The plant maintenance manager supervises a maintenance staff that ensures the facility functions at peak efficiency. The maintenance staff repairs equipment, performs regular inspections, ensures employee safety, and audits the operating efficiency of the facility’s automated processes and machinery. The plant maintenance manager hires and schedules a team of maintenance workers based upon the needs of the facility and plant machinery. The manager schedules maintenance work in a way that causes minimal operating disruptions on the plant floor. They review automated performance data and assess it to ensure the machinery is working as intended and at peak efficiency.
The maintenance manager also performs regular audits and inspections of the facility for safety, quality, and efficiency. He or she assesses equipment issues and performs cost/benefit analyses to determine whether automated machinery should be repaired or replaced. The manager schedules repairs and prioritizes maintenance, working with the plant manager to ensure operations continue at best possible levels. The plant maintenance manager works in an office environment in a manufacturing facility, typically during regular business hours. Manufacturing facilities and automated service plants are the typical employers of plant maintenance managers.
Because of the supervisory and technical knowledge required for this position, a strong educational background in some sort of engineering or manufacturing discipline is normally required for employment. Additionally, companies typically want individuals in this position to have extensive work experience at a junior manager level in plant maintenance and upkeep.
Plant Maintenance Manager Tasks
- Oversee and direct maintenance personnel, equipment installation, facilities equipment repair, and preventative maintenance.
- Inspect and evaluate physical plant, grounds, and related equipment.
- Coordinate with outside contractors to perform activities, repairs, preventive maintenance on building equipment, and building and grounds appearance.
- Purchase and manage all related maintenance supplies and plant equipment repair parts for all equipment in facility.