Airgas, Inc. ASU Plant Technician in New Carlisle, Indiana

JOB SUMMARY: This position has responsibility for operating an Air Separation Unit maintaining plant production, operating efficiency, regulatory compliance, and safety in the Merchant Gases Company. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND ACCOUNTABILITIES: * Monitors and maintains the safe operation of an Air Separation Facility which produces cryogenic products. * Controls flow purities, pressures process using SCADA/HMI/PLC system * Work with management to maximize production and efficiency to meet the needs of our customer base adjusting flows and production rates * Reads and interprets technical drawings and manuals. * Perform quality assurance functions associated with products to maintain quality assurance. * Prepares and maintains accurate records in accordance with all safety, quality, regulatory and production requirements, such as plant readings, plant maintenance, instrument calibrations, etc * Identifies potential problems from collected data * Responds to plant/production disturbances (on-call). * Determines if immediate maintenance action is required and acts appropriately. * Performs complex plant functions, including DERIME and warm plant start-ups. * Performs preventive and corrective maintenance throughout the entire plant to include compressors, pumps, turbines, valves, motors, electrical equipment, and other plant equipment. * Responsible to troubleshoot, repair and calibrate process and system problems to restore efficient operations, including PLC, DCS, and other computer interface stations, control valves, pneumatic and electronic control equipment and instruments. * Takes initiative to improve facility (i.e. operations, reliability, and costs) without direction. * Performs administrative functions, i.e. requisitioning, purchasing, production accounting, and payroll record-keeping (closure of POs and receiving / time inputting) SAFETY AND REGULATORY COMPLIANCE * Maintains compliance with Airgas 12 Life Saving Rules and Safety Pledge * Requires 100% compliance with all Airgas safety policy and procedures, and cGMP (current Good Manufacturing Practices) training and techniques to prevent lost time or serious injury to others. * Maintain high degree of safety by employing safe work habits. * Promotes and develops safe work behaviors through the use of existing policies and procedures and an emphasis on safety behavior management techniques. * Assists with safety incident investigations, including near misses, using root cause analysis leading to recommended corrective actions to eliminate recurrences * Ensures applicable regulatory (OSHA, EPA, FDA, DHS) requirements are met and applicable training and recordkeeping is performed to meet departmental and location requirements QUALITY / TECHNICAL SUPPORT * Performs maintenance of instrumentation, electrical systems, compressors, pumps, turbines, valves, motors, and other plant equipment * Complies with maintenance of environmental, safety, quality assurance, and FDA compliance systems and programs including spare parts, preventive, predictive and proactive maintenance QUALIFICATIONS To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE: * High school diploma or general education degree (GED) and 5 plus years industry experience, or two years technical college or military technical experience and 3 plus years related experience. * Critical thinking ability to work independently to troubleshoot, diagnose and solve issues with process and plant equipment. * Requires the use of considerable judgment to recognize plant process problems and interpret malfunctions to make decisions accordingly. * Requires the ability to use common hand tools and test equipment necessary for repairing and replac