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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:  Maint. Technician Lvl 3

Travel Required?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  Nov 20, 2023

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 156512 - Richmond, Indiana, 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!


Job Summary

A Maintenance Technician III position is responsible for providing on-shift technical support to operations for installation, maintenance, and troubleshooting the facility's plant floor control system. This position will also provide innovation and support for continuous improvement projects!


Principal Duties and Responsibilities





  • Troubleshoots, repair and preventive maintenance as required to ensure equipment reliability. Completes work orders as scheduled and documents in SAP in a timely manner.


  • Maintain PLC programs to support the day-to-day operation of the facility.


  • Work closely with Maintenance and Operator Technicians on shift to assure that they are properly trained in the use of the plant control systems.  Work with the Controls Programming team to solve advanced system related problems. Provide on-shift technical support.


  • Reviews equipment instructions, blueprints, electrical, and pneumatic schematics to ascertain test specifications, procedures, objectives, test equipment and nature of technical problems.  Develops, documents training materials to support training needs.


  • Work on Continuous Improvement projects throughout the entire plant and troubleshoot system failures to determine root cause analysis and drive innovative resolution. Participates in structured group or team activities related to line/area performance improvement e.g. autonomous maintenance (AM), housekeeping, problem solving etc.


  • Support the implementation of instrumentation and control projects.


  • Maintain WonderWare SCADA software to support plant operations projects and change controls. 


  • Complete calibration of plant instrumentation and controls systems.


  • Work in conjunction with the Controls Programming team to maintain the facility PLC network (hardware and software).


  • Understand and comply with Hill’s policies, safety standards, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) and Food Safety. Identify and report Food Safety issues to management.


Total Percent (not to exceed 100%)


This is not a comprehensive list of duties or functions.


Education/ Experience Requirements


Basic qualifications include:  

  • 3+ years of industrial maintenance experience in a manufacturing plant or an Associate’s degree in a related field

  • 5+ years of manufacturing experience

  • Solid understanding and interpretation of WonderWare software, PLC and electrical schematics 

  • Troubleshooting, physical dexterity, understanding of electrical circuits, wiring diagrams and problem solving.

  • Advance electrical skills; basic PLC troubleshooting skills

  • Intermediate digital literacy in Google Suite and Excel

  • Ability to work an off-shift work schedule or weekend if needed


Preferred qualifications include: 

  • Technical certification in Electronics / Technology

  • 2+ years working experience in electrical schematics

  • Knowledge of electrical engineering technology, including industrial instrumentation, electrical power and security systems.

  • Knowledge of MSsql, Industrial SQL, AB Panelview, Sigmatek PLC and Operator interface


Expected Areas of Skills 

  • Ability to troubleshoot batching and continuous process control logic (ladder logic). 

  • Use Active Factory as an aid to troubleshooting issues.

  • Ability to instruct, coach and mentor facility operations and maintenance resources.

  • Ability to adjust schedule to fit project startup and production needs

  • Knowledge of PLC equipment, instrumentation, valves, pumps, blowers, measuring systems and application in pet food manufacturing

  • Review blueprints, project instructions, electrical & pneumatic schematics during troubleshooting, repair or project work.

  • Use the internet as a research engine to support troubleshooting instrumentation and control systems. 

  • Stay abreast on technology innovation and standard methodologies in the industry

  • Ability to communicate effectively


Leadership Competencies 

  • Teamwork and Collaboration

  • Effective Execution 

  • Analysis and Decision Making


Functional Competencies  

  • Managing Production

  • Continuous Improvement 

  • Managing Materials and Services 


Cross-Functional Proficiencies

  • EHS and Quality Leadership

  • Supply Chain Systems and Analysis

  • Cross Organizational Collaboration


Managing with Respect Proficiencies

  • Communicate Effectively

  • Promotes Collaboration

  • Sets the Example


Working Relationships (Key partnerships and reporting relationships)

  • Does this position supervise:  No

  • On shift Technical Resources

  • On shift Team Leader

  • Technical Team Leaders

  • Area Leaders

  • Controls Programming CIM


Travel Requirements 

Expected percentage of travel:  Up to 5%


Physical Requirements:

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

  • Ability to work in extreme weather conditions with temperature ranges from cold to hot and humid

  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs on continual basis

  • Complete tasks that require working with hands overhead

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

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

  • Walk unlimited distances each day. 

  • 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

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

  • Frequently bend at waist 90 degrees and flex at knees 120 degrees

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

  • Frequently perform tasks in an environment that contains significant levels of dust

  • Perceive visual and audible alarms and telephones while wearing hearing protection

  • Receive and transmit information in person and by telephone communications


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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