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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

Travel Required?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  Sep 23, 2023

$1,500 Hiring Bonus.


Location: Emporia, Kansas, United States
No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 152739

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. 



Are you interested in working for Hill's Pet Nutrition? You can apply to work with us using this online application. Attach all relevant documents such as a cover letter and resume or CV. Applications received by e-mail are not considered in the selection process.

Become part of our team. We look forward to your application.


Work that matters, fueled by passion for pets!  At Hill’s we have a purpose.  Every day around the world, we transform the lives of millions of pet families through pioneering innovation, amazing nutrition, and the best and brightest people. Founded more than 75 years ago with an unwavering commitment to pet nutrition, Hills' mission is to help enrich and lengthen the special relationships between people and their pets. 

HILL'S® Prescription Diet® therapeutic pet foods, HILL'S® Science Diet® and HILL'S® Ideal Balance™ wellness pet foods are sold worldwide. Hill’s is a division of Colgate-Palmolive, a leading global consumer products company, tightly focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition, with sales of products in more than 200 countries.  To learn more about Hill's and Colgate, please visit and, or find us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.


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


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


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