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Maintenance Planner in Ladysmith at Western Forest Products

Date Posted: 3/9/2018

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Reporting to the Maintenance Superintendent, the Maintenance Planner is responsible for the planning, coordination, scheduling and execution of site specific maintenance activates. Applying their expertise, the Maintenance Planner works with maintenance and operations personnel to ensure that safety, quality and efficiency are given the highest consideration in the planning and execution stages of all maintenance activities.  

Key Accountabilities:

  • Coordinate maintenance activities to ensure minimum interruption to the manufacturing process, while ensuring that work performed maximizes operational run time.
  • Utilizing the computer based work order system, scope out job and seek input from the W.O. initiator, then prioritize work orders in order of importance to the business.
  • In cooperation with other stakeholders identify project technical and engineering support as deemed necessary.
  • Through interaction with operations and maintenance personnel ensure that the most cost effective and efficient solution is arrived at for maintenance related matters.
  • Apply current industry standards and/or location-specific data when estimating scope of work, job duration and trade requirements.
  • Work with the Procurement Department when preparing bill of materials or project budgets and manage within the confines of the established budget.
  • Ensure that part, materials, specialized tools and equipment are in place to ensure the swift execution of planned work.
  • Prepare and distribute scope of work and bid documents to contractors as required.
  • In cooperation with Maintenance Supervision, schedule maintenance work based on priority, availability of required trades/contractors and material/equipment.
  • Develop, populate and maintain a comprehensive data base designed to monitor and improve maintenance department efficiency, including identifying areas for cost savings and preventative maintenance schedules.
  • Provide Mill Stores supervision and manage spare parts/materials inventory.
  • Monitor maintenance activity progress and adjust completion schedule and manpower requirements accordingly.
  • Plan weekly schedule of work by allocating maintenance manpower or contractors in coordination with Maintenance Supervision with established priorities.
  • Provide Maintenance Supervision as required.

Job Requirements


You are a highly motivated individual who recognizes the value of a team-oriented approach in the performance of this challenging position. You bring to the job an exceptional safety record and an extensive background in sawmilling and lumber processing.

  • Post-secondary degree in Mechanical Engineering, with an extensive maintenance background in a manufacturing environment.
  • At least five years planning experience, with the ability to switch from tactical to strategic thinking depending on the situation.
  • Demonstrated business and financial skills.
  • Effective communication; proven written and verbal communication skills and the ability to comfortably address a variety of audiences.