Future Fuel

Maintenance Mechanic Apprentice

FutureFuel Chemical Company is looking for a Maintenance Mechanic Apprentice to join our Maintenance Team. This position will work under the supervision of a Supervisor, Shops and Maintenance, and performs a wide variety of skilled mechanical work
About The Position
This position will work with peers to manage the day-to-day needs of the clients in the assigned area of responsibility.  Job duties involve one or more of the following assignment areas: the installation, alteration, and repair of machinery and equipment; the fabrication and repair of piping systems; the operation of various machine and metal shop equipment, as well as performing limited electrical/instrumentation tasks. Because most documentation for work orders and cost systems is maintained in computer systems, requires use of Microsoft Outlook, LINUS and SAP systems to enter and retrieve this data daily. Works in elevated locations and confined spaces and extremes in ambient temperatures. Maintenance Mechanics must satisfactorily pass a respirator fit test and be capable of working near rotating and moving machinery. Assignment to this classification requires the completion of the FutureFuel Chemical Company Mechanical Maintenance apprenticeship program and the purchase of tools necessary to do the job.
Key Responsibilities

  • Performs highly-skilled mechanical work involving the assembly, installation, alteration, and repair of plant machinery, equipment, and piping systems.
  • Performs troubleshooting, preventive maintenance, and repair activities on mechanical equipment and piping systems. Also performs limited electrical tasks such as installation,   maintenance, and repair of motors, motor control circuits, control valves, and instrument loop wiring.
  • Determines the most efficient and effective means of making necessary repairs in order to reduce cost and minimize downtime; may provide recommendations to supervision regarding these items.
  • Operates power tools and uses mechanic’s hand tools and close tolerance measuring and aligning devices. Will also use electrical/electronic test equipment as needed. 
  • Determines the proper methods and installs a wide variety of equipment, and piping systems. 
  • Plans and performs the fabrication, assembly, installation, alteration, and repair of various metal articles and equipment.
  • Lays out work using a rule, square, pattern, template, or other measurement device to outline a required figure. 
  • Works occasionally on jobs requiring special code welding such as required on equipment that operates under high pressures.
  • Performs the phases of pipefitting work for all pressure classes. 
  • Works from blueprints, factory manuals, written specifications, sketches, oral instructions, and personal knowledge of the work being performed. 
  • Follows proper rigging and hoisting practices as required.
  • Attends special schools or training sessions concerning new maintenance techniques, skills or methods, and trains others in the maintenance techniques thus acquired.  
  • Cleans up job site at end of each job or shift by returning all tools, materials, and supplies to the proper location and properly disposes of all scrap; reinstalls all guards and safety devices on completion of job. 
  • Works with and directs the work of other personnel as required. 
  • Operates manlifts, forklifts, go-getters, skyjack, and boom truck as required. Also drives  company vehicles to/from job sites. Must have a valid Arkansas Drivers’ license. 
  • Plans and schedules assigned maintenance work as needed. 
  • Performs other duties as assigned by supervision. 
  • Communicates effectively in order to perform the essential functions of the job.
  • Completes required safety training as directed. Will comply with all established departmental, company, and OSHA safety regulations.

Key Qualifications

  • Be able to perform all of the essential elements of the job, with or without reasonable accommodations
  • Having successfully completed a Silver Level on the Arkansas CRC test, or higher, as well as scoring a 3 or greater on the Workplace Observation.
  • Have successfully completed the FutureFuel Chemical Company Mechanical Maintenance Apprenticeship Program or equivalent
  • Be capable of clear, concise verbal, written, and electronic communications
  • Possess and practice good organizational skills
  • Be capable of interfacing with various levels of company management, employees, external contacts
  • Must be a team player
  • Must have, or the ability to learn, basic computer skills and become knowledgeable of a variety of software packages including corporate systems (i.e., Microsoft Outlook, SAP, LINUS)
  • Be willing and capable to work varied and rotating shift schedules according to business needs (i.e., around-the-clock coverage for both routine and emergency needs and working overtime and responding to emergencies during off-hours)
  • Acquire and maintain personal tools in accordance with the current Operations Services tool policy.

About FutureFuel

FutureFuel Chemical Company (FFCC) is a specialty and fine chemical manufacturing producer with an over forty-year successful plant history. FFCC has three business segments: custom/toll manufacturing, performance chemicals, and biodiesel. FFCC serves a wide variety of markets including pharmaceutical intermediates and products, nylon and polyester fibers, cleaning products, agricultural products, paints and coating, and fuels and energy.

FFCC is a small publicly traded company with approximately 500 employees that has a rich history of complex organic chemistry innovation, excellent environmental stewardship, and excellent health and safety compliance. We are a growing U.S. manufacturer of specialty organic chemicals and premium biofuels. Our company is headquartered in Clayton, St Louis and publicly listed on the NYSE under "FF". We have a world class integrated biofuels and specialty chemicals manufacturing facility in Batesville, Arkansas. This Electrical Engineering position is located in at the Batesville plant.

About the Location

Batesville, Arkansas is a small rural town of about 10,000 on the foothills of the Ozark Mountains with excellent area schools, a University of Arkansas 2-year college and Lyon College, a highly rated Liberal Arts College. We are a strong outdoor community with the White River, nearby lakes, parks, bike trails, dog park, walking trails, excellent soccer and baseball/softball facilities, a thriving community and aquatics center and Historic Main Street, and close access to Blanchard Springs Caverns, The Ozark Folk Center, and the Buffalo River, one of the longest undammed rivers west of the Mississippi and the nation’s first National River designated by Congress in 1972 to preserve its clean water and other outstanding values. Batesville has a regional health care center, Community Theatre and Arts Council, a strong Chamber of Commerce, Mark Martin NASCAR Museum, and a regional historic museum. Visit Batesville at cityofbatesville.com.

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