Ball Corporation / Ball Aerospace Supervisor, Plant Engineering in Kent, Washington

Who We Are:

Ball Corporation supplies innovative, sustainable packaging solutions for beverage, personal care and household products customers, as well as aerospace and other technologies and services primarily for the U.S. government. Ball Corporation and its subsidiaries employ 18,500 people worldwide and reported 2017 net sales of $11 billion. For more information, visit, or connect with us on Facebook or Twitter.

Job Duties:

Primary Purpose of Position:

Supervises the department/plant production and/or preventative maintenance function for production as directed.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for maintaining a safe and secure work environment. This includes correcting unsafe acts/conditions, performing monthly safety inspections, evaluating machine guarding and investigating accidents, as required.
  • Supports development, implementation, maintenance, and ongoing improvement of the food safety system.
  • Supervises and coordinates the employees and activities of the maintenance department to ensure safety, productivity, and housekeeping standards are met or exceeded.
  • Coordinates and applies preventative/productive/corrective maintenance techniques toward monitoring and reducing maintenance and repair costs. Uses Total Predictive Maintenance (TPM) and Equipment Reliability initiatives to improve uptime and lower repair costs.
  • Facilitates the on-the-job training and development of subordinates’ skills to ensure a continued high level of production and morale.
  • Facilitates communications and dissemination of information between crew operations.
  • Maintains machine and maintenance records.
  • Responsible for monitoring critical spare machine parts and maintenance supplies for equipment as needed to maintain their good working order and reliability. Maintains an orderly storeroom.
  • Evaluates machinery to ensure compliance with established quality and maintenance standards.
  • Furnishes preventative maintenance plans, work orders, schedules, results, and any revisions to the maintenance standards.
  • Develops a predictable/preventive maintenance program related to all equipment to insure 100% availability.
  • Responsible for meeting budget (labor, expenses).
  • Accesses, inputs, and retrieves information from the computer including computer maintenance management systems.
  • Establishes and maintains an employee relations climate of trust and confidence that will discourage third party interference; or establishes and maintains an employee relations climate of trust and confidence with employees, their union stewards, and representatives which will promote achievement of plant and company goals.
  • Initiates, reviews, masters, and follows all standard operating procedures (SOPs) for area of responsibility.
  • Establishes and maintains effective work relationships within the department, the division, the group, and the company. Includes ability to handle stress and to interact with others so as to establish and maintain a positive and productive work environment and minimize personal conflicts.
  • Required to work assigned schedule of 12-hour shifts, rotating days and nights, Monday through Sunday, working hours may vary as specified by management. Incumbent must be able to work overtime on a regular basis and/or be on call as directed by management.
  • Performs those administrative activities necessary for effective management, including provision for selection and development of employees, salary administration, budget administration, employee safety, employee counseling, motivation, meeting objectives, planning, organizing, integrating, and measuring the work performed within the organization.
  • Regular and predictable attendance is required between the assigned start and end times of work.
  • Assures and maintains safe and healthful working conditions while enforcing safety rules and regulations.
  • Performs duties without posing a direct threat to anyone or to property. Direct threat is defined as a significant risk of substantial harm that cannot be eliminated or reduced to an acceptable level by reasonable accommodation.
  • Ability to work under general supervision.
  • Communication. Ability to communicate effectively, write effectively, read, comprehend, and follow complicated verbal and written instructions.
  • Ability to meet the knowledge, skills, abilities, physical requirements, and working conditions set forth in this position description and on the attached Physical Demands Assessment.
  • Maintains an awareness, and complies with hazardous waste management and other environmental management requirements in the workplace by attending scheduled training sessions.
  • Communicates with the emergency coordinator (EC) or Environmental Focal Point/Environmental Manager (EFP/EM) regarding environmental management activities.
  • Understands and responds effectively to EC directions during emergencies by being familiar with emergency procedures, equipment, and systems, as necessary. Implements contingency plan to the level required by the position.
  • Understands, completes, and maintains environmental documentation for which the individual is trained, or as directed by the EC, EFP, or EM (i.e., inspections, labeling, record keeping, maintenance of equipment, etc.). Reports to the EC, EFP, or EM on the status of assigned responsibilities.
  • Complies with established job safety practices, policies and procedures as specified in plant and corporate directives for the safe performance of the work assignment.
  • Recognizes waste streams and minimizes waste generation, through prudent use of materials, proper disposal and segregation as directed during training or by the EC. Understands and practices proper accumulation and storage requirements for wastes.
  • Complies with environmental regulations when using, dispensing, or handling hazardous and non-hazardous materials and wastes.

Position Requirements:

  • Experience in Total Productive Maintenance and/or Equipment Reliability programs.
  • University degree preferred.
  • Job related experience for 3 years minimum.
  • Experience in lean manufacturing including 5S, Single-Minute Exchange of Dies (SMED), Standard Work and problem solving.
  • Working knowledge of the following areas:
  • Generally accepted supervisory practices and procedures.
  • Product specifications and mechanics of equipment, including maintenance and overhaul.
  • Ability to apply intensive and diversified evaluation, selection, and substantial adaptation and modification of standard plant production techniques, procedures, and criteria.
  • Must be able to handle sensitive related and proprietary information in a confidential manner.
  • Performs such individual assignments as management may direct.
  • Must follow company policies, procedures, practices, and standards of conduct as outlined in the Ball Corporation manuals.
  • Ability to operate and functionally use the computer.
  • Ability to meet deadlines, concentrate, and pay attention to detail.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret statistical data in order to make recommendations.
  • Must maintain professional competence, ethical integrity, knowledge, and skills.

Requires short-term and long-term domestic travel. (≤10% travel)


Relocation for this position is Available

Ball Corporation offers comprehensive benefits packages, including paid holidays/vacation, affordable medical, dental, life insurance, tuition reimbursement, ESPP, and retirement plans.

EEO Statement:

Equal Opportunity Employer

Minority, Female, Disabled, Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender and Veterans.

Job Title: Supervisor, Plant Engineering

Job ID: 665244

Location: WA - Kent

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular