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Praxair, Inc. Maintenance Superintendent in East Chicago, Indiana

Maintenance Superintendent


This position leads the maintenance execution team, including direction-setting, personnel development, oversight of work quality, development and implementation of improvements and measurement of results.

This position is responsible for providing oversight and coordination of maintenance activities at multiple facilities and reports to the Global HyCO Maintenance and TAR Manager. This position also has primary accountability for ensuring the safety and efficiency of these service personnel while on site. Responsibilities vary by location:

1)Whiting, IN HyCO & CO2: Responsible for full range of maintenance activity, performance, safety and personnel management for routine and major work.

2)Bagdad, PA / Barberton, OH / Belle, WV: Responsible for monitoring the efficiency of the maintenance work process and status of maintenance KPI results as well as support troubleshooting of major issues.

3)Ontario, CA / Butte, MT / Ecorse, MI / Hemlock, MI: Responsible for technical support and leadership during major outage activity.

Essential Functions

  • Acts as a champion of the maintenance execution work process in support of the business goals and safe, quality, reliable and competitive maintenance services.

  • Responsible for personnel development and performance management for technicians and salary employees at Whiting, IN facility (9 direct reports).

  • Provides overall management of maintenance and operations work orders including creation (as needed), prioritization, release, review of plan and closure.

  • Assures and optimizes maintenance execution practices and procedures to achieve cost-effective results, including efficient scheduling of resources, proper training and performance of craft personnel, and high-quality execution of work with a focus on Safety and Reliability.

  • Leads execution of planned and unplanned unit shutdowns, including job plan and critical path schedule development and tracking and closeout of activities.

  • Plant focal point for turnarounds during scope development process.

  • Performs regular review of maintenance execution quality and efficiency.

  • Shares best practices with peers in 3 other US regions within Praxair.

  • Responsible for implementation and utilization of disciplined maintenance execution practices and standards.

  • Develops maintenance budgets and controls spending through appropriate tracking, forecasting and adjustments.

  • Supports the use of Maintenance and Reliability Key Performance Indicators (KPI's) along with other input to drive performance and implementation of improvements as appropriate.

  • Approves and prioritizes maintenance work notifications in CMMS to ensure that maintenance is properly directed toward the goals of plant reliability and availability in a cost effective, productive manner.

  • Responsible for eliminating unnecessary work and managing the backlog of approved work.

  • Communicates daily with the Facility Managers and Shift Supervisors to clarify work priorities and to react to schedule interruptions.

  • Provides troubleshooting support to operations personnel as needed, and works with various departments as required to obtain technical and procurement support.

  • Participates in root cause failure analyses and in corrective actions for bad actors.


  • Minimum 10 years relevant experience in maintenance repairs, engineering and reliability activities, and must have demonstrated strong leadership capabilities.

  • Key skills include communication, interpersonal relationships, facilitation, influencing, negotiating and the ability to work within a matrix organization.

  • Successful candidate must be able to develop others and foster diverse relationships throughout the organization.

  • Must have a thorough understanding of equipment and overall plant operating processes.

  • Requires familiarity with environmental, safety, and health procedures and issues.

  • Must have understanding of mechanical and instrument equipment and their maintenance, mechanical integrity and the inspection process.

  • Requires familiarity with maintenance programs, work processes and best practices.

  • Must have technical competencies of troubleshooting, root cause failure analysis, general computer skills, work planning and estimating.

  • Must be able to manage multiple priorities, drive issues to completion and obtain results.

  • Must be proficient in the use of CMMS, Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

  • Must be able to travel approximately 20% of the time.

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.

Job Operations

Primary Location Indiana-East Chicago

Schedule Full-time

Req ID: 18000855