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Manufacturing Production

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Description:  Responsible for coordination of all maintenance activities as a member of the Power and Recovery team for two recovery boilers, two evaporator trains, lime kiln, recaust, power boilers, water treatment, and influent and effluent systems.

  • Coordinate daily shutdown and preventive maintenance activities, system lockout management

  • Performs as operation's representative on capital projects for the area.

  • Supports department efforts in safety, productivity, quality and cost control. 

  • Leader of the process line efficiency team for the area.


  • B.S. degree in Engineering or related field of study, or high school diploma

  • Equivalent work experience in an industrial environment, preferably pulp and paper.

  • Experience in power and recovery recausticizing and utilities is desirable.

  • Successful candidate must be able to communicate effectively at all levels in a manufacturing environment in both verbal and written form. 

  • Attention to detail and strong organizational skills are key.

  •  Must be able to function in a team environment while also being a strong, motivated, independent performer.

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Practice Manufacturing Production Interview

  1. What experience do you have with pulp and paper processing? Water and chemical processes?

  2. What kind of work have you done with maintenance planning, costing, scheduling, and on-time project completion activities?  

Follow-up:  In which past job functions were they?

  1. Production downtime, as well as, unexpected breakdowns increases the costs of manufacturing.  Tell us about a situation in which you reduced or recovered production or maintenance costs.

  2. What work-related achievement are you are the most proud of?

  3. Describe your with tracking quality metrics.  

  4. Tell us about your experience in training and guiding others in work-instructions, safety requirements, or company policies.

  5. How do approach a problem?  Do you prefer to assess a problem quickly and initiate a fix, or take some time to consider the situation and possibly seek advice before arriving at a decision?

  6. When was the last time you had a conflict with a co-worker or supervisor?  

Follow-up:  How did you both resolve it?

  1. Give an example of a failure or disappointment that you've experienced and what you learned from it?

  2. We are seeking someone who can be effective as a mediator between production and maintenance or operations and management.  Give an example of your ability to perform as a mediator.

  3. What do you handle stress?

  4. What questions do you have for us?
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