Maintenance Mechanic
American Italian Pasta Company - Columbia, SC

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POSITION SUMMARY:

This position will require a self directed, team oriented individual who takes pride and ownership in their work, and is willing to accept total responsibility for plant equipment troubleshooting, repair and preventive maintenance programs. Maintenance Mechanics will be responsible for a broad variety of equipment and system types, and must possess solid mechanical, electrical and maintenance welding skills, along with above average troubleshooting abilities. Due to the high levels of efficiency and productivity expected from this plant, Maintenance Mechanics must be innovative and demonstrate a “Can Do” attitude and be willing to perform whatever tasks are necessary for the plant to meet its objectives.

REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES:

· Advanced understanding of PLC and Relay Logic.
· Troubleshoot and repair mechanical and electrical equipment.
· Perform equipment modifications.
· Perform equipment rebuilds.
· Perform routine maintenance welding and minor fabrication.
· Perform general building maintenance.
· Responsible for ensuring equipment is properly maintained in order to manufacture safe, legal and quality product.
· Ensure that work areas are clean that Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP’s) are full complied with.
· Ensure compliance with all safety programs and maintain hazard free work areas.
· Schedule and perform the following regular preventive maintenance:

o Flour system blowers, airlocks, diverter valves and sifters
o Change dust collector filter bags
o Presses, dryers, accumulators and strippers
o Die washer
o Short cut storage and distribution system
o Packaging machines, scales, code daters, printers, casepackers and tapers
o Alvey case lifts, conveyors, accumulators and palletizer
o Air compressors and dryers
o Boiler, circulating pumps and control valves
o Chillers and air handlers and intake filters (general HVAC)
o Water treatment system
o Plant hot water system and general plumbing

· Ensure that work areas are clean and that Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP’s) are full complied with.
· Responsible for contributing to the production of quality, safe and legal product.
· Ensure compliance with all safety programs and maintain hazard free work areas.
· Must be able to adjust their own work schedule in order to maintain a 2-shift operation (may require overtime as operation requires).
· Must be able to work 6pm - 6am, including every other weekend and some holidays.
· Be able to effectively communicate with team members to support a self-directed work environment.
· Use sound judgment in exercising caution to insure personal safety and the safety of others.
· Communicate effectively across all functions to insure efficient production levels.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:

· High school diploma required.
· Must demonstrate good communication skills and be able to understand and interpret equipment training manuals and drawings.
· Must demonstrate good math skills.
· Must demonstrate a sense of urgency.
· Must possess a solid mechanical aptitude combined with technical training and/or the equivalent in manufacturing experience (preferably in food manufacturing).
· Demonstrate creative troubleshooting and problem solving skills.
· Demonstrate an advanced understanding of electrical distribution and control circuits.
· Demonstrate an advanced understanding of PLC theory and programming.
· Advanced working knowledge of the following support equipment:
  • Boilers, pumps and circulating systems
  • Air compressors and pneumatic systems
  • Pneumatic conveying theory and related systems
  • Pasta drying instrumentation

· Understand be proficient in the operation of the following shop equipment:
  • Drill press
  • Hydraulic press
  • Milling machine
  • Lathe
  • Grinders, band saws and other related hand tools.

· Advanced maintenance welding including:
  • AC/DC stick
  • Tig
  • Mig
  • Gas Acetylene

Physical Requirements:
  • Ability to lift at least 50 pounds unassisted; periodically lift up to 100 lbs.
  • Must be able to climb, kneel, crawl and work at elevation.
  • Vocal communication required to communicate with all plant personnel
  • Distance and color vision acuity is required

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