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Planner Sr.-Maintenance in Longview, TX at Westlake Chemical Corporation

Date Posted: 7/19/2018

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Job Description


Directs and performs a variety of duties related to planning and scheduling work requested by Operations and Maintenance Supervision. The Sr. Planner is responsible for the overall planning and scheduling efforts of maintenance required, unplanned shut downs, and routine cleaning cycle turnarounds within the assigned area of responsibility. The Sr. Planner serves as a liaison between Maintenance and Operations for planning and scheduling functions necessary to maintain and improve equipment and process reliability.


  • Receive maintenance work requests from maintenance supervision and operations through the SAP Notification Process.
  • Evaluate critical information received on the notification to ensure it meets the minimum standards and confer with operations or maintenance supervision for any deficiencies.
  • Identify priority placed on work request, add request to backlog, and proceed accordingly.
  • Manage area of responsibility’s backlog using SAP.
  • Convert notifications received and evaluated to work orders.
  • Walk down each job request in its entirety prior to building job plan.
  • Build job packets per procedure, assigning appropriate work centers as needed.
  • Insure that all safety aspects of planned work have been reviewed and appropriate safety non-generic guidelines/equipment/PPE has been included in the job plans.
  • Eliminate safety hazards when planning jobs (documents hazards that cannot be eliminated in job plan)
  • Save job plans in SAP or edit existing stored plans while building the job packets.
  • Order parts necessary to complete the job planned and expedite parts if necessary to meet the priority placed on the work request.
  • Set up GMN’s (Westlake part numbers) and correct BOM’s (Westlake bill of materials) if necessary while building job packets.
  • Work with contractors to develop work scope and quote packages for vendor work and conduct pre-construction meetings as needed.
  • Schedule, coordinate, and procure all sub-contractor assistance, rental equipment, and/or specialty tools necessary to execute the job planned.
  • Receive all parts ordered, stage all parts for jobs planned, and return all unused parts to stores at the completion of all planned jobs.
  • Schedule and lead a weekly maintenance meeting for assigned area of responsibility to communicate jobs that have been planned and pre-decided with Operations Maintenance Coordinator when to schedule the execution phase of these jobs for the following week. 
  • Communicate the job plan to the execution supervisor and walk through the job, if necessary, prior to the day work is scheduled to be executed.  Pass on the job packets and identify staging location of all parts to the execution supervisor.
  • Communicate schedule to operations and maintenance supervision. Gain agreement for the published schedule and do our best to ensure compliance. 
  • Modify stored job plans according to feedback received from the mechanics that executed the job.
  • Close all work orders within area of responsibility after all operations have been completed within the work order.
  • Assure all repairable parts removed from plant during planned jobs are sent to repair shop.
  • Work with other planners for sharing task lists and stored plans to leverage knowledge where possible to ensure maximum resource utilization and prudent cost controls are used.
  • Use manuals, drawings, sketches, digital cameras and knowledge obtained through on-the-job experience to prepare manpower estimates and materials, special tooling, and equipment lists necessary for maintenance employees to properly perform their assigned tasks.
  • Backfill or assist other planners as needed and directed by Maintenance Supervision to ensure customer expectations are met.
  • Performs other related duties as designated by supervision


High School degree is required.  B.S. degree is preferred.

At least five years of planning or field experience on maintenance and repair of equipment such as exchangers, piping, pumps, compressors, instrument and electrical systems, and other related chemical process equipment is required.


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