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Particleboard Technician


Particleboard Technician ( wood products manufacturing )--Grayling, MI

ARAUCO is a global manufacturer of sustainably-produced forest product solutions for construction, industrial, and retail markets. With over 120 facilities worldwide, we manufacture and distribute the industry’s most-comprehensive selection of wood composite panels, premium plywood, millwork, lumber, and FSC-certified wood pulp.

ARAUCO is growing in North America, with innovative manufacturing, state-of-the-art facilities, and a commitment to make a difference in the communities where we are located. We are seeking the right individuals for high-caliber opportunities in manufacturing, supply chain, maintenance, safety, and other related fields. This is a direct-hire role with benefits. We look forward to considering you as part of our team at ARAUCO!



To safely operate area equipment to achieve throughput expectations in order to generate consistently high quality product as per the specifications set for the mill.


Along with the maintenance staff, safely participates in maintaining equipment within the operator’s skill level.


Description of Essential Duties:

  • Responsible for producing quality product or furnish for the process in accordance with mill quality and safety expectations.
  • Works to become competent in all aspects of their assigned operating area.
  • Is LOTO certified for all equipment the Technician is expected to operate and/or maintain.
  • Helps with preparation and implementation of successful rotation between operating roles.
  • Supports and participates in team development.
  • Participates in performance feedback for staff in area and on team
  • Provide ongoing feedback to team members and provide clarity of Ownership’s and personal responsibility
  • Participates in personal training to ensure competency.
  • Supports Operate and Maintain principle.
  • Participates in maintenance down days and extended shutdowns within one’s skills and ability.
  • Responsible for optimization of waste management and reduction of waste in assigned area.
  • Exercises responsible environmental stewardship in all areas of work.
  • Covers crew mates and other crews for meetings as required.
  • Completes the daily rounds for all equipment in the area. Repairs or gets resources to repair equipment to minimize down time. Generates work requests for work requiring follow-up.
  • Complete operating P.M.’s and checks condition of all equipment in the area to ensure optimum performance.
  • Helps to develop Safe and Standard Operating Procedures for the area.
  • Uses troubleshooting checklists to solve operating problems.
  • Uses logbooks (electronic and paper) to clearly and completely communicate operating conditions.
  • Fosters a strong working relationship with maintenance resources.
  • Issues work requests as required.
  • Ideas for improvements are communicated to the team and coordinators as appropriate.
  • Communicates with upstream and downstream customers as needed in order to achieve a high degree of mill uptime and product quality.
  • Reports all downtime
  • Works to resolve down grade issues in assigned area and assists other areas/teams to resolve their down grade issues.
  • Participates in mill trials, customer site visits and community mill tours.
  • Is an ambassador for the mill and Arauco.
  • Participates in project work.
  • Participates in mill safety and environmental audits as assigned.
  • Runs and tests all equipment as it becomes not assume that it works!
  • Has a general understanding and knowledge of the overall plant equipment and fire suppression systems, but a detailed knowledge of the equipment and fire suppression systems in their assigned area.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • High school graduate or GED required, Associates degree preferred.
  • Computer skills are desired.  Good working knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel are an asset
  • Strong verbal and written and communication skills.
  • Self-motivated and strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to work in a team based environment is a must.

Organizational Culture/Job Fit:

  • Operate and Maintain Philosophy.
  • Participate in a team based environment to achieve superior business results.
  • Willingness to cross train and support upstream and downstream customers.
  • Participates in functional area meetings
  • Is a leader in team approach to work and fostering the culture at Arauco.
  • Supports and participates in the Operate and Maintain principles of the Team Design.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate (orally and in writing) in a professional manner when dealing with team mates, contractors, and company contacts.
  • Is an ambassador for Arauco at all times.

Key Safety/Housekeeping Responsibilities:

  • Own safety in your area.  Is a model for safety performance.
  • Maintains LOTO certification for equipment in the area.
  • Ensures all equipment operates safely
  • Participates in the development of safe and standard operating procedures (SOP’s)
  • Participates in Hazard Alert Program, Confined Space Program and Hot Works Program in area
  • Will participate in Safety audits and maintain a safe working area for everyone in the mill.
  • Safety will always be a consideration when planning any events or completing tasks
  • Fully understanding fire suppression equipment in assigned area.
  • Respects all Arauco safety procedures and guarding.
  • Keeps area equipment and floor clean.  Housekeeping is critical to the safety of the mill
  • Participates in all mill safety programs identified to maintain a high level of safety awareness in the mill.

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Arauco is an equal opportunity employer to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

Nearest Major Market: Northern Michigan

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