The energy industry is one that continues to see a constant need for workers, even in times of economic uncertainty. Electrical planners are in demand, but those who are interested in stepping into that role need to have the right training and qualifications to succeed. Here’s an overview of this role, and an exploration of what it takes to do the job.
Under the direction of a Senior Maintenance Planner, Electrical Planners are responsible for creating and executing an effective short and long-range electrical maintenance plan for managing all electrical maintenance of a facility. They ensure that all processes and procedures are followed and adhered to as per company policy. This position ensures that material and resources are available and also communicates this information with all concerned parties in a broader team of Maintenance and Operations.
Electrical planners are responsible for developing a progressive electrical maintenance plan that ensures production goals meet or exceed required targets. They maintain up to date electrical maintenance history for all assigned assets, and schedule work orders related to routine maintenance (both predictive and preventive) and corrective maintenance, identifying and securing the required resources (maintainers, materials, spare parts, tools, instruments, and equipment), time involved, safety recommendations, procedures, and technical information.
Planners monitor and control backlog, and develop and validate with operations the weekly maintenance schedule. They open and close all scheduled work orders, develop a long and short-range work plan, and analyze the deviations reported by maintenance supervisors, identifying the causes and propose corrective actions to minimize and/or update maintenance plans.
Required Qualifications and Skills
Electrical planners require a thorough understanding of JD Edwards Enterprise Asset Management (EAM), work management, and scheduling business processes. They need excellent math and problem-solving skills, as well as a complete understanding of maintenance processes for the equipment and plants they will be working to support. They often are required to be proficient in proprietary software, including Microsoft Office Applications, JD Edwards, and MS Project.
They need a comprehensive understanding of condition monitoring information, such as oil analysis and electrical inspections. Interpret these results and form corrective action plans to minimize breakdowns and maximize value. Generally, five years of electrical maintenance experience working in a relevant field is preferred. Prior experience working as an electrical maintenance planner is also helpful.
Core skills needed to succeed in this role include concentration, initiative, interpersonal skills, math, and science skills, as well as communication skills (both written and verbal). Electrical systems are often complex, and being able to keep track of multiple design elements while performing daily tasks is critical. Being able to communicate well and intentionally with other colleagues is also essential.
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