Production Technician - Freeport, TX
The United States Industrial Gas (USIG) division of Praxair, Inc. is currently seeking a Production Technician located in Freeport, Texas.
The Praxair Production Technician is responsible for the safe, reliable, and efficient operation of an air separation facility in Freeport, Texas. This is a challenging and rewarding job that requires the employee to have problem-solving capabilities in mechanical, electrical, instrumentation, and production processes.
Production Technicians will work independently as well as with a team, while demonstrating initiative and self-motivation. Praxair Production Technicians often work alone and have primary responsibility for their assigned plants. Production Technicians must be available for call outs.
Employees in this role operate all aspects of the Praxair air separation plant, from routine operations to solving production problems. They maintain compressors, pumps, valves, motors and related equipment. The technicians also start up, shut down, and operate the plant.
The technician must solve a variety of mechanical, electrical, instrumentation and process control problems. The technician makes decisions which require coordination of interrelated tasks. The employee develops conceptual solutions to moderately difficult, non-routine issues/problems and provides guidance on technical leadership of projects.
Production Technicians are trained and mentored as they develop knowledge and skills. The employee is also supported with supervision, lead technicians, engineers, safety, and other technical staff. Occasionally, the technician will travel to locations outside the assigned areas to support those plants and receive training.
Maintain all Safety, Quality, Environmental, and Compliance activities
Start up, shut down, and operate the production processes.
Perform routine maintenance and calibrations on a variety of process equipment such as compressors, gas analyzers, control systems, electrical systems, rotating equipment, and process control valves.
Troubleshoot and repair defective equipment, electrical components, and production processes.
Planning and executing operations and maintenance tasks (e.g. lockout-tagout)
Follow SOPs/SMPs for highly regulated plant processes and procedures
Purchasing of materials and/or services such as contractors.
Documentation, reports, and other administrative duties.
Operating equipment including forklifts and man-lifts.
High School Degree required
Associate's or Bachelor’s degree in a technical field preferred
2 - 5 years of experience is highly desirable in many of the following fields:
Air separation, oil refining, or similar complex process control operations
Instrumentation and control
General maintenance of industrial equipment
Compressors and compressor maintenance
Industrial mechanical maintenance
Industrial electrical or electrician
Industrial Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC)
Military technical fields
Machinist Mates, Electrician Mates, Nuclear Technician, Gas Turbine Technicians, Boiler Technicians, Cryogenic Technicians.
SKILLS and ATTRIBUTES
Dependable and honest
Safety commitment and compliance with procedures
Competency with computers, Microsoft applications (specifically Word and Excel), email, and process control computer systems
Trouble shooting and diagnostics
Use of calibration devices and data collectors
Maintenance and repairs of industrial equipment
Process understanding, process control schematic interpretation
Maintenance and compliance documentation
Communications, both verbal and written
Quality controls, analyzers
Organization and time management
Safe Work Planning
The Production Technician must be able to sit, stand, climb, walk, read, talk, see and hear, to perform the essential functions of this job. Additional activities for this job are:
Drive a service (pickup) truck up to 2 or 3 hours per day and up to 8 hours on occasion.
Perform office work requiring computer work and other administration duties 1 or 2 hours per day.
Walking on flat or uneven surfaces and in areas of crushed stone on a daily basis.
Bending, stooping, and working from just above the ground to 6 foot elevation.
Use of stairs, ladders, and scaffolding for elevated work.
Lifting 5 to 15 LBs loads performed daily.
Lifting 15 to 45 LBs loads intermittently.
Lifting 45 to 75 LBs loads occasionally.
Use of air purifying full face respirator occasionally.
Upper body work activities, including using wrenches, hammers, and similar hand tools.
Use of power tools such as drill and saws.
Use of volt meters and calibration devices.
Use of fingers/fine manipulation (such as instrumentation calibration).
Use of chemical personal protective equipment (PPE).
Shift schedule requiring weekend and/or nighttime shifts.Working extended hours and/or holidays may be required.
On Call, 24 hours, 7 days a week. Must carry cell Company Cell phone for immediate availability.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status.
Primary Location Texas-Freeport
Req ID: 19000890