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Established in 1806 as a small soap and candle business in New York City, Colgate-Palmolive is now a truly global company with products sold in over 200 countries and territories under such internationally recognized brand names as Colgate, Palmolive, Softsoap, Irish Spring, Protex, Sorriso, Kolynos, elmex, Tom's of Maine, Sanex, Ajax, Axion, Soupline, Haci Sakir, Suavitel, PCA SKIN, EltaMD, Filorga and Hello as well as Hill's Science Diet and Hill's Prescription Diet.

Colgate-Palmolive is a leading consumer products company that serves hundreds of millions of consumers worldwide with brands and products across four core businesses – Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition. We are committed to offering products that make lives healthier and more enjoyable, and programs that enrich communities around the world.

Every day millions of people trust our products to care for themselves and the ones they love. Our goal is to use our technology to create products that will continue to improve the quality of life for our consumers wherever they live.

A career at 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 1

Travel Required?:  No Travel
Date:  Mar 25, 2023

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 135420 - Morristown, Tennessee, United States

Sign-on Bonus of $1,000 for eligible new hires.


Colgate-Palmolive invites applications for the Maintenance Technician position based at our Morristown, Tennessee Oral Care plant. This is an exciting opportunity to begin a career with a world-class manufacturing company working in a climate-controlled, clean Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulated facility. This position offers competative pay with excellent benefit package.


Job Summary


The Maintenance Technician is responsible for performing Corrective and Planned Maintenance tasks, support project execution & validations as well as implement Continuous Improvement initiatives aimed to improve equipment reliability and reduce unplanned downtime.  The Maintenance Technician reports to the Maintenance Engineer and he/she is responsible to support the operation, adjustment, calibration and changeover of production equipment, troubleshooting as well as executing minor & major repairs in the entire site, ensuring compliance with our EOHS, Quality and FP&R Standards.  The Maintenance Technician works within a structure that requires considerable interaction with others in the same production unit as well as other production units and support functions.



Principal Duties and Responsibilities


  • Leads & execute major and minor mechanical & electrical maintenance of automated and non-automated equipment & processes (making, finishing, vertical integration & Utilities) through computer terminals, control panels and/or by manual means in the manufacturing of Colgate-Palmolive products. This includes troubleshooting of mechanical, pneumatic, hydraulic and electrical components, and performing Corrective and Planned maintenance task as required to ensure equipment reliability and on-going production. Works with OEM, consultants & Suppliers to solve problems.
  • Operates and performs changeovers of automated equipment (making, finishing, and vertical integration) through computer terminals, control panels and/or by manual means in the manufacturing of Colgate-Palmolive products, and coordinates effective execution with upstream and downstream processes by working with others in operations, planning, warehouse, and receiving departments.
  • Seeks and understands production scheduling and demands. Prioritizes maintenance activities that support and facilitates these needs.
  • Stays abreast of teams’ production performance via visual, written and verbal communications and actively seeks for Continuous Improvement Opportunities. Highlights potential issues, recommends and implement corrective & preventive actions under daily operation pressure to drive production lines and making process performance.
  • Provides support in new equipment installation, calibration, validation and start up processes.
  • Confirms in-house availability of tools, change and spare parts required to keep production running, and accurately stores them in the designated locations..
  • Undertakes daily reporting and updates of information systems (SAP, OPERA, Cycle Counts, Handoff reports,etc) including documentation of maintenance activities performed on equipment. Accurately and fully completes all regulatory and compliance related documentation and procedures
  • Fabricates simple machine parts using the required shop equipment such as: lathe, drill press, milling machine and others.
  • Participates in structured group or team activities & meetings related to line/area performance improvement e.g. Shift Handoff, autonomous maintenance small group meetings, CI, RCA, 5S&VW, Maintenance Planning, Etc.
  • Shares knowledge with the team and develops basic maintenance skills in Operator Technicians. Helps Develop Standard Operating Procedure, Standard Work Instructions, One Point Lessons and any other kind of document used to transfer learning and ensure standardization and repeatability of tasks.
  • Understands and adheres to Environmental, Occupational Health and Safety requirements.
  • Understands and adheres to all Quality, Good Manufacturing Practices and Cleaning & Sanitization Guidelines and standards.
  • Understands and adheres to Factory Performance & Reliability Standards. Maintains work area and tools to required housekeeping standards and conducts/participates in area housekeeping assessments.
  • Supports Failure Investigations process.
  • Other job functions that may be assigned.





  • High School Diploma or GED.
  • Minimum of three years functional experience in a manufacturing environment; or Technical college/vocational school certificate or Associates degree in related field.
  • Advance skills in working with technical documentation (mechanical & electrical drawings, P&IDs, equipment manuals, process flow, etc).
  • Mechanic, pneumatic, hydraulic, instrumentation and electrical knowledge.
  • Working knowledge and dexterity with tools, utilities and manufacturing equipment.
  • Proven experience troubleshooting and repairing technical issues.
  • Ability to work with office and manufacturing software using computers and HMIs.
  • Candidates must not be at any stage of PEP and have at least an overall Strong Performance rating in the last performance appraisal.
  • Must be able to work any shift, weekends and mandatory overtime as needed.
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds repeatedly.
  • Ability to climb stairs and ladders, bend to 90 degrees repeatedly.



  • Proven autonomous and preventive maintenance experience
  • CMRT (Certified Maintenance & Reliability Technician) or any other relevant certifications.
  • Experience working with food safety regulated environments (AIB, FDA, USDA, cGMP)
  • Working knowledge of SAP.


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.

Are you interested in working for Colgate-Palmolive? You can apply online and 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.

Colgate-Palmolive is a leading global consumer products company, tightly focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition. Colgate sells its products in over 200 countries and territories around the world under such internationally recognized brand names as Colgate, Palmolive, elmex, Tom’s of Maine, Sorriso, Speed Stick, Lady Speed Stick, Softsoap, Irish Spring, Protex, Sanex, Elta MD, PCA Skin, Ajax, Axion, Fabuloso, Soupline and Suavitel, as well as Hill’s Science Diet and Hill’s Prescription Diet. 

For more information about Colgate’s global business, visit the Company’s web site at To learn more about Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures® oral health education program, please visit To learn more about Hill's and the Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love program please visit To learn more about Tom’s of Maine  please visit

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

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