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Great opportunity for an experienced journeyman mechanic or new graduate to join our Maintenance team at Drake Cement in Paulden! This is a full-time, permanent position with a comprehensive benefits package. Training is provided.

Position Summary

The Plant Mechanical Maintenance Technician is responsible for the maintenance, inspection, installation, and/or repair of heavy equipment and other plant systems. Maintains and repairs plant equipment and systems including hydraulic, conveyance, greasing and lubrication systems. Inspects and troubleshoots equipment and work areas to identify problems. Fabricates components and parts as required, replaces valves and performs required equipment calibrations.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • High School Diploma with at least 4 years of relevant practical experience, or Associates Degree in plant mechanical or engineering program and 1 year of practical experience (cement, lime or heavy industrial plant preferred).
  • Experience in reading and interpreting technical drawings and diagrams preferred.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to work in a team environment and to communicate effectively with others.
  • Ability to follow through on tasks to completion.
  • Ability to work 12-hour shifts, including days, nights and weekends.
  • Valid AZ Driver's license and clean driving record.
  • Must pass a background check and physical prior to employment.

Primary Job Responsibilities

  • Perform preventative maintenance, repair, and calibration of cement plant equipment: roller presses, crushers, ball mills, pumps, compressors, screening equipment, conveying equipment, de-dusting equipment, etc.
  • Maintain appropriate records as established by maintenance and inspection schedules in coordination with Maintenance procedures.
  • Ensure proper cleaning, adjustment and/or greasing of plant equipment.
  • Follow procedures for inspecting integrity of equipment and ensure that all required tests are done prior to returning equipment or systems to operation.
  • Analyze procedures and methods to identify recommended process improvements.
  • Proficient in the application, testing, maintenance and repair of industrial equipment.

At Drake we understand our team members are the key to our success. We support our employees through a competitive compensation package and flexible benefits programs designed to meet the diverse needs of families.

Drake Cement LLC is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.


The Tower Attendant is responsible for inspecting, monitoring and maintaining the preheat tower structure to ensure efficient operations. Under the direction of the Shift Supervisor, the Tower Attendant will check tipping valves for proper movement and material flow as well as adjust weights as needed, air lance tower vessels and identify conditions when Cardox is required to prevent build-up. Follows safe work practices in keeping with MSHA and Drake Company policies at all times.

Comprehensive training is provided. Our plant operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Production personnel must be available to work 12-hour shifts, including nights and weekends, on a rotating basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • High school diploma or GED equivalent required.
  • Prior experience in cement or heavy industrial manufacturing industry preferred.
  • Ability to meet the requirements/obtain designation as an Employee Possessor of explosive materials as determined by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
  • Ability to work independently with limited supervision.
  • Good critical thinking skills with the ability to observe and assess situations and anticipate issues before they occur.
  • Ability to understand the flow of the preheat tower.
  • Must be able to understand Standard Operating Procedures and use them in decision-making at all times.
  • Ability to use air lances and jackhammers, as well as basic hand tools including shovels, brooms, picks and wheelbarrows.
  • Ability to read, write and communicate verbally in English.
  • Must pass a background check and physical prior to employment.

Primary Job Responsibilities

  • Identify and communicate with the Control Room Operator and/or Shift Supervisor on issues pertaining to the process, including the draft and air flow, and any potential problems on the Preheat Tower.
  • Monitor all tipping valves for proper movement and material flow.
  • Lance tower vessels from Stage 1 down to the feed inlet as needed.
  • Inspect and keep all cyclones clear of build-up.
  • Perform minor maintenance to repair and maintain air gauges and other equipment.
  • Perform daily/routine clean-up and housekeeping of the Preheater Tower.
  • Obtain raw feed measurement and calcination on a regular time schedule.
  • Keep all cyclones, gas ducts and feed vessels clear of build-up
  • Service analyzers when needed.
  • Assure that raw feed material empties into proper storage silos and that the silos are feeding properly.
  • Assure that the raw feed silo dust collect is clear and operating properly.
  • Check tipping valves and lubricate as needed.
  • Check kiln girth gear and lube system.
  • Clean tower water pump strainers as needed.
  • Demonstrate a high regard for the safety and health of team members at all times.
  • Conduct all work in a manner that promotes safe working conditions and a clean plant environment.
  • Ensure that the plant equipment is operated in compliance with federal, state, and local environmental regulations.

At Drake we understand our team members are the key to our success. We support our employees through a competitive compensation package and flexible benefits programs designed to meet the diverse needs of families.

Drake Cement LLC is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Ground floor opportunity to join our Production team at Drake Cement as an entry-level laborer! This is a full-time, permanent position with a comprehensive benefits package.

Position Summary

The Production Assistant Laborer is an entry-level position which allows someone new to the cement industry to learn all aspects of our manufacturing process from the mining of raw materials in our Quarry to the final grinding process to produce our cement. Assists the production area with clean-up and tasks required to keep systems operating through the process cycle. Operates plant mobile equipment including forklifts, Manlifts, Vacuum truck and Portal Reclaimer. Provides support to maintenance, electrical and other groups in the plant as needed.


Comprehensive training is provided. Opportunities to advance based upon performance. Our plant operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Production personnel must be available to work 12-hour shifts, including nights and weekends, on a rotating basis.


Job Requirements & Skills

  • High School Diploma or GED required.
  • Prior experience in a cement plant or construction industry preferred, but not required.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Prior experience operating mobile equipment preferred.
  • Must be able to use basic hand tools including jack hammers, picks, shovels, and brooms.
  • Some experience performing basic maintenance on equipment, including grease, fuel, and cleaning preferred.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely and to work in a team environment.
  • Ability to comprehend instructions and follow through on tasks to completion.
  • Must be able to climb stairs and ladders and perform repetitive motion.
  • Must be able to follow safety instructions at all times.
  • Must be able to work at heights and in confined spaces.
  • Must be available for a flexible work schedule to include 12-hour shifts on nights, weekends and holidays.
  • Must be able to pass a pre-employment background check, physical and drug screen.


At Drake we understand our team members are the key to our success. We support our employees through a competitive compensation package and flexible benefits programs designed to meet the diverse needs of families.

Drake Cement LLC is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The Automation Engineer provides technical support, assists in problem solving and performs DCS maintenance, modifications and continuous improvement for all plant automation systems. Working closely with the Senior Automation Engineer, provide support to the Production, Engineering and Maintenance groups with deployment and management of network integration for cement plant control systems.


Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, computer engineering or related field is required.

Basic knowledge of tools used to manage the technologies associated with control systems such as PLC’s, variable frequency drives and interfaces, PID loops, SCADA and other microprocessor-based equipment.

Cement plant control system programming knowledge, and experience with ABB 800xA DCS systems ideal.

Knowledge of DCS systems.

Basic knowledge in Instrumentation, Hydraulic and Pneumatic systems.

Must have a strong interest in automation and process controls.

Experience supporting or testing LANs, VLANs, VPNs or DHCP servers.

Proficient in Microsoft office applications.

Collaborative team player with a positive 'can-do' attitude.

Strong analytical problem solving skills and excellent attention to detail.

Ability to multi-task, adjust to changing priorities and complete tasks within timelines.

Willingness to keep current with, and learn new skills and technologies.

Good interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.


Knowledge, Skills & Experience Required

Provide on-site, off-site, remote support and maintenance (hardware and software) on desktop HMI systems, servers, networking equipment, PLC’s, VFD’s and plant DCS.

Resolve systems problems that may require working with E&I technicians, plant managers and outside vendors.

Be on call to facilitate timely solutions aimed at repair and maintenance issues for automation-related equipment.

Perform root cause analysis, review outcomes and make recommendations regarding for improvements, interfacing with vendors and manufacturers as required.

Design and produce new and/or modify current plant control systems drawings.

Support enhancements and continued development of plant automation systems.

Work closely with Senior Automation Engineer in order to quickly become familiar with plant processes and equipment, and to serve as backup.

Provide expertise in capital projects and upgrades to new and existing systems, including installations and testing.

Support training of operators and maintenance personnel as needed.

Other duties as assigned by Supervisor or other Manager.

Personal Protective Equipment Required

Eye protection

Hard Hat

Work Boots


Work Postures

Must be able to read, write, and verbally communicate in the English language, and communicate positively with employees, customers and vendors at all levels.

Must be able lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

Must be able to stoop, crawl under and into enclosed spaces, and climb ladders, stairs and stockpiles as high as 300 feet in elevation.

Must be able to pass required physical examination and drug screens.

Work indoors in an air-conditioned environment and outdoors in all weather conditions including heat, cold, wet, dry, and/or dusty conditions, noise, process chemicals and near hot kiln process.

Exposure to cement, clay, limestone, coal, and various lubricants and lab chemicals.


At Drake we understand our team members are the key to our success. We support our employees through a competitive compensation package and flexible benefits programs designed to meet the diverse needs of families.

The Quality Control Supervisor is responsible for ensuring that all cements shipped to customers are tested and meet all applicable standards, agency requirements, and internal quality targets. Working closely with the Quality Assurance Director, the QC Supervisor manages the lab processes and overall quality of cement. He/she establishes processes and procedures for the collection, interpretation and presentation of quality data for raw, in-process, and finished materials with a focus on statistical analysis of findings. Oversees the daily lab operations including supervision of the Quality Control technicians, maintenance of laboratory equipment and the coordination of activities with other departments.

With a focus on customer service, the QC Supervisor leads a team which understands the importance of anticipating the needs of both internal and external customers. Through leadership and mentoring, motivates and guides team members to achieve their goals, creating an environment which encourages a commitment to continuous improvement and delivery of high quality results.


Qualifications - Knowledge, Skills & Experience

Bachelors’ degree in Chemistry, Engineering or other relevant technical field preferred.

Minimum of 3-5 years’ experience in quality control in a Cement Plant (desirable) or Process Plant Technical knowledge of Cement Chemistry, XRF and XRD techniques, and ASTM cement specifications is preferred.

Prior experience with test methods for chemical analysis.

Familiarity with statistical methods

Proficient in Microsoft office applications, including Microsoft Excel, Word and Power Point.

Ability to build relationships and work within a team environment.

Ability to manage systems, processes and people.

Ability to work collaboratively with other departments.

Ability to perform a variety of tasks and meet deadlines.

Must be a self-starter, follow tasks through to completion and take ownership of projects.

Provides leadership through proactive thinking and a positive 'can-do' attitude.

Solid analytical and problem solving skills and an excellent attention to detail.

Ability to understand complex data

Willingness to keep current with, and learn new skills and technologies.

Good interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.


Primary Responsibilities

Functions as a safety advocate and leader, modeling a personal commitment to behaviors that demonstrate a high regard for the safety and health of team members.

Conducts lab operations in a manner that promotes safe working conditions, including weekly safety meetings with team members.

Responsible for maintaining a clean plant and a safe working environment.

Ensures that the plant equipment is operated in compliance with federal, state, and local environmental regulations.

Responsible for the direct supervision of Quality Control Technicians and Physical Tester(s).

Supervises and provides leadership to team members in accordance with Drake policies and procedures. Establishes priorities and work schedules, oversees work through completion, and provides coaching and feedback on a regular basis.

Leads and communicates with team members at all times in a professional, positive, and respectful manner.

Establishes standards for quality and quantity of work for shift personnel and teams.

Works with the Quality Assurance Director to identify and to provide for appropriate training related to safety, environmental, lab procedures and personal development.

Monitors results and troubleshoots variances from targets.

Communicates concerns, problems and challenges to manager in a constructive and solution-oriented approach.

Creates and provides to the QA Director standard reports as scheduled as well as preparing ad hoc reports as appropriate or requested.

Investigates root causes and resolves issues of quality using statistical and other analytical methods.

Responsible for updating and maintaining AASHTO based Quality Management System.

Implements and maintains all CCRL requirements. Responsible for training, monitoring, and providing feedback to all personnel performing analysis.

Performs statistical analysis of instrument control samples, quality control and quality assurance data.

Responsible for XRF/XRD calibration and maintenance. Maintains ASTM C-114 certification.

Responsible for calibration, standardization and operation of all laboratory equipment and apparatus.

Maintains accuracy and completeness of LDMS data.

Assists in managing laboratory budget.

Working with Procurement, utilizes SAP to purchase and receive chemicals, equipment and spare parts.

Works with other departments to solve quality-related problems.

Inputs, analyzes and reports operating statistics to QA Director and other plant managers.

Responsible for ensuring compliance to ASTM C-150 Standard Specification for Portland Cements,

Solid understanding of equipment to support the ability to make adjustments and minor repairs to equipment as required.

Inspects laboratory and quality equipment on a regular basis and prepares work orders as required.

Reviews and verifies that test procedures applied by Production Inspectors meet quality guidelines and performs necessary training of personnel.

Perform other duties as assigned.


Personal Protective Equipment Required

Eye protection

Hard Hat

Work Boots

Radio


Work Postures

While performing the duties of this job, the QC Supervisor is:

Regularly required to sit, use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear.

Frequently required to reach with hands and arms, stand; walk; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and taste or smell.

Ability to lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Must be able to read, write, and verbally communicate in the English language.

Must be able to see and hear safety indicators and warnings.

Must be able to walk long distances (up to 300 yards) on all types of surfaces (uneven and /or slippery ground).

Exposure to vibration and to noise levels that will require the use of hearing protection.

Exposure to cement, clay, limestone, coal, coke, and various lubricants and lab chemicals. See MSDS for more details.

Must be able to work flexible shifts, including evenings, weekends and/or holidays.


Additional Equipment Usage

Mobile Phone

Laptop computer


Miscellaneous

Provide coverage for Quality Control Technicians.

Requires occasional on call coverage.

Responsible person for quality and lab issues when the QA Director is not available.

Reports to the QA Director.



At Drake we understand our team members are the key to our success. We support our employees through a competitive compensation package and flexible benefits programs designed to meet the diverse needs of families.

Great opportunity to join the Drake Cement customer service team as a full-time associate in our Scale House/Security area! In this role, you will be responsible for greeting plant visitors and employees, directing truck traffic to loading areas, creating electronic tickets and completing weighmaster duties while ensuring compliance with safety and plant policies at all times. Training is provided.

Our Scale House/Security area is often busy, requiring the ability to multi-task and adapt to changing priorities. Requires a strong attention to detail, ability to maintain confidentiality and work independently. Strong customer skills a must. Must have ability and desire to assist in our dispatch area and other areas of the Plant when needed. Our plant operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Security personnel must be available to work 12-hour shifts including nights & weekends.


Knowledge, Skills and Experience Profile

High school diploma or equivalent required.

Knowledge of MSHA regulations helpful.

Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications and comfortable using a computer.

Ability to maintain a professional, courteous and positive attitude at all times.

Ability to work as part of a team as well as independently.

Willingness to learn new tasks and operate at all times with a focus on safety.

Must be able to read, write, and verbally communicate in the English language, and communicate positively with employees, customers, contractors and visitors.

Ability to work with limited supervision, manage more than one task at one time, solve problems and work under occasionally stressful situations.

Prior weighmaster or security experience helpful.

Valid Arizona driver license required and clean driving record.

Must pass a background check and physical prior to employment.


Primary Job Responsibilities

This position includes a combination of time spent in the office and field activities.

Complete Deputy Weighmaster duties including generating SAP tickets for trucks upon arrival and checking out upon departure.

Greet employees and visitors, recording arrival and departure time of all on-site personnel in daily log as required by MSHA regulations.

Provide site specific training for all people entering the plant site, and maintain records of training.

Notify incoming visitors and contractors of any safety requirements, including PPE and equipment inspections.

Maintain all required logs and reports.

Maintain first aid box for employees and visitors, providing first aid as requested.

Enforce traffic and escort regulations plant-wide. Notify responsible employee upon arrival, and direct or escort visitors and vendors as appropriate.

At Drake we understand our team members are the key to our success. We support our employees through a competitive compensation package and flexible benefits programs designed to meet the diverse needs of families.

Employment inquiries may be directed to:

Drake Cement LLC
Attn: Human Resources
5001 E Drake Rd | PO Box 370
Paulden, AZ 86334

Phone: (928) 636-6004

Fax: (928) 636-4825

Please e-mail resumes to: careers@drakeus.com

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Did You Know?

The Drake Community Relations Team is dedicated to developing strategies for the companies' community support activities, and providing a forum for evaluating and selecting community support projects.

Cement is produced from LISA...Limestone, Iron, Silica and Alumina.

Drake Cement's Paulden plant has the capacity to produce almost 700,000 short tons of cement per year.

The first mining claims for the Drake Cement plant were staked out in the year 2000, more than 10 years before final completion of the facility.