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Maintenance Mechanical Technician

at Cliffs Natural Resources

Posted: 2/11/2020
Job Reference #: 2980

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Toledo, OH

United States

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About Cleveland-Cliffs Inc.

Founded in 1847, Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. is the largest and oldest independent iron ore mining company in the United States. We are a major supplier of iron ore pellets to the North American steel industry from our mines and pellet plants located in Michigan and Minnesota. By 2020, Cliffs expects to be the sole producer of hot briquetted iron (HBI) in the Great Lakes region with the development of its first production plant in Toledo, OH. Driven by the core values of safety, social, environmental and capital stewardship, our employees endeavor to provide all stakeholders with operating and financial transparency. For more information, visit

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The Maintenance – Mechanical Technician is responsible for performing mechanical maintenance on processing plant equipment, requiring full craftsman skill.  This position works with and assists other Maintenance - Welders and Operators in the repair of fixed plant assets including unplanned and preventative maintenance activities.

Specific Responsibilities/Essential Functions:

  • Safely and competently perform repairs on a wide variety of equipment, piping, pumps, process fans, motors, hydraulic systems, compressors, ventilation fans, air receivers, conveyor installations, chutes, etc. in both inside and outdoor applications in a continuous operating environment.
  • Erect, inspect, dismantle, overhaul, clean, service, repair, adjust, test, assemble, and lubricate machinery and equipment. 
  • Perform rebuilds of rotating equipment including setting bearings to manufacturer tolerances and performing drive train alignment using laser alignment tools.
  • Read, understand, and execute work based on work orders, standard jobs, blue prints, sketches, maintenance manuals, and other documents related to the Engineering specifications.
  • Receive verbal and/or written instructions from Supervision in the form of work orders, permits to work, hot work, confined space, and isolation procedures to safely complete work, including paper work, and feedback to Supervision on execution of tasks.
  • Perform basic welding and be willing and interested in learning additional skills beyond traditional mechanic skills to become a cross-functional crafts-person.
  • Perform troubleshooting, identify and select and/or communicate to planning correct tools and materials for ad-hoc or unplanned maintenance activities.
  • Provide technical advice, quality control, problem solving, troubleshooting, and repair recommendations.
  • Understand consequences of equipment failure and repair errors.  Participate in defect elimination and continuous improvement processes.
  • Operate equipment for testing purposes.  Analyze mechanical failures and determine repairs.  
  • Safely perform basic rigging using slings, chain falls, and other common lifting devices.
  • Operate drill presses, threading machines, and cut-off saws as required. 
  • Operate trucks, forklifts, cranes, and elevated work platforms as required to facilitate work.  Work in shop or field as required. 
  • Splice, patch, and vulcanize belts as required. 
  • Inspect and keep tools and work area in clean and orderly condition. 
  • Prepare and provide reports as required.

Education/Experience Requirements


  • Associates Degree or 2-year technical school degree/certification or completion of an apprenticeship program.  May consider equivalent experience.


  • Journeyman card, certification and/or 5+ years of skilled trades mechanical maintenance work, experience in a manufacturing or heavy industrial environment
  • Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) experience; Ellipse preferred
  • Microsoft Office experience (Excel, Word, etc.)
  • Understanding of shop mathematics with the use of drawings, specifications, charts, tables, and precision measuring instruments
  • Strong mechanical aptitude preferably with experience in pipe materials, specifications, fittings, seals, water piping/pumping systems, compressible fluid piping/pumping systems, welding, conveying equipment, gearing/bearings/power transmission, rigging/iron working, machining procedures, tolerances, use of power/hydraulic tools, high temperature refractory clipping, and refractory
  • Ability to work under minimal supervision and effectively manage multiple/changing priorities


  • Ability to read and understand mechanical drawing sets including general arrangements, exploded views, bill of materials (BOM), welding procedures, material and piping specifications
  • Ability to interpret maintenance manuals
  • Basic understanding of lubricant types and applications for industrial equipment
  • Effectively communicate both orally and through written text

Physical Demands:

  • Occasionally lifting up to 50lbs.
  • Mobility required.  Must be able to handle stairs and long periods of work on your feet
  • Routinely exposed to plant environment including noise, dust, dirt and vibrations, extreme climate changes / changes in weather
  • Work at heights
  • Willing to work shift work and assist in other areas of department or site as needed