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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 2

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

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 147600 - Richmond, Indiana, United States

Job Summary


A Maintenance Technician will be responsible for the support of production lines, equipment, and the facility. 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. Will also work with others to achieve factory business objectives of safety, productivity, customer service, quality, cost and environmental protection.  


Principal Duties and Responsibilities





  • Complete work orders as scheduled and document in SAP in a timely manner. 


  • Troubleshoots, repair and preventive maintenance (PM) as required to ensure equipment reliability.


  • Reviews equipment instructions, blueprints, electrical, and pneumatic schematics to ascertain test specifications, procedures, objectives, test equipment, nature of technical problems, 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.


  • 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.


Total Percent (not to exceed 100%)


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

  • 3+ years manufacturing experience

  • Practical knowledge of basic maintenance shop equipment 

  • Problem assessment, problem solving and basic math skills

  • Technical knowledge of Hill’s plant equipment and controls (Internal posting)

  • Intermediate computer skills in Google Suite and Excel

  • Ability to work an off-shift work schedule that may include weekends. 

Preferred qualifications include: 

  • Technical certificate in a industrial related field

  • 3+ 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) 


Expected Areas of Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Perform preventative maintenance, troubleshoot, maintain and repair operating equipment during production and breakdowns.

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

  • 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.


Leadership Competencies 

  • Teamwork and Collaboration

  • Effective Execution

  • Analysis / Decision Making


Functional Competencies 

  • Managing Production

  • Managing Materials and Services

  • Continuous Improvement


Cross-Functional Competencies

  • EHS and Quality Leadership

  • Supply Chain Systems and Analysis

  • Cross Organizational Collaboration


Managing with Respect Competencies 

  • Communicate Effectively

  • Promotes Teamwork

  • Set the Example


Working Relationships (Key partnerships and reporting relationships)

  • Does this position supervise:  No

  • Maintenance Planner

  • On Shift Operations Technicians

  • Maintenance

  • Team Leaders 

  • Area Leaders


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 use hazardous materials 

  • 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

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 Hill's Pet Nutrition? 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.

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.

Nearest Major Market: Richmond Indiana

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