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Praxair, Inc. Production Technician - Columbia City, IN in Chesterton, Indiana

Production Technician - Columbia City, IN


The Praxair On-Site Technician is responsible for the safe, reliable, and efficient operation of an Air Separation Refinery in the Fort Wayne IN. area. This is a challenging and rewarding job that requires the employee to have problem solving capabilities in mechanical, electrical, instrumentation, and production processes.

On-Site Technicians must be dependable. They work with minimal supervision and must demonstrate initiative and self-motivation. Praxair On-Site Technicians usually work alone and have primary responsibility for their assigned plants. On-Site Techs must be available for call outs.


Employees in this role operate all aspects of the Praxair air separation plant, from routine operations to solving production problems. They maintain compressors, pumps, valves, motors and related equipment. The technicians start up, shut down, and operate the plant. The plant is located at a customer site and is typically within an hour drive from the home location.

The technician must solve a variety of mechanical, electrical, instrumentation and process control problems. The technician makes decisions which require coordination of interrelated tasks. The employee develops conceptual solutions to moderately difficult, non-routine issues/problems and provides guidance on technical leadership of projects.

On-Site Technicians are trained and mentored as they develop knowledge and skills. The employee is also supported with supervision, lead technicians, engineers, sales and other technical staff. Occasionally the technician will travel to locations outside the assigned areas to support those plants.


  1. Maintain all Safety, Quality, and Compliance activities at their plant location

  2. Start up, shutdown, and operate the production processes.

  3. Perform routine maintenance and calibrations on a variety of process equipment including centrifugal and reciprocating compressors, gas analyzers, control systems, electrical systems and process control valves

  4. Trouble shoot and repair defective equipment, electrical components, and production processes

  5. Planning and executing operations and maintenance tasks for assigned plant

  6. Purchasing of materials and/or services such as contractors

  7. Monthly plant billing

  8. Documentation, reports, and other administrative duties



High School Degree required

Associate's degree in a technical field preferred


2 - 5 years of experience is highly desirable in many of the following fields:

  • Air separation or similar complex process control function

  • Instrumentation and control

  • General maintenance of industrial equipment

  • Compressors and compressor maintenance

  • Industrial mechanical maintenance

  • Industrial electrical or electrician

  • Industrial Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC)

  • Military technical fields

  • Machinist Mates, Electrician Mates, Gas Turbine Technicians, Boiler Technicians.


Dependable and honest

Safety commitment and compliance with procedures

Safe driving

Trouble shooting and diagnostics

Use volt-ohm meters, calibration devices, and data collectors

Maintenance and repairs of industrial equipment

Process understanding, process control schematic interpretation

Computers, Microsoft applications, FIX 32, and process control computer systems

Maintenance and compliance documentation

Communications, both verbal and written

Quality controls, analyzers

Organization and time management

Work Planning

Self-directed learning


Praxair has advancement opportunities for On-Site Technicians

Employees must demonstrate advanced skills in plant operations and have a strong sense of ownership

Safety performance, successful operations, and proven leadership are a must

Advancement can lead to careers in Technical Support, Management, Engineering, Safety, Sales, and other positions.


The On-Site Technician must be able to sit, stand, climb, walk, read, talk, see and hear, to perform the essential functions of this job. Additional activities for this job are:

  • Drive a service (pickup) truck up to 2 or 3 hours per day and up to 8 hours on occasion.

  • Perform office work requiring computer work and other administration duties 1 or 2 hours per day.

  • Walking on flat or uneven surfaces and in areas of crushed stone on a daily basis.

  • Bending, stooping, and working from just above the ground to 6 foot elevation

  • Use of stairs and ladders for elevated work.

  • Lifting 5 to 15 LBs loads performed daily.

  • Lifting 15 to 45 LBs loads intermittently.

  • Lifting 45 to 75 LBs loads occasionally.

  • Upper body work activities, including using wrenches, hammers, and similar tools

  • Use of power tools such as drill and saws

  • Use of volt meters and calibration devices

  • Use of fingers/fine manipulation (such as instrumentation calibration)

  • On Call, 24 hours, 7 days a week. Must carry cell Company Cell phone and laptop for immediate availability.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status.

Job Operations

Primary Location Indiana-Chesterton

Schedule Full-time

Req ID: 18003293