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Plant Engineer - Foreman, AR

Foreman, AR, US, 71836

Ash Grove Cement Company



Job ID:  301239


Ash Grove Cement, a CRH company, provides portland and masonry cements to help build the foundation and infrastructure for the world around us.  We ship millions of tons of cement from our plants and network of terminals located across North America. When you work for Ash Grove, you are connecting to something bigger. Join our team and help Ash Grove build America.




Coordinates engineering activities related to the implementation of new maintenance processes and the revision of existing maintenance processes, including the assignment and supervision of contractors. Provides engineering assistance as needed throughout the plant. Works with plant personnel working on various projects and performing maintenance activities (including Predictive and Preventative Maintenance) and equipment repair. Uses independent judgment in performing responsibilities. Works under general supervision with standard practices and guidelines. Refers to supervisor with unusual problems or situations. Provides either direct or indirect supervision to maintenance employees as specified by plant management.


Key Responsibilities (Essential Duties and Functions)

  • Works with other plant personnel to plan, survey design, write specifications and obtain contractors for the implementation of new projects as well as the revision of existing ones as needed. Supervises and inspects work of contractors on responsible projects.
  • Assists plant management in planning and preparing capital expenditure proposals and budgets.
  • Assists in the purchase of plant equipment where appropriate. Communicates and negotiates with vendors as needed.
  • Plans and coordinates testing and inspections of plant equipment such as large gearing, kilns, mills, and Preheater Equipment.
  • Works with Plant Management to coordinate Predictive Maintenance activities such as oil analysis, vibration analysis, thermal testing, ultrasound inspections and any other necessary testing.
  • Coordinates efforts to store drawings, new equipment drawings and equipment manuals in a centralized location.
  • Provides mechanical, civil, structural and/or electrical assistance as needed in all areas of the plant and terminals.
  • Assists in permitting applications when needed.
  • Performs and/or supervises the performance of computer-aided design to prepare designs and drawings of equipment systems and processes associated with plant projects (where applicable)
  • Directs and evaluates engineering activities performed by outside engineering firms as needed.
  • Coordinates with plant department managers in planning major projects and plant shutdown repairs and maintenance activities
  • Promotes plant safety and ensures compliance with all applicable safety standards and regulations which includes participating in the Safety Observation Program, participating in MSHA government inspections, participating in departmental safety meetings and any other activities to assist in plant safety.
  • Learn how to use the plant CMMS (Bentley) to assist with tracking and planning maintenance activities.
  • Write up Standard Job Plans & Job Safety Analyses on specific jobs that are performed at the plant. These are step by step items that are completed so that jobs are done safely and efficiently. These will be stored so that knowledge on specific jobs can be retained at the plant. (Such examples are moving the Stemler Crusher and rebuilding Crossbar Clinker Cooler.)
  • Works with Management Staff to plan modifications and improvements of plant equipment and structures to improve efficiency when specified by local plant management and the correct process on how to do this according to Ash Grove Policies
  • Coordinates maintenance projects with all departments as needed.
  • Provides technical assistance to maintenance crew as needed. This may include working off-shift hours, on weekends or holidays or after hours when needed or directed.
  • Work with the Reliability Team and assist with the reliability of plant equipment and learn how to conduct a Basic Failure Analysis (BFA) on equipment to discover a root cause and work towards improving the reliability of equipment as needed. Could possibly manage Reliability Team.
  • Prepares various reports as requested.
  • May fill in other Maintenance Management positions as needed when there personnel are away from the plant. 


Other Requirements

  • Demonstrates excellent judgment and decision-making skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Excellent collaboration and team building skills.
  • Proficient in English written and verbal communication skills.
  • Knowledge of government regulations such as MSHA as they apply to maintenance projects and repair activities. Technical knowledge of maintenance and repair required by cement plant equipment and structures. Working knowledge of conveyors, AC/DC motors, fans, hydraulic systems, and electrical distribution systems.
  • Understands and can use Microsoft Word, Excel, Project, Access, CAD, and applicable CMMS software.
  • Work may require walking over rough and/or slippery surfaces, recurring bending, and crouching, working in high places, and lifting moderately heavy items up to 50 pounds.
  • Work may require a working schedule on weekends, holidays, off-shift and even stay after shift depending on the circumstances. This does not happen very often, but it is a possibility.



  • 2 or more years of experience in related plant engineering positions in a heavy industry preferred


Licenses and Certifications

  • Professional Engineer (PE) (Preferred)



  • Bachelor's Degree in mechanical, structural, civil or electrical engineering preferred.



About CRH Americas


CRH Americas has a long and proud heritage as one of North America’s largest corporations. We are a proud reflection of the hundreds of family businesses, local and regional companies and mid to large sized enterprises that together form the CRH Americas family. CRH Americas operates with a decentralized, diversified structure, letting you work in a small company environment while having the career opportunities of a large enterprise.


CRH Americas is a great place to grow! If you’re up for a rewarding challenge, we invite you to take the first step and apply today! Once you click apply now, you will be brought to our career site. Please complete your online profile which will be sent directly to the appropriate Hiring Manager. Our system allows you to view and track your status 24 hours a day. Thank you for your interest in the CRH Americas family!


Ash Grove Cement is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer.

EOE/Vet/Disability--If you want to know more, please click on this link

Date Posted:  Aug 30, 2021

Nearest Major Market: Texarkana

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