plant equipment, processes and facilities.  Plan and schedule equipment maintenance and repair activities to minimize disruption to plant production and material handling activities with some supervision and direction provided by the Maintenance Manager.  Major mechanical repairs, installation, and/or electrical repairs may require outside vendors or assistance from a Skilled Journey Person.

Principal Accountabilities

  • Act as and take responsibility as Equipment Champion on various pieces of equipment, Preventive and Predictive maintenance and down day planning. The Equipment Champion will be responsible for the overall operational reliability of the equipment and will aid in the planning of repairs and rebuilds.
  • Work involves diversified duties, highly variable, requiring considerable care and judgment to effectively and efficiently diagnose, dismantle, repair, lubricate, reassemble, or otherwise perform general maintenance activities to include pipe-fitter, burner, welder, millwright, assembler, plumber, and installer skills and abilities. Work will include basic electrical repair and wiring.
  • Inspect adjust, clean, and/or lubricate equipment as normal part of preventive maintenance. Train and instruct lesser knowledgeable employees in preventive maintenance and routine equipment care practices.
  • Maintain plant inventory levels for maintenance parts and supplies as directed.
  • Train lesser-skilled maintenance positions on proper work methods and safety procedures when assisting with maintenance activities.
  • Maintain plant equipment and maintenance records to meet PTS’s and OSHA’s safety, environmental and quality compliance standards.
  • Diagnose causes of malfunctions by sight, sound, or actions of plant equipment, machinery or processes and determine corrective action to include seeking vendor assistance.
  • Use blueprints, schematics, diagrams and equipment manuals to tear down, replace, repair, install, and assemble equipment, parts, components, and accessories. Develop and fabricate accessory fixtures or guards for machines and equipment.  Adjust machine mechanisms such as feed, speed, power input or output.
  • Work requires basic computer operator skills.
  • Repair portable power tools
  • Perform other duties and work assignments as required and directed.

Knowledge Skills / Abilities

  • A general knowledge of electronics and electrical systems is preferred to perform basic repairs as needed or directed.
  • Requires a broad knowledge of mechanics, controls, electricity, hydraulics, pneumatics, and related tools and equipment, together with the use of complicated drawings, specifications, charts, tables, handbook formulas, and all varieties of precision measuring instruments and the use of broad training in heavy maintenance trade.
  • Experience working with power transmission equipment (motors, speed reducers, v-belt and sheave drive systems, roller chain and sprocket drive systems), welding and fabrication using AC/DC arc welders, MIG welders, oxy-acetylene cutting torches, plasma cutters, milling machines, lathes, cutoff saws, surface grinders, mechanical presses, rigging equipment to include slings, chains, shackles, wire rope systems, working with overhead cranes, combustion systems, etc.
  • Lesser qualified applicants must be willing to participate in and complete up to four years of an apprenticeship program which will include college courses and on-the-job training. Credit for previous experience and courses taken will be assessed and if applicable, credited towards the apprenticeship program.
  • Successes will be measured by the Maintenance Mechanics ability to effectively troubleshoot problems with equipment and make repairs in a safe, timely, and cost effective manner. Items to be considered in the evaluation process are as listed below.
    • Safety record
    • Mechanical associated downtime
    • Mechanical repair costs
    • Cost reductions, and machinery upgrades and improvements
    • Timely completion of projects
    • Preventive/Predictive maintenance program effectiveness
    • Performance to budget
    • Cleanliness and organization of work area and shop
    • Training effectiveness of subordinates and co-workers
    • Number and type of plant mechanical safety inspection discrepancies
  • Strong interpersonal skills, ability to communicate and manage well at all levels within and outside the organization is essential. Strong problem solving and creative skills and the ability to exercise sound judgement and make decisions based on accurate and timely analyses.  High level of integrity and dependability with a strong sense of urgency and results-orientated.

Must be self-disciplined, organized, have excellent planning skills and a team player

Candidate Requirements

  • Ability to work night shift
  • High School Diploma/GED required. College related coursework or equivalent formal technical training preferred.
  • Minimum of 2 to 3 years of experience in troubleshooting and repair of mechanical, pneumatic, hydraulic, and electro-mechanical systems.
  • Understanding of all equipment, processes & procedures for operations
  • Computer skills (Outlook, Excel, and AS400)
  • Required to have fork lift & crane certification if present
  • CPR & First Aid training
  • Hazmat training


  • Hourly rate plus incentive (Current top rate is $23.70 per hour with starting wage commensurate with experience)
  • Shift premium additional $0.40/hr
  • Eligible for healthcare plan (medical, dental and vision)
  • 401(k) with company match
  • Life, STD, LTD, Tuition Reimbursement


Maintenance Mechanic (LAN)


Lansing, MI