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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.


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.