Position:  Maintenance Technician
Location:  Bern, KS
Job Id:  216
# of Openings:  1

Supports the manufacturing facilities in all areas of the manufacturing process. Maintains the highest levels of productivity, efficiency, safety, quality, and sanitation. Form, fabricates and assembles components for experimental projects, and repairs and modifies existing machines/equipment/ facilities to ensure reliable, consistent operation according to directions, specifications and approval of supervision.
  • Form and fabricate parts and components working from graphic, written or verbal directions.
  • Use machine tools, electric equipment and instruments working with a variety of metals and other materials within prescribed tolerances
  • Analyze malfunctioning machines and systems (electrical, pneumatic, hydraulic, etc.), recommend corrective action and make repairs or modifications as approved by the Maintenance Supervisor.
  • Maintain a working understanding of plant production process equipment, systems and facilities in order to perform maintenance effectively under general direction.
  • Work in cooperation with all other Departments to maintain a safe environment for food production and workers.
  • Shares responsibility with all team members for meeting or exceeding all Quality, Safety, Sanitation, Environmental, and GMP standards
  • Functions as a resource to troubleshoot processing problems on a timely basis
  • Responsible for equipment and facility repairs/improvements to ensure a safe and productive environment
  • Responsible for establishing and maintaining preventive maintenance schedules
  • Ensures all process lines, equipment, and systems are fully operational and maintained
  • Perform other miscellaneous duties as assigned by Supervisor.
QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:  (To perform this job successfully, and individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required).
Education: High school diploma or equivalent
Experience: One year experience in manufacturing environment preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to efficiently operate all plant equipment, including but not limited to: electronic instruments, welders, torches, lathes, saws, grinders, basic hand tools, belt lacers rotary hammers, drills, threaders, computers, presses, benders, plasma cutter, trucks, drain reamers, pumps communication equipment, forklifts, manlifts and HVAC equipment.
  • Ability to perform basic machine setups
  • Troubleshooting expertise, and the ability to teach others
  • Ability to work with materials such as; metals, plastics, piping, wiring, concrete, machine components, lubricants, solvents, fittings, fasteners, power transmission equipment, belting, steam and compressed air.
  • Basic computer skills (email, CMMS)
  • Ability to express ideas clearly and concisely (verbally and written)
  • Ability to explain, teach, and coach processes, procedures, and concepts
  • Ability to provide constructive and timely feedback
Problem Solving
  • Ability to detect problems and opportunities early
  • Ability to identify and gather relevant information to identify underlying issues
  • Ability to solve problems based on factual information and logical assumptions, considering resources, constraints, and organizational value
  • Ability to analyze data to recognize trends and cause-effect relationships
PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  (The physical demands described here are representatives of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential function.  The phrases “occasionally,” “regularly,” and “frequently” correspond to the following definitions: “occasionally” means up to 25% of working time, “regularly” means between 26 and 75% of working time, and “frequently” means 76% and more of working time.)
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear, walk, and move from place to place.  The employee is occasionally required to sit, use foot/feet to operate machine, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl or reach above shoulders.  The employee is frequently required to stand and use hands to finger, handle or touch.
The employee must exert 50 to 100 pounds of force occasionally, and / or up to 25 to 50 pounds of force frequently, and / or 10 to 20 pounds of force constantly.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
WORK ENVIRONMENT:  (The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions).
The employee may be frequently exposed to allergens and/or airborne particles in the production area.  Production employees are exposed to temperatures ranging from 50 to 115 degrees, depending on the season and workstation, and may be working near moving mechanical parts. Occasional exposure to outdoor weather conditions may occur.
The noise level in the work environment may be loud while production equipment is running.
Personal Protection Equipment (including, but not limited to, boots, gloves, safety glasses, and/or face shields) is required during various processes in the production area. Ear plugs and bump caps are required at all times in the production area.
The above statements reflect the general details necessary to describe the principle functions of the occupation described and shall not be construed as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent in the occupation.

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