Maintenance Superintendent (Management & Executives)

Full Time

  Western Forest Products Inc

  Chemainus, British Columbia, Canada

Maintenance Superintendent
Chemainus, BC, CA


With the overarching objective of Defining a Higher Standard in safety and continuous improvement, the Superintendent, Maintenance is responsible for providing day to day direction and assistance to the Maintenance team in order to meet assigned objectives. Working closely with the Production team, the Superintendent, Maintenance is responsible for the organization and execution of corrective and preventative maintenance activities with the overall objective to drive improved equipment reliability and reduced overall maintenance costs.    


Safety and Environmental Performance   

  • Provide leadership in safety and environmental stewardship by demonstrating and ensuring the adherence to company safety and sustainability processes and procudures.     

Financial Performance    

  • Supports the interpretation of financial data and analytics to identify cost saving opportunities; and  
  • Support the analysis of downtime reports and other relevant metrics, identifies opportunities. Working with the Maintenance Planners to develop action plans to increase efficiencies and equipment reliability.     


  • Provide leadership and direction to continuously improve safety by leading daily tool box meetings as well as monthly safety meetings. Supporting and promoting company Safety Management Systems. Closely working with your safety advisor on key safety initiatives. Maintain crew training as per requirements. Accurately and timely incident investigations performed on time with overarching end goal of discovering route cause and corrective actions.   
  • Responsible for getting monthly environmental & weekly safety inspections.  
  • Directs and manages unionized maintenance personnel and contractors to ensure that all equipment operates at its highest capability to meet required production schedules, quality and cost priorities;  
  • Ensure hourly employee and contractor awareness and compliance with safety, environmental and operational policy, procedures and regulations;  
  • Hire, train, coach, mentor and manage performance of both staff and hourly maintenance employees  
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with key suppliers.   


  • Executes maintenance schedules and processes that are cost effective and increase the availability as well as maximize the operational life of equipment;  
  • Supervises all maintenance activities and supports capital project cost management and delivery schedules;  
  • Promotes pro-active maintenance practices by performing regular reviews of equipment in the field to determine overall operating performance.  
  • Day to day balancing of planned maintenance as well as critical repairs to enable equipment productivity and minimize downtime;  
  • Optimizes parts availability in the warehouse to minimize equipment downtime while balancing economic maintenance inventory management;  
  • Makes certain equipment repairs meet manufacturer's specifications, WorkSafeBC regulations and/or Company standards; and  
  • Stay abreast of industry innovations and trends in safety and environmental performance and new technology or equipment to improve company margins.  
  • Daily entry to Computerized Maintenance Systems (CMMS) including creating “break down” Maintenance work orders, data entry and closing work orders.     


Education and Experience   

  • 10 plus years of experience working in an industrial maintenance department, preferably in forestry or similar heavy industry;  
  • Millwright TQ with Inter-Provincial endorsement preferred  
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience supervising and managing staff.  

Skills, Knowledge and Required Competencies   

  • Commitment to Western’s core values of personal safety, sustainable management, and environmental stewardship;  
  • Comprehensive knowledge of sawmill or other heavy industry maintenance and repair;  
  • Strong project management skills;  
  • Understanding of financial reports and forecasting;  
  • High level of integrity and professionalism;  
  • Ability to motivate and engage hourly employees to perform at a higher standard;  
  • Demonstrated strong analytical, problem solving and logical thinking skills;  
  • Excellent leadership, interpersonal and communication skills;  
  • Demonstrated continuous improvement mindset;  
  • Competent in the use of Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel, proficiency in the use of Project Management as well as CMMS is desired.   
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