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Mechanical Planner

Job ID 8249359 Date posted 06/01/2018
Location:Toledo, OH
Country:United States
Job Code:2726
Position Type:Salary

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. Additionally, we operate an iron ore mining complex in Western Australia. 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 Mechanical Planner is responsible for driving the planning process for all mechanical work in support of Toledo HBI Operations. This role plans jobs including task instructions, precautions, replacement parts, specialty tools/equipment and manpower requirements to complete identified work. This role interacts as a liaison among scheduling, operations, maintenance, engineering, and contractors related to the development of the weekly, monthly and long-range work packages.

  • Responsible for developing the hierarchy for equipment and equipment components.
  • Create and updates application part lists (APL’s) as required.
  • Enter (Material Management Application) MMA’s into the system for any item that will need to be ordered on a regular basis. Add these stock codes to the correct APL’s and communicate with relevant roles the addition of the new stock codes for future reference.
  • Create/Edit Standard Jobs (SJ’s). Include content, sequence, timing and outcome so that work can be executed safely and efficiently.
  • Help receive equipment as required.
  • Review unplanned work order backlog and priority on a daily basis to assess new work. Plan work accordingly.
  • Scope new work orders in the field to identify required manpower, parts, tools, supplies, equipment and procedures. Identify special instructions or safety items that should be factored into the work.
  • Ready work orders for scheduling and liaise with Scheduler, Supervisors and Warehouse as to timing of execution.
  • Make sure all parts, tools and supplies are staged and ready to go at the work site prior to the work beginning and all equipment is available and ready for use.
  • Work with Purchasing to develop contractor scope of work (SOW) documents in relation to third party maintenance services. Perform contractor bid walks of job site.
  • Review and recommend changes to SJ’s to make sure all work procedures, durations and labor requirements are clearly defined and accurate considering historical information.
  • Communicate with the Scheduler to make sure that the scope and content of the work is clearly understood for correct scheduling.
  • Work with Supervisor(s) to answer questions regarding the scope of work and job procedures so that work can be efficiently executed.
  • Review closed work orders for information regarding execution of the work and quality of the plans in order to update Standard Work and APL’s. Give feedback to Supervisor(s) regarding comments on closed work orders in order to streamline the process.
  • Participate in After Action Reviews (AAR) of the work planned to gather feedback on the quality of the plans especially as it relates to scope of work, parts, tools, staging and job procedures. Update APL’s and Standard Jobs to improve execution of work in the future.
  • Communicate issues regarding the correct closing, coding, updating and adding of comments to Work Orders.
  • Track component hours to ensure work is planned and parts available as well any ancillary work achievable with equipment idle is planned.
  • In combination with the Scheduler and Maintenance Manager prepare forecasts to accurately budget for maintenance work.
  • Work with Mechanical Engineers and Supervisors on any new projects that need planning support. Communicate regularly with these roles to make sure any work is correctly initiated in the system.
  • Act in a front line Supervisory role as required eg. Major shutdowns.


  • Associates Degree or 2-year technical school degree/certification. May consider equivalent experience.


  • Minimum 5 years skilled trades work experience in heavy industrial environment.
  • Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) experience; Ellipse preferred.
  • Microsoft Office experience (Excel, Word, etc.).
  • Project Management Software (MS Project, Primavera, etc.).
  • Strong mechanical/electrical 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 or materials (BOM), welding procedures, material and piping specifications.
  • Ability to interpret maintenance manuals.
  • Effectively communicate both orally and through written text.

Physical Demands:

  • Can be sedentary for long periods of time.
  • Occasionally lifting up to 25lbs.
  • Mobility required. Must be able to handle stairs and long periods work on your feet.
  • Routinely exposed to plant environment including noise, dust, dirt and vibrations.


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The U.S. Talent Acquisition team was awarded a 2012 Candidate Experience Award by the Talent Board. The Talent Board is a non-profit organization that showcases employers who deliver outstanding candidate experiences. This is the second year in a row that Cliffs has earned this award, which is based on feedback directly from our job candidates. Cliffs is the only Natural Resources company to receive this award.

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