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ML Apprentice Mechanic (E&I)


Elwood, IL, US, 60421

Job Description

Stepan is currently seeking an Apprentice Mechanic for our Millsdale Plant located in Elwood, Illinois. The main responsibilities of the Apprentice Mechanic is to provide maintenance support to production areas to ensure stable operations, and provide continuous improvement while promoting safe work practices for maintaining plant equipment.


The main responsibilities for the Apprentice Mechanic role include:

  • Rebuild/replace pumps to maintain movement of intermediates and finished products
  • Install/replace piping to maintain movement of intermediates and finished products as well as utilities
  • Use laser alignment tools on rotating equipment to ensure proper shaft alignment
  • Troubleshoot malfunctioning equipment to determine repair process
  • Perform preventative/predictive maintenance, inspections, and repairs to reduce equipment failures
  • Determine whether an existing piece of equipment should be repaired or replaced
  • Perform general facility and equipment repairs as needed
  • Navigate CMMS (Computerized Maintenance Management System) as well as write follow up work
  • Train with an experienced journeyman to augment first 6 months of apprentice program
  • Support all Environmental, Health, and Safety programs, policies, and regulations
  • General housekeeping duties as assigned


  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • At least 2 years of mechanical experience
  • Successfully pass mechanical aptitude test
  • Successfully complete 6 required maintenance apprenticeship courses within 3 years
  • Experience with pump disassembly and reassembly
  • Ability to analyze, problem solve, and think strategically to solve equipment issues and determine root cause failures
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills





Stepan is a global specialty and intermediate chemical manufacturer that has been serving a broad range of industries for 88 years. Today, Stepan is a $2 billion revenue company. Our continued success is driven by the passion and commitment of our 2,200 employees around the world.

Why Work At Stepan?

  1. Stable & Growing
  2. Collaborative Environment
  3. Make a Difference & Be Recognized
  4. Committed to Safety & Sustainability
  5. Value Driven Culture

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