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Maintenance Planner

Date: Jan 19, 2023

Location: Jackson, US, 49203

Company: Gerdau

This position is open to domestic candidates only. 


The Maintenance Planner is responsible for improving work force safety, productivity and work quality. It is accountable for managing and planning of shop non-emergency work orders for equipment to maximize reliability, optimizing maintenance costs, and reducing equipment downtime. This job coordinates with the operating and maintenance personnel to determine and plan maintenance work including preventative, predictive, and scheduled corrective maintenance as well as pending work from emergencies and projects to improve equipment reliability. This position works with and supports the ERP-Equipment Reliability Process and is system manager of the Computerized Maintenance Management (CMM) system for the assigned area.




Qualifications for this position include a working knowledge of heavy manufacturing with a target of five years hands-on-experience in lesser positions or equivalent experience. A post-secondary education in administration, engineering or a technical college diploma in an electrical or mechanical discipline is desired. The incumbent must demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills, be a fast-learner, have the ability to work independently, perform and prioritize a variety of tasks with minimum supervision and must be proficient with computers and databases.




This position is primarily responsible for planning and coordinating proactive maintenance activities of equipment. Providing technical assistance and maintenance expertise to the Jackson Mill.  The ERP Planner reports directly to the Area Lead Maintenance Facilitator and works closely with operating and maintenance departments.


This position will maximize the reliability of the equipment using a formal, systematic/analytical approach to planning and scheduling maintenance activities for scheduled outages. Participate and facilitate down day, outage and weekly planning meetings. Participate in projects and maintenance activities that will improve the reliability of the equipment.


This position will be responsible for building detailed job plans, managing work orders and backlog for planned work and will ensure the proper data management of the maintenance related software systems.  Work order plans will be developed with all predictive technologies in conjunction with mill operating and maintenance departments.


Due to close contact with operating management and personnel, outside contractors and vendors, this position requires the ability to effectively communicate with a variety of personalities and interests.  The incumbent must manage the interests of all parties in creating and modifying work procedures and equipment.


The incumbent will work within the Gerdau Business System to monitor and manage performance. Key indicators will be developed in support of ERP assessment.  Will participate, organize and conduct training programs for the maintenance personnel regarding new operating equipment, software, methodologies and procedures.


Due to the nature of manufacturing operations the incumbent will be required to work on regularly scheduled shutdown and must have high availability depending on the requirement of the operation or project being managed.


Responsible for staying abreast of current technology and recommending changes to effect continual improvement of production processes.  The incumbent should also possess a broad knowledge of maintenance concepts, and techniques. 


Will be required to manage other special projects as assigned.

  • Participate in major failure incident investigations in area of responsibility.
  • Conduct routine safety and preventative maintenance activities including inspections, audits, employee contacts and visibility tours.
  • Ensure that safety rules and requirements are being followed in all work areas.
  • Maintain compliance with visual management standards.




  1. Develop planning and scheduling for non-emergency based work orders. Coordinate and manage work orders in the area assigned within the plant.
  2. Develop detailed job plan including safety issues, detailed task sequence, required skills and resources, crew size and man hours, spare parts required and special tools etc. Develop planed work packages for all planned work so that work can be completed in minimum time frame safely and efficiently. 
  3. Assist in the development of spare parts list in CMM system to maximize equipment reliability. Implements and establishes critical spare review for equipment in assigned area.
  4. Assist in inventory and management of spare parts. Update CMM system on an ongoing basis as required.
  5. Review and update equipment hierarchy for assigned areas.
  6. Champion and promote the equipment reliability process to create and maintain an atmosphere that encourages employee ownership of processes and procedures.
  7. Facilitate down day, outage and weekly planning meetings. Coordinate and assist during such activities.
  8. Actively participate in all safety programs as required.
  9. Ensure timely completion of preventative maintenance and predictive based work orders within specifications and compliance with appropriate rules and regulations affecting this area. Responsible for any modification to the preventive maintenance program that might reduce maintenance cost and downtime from feedback and observation.
  10. Responsible for auditing non-emergency work orders for proper data management of CMM system as required to maximize effectiveness.
  11. Manage/participate in maintenance, operational, capital- and reliability-based projects.
  12. Use computers and associated software applications to collect and organize data.
  13. Work with outside vendors and consultants as required. Monitor performance as well as procedures to inspect major repaired equipment when it is returned to the plant.
  14. Develop procedures and practices to use testing equipment such as laser alignment, balancing devices, etc.
  15. Be involved with engineering on all new capex in area of responsibility. Assist in the development of predictive and preventative maintenance program to be implemented effectively.
  16. Be involved in identification and set up of the equipment spare parts for Capex projects in the CMM system.
  17. Responsible for and completing all required annual safety and environmental training.
  18. Tasks which have significant environmental impacts are (i.e. Process pond water, spill prevention, containment and response, RCRA waste, KO61 Dust (bag house dust) PM’s, and calibration of equipment.
  1. Employee is expected to know, understand, and follow all applicable Federal, State, and Local environmental legal requirements and practices.
  2. Enforce environmental compliance to procedures, practices, and regulations within the department.
  3. Ensure environmental compliance with all applicable Federal, State and Local regulations within the department.


The incumbent must perform the above mentioned duties and responsibilities in accordance with all Federal, State, Provincial and Local environmental regulations.  Employees must also report any situation that may have a detrimental impact to human health or the environment to their immediate supervisor.



Medical and Prescription



Health & Dependent Care (Flexible Spending Account)


Basic Life/Accidental Life Insurance

Health Advocate Services

Employee Assistance Program

Tuition Reimbursement Program



Gerdau believes in equal employment opportunity related to all employees and applicants for employment.  It is the policy of Gerdau that there will be no discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, marital status, sex, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, veteran status, disability, or other legally protected status.  All external applicants must be legally eligible to immediately work in the country of hire without current or future sponsorship.


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Nearest Major Market: Jackson Michigan
Nearest Secondary Market: Ann Arbor