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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?:  No Travel
Date:  May 18, 2024

 No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 159149 - 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


The Maintenance Technician is responsible for the effective operation, repair and changeovers of production equipment. The role also works as part of a diverse team to achieve factory business objectives of safety, equipment reliability, efficiency, customer service, quality, cost and environmental protection. The primary responsibilities of this role include safety compliance, attaining high equipment reliability and uptime, equipment maintenance procedures, data collection, housekeeping, problem solving and continuous improvement as part of a work team.


The primary accountabilities of the role include troubleshoot, repair, and preventative maintenance as required to ensure equipment up time and 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 operations team to support production and transfer skills to machine operators. 


Principal Duties and Responsibilities





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


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


Reviews equipment instructions, blueprints, electrical, and pneumatic schematics to determine 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.


Fabricate machine parts as needed.


Works with various teams, focus resources, planner scheduler and assures PM's are accurate 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 align 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:  

  • 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

  • Intermediate computer skills in Google suite (Gmail, Sheets, Docs, Slides) and Microsoft Excel

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 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to work on weekends.

  • 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.

  • Use 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

  • 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 every single 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


Leadership Proficiencies 

  • Teamwork and Collaboration

  • Effective Execution

  • Analysis / Decision Making


Functional Proficiencies 

  • Managing Production

  • Continuous Improvement


Cross-Functional Proficiencies

  • EHS and Quality Leadership

  • Supply Chain Systems and Analysis

  • Cross Organizational Collaboration


Managing with Respect Proficiencies

  • Communicate Effectively

  • Promotes Teamwork

  • Sets the Example


Working Relationships (Key partnerships and reporting relationships)

  • Does this position supervise:  No

  • Maintenance Planner

  • On Shift Operations Technicians

  • Maintenance OTRs

  • Team Leaders 

  • Area Leaders


Travel Requirements 

Expected percentage of travel:  Up to 5%

 Compensation and Benefits
Salary Range $28.75  - $36.25 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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