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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 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.


· * 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.

· * 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 Systems.

* 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.

Great opportunity to join the Drake Cement team as a full-time Control Room Operator! In this role, you will be responsible for running and monitoring plant operations from a centralized control room through a state-of-the-art DCS process control system.

The Control Room Operator fills a critical role in ensuring continuous kiln operation, maintenance of quality standards and compliance with environmental requirements. Requires an in-depth understanding of how process changes affect plant operations in order to make decisions on process adjustments, handling of alarms or out-of-limit situations, responding to requests from other departments and optimizing operations. This position requires a strong attention to detail, solid decision-making and the ability to follow procedures and policies. Ability to adapt to changing conditions and priorities is a must. The successful candidate must be available to work 12-hour shifts including overnights & weekends. Training is provided.

Primary Job Responsibilities

· Start, monitor and regulate equipment in a safe manner, continually making adjustments in response to operational issues.

· Maintain shift operation records and exchange information with others on shift changes or during shifts as necessary.

· Communicate with mechanics, electricians, supervisors and other plant personnel to relay and coordinate production requirements.

· Monitor the quality throughout the process line, collaborating with QC Technicians and making decisions required to maintain product quality.

· Optimize equipment utilization and efficiency.

· Ensure that a safe work environment is maintained in compliance with MSHA regulations and Drake company policies.

· Ensure that plant equipment is operated in compliance with all environmental regulations.

· Conduct pre-shift equipment and plant inspections and complete required paperwork accurately.

· Assist in plant operation, clean-up and repairs to plant equipment when needed.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Experience

· Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, engineering or science field is a plus. An equivalent combination of experience and education will be considered.

· Must be able to make timely and critical decisions under stressful conditions.

· Excellent critical thinking skills with the ability to analyze complex problems and implement solutions in short-time frames.

· Must be able to read and interpret electronic data and make appropriate decisions related to processing equipment.

· Strong communication skills, both verbal and written.

· Ability to work independently with little supervision.

· Team oriented with the ability to work in a fast-paced environment.

· Knowledge of process control which involves raw materials, coal, clinker and cement production preferred.

· Familiarity with industrial equipment; e.g. compressors, hydraulic systems, fans, pumps, baghouses and material transport systems.

· Basic understanding of mechanical principles.

· Proficient in Microsoft Excel & Word and process-monitoring software.

· Good general math skills, including the ability to solve problems using fractions and percentages.

· Must pass a background check and physical prior to employment.

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.

If you are interested in applying for one of our employment opportunities, you may download our application and submit it with your resume and letter of interest. This application is not required for initial consideration of placement.

Drake is an Equal Opportunity Employer. This application will not be used for limiting or excluding any applicant from consideration for employment on a basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation in the application and/or process should notify a representative of the organization.

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


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.