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A part of Colgate-Palmolive since 1976, Hill's Pet Nutrition offers the highest-quality pet nutrition available through product lines Prescription Diet® and Science Diet®. Veterinarians worldwide recommend and feed their own pets Hill's products more than any other brand of pet food.

Available in approximately 80 countries around the world, our extensive line of products includes more than 60 Prescription Diet brand pet foods and more than 50 Science Diet brand pet foods.

We believe all animals should be loved and cared for during their lifetimes. That is why we are proud our pet foods can make a difference in your pet's life.

A career at Hill’s Pet Nutrition or Colgate-Palmolive is an excellent opportunity if you seek a global experience, constant challenge, and development opportunities in an environment that respects work/life effectiveness.

Job Title:  Maintenance Technician I

Travel Required?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  May 21, 2024

 No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 160339 - Emporia, Kansas, United States

Who We Are
Colgate-Palmolive Company is a caring, innovative growth company that is reimagining a healthier future for all people, their pets and our planet. Focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition, we sell our products in more than 200 countries and territories under brands such as Colgate, Palmolive, elmex, hello, meridol, Sorriso, Tom’s of Maine, EltaMD, Filorga, Irish Spring, PCA SKIN, Protex, Sanex, Softsoap, Speed Stick, Ajax, Axion, Fabuloso, Soupline and Suavitel, as well as Hill’s Pet Nutrition.

We are recognized for our leadership and innovation in promoting sustainability and community wellbeing, including our achievements in decreasing plastic waste and promoting recyclability, saving water, conserving natural resources and improving children’s oral health.

If you want to work for a company that lives by their values, then give your career a reason to smile and join our global team!

If you’re interested in work that matters, fueled by passion for pets, we invite you to apply for our Maintenance Technician position for our Emporia, Kansas manufacturing facility.

What we offer:

  • 2-2-3 shift schedules with overtime available.

  • $1 dollar shift differential for off shifts.

  • Great work environment with climate regulated zones.

  • Medical, Dental & Vision Coverage for employee & eligible dependents - Start on Day 1.

  • Basic Life Insurance for you and eligible dependents at NO Cost.

  • 15 Days of Paid Vacation.

  • Paid Parental Leave.

  • Paid Holidays.

  • Saving & Investment Plan with Company Match.

  • Tuition Assistance - up to $10,000 per year.

  • Employee Assistance Program.

  • Access to discounted Company products.



  • Understands and is responsible for full compliance and following of all Quality, GMP's, AIB and Micro (C&S Guidelines), EOHS, and safety standards and guidelines.

  • Troubleshoots, repair and conduct preventive maintenance for production and utility equipment as required to ensure equipment reliability including mechanical failures, electrical issues up to 480V, and PLC issues

  • Reviews project instructions, blueprints, electrical, and pneumatic schematics to ascertain test specifications, procedures, objectives, test equipment, nature of technical problem, and possible solutions such as part redesign, substitution of material or parts, or re-engineering of parts or subassemblies.

  •  Assists Maintenance Reliability Team Leader and Plant Engineers with root cause analysis to identify reasons for equipment failures and breakdowns.

  •  Records test procedures and results, numerical and graphical data, and makes recommendations for changes in product or test method.

  •  Fabricates machine parts as needed to perform repairs including welding and machining and change to electrical and power transmission systems.

  • Participates in structured group or team activities related to line/area performance improvement e.g. autonomous maintenance, housekeeping, shop sanitation, problem solving, shift transition meeting, etc.

  • Maintains spare parts inventory and restocking of inventory for the plant as needed.

  • Completes all regulatory and compliance related documentation and procedures accurately.

  • Works with teams and focus resources and assures correct PM's are in SAP including auditing work order completion and

  • effectiveness

  • Works with operators to support production and transfer knowledge skills to operation technicians.



  • High School diploma or equivalent- required. 

  • Required either

    • 1+ year of industrial maintenance experience working in a manufacturing plant OR

    • vocational / technical degree in an industrial maintenance program (or equivalent) and successful completion of industrial maintenance internship OR 

    • vocational / technical degree in industrial maintenance program (or equivalent) and 3+ years of manufacturing experience.

  • Ability to work an 2-2-3 off-shift work schedule that includes weekends- required.

  • Basic math skills- required

  • Computer skills- required. 

  • 1+ years manufacturing experience in food, pet food, or pharmaceuticals- preferred

  • Ability to bend, climb, crawl, and work in confined spaces, and work in hazardous condition spaces for up to twelve hours per day- required. 

  • Ability to use hazardous materials- required. 

  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs, repeatedly- required. 

  • Complete tasks that require working with hands overhead- required. 

  • Use a stand-up or sit-down forklift, intermittently for up to twelve hours per day- required. 

  • Type, using a computer keyboard, intermittently for up to twelve hours per day- required. 

  • Walk unlimited distances each day- required. 

  • Frequently walk up and down multiple levels of steps, multiple times a day, up to 8.5 levels - carrying tool bag, materials, or other supplies that weigh 25 lbs on average- required. 

  • Occasionally climb ladders or ledges, with tie-off equipment when required- required. 

  • Frequently bend at waist 90 degrees and flex at knees 120 degrees- required. 

  • Wear required personal protective equipment, including hearing, eye, foot and dust protection- required. 

  • Perceive visual and audible alarms and telephones while wearing hearing protection- required. 

  • Receive and transmit information in person and by telephone communications- required. 

 Compensation and Benefits
Salary Range $  - $ USD

Pay is based on multiple non-discriminatory, individualized factors including but not limited to experience, job-related knowledge and education, skills and office/market location. In addition to base salary, salaried employees are eligible for annual discretionary bonuses, profit-sharing and, for Executive-level (salary grade 16 and above) roles only, long-term incentives in the form of Restricted Stock Units and/or Stock Options.

Subject to the terms and conditions of the applicable benefits plans then in effect, all salaried employees are also eligible for a competitive benefits package which includes:

  • Insurance: Employees (and their eligible dependents) are eligible to participate in Company-sponsored Medical, Dental, Vision, Basic Life Insurance, Accidental Death & Dismemberment and Disability insurance plans.
  • Retirement Plans: Employees are eligible to enroll in Colgate's 401(k) plan, which provides for company matching contributions subject to eligibility requirements
  • Vacation/PTO: Employees receive a minimum of 15 days of vacation/PTO leave annually
  • Paid Holidays: Employees receive a minimum of 13 paid/floating holidays annually
  • Paid Sick Leave: Based on location and consistent with applicable state and local law, employees receive a minimum of 40 hours of paid sick leave on January 1st of each year
  • Paid Parental Leave: Eligible employees may take up to eight weeks of paid parental leave and 12 weeks of unpaid leave (varies for employees with fewer than 12 months of service and is subject to hours worked requirements)

Our Commitment to Sustainability
With the Colgate brand in more homes than any other, we are presented with great opportunities and new challenges as we work to integrate sustainability into all aspects of our business and create positive social impact. We are determined to position ourselves for further growth as we act on our 2025 Sustainability & Social Impact Strategy.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Achieving our purpose starts with our people — ensuring our workforce represents the people and communities we serve —and creating an environment where our people feel they belong; where we can be our authentic selves, feel treated with respect and have the support of leadership to impact the business in a meaningful way.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Colgate is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, marital status, veteran status (United States positions), or any other characteristic protected by law.

Reasonable accommodation during the application process is available for persons with disabilities. Please contact with the subject "Accommodation Request" should you require accommodation.

For additional Colgate terms and conditions, please click here.


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