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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 Mechanic

Travel Required?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  May 25, 2024

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 160019 - Tonganoxie, Kansas, 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!


Starting Pay Rate: $33 USD per hour 

$1,500 Hiring Bonus

Tonganoxie, Kansas, United States (15 minutes from Lawrence, 30 minutes from Kansas City, 30 minutes from Topeka)


SMART FACTORY!  Join an exciting opportunity to be part of a brand new, highly automated facility for Hill's Pet Nutrition! We invite you to apply for our  position at our Tonganoxie, Kansas manufacturing facility.     


What we offer:  

  • $33 USD /hr starting rate.

  • Merit increase every year based on performance

  • Advancement Opportunities 

  • 12 hr night shift schedule with overtime available (6:00 pm - 6:30 am)

  • $1 shift differential for night shift

  • Great Culture & work environment at a climate controlled facility

  • Medical, Dental & Vision Coverage for employee & eligible dependents - Start on Day 1

  • Basic Life Insurance for you and eligible dependents at NO Cost

  • 3 weeks Paid Vacation 

  • Paid Parental Leave

  • Paid Holidays

  • Saving & Investment Plan with Company Match

  • Tuition Assistance - up to $10,000 per year

  • Employee Assistance Program

  • Access to discounted Company products

  • Non-smoking facility

The Maintenance Technician will be responsible for the support of production lines, equipment, and the facility. This position will have primary responsibilities to include troubleshooting, repairing, 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.  The Maintenance Technician will work with other employees throughout the organization to achieve factory business objectives of safety, productivity, customer service, quality, cost and environmental protection.  



Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Troubleshoots, repairs and conducts preventive maintenance for production and utility equipment as required to ensure equipment reliability including mechanical failures, electrical issues up to 480V, and PLC issues

  • Reviews project 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 with root cause analysis to identify reasons for equipment failures and breakdowns.

  • Functions as a technical resource on project and improvement teams.

  • Proficient user of SAP-EAM and other electronic tools, adeptly documenting Maintenance activities and trouble.

  • Understands and complies with Hill’s policies, safety standards, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) and Food Safety. Identifies, reports, and assists with correcting any opportunities to improve facility practices.

  • Actively participates in Quality and Safety programs at the facility.

  • Records test procedures and results, numerical and graphical data, and makes recommendations for changes in product or test method.

  • Fabricates machine parts as needed to perform repairs including welding and machining and change to electrical and power transmission systems.

  • Operates forklifts, scissor lifts and boom lifts 

  • Must be able to utilize ladders and stairs 

  • Participates in structured group or team activities related to line/ area performance improvement e.g. autonomous maintenance, housekeeping, shop sanitation, problem solving, shift transition meeting, etc.

  • Basic understanding of Ladder Logic, PLC Programming, parameters of Controls Logic and National Electric Code following established electrical safe practices.

  • Maintains spare parts inventory and restocking of inventory for the plant as needed.  This includes properly checking out parts or returning parts to stock if unused.

  • Completes all regulatory and compliance related documentation and procedures accurately.

  • Works with teams and focus resources and assures correct PM's are in SAP including auditing work order completion and effectiveness.

  • Works with operators to support production and transfer knowledge skills to operation technicians.

  • Other job functions that may be assigned*


Education/ Experience Requirements


Basic qualifications:

  • High School diploma or GED equivalent

  • 1+ year of industrial Maintenance experience working in a manufacturing plant

  • Ability to work an off-shift work schedule that includes weekends

  • Basic math

  • Computer skills


Preferred qualifications:

  • Previous SAP-PM/EAM experience

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • 3+ years Industrial maintenance experience in food, pet food, or pharmaceuticals

  • Self-directed work groups, teamwork, interpersonal skills and strong results-oriented attitude

  • Troubleshooting and repairing technical issues

  • Knowledge of Food Safety  guidelines

  • Ability to access, input, and retrieve information from computer / computer systems.


The Company and our Hill's Tonganoxie Plant maintains a smoke- and tobacco-free facility. No smoking or other use of tobacco products (including, but not limited to, cigarettes, e-cigarettes or vaping devices, pipes, cigars, snuff, or chewing tobacco) is permitted in any part of the building, facility or in vehicles owned, leased, or rented by the Company.


Compensation and Benefits

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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