Maintenance and Safety Specialist

Maintenance and Safety Specialist.

Maintenance and Safety Specialist

Cedar Rapids





Operations/Maintenance Safety Specialist (Compressed Air)

Salary/Hourly rate: - $43 - $53ph ($90,000 - $110,000)

Full-Time or Part-Time

Location: Cedar Rapids, IA

Travel: 30%


  • Conduct on-site inspections and remote monitoring of compressed air system operations.
  • Implement preventive, predictive, and proactive maintenance initiatives.
  • Ensure compliance with environmental, safety, and quality assurance programs.
  • Coordinate plant production and maintenance activities through communication with customers.
  • Schedule maintenance for various plant equipment in accordance with business guidelines.
  • Perform regular system walkdowns to identify potential issues and abnormalities.
  • Coordinate and confirm the completion of scheduled preventive maintenance tasks.
  • Uphold a clean and professional installation to maintain facility standards.
  • Promptly respond to "Call Outs" to sustain the customer's compressed air supply.
  • Cultivate positive relationships with system vendors, manufacturers, and contractors.
  • Adhere to proper management of change (MOC) protocols for operating parameters.
  • Document preventive maintenance tasks, safety concerns, and inventory levels in weekly reports.
  • Travel to different sites as needed


  • The preferred candidate should hold at least an Associate's Degree in a technical field.
  • A demonstrated comprehension of compressed air systems service and operation is essential, encompassing proficiency in handling large centrifugal compressors, air dryers, instrumentation, and PLC/DCS control systems.
  • Candidates must possess a practical understanding of electrical principles, particularly in the safe operation and repair of electrical equipment.
  • Mechanical aptitude is a prerequisite; candidates should demonstrate basic skills in mechanical system maintenance.
  • Proficiency in computer programs is necessary, with the ability to use or quickly learn various software systems employed at the facilities, including, but not limited to, the MS Office suite.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills are imperative, along with the ability to effectively engage with customers and vendors.
  • For candidates starting in a part-time capacity, a willingness to transition to a full-time role is expected.
  • The role may involve up to 30% overnight travel.
  • Compressed Air Systems: Demonstrated expertise in the service and operation of compressed air systems, encompassing large centrifugal compressors, air dryers, instrumentation, and PLC/DCS control systems.

Instrumentation and Electrical: Proficiency in understanding electrical principles in practical scenarios involving the safe operation and repair of electrical equipment.

Mechanical Aptitude: Possession of fundamental skills in mechanical system maintenance.

Computer Programs: Ability to use or quickly acquire proficiency in various software systems utilized at the facilities, including, but not limited to, the MS Office suite.

General Qualifications:

  • Language and Communication Skills:
  • Proficiency in writing basic activity reports and, when necessary, updating procedure manuals. The ability to present information effectively and respond to inquiries from associates, managers, and customers. Additionally, the capability to read, analyze, and interpret general technical procedures.
  • Mathematical Skills:
  • Competence in calculating figures and amounts such as discounts, proportions, percentages, area, and volume. The capability to apply basic mathematical concepts.
  • Reasoning Ability:
  • Proficiency in solving practical problems and handling a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. The ability to interpret a variety of instructions presented in oral, written, diagram, or schedule form.
  • Physical Demands:
  • The physical demands outlined here are indicative of those that an employee must meet to successfully carry out the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be implemented to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions while executing the duties of the position.

The employee is routinely tasked with:

  • Standing, sitting, and walking.
  • Utilizing hands and fingers.
  • Operating a computer.
  • Reaching with hands and arms.
  • Climbing or balancing, which includes the ability to safely ascend ladders and platforms.
  • Discerning abnormal equipment noise.

Work Environment:

  • The features of the work environment outlined here depict what an employee may encounter while carrying out the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations can be arranged for individuals with disabilities to fulfill these essential functions.
  • The employee must be capable of donning required personal protective equipment (PPE), encompassing, but not limited to, an OSHA-approved hard hat, safety glasses, hearing protection, and task-specific hand protection.
  • While engaged in job duties, the employee may be intermittently exposed to moving mechanical parts. The noise level in the work environment ranges from moderate to high.

If you have experience within the compressed air industry, we would love to hear from you!


Darwin Recruitment is acting as an Employment Agency in relation to this vacancy.

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