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Industrial Maintenance Mechanic

posted Jun 5, 2017, 11:45 AM by Roger Coulter

General Biodiesel’s mission is to produce high quality biodiesel fuel from sustainable sources, such as used cooking oil, provide strong returns to stakeholders, take care of customers and employees, and contribute to local economies. General Biodiesel is a young and rapidly growing company. Job responsibilities are ever-shifting, ever-growing, and performance expectations increase steadily over time. We manage this growth by regularly eliminating unnecessary procedures and using tools to become more productive. General Biodiesel has a dynamic environment where personal and professional growth is supported and expected. 


The Industrial Maintenance Mechanic is a full-time position. Under the guidance of the Process Engineer, the Industrial Maintenance Mechanic is tasked with keeping the plant up-time as high as possible.  He/She is responsible for preventative maintenance, repairs, spares inventory, and equipment functionality and safety. The Industrial Maintenance Mechanic works with the operations staff, under the direction of the Process Engineer, to identify areas that need attention and continually develop preventative maintenance schedules to ensure timely completion.  Ability to work unsupervised, stay on task, and complete multiple projects on time is essential.



  • Minimize downtime due to equipment failure and equipment maintenance.  

  • Troubleshoot and repair equipment that has failed.

  • Create, update and implement preventative maintenance cycles for all equipment in the plant.

  • Work with the Process Engineer and others to determine priority of projects and tasks.

  • Research and submit proposals for increases in efficiency, yield, and throughput for the entire production process.

  • Research, document and collect the proper maintenance manuals, memos, procedures and guides.

  • Identify areas for improvement with equipment application, functionality, layout or usage.  Troubleshoot failure points and recommend changes.

  • Communicates and schedules known downtime to limit impact to production.

  • Create and improve on a stock of spare parts. Organize part lists and specifications.  

  • Be available to deal with issues of unscheduled downtime at odd hours.

  • Identify and correct safety concerns dealing with processing equipment.

  • Ensure the proper functioning of pumps, motors, mixers, piping, centrifuges, burners, valves, instrumentation, compressors and electrical controls.








  • Minimum 5 years experience working with mechanical maintenance.

  • Must have knowledge of functionality and maintenance of pumps, compressors, burners, 480V motors, process instrumentation and control wiring.

  • Knowledge of PLC controls, centrifuges, vacuum pumps, filter presses, gear boxes and control valves.

  • Ability to effectively and efficiently communicate needs to management.

  • Ability to read, understand, follow, and enforce company rules and regulations as well as OSHA standards and requirements.

  • Proficient with Microsoft Excel

  • Must have great attention to detail.

  • Previous experience reading and comprehending Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS).

  • Previous experience with chemical manufacturing and Lock Out/Tag Out

  • Organization in creating schedules, inventories and timelines.

  • Ability to work in a production and lab environment with dust, fumes, varied temperatures, a variety of chemicals,  and loud machinery.

  • Needs to be able to work independently or with little supervision.

  • Ability to lift 50 lbs.

  • Able to be trained to drive forklift.



Starting wage $26/hour plus benefits.



In order for your application to be considered, applicants must send to a resume and cover letter.