Electrical Supervisor

US Silica

Lovelock, NV


U.S. Silica is a global performance materials company and a leading producer of commercial silica used in a wide range of industrial applications and in the oil and gas industry. U.S. Silica’s wholly-owned subsidiaries include EP Minerals and SandBox Logistics®. EP Minerals is an industry leader in the production of products derived from diatomaceous earth, perlite, engineered clays, and non-activated clays. SandBox Logistics® is a state-of-the-art leader in proppant storage, handling, and well-site delivery, dedicated to making proppant logistics cleaner, safer, and more efficient. During our 121-year history, we have developed core competencies in mining, processing, logistics, and materials science that enables us to produce and cost-effectively deliver over 400 diversified product types to customers across our end markets. As of December 31, 2020, we operated 23 production facilities across the United States. We control 489 million tons of reserves of commercial silica, which can be processed to make 197 million tons of finished products that meet American Petroleum Institute ("API") frac sand specifications, and 79 million tons of reserves of diatomaceous earth, perlite, and clays.

The Company is headquartered in Katy, Texas and has an office located in Reno, Nevada.

This position will be responsible to schedule, plan and oversee work of the hourly electrical employees and Plant Instrumentation Technicians. S/he will ensure all workers comply with government and safety standards and be the area expert for any and all routine electrical and control systems. A high level of technical experience in order to maintain, install and repair wiring, electrical fixtures, power equipment, and components of machinery and equipment, structures, facilities, power and control systems and tools following electrical code, manuals, specifications, schematics, and blueprints as needed to meet production needs. 

The Electrical Supervisor will report to the Maintenance Manager. This role embraces a strong commitment to safety as a core value and ensures compliance with all applicable Federal/State Regulations and EP Minerals Health/Safety/Environmental practices and procedures.


Essential Job Functions:

  • Manage the planning direction and performance of instrumentation and electrical maintenance tasks, to include review and oversee of preventative and predictive electrical maintenance.
  • Coordinate with department heads and other supervisors to provide a high level of electrical support and guidance as needed to ensure day-to-day issue resolution and process reliability.
  • Oversee and guide instrumentation electrical maintenance personnel; assist with installation of electrical circuits, pulling wire, installing conduit, wiring electrical panels, replacing/installing contactors, replacing/installing motors and troubleshooting of all electrical/electronic circuits.
  • Provide expert level experience to troubleshoot motor circuits, wire, fuses, solid state contactors, solid state overloads, electronic overloads, thermal couplers, P&ID loops, understand process variables, voltage calculations, electrical one-line diagrams, wiring diagrams, schematics, and process flow charts etc.
  • Integrate new devices and logic into the control system in order to complete projects identified by plant management.
  • Exercise a high level of technical knowledge to gather, install, inspect, maintain repairs, modify, troubleshoot, and tests electrical and electronic systems and equipment. Equipment may include; motors, generators, motor control centers, switch gear, lighting circuits, A.C. and D.C. variable speed drives, VFDs, solid state boards, electronic process control devices and electronic scales.
  • Oversee, teach, and use as needed test instruments, test equipment and tools such as; voltmeters, ampere meters, and other electrical analyzing / test equipment as needed to properly troubleshoot and diagnose issues.
  • Highly adept at identifying equipment by its assigned equipment number to insure proper lockout. Also, able to identify by the equipment physical appearance, location, and its representation on the mill flow diagrams.
  • Work overtime and/or on-call coverage as scheduled, needed or directed.
  • Additional duties as assigned may consist of the following, but are not limited to:
  • Assist supervisors, planners and manager in the planning / scheduling of electrical work.
  • Ensure shop areas, work areas, stores and tools are kept clean, orderly, and secure.
  • Attend technical and leadership training classes.
  • Lead role with four direct reports.


Required Education, Experience, and Skills:

  • High School Diploma or GED required.
  • Field of study preferred: Controls, instrumentation and electrical.
  • 5+ years experience in controls, instrumentation and electrical; heavy industrial setting preferred.
  • Supervisory experiences required.
  • Must have working knowledge of National Electrical Code (NEC) and NFPA 70E.
  • Troubleshoot - PLC's, VFD's and three phase motors.
  • MCC / Switchgear knowledge is necessary.
  • Must have ability in troubleshooting control circuits and have knowledge of medium voltage terminations.
  • Instrumentation and Motor Control knowledge is preferred.
  • Understanding of conductor selection/calculations and cable tray installation.
  • Experience with networking, fiber optic, and CAT5/6 knowledge is a plus.
  • Knowledge in Allen Bradley RS Logix Studio 5000, RSLinx communication.
  • Comply with all corporate policies and the Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA) while working.
  • Solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form.
  • Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; Works well in-group problem solving situations; Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.
  • Ability to train, coach, mentor, and lead Electrician I, II, & III classifications.
  • Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, fundamentals of plane, solid geometry and trigonometry. Ability to apply concepts, such as, fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical solutions.
  • Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently; Plans for additional resources.
  • Able to start, stop and operate all equipment.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Possess an excellent safety record.
  • Consistently at work and on time.
  • Meet schedules and deadlines on time.
  • Demonstrate the ability to adapt to changes in the work environment.

Travel Requirements:

  • None.