Company Description

PQ is a leading global provider of silicates, silicas and derivative products. PQ’s products are used in a wide variety of industrial processes and many customer products, from decorative paints to green cement, from clean drinking water to green tires and from toothpaste to biofuels and beer.

Ideal candidates resonate with PQ’s Core Values of Integrity, Sustainability, People, Customer Focus and Safety.  Successful employees embrace and model these values in their behaviors and actions.

Job Description

This role is responsible for maintaining on-site equipment and facility infrastructure at PQ Corporation Joliet through their training and experience with mechanical, electrical, and instrumented systems. The person in this role will primarily be a Journeyperson Mechanic or Journeyperson Electrician, with a secondary skillset in the other discipline. This role will accept a certain amount of scheduled and unscheduled overtime work as needed.


  • If Journeyperson Mechanic: Install, troubleshoot, maintain, clean, and overhaul rotating equipment including pumps, motors, gearboxes, compressors, agitators, belt conveyors, screw conveyors, vibratory conveyors, bucket elevators, fans, blowers, rotary valves, couplings, belts/sheaves, chains/sprockets, hammer mills, etc.
  • If Journeyperson Mechanic: Install, troubleshoot, fabricate, maintain, clean, and repair stationary equipment including piping, valves, piping supports, insulation, sheet metal, angle iron, heat exchangers, cooling towers, tanks, pressure vessels, ladders, grating, trenches, handrails, doors, etc.
  • If Journeyperson Mechanic: Troubleshoot and maintain lube oil systems, shaft sealing systems, and overall equipment/system performance.
  • If Journeyperson Mechanic: Perform a variety of skilled maintenance trade functions including pipe fitting, welding, carpentry, painting, rigging support and instrumentation.
  • If Journeyperson Electrician: Install, troubleshoot, maintain, clean, and overhaul electrical, electro-mechanical and electronic digital systems including 110-220-440 volt single and three-phase electrical distribution, disconnect starters and push button stations, ignition wiring systems, control circuits on boilers, combustion equipment, batch weighing and automatic processing equipment, sequential digital logic and distributed digital and analog process control systems.
  • If Journeyperson Electrician: Calibrate and troubleshoot a wide range of instruments consisting of pneumatic, electronic, and digital modes including pressure, level, temperature and pH controllers and recorders, gas analyzers, weigh cells, air operated valves, electronic probes, programmable controllers, digital and analog controllers, mass flow devices, speed control, pulse flow devices, nuclear measurement devices, etc.
  • Repair, install, and maintain all plant equipment, buildings, utilities, and services.
  • Identify specific parts and supplies needed for specific jobs and obtain from the storeroom.
  • Enter information into the Computerized Maintenance Management System to document work completed, equipment condition, and time reporting.
  • Notify the supervisor or planner of any circumstances that will require additional parts, assistance, further investigation, or which may delay the scheduled completion of the work.
  • Clean all work areas and maintain tools and maintenance equipment.
  • Attend any designated training courses as required by the Company to maintain or improve his or her skills for required mechanical and/or E&I maintenance.
  • Maintain a working familiarity with all plant processes and equipment and their relation to critical equipment.
  • Comply with all federal, state, and local environmental, health, and safety regulations and requirements.
  • Comply with company policies and procedures.
  • Perform other duties as assigned or required.
  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience working as either a Journeyperson Mechanic or Electrician in a manufacturing environment.
  • If Journeyperson Mechanic: Pass an electrical and instrumentation evaluation as prescribed by PQ Joliet Maintenance Department.
  • If Journeyperson Electrician: Pass a mechanical evaluation as prescribed by PQ Joliet Maintenance Department.
  • Attend any designated training course(s) as required by the Company to maintain or improve his or her skills for required mechanical or E&I maintenance. This will be dependent upon evaluation results.
  • Must Demonstrate a Strong Work Ethic (Attendance, Attitude, Etc.)
  • Good Decision-making Skills (makes decisions, acts upon them, willing to defend decisions over peer pressure)
  • Firm understanding of life critical safety procedures such as LOTO, Hot Work, Line Break, Working at Heights, Confined Space Entry, Excavations, etc.
Additional Information

Special Factors

  • Some Scheduled, Unscheduled, and Holiday Overtime Required
  • Must be Available for Call-ins and Weekend Work
  • Industrial Plant Setting
  • Must be able to climb 150’ ladder at least once a month

 EHS Responsibilities

  • Communicates, promotes and personally demonstrates Safety/Health (including PQP Principles) as #1 priority
  • Participation in risk assessment audits as applicable
  • Understand PQ Principles (PQP) and how they are implemented in the site organization, rules and procedures
  • Completes HSE training requirements identified for the job in a timely manner

PQ is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristics. Click on the link to read Know Your Rights: Workplace discrimination is illegal ( For more information, please review the link Know Your Rights: Workplace Discrimination is Illegal | U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (

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