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Maintenance Supervisor

  • Full Time
  • Nakina
  • 2024-03-08

Nakina Lumber Inc.

Position Title: Maintenance Supervisor
Posting ID: ST2023-04
Posting Date: Refreshed September 1, 2023
Job Type: Permanent full-time
Salary: Contingent upon knowledge, skills and experience
Hours/Shifts: Shift work
Work Site: Nakina, in-person

Company Overview:

Located in beautiful northern Ontario, Nakina Lumber Inc. (Nakina Lumber), a subsidiary of the Buchanan group of companies, is a fully functioning lumber mill, manufacturing finished lumber products from trees harvested from the Ogoki Forest. With up to 120 employees at any given time, Nakina Lumber provides a variety of employment opportunities for individuals, from general labourer positions, which require no prior experience, to skilled trade positions, such as industrial electrician, millright, saw filer and heavy equipment mechanic. Various supervisory opportunities also exist, across all aspects of the operation. Nakina Lumber is committed to ensuring at least 75% of its workforce is indigenous and is further committed to supporting the local economy through its targeted recruitment across Greenstone and the three First Nations of Aroland, Eabametoong and Marten Falls. Nakina Lumber is certified through the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC Certified).

Why Nakina Lumber?

Steady, year-round employment; on-the-job training; opportunities for advancement; healthcare benefits (drug, dental, vision, extended healthcare); life and disability insurance; pension; free, on-site parking with electrical hook-up; free bus or van transportation to and from the worksite, for Monday to Friday dayshift, for those without personal transportation; provision of personal protective equipment at no cost to employees; a subsidized lunch program; access to an on-site Counsellor & Case Manager; a friendly, supportive environment committed to employee success. Assistance with relocation expenses and temporary accommodation may also be available.

Position Overview:

Reporting to the General Manager and Maintenance Superintendent, the Maintenance Supervisor is responsible for overseeing the general maintenance and upkeep of machinery and equipment and issue recognition, combined with preventative maintenance, with the goal of preventing downtime. The Maintenance Supervisor provides leadership for the maintenance team, inclusive of apprentices.

• To work safely, in compliance with all company SOPs, policies and procedures and relevant legislation.
• To oversee all sawmill, planer and kiln work systems so as to ensure efficient operation, in collaboration with the Superintendent and site supervisors.
• To provide supervision and support for the day-to-day work of the maintenance team, as they:
· renovate and restore existing equipment.
· troubleshoot and repair mechanical issues that arise during shift.
· troubleshoot and repair pneumatic systems, pumps, compressors and hydraulic systems.
· perform scheduled maintenance on all equipment.
· operate hoisting and lifting equipment.
· fabricate parts required during overhauls.
• To ensure environmental compliance.
• To address concerns directly with the General Manager or Maintenance Superintendent, in a timely manner, and to support problem solving around the concern(s) brought forward.
• To conduct oneself in a manner that contributes to a culturally safe, inclusive and respectful workplace.
• Consistent attendance for scheduled hours of work.
• Other duties as may be assigned from time-to-time.


• Completion of a two-year Industrial Mechanical Millwright College program preferred.
• A minimum of two years Millwright experience preferred.

Ability to interpret blueprints, diagrams, schematics, manuals and specifications.
• Experience working in a lumber mill or manufacturing environment considered an asset.
• A minimum of three (3) years relevant experience.
• Excellent communication, problem-solving and conflict resolution skills.
• Experience managing and providing leadership for employee teams.
• Experience working with diverse cultures, including indigenous populations, considered an asset.
• Proficiency in French language considered an asset.
• Ability to work independently and complete assigned tasks, with minimal supervision.
• An ability to multi-task and prioritize in a fast-paced and multi-worksite environment.
• Receptive and responsive to receiving direction and supervision.
• Access to a personal vehicle and valid driver’s license required.
• An ability to commit to reliable and consistent attendance.
• A strong work ethic.
• An ability to focus in a loud environment, surrounded by lots of activity.
• An ability to climb stairs.

Interested candidates, please forward an up-to-date copy of your resume and cover letter to the attention of Human Resources at

***This is an equal opportunity position***
In order to ensure equal opportunity during the recruitment and selection process, Nakina Lumber provides accommodations for applicants with disabilities upon request.

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