General Mechanic Job

Req Id 27343 - Posted 02/05/2018 - Maintenance - Louisville, Kentucky, US



The General Mechanic performs the installation, maintenance, servicing, repairing, and rebuilding of all plant equipment.  This position reports to the Maintenance Supervisor.




  • Effectively troubleshoot electrical, instrument, and mechanical problems in the field.
  • Repairs, installs and services all plant equipment and building and grounds.
  • Executes all tasks necessary as assigned to support plant operations.
  • Tests all work for proper operation prior to turnover to production.
  • Provides feedback to supervision pertaining to out of calibration instrumentation and any abnormal equipment observations.
  • Assists with PLC troubleshooting as required.
  • Troubleshoot and repair problems with motor starters and variable frequency drives.
  • Operate testing apparatus during test cycle to produce, regulate and record effects of actual or simulated conditions. 
  • Perform preventative and corrective maintenance of plant instrument devices and equipment.
  • Maintain a clean, organized shop and clean design practices during day to day work activities.
  • Follow planning and scheduling protocols for the completion and documentation of work order status.
  • Incident commander in emergencies.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Maintains proficiencies in the following areas:

  • Process Instrumentation with an understanding of measurement and testing devices used in Process Automation; temperature, pressure, level, flow, weight and various analyzers.
  • Electrical power, conduit, and electrical wiring installation and instrumentation calibration (hazardous and non-hazardous).
  • Troubleshooting, repair and calibration of control valves, actuators and positioners.
  • General mechanical and troubleshooting.
  • Piping threading and fitting
  • Rotating equipment rebuilding and alignment (mechanical seals, bearings and couplings, etc.).
  • Reading and understanding PIDs, electrical prints and equipment drawings.




This position is located at the Altuglas Louisville, KY plant and will require the willingness to work a 7 day (including weekends) rotating 8, 10, or 12 hour shift schedule.  The entry rate of pay is $28.35 per hour.  After successful completion of qualification, rate of pay increases to $35.70 per hour.


The position supports the site HES policy, complies with all regulatory and internal requirements and participates in HES activities provided by site management and Arkema Inc. (e.g., Behavioral Base Safety, SafeStart, etc.).  The role supports and promotes the reporting of all health, safety, environmental, near-miss, accident or injury incidents.




  • HS Diploma and 5+ years of experience working on industrial equipment and facilities.
  • Must have experience in Instrumentation and Control maintenance.
  • Must be familiar with PLC, DCS, electrical motor controls, VFDs and with some pneumatic experience with strong troubleshooting experience.
  • Must be able to climb ladders and work at significant heights
  • Must be able to lift a minimum of 50 pounds; both to carry and to lift overhead.
  • Must be able to wear a respirator and to enter confined spaces.


May be required to obtain additional skills such as welding.

A global chemical company and France’s leading chemicals producer, Arkema is building the future of the chemical industry every day. Deploying a responsible, innovation-based approach, we produce state-of-the-art specialty chemicals that provide customers with practical solutions to such challenges as climate change, access to drinking water, the future of energy, fossil fuel preservation and the need for lighter materials. With operations in close to 50 countries, some 19,000 employees and research centers in North America, France and Asia, Arkema generates pro forma annual revenue of some $8.1 billion, and holds leadership positions in all its markets with a portfolio of internationally recognized brands.,

Arkema Inc.  provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Arkema Inc. complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

For more information about the EEOC, please refer to The "EEO IS The Law" poster at


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