Maintenance Technician
Ainsworth Pet Nutrition - Dumas, AR

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Overall Focus: To ensure the continuous operation of the production facility by maintaining, trouble shooting and repairing manufacturing equipment and facilities. Ensure that assigned Maintenance Technicians are completing work in a timely fashion and are adhering to all Safe Quality Food, Personal Safety and Sanitation standards.

  • Executes daily and weekly workload plans to accomplish established tasks provided by Maintenance Manager
          • Maintains constant communication with A-Leads
          • Execute established training plans for maintenance personnel
          • Audits the work of those reporting to you for both training and adherence to set standards
          • Strive to achieve team productivity measurements while maintaining a high level of focus to quality
          • Keep work zones in an audit ready manner
          • Provides feedback to Maintenance Technicians not following Standard Operating Procedures, or Safety and Sanitation practices and policies.

  • Responsible for the maintenance and repair of all equipment and facilities
          • Dismantles machines or equipment, replaces defective parts and motors and adjusts equipment as necessary
          • Listens for unusual sounds from machines or equipment to detect malfunctions and discusses machine operation variations with operators and other maintenance workers to diagnose problem or repair machine
          • Performs electrical troubleshooting and makes modifications to existing programs
          • Reads and interprets blueprints, program listings, schematics and mechanical and wiring diagrams
          • Drafts and modifies blueprints, program listings, schematics and mechanical and wiring diagrams
          • Wires electrical motors
          • Proactive in detecting and correcting machine performance problems
  • Performs all preventative and scheduled maintenance as assigned
          • Cleans and lubricates machine parts such as shafts, pulleys, gears and bearings or repairs machine belts.
          • Visually inspects and tests machinery and equipment. Insures that all safety devices are installed and operational
  • Installs equipment and completes projects as assigned
          • Lay out hard wiring for projects
          • Ensures that work is completed according to schedule
  • Follow all lock out/tag out procedures
          • Contact appropriate person to lock out necessary areas
          • Lock out equipment where trained- contact maintenance as needed
  • Ensures that the Ainsworth's Food Safety program is adhered to
          • Ensures that all SOP's are being followed
          • Informs Maintenance Manager or A-Lead of any food safety problems
          • Serves as the designee for the Maintenance Manager in dealing with reported food safety issues or maintenance of the SQF system
          • Alerts Maintenance Manager or A-Lead for need to update or modify SOP's based on needed changes to the processes
  • Adhere to all Standard Operating Procedures and job instructions
          • Take corrective actions when measures are out of specification
          • Take and document required process, quality measures
          • Meet or exceed established targets
          • Adhere to all sanitation procedures
  • Follow all GMP's
          • Keep process areas clean and neat
          • Ensure all buildings meet sanitation requirements
          • Reports all infestation and rodent problems to the Corporate Sanitarian
          • Adheres to sanitation procedures
  • Actively participate as a member of Ainsworth Safety Program
          • Follow all safety procedures
          • Report all unsafe actions and conditions
  • Live by Ainsworth Values
          • Assume responsibility for self improvement
          • Participate in the improvement/problem solving process
          • Show up to work on time
          • Dress appropriately
          • Maintain good personal hygiene
          • Take breaks of appropriate length and frequency
  • Accesses needed parts and tracks what is used according to established methods
  • Maintain constant communication with A-Leads and other maintenance people
QUALIFICATIONS (Knowledge and skills necessary to meet organizational objectives)

Education/Training: High School Diploma or GED

Experience: 3 years experience in troubleshooting and repairing PLC's and other equipment in a production facility.

CORE COMPETENCIES (Abilities required of all positions)
  • Teamwork
    • Participates in the development of mutual goals and plans with members of their team or other teams
    • Supports the accomplishment of those goals with team members and outside resources
    • Participates in the identification and resolution of problems
  • Judgment
    • Follows a logical process to make decisions
    • Is able to “think on the fly”
    • Is able to think through all aspects of a problem
    • Is able to make a decision in a timely manner.
  • Communication / listening
    • Correct use of grammar both written and oral
    • Articulates thoughts in a concise manner
    • Adjusts language to the level of the audience
    • Clarifies or checks for understanding as necessary
  • Ability to learn
    • Enjoys learning new things
    • Takes new information and demonstrates its use quickly
    • Integrity
      • Does what they say they are going to do
      • Does not change values to suit the situation
      • Instills trust through actions and behaviors
    • Ainsworth fit
      • Can live by and promotes our values
    • Adaptability
      • Can adjust to a new environment quickly
      • Accepts change as a way of life and works proactively to adapt
    JOB- RELATED COMPETENCIES (Abilities required of this position)
      • Computer literate - navigate Windows, perform data entry
      • Verbal and Math Skills - 10th grade level
      • Know when to ask for help
      • Ability to work with little or no supervision
      • Time management skills - develop and adhere to a schedule
      • Trouble shooting skills
        • Electrical
        • Able to use the diagnostic tools that are built into our control systems
        • PLCs- Able to call up screen and find what they are looking for
        • BOS screens - able to navigate to diagnostic or control functions
      • Attention to detail (specifications)
      • Able to work a flexible work schedule and be on call as assigned
      • Willing to work weekends
      • Able to drive Fork-Truck
      • Have own hand tools
      • Able to read blue prints and wiring diagrams
      • Mechanical maintenance skills
      • Understands conveyance systems - Screw, air, vibratory and bucket elevators
      • Understands AIB regulations and GMP'S as they relate to maintenance
      • Able to align motor drives (bearings and gears)
      • Able to use air tools
      • General Welding Skills
      • Understands and calculates measurements (fractions and decimals)
      • Knows safety regulations and procedures as they apply to maintenance
      • Understands the manufacturing process and how their responsibilities relate to its proper functioning
      • Able to perform boiler and steam safety and maintenance
      • Able to perform plumbing skills-pipe fitting/low pressure fluids
      • Ability to lead people
      • Ability to delegate tasks to others
    (Necessary to perform essential functions of job with or without an accommodation)
        • Climb ladders and bins
        • Maneuver in tight spaces
        • Move items of 55-80 lbs. in weight from one place to another
        • Stack repetitiously 60 lbs. or less
        • Able to differentiate between colors
        • Able to work in extreme temperature conditions (very hot or very cold)

    Nothing in this job description restricts management's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time

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