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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?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  Mar 13, 2023

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 151012 - Tonganoxie, Kansas, United States


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 shift schedules with overtime available

  • $1 shift differential for off shifts

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Either 1+ year of industrial Maintenance experience working in a manufacturing plant OR technical degree in an industrial maintenance program with manufacturing experience

  • 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.


Pay is based on several non discriminatory factors including but not limited to experience, education, skills and office location. In addition to your salary, Colgate-Palmolive offers a performance based bonus and competitive benefits package.


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.

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