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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 1

Travel Required?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  Sep 9, 2021

Salary Grade Range: Hourly  - Hourly

Employee Referral: $500.00  US Dollar

No Relocation Assistance Offered


Maintenance Technician 1


Job Summary:


A Maintenance Technician will be responsible for the support of production lines, equipment, and the facility. Must be able to perform preventative maintenance, troubleshoot, maintain and repair operating equipment during production and breakdowns. Additionally, work with others to achieve factory business objectives, including safety, productivity, customer service, quality, cost and environmental protection.


The primary accountabilities of the role include troubleshoot, repair, and preventative maintenance as required to ensure equipment reliability; assist with root cause analysis to identify reasons for failures and breakdowns; review electrical and pneumatic schematics during troubleshooting, repair and project work; and will work closely with the operators to support production and transfer skills to Operation Technicians.


Principal Duties and Responsibilities:



  • Troubleshoots, repair and preventive maintenance (PM) as required to ensure equipment reliability
  • Complete work orders as scheduled and document in SAP in timely manner
  • Reviews equipment 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 Operations and Engineering teams 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
  • Works with teams and focus resources, planner scheduler and assures correct PM's are in SAP
  • Helps maintain spare parts inventory and restocking inventory for the plant as needed
  • Audits work order completion and effectiveness
  • Trains and assists in the changeovers of automated equipment
  • Accurately and fully completes all regulatory and compliance related documentation and procedures
  • Participates in structured group or team activities related to line/area performance improvement e.g. autonomous maintenance (AM), housekeeping, problem solving etc.
  • Works with operators to support production and transfer skills to Operation technicians
  • Understand and comply with Hill’s policies, safety standards, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) and Food Safety. Identify and report Food Safety issues to management.  Completes necessary training, monthly learnings and audits


This is not an exhaustive list of duties or functions.



Education / Experience Requirements:


Basic qualifications include: 

    • 1+ years of industrial maintenance experience in a manufacturing plant or an associate’s degree in a related field
    • Ability to bend, climb, crawl, work in confined spaces, work in hazardous condition spaces, work in extreme weather conditions, use hazardous materials
    • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs. on continual basis in order to move and install equipment. Must also be able to work at heights of up to 100 ft.
    • Practical knowledge of basic maintenance shop equipment
    • Problem assessment, problem solving and basic math skills
    • Intermediate computer skills in MS Word, Excel and Powerpoint


Preferred qualifications include:

  • Technical certificate in an industrial related field
  • 1+ years manufacturing or similar experience with an emphasis in industrial maintenance, mechanics and electronics
  • Experience using electronic maintenance work order systems
  • Previous SAP experience
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Previous similar manufacturing experience (food, pet food, pharmaceuticals)
  • Ability to work an off-shift work schedule that includes weekends.


Expected Areas of Skills:


  • Perform preventative maintenance, troubleshoot, maintain and repair operating equipment during production and breakdowns.
  • Review blueprints, project instructions, electrical & pneumatic schematics during troubleshooting, repair or project work.
  • Utilize maintenance shop equipment to include drill press, lathe, mill, welding, etc.


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 use hazardous materials
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs. on continual basis to repair, replace, move or install equipment or complete preventative maintenance tasks.  Consequences of not being able to lift up to 50 pounds would not enable us to complete repairs, replacements or installations of equipment nor complete preventative maintenance tasks needed to maintain reliability and the equipment operable
  • Ability to work at heights of up to 100 feet
  • 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

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.

Nearest Major Market: Richmond Indiana

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