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Location: Albert Lea 

Exemption: Nonexempt 

Shift: First 



Ventura Foods is a leading global manufacturer of branded and custom food products that can be found at national and regional restaurants, hospitals and universities, movie theatres and major retailers in the U.S. and in more than 60 countries. At 15 manufacturing sites across North America, Ventura Foods creates dressings and sauces, mayonnaises, margarines, and oils that help our customers create great-tasting flavors with high-quality ingredients. Those same high-quality ingredients go into our own set of branded products, such as: Marie’s® dressings, LouAna® oils, Dean’s® dips and Gold n’ Soft® spreads. Our company is headquartered in Brea, California with operations across the U.S, Canada, Mexico, the Philippines and Singapore. Regardless of your role, function or location, at Ventura Foods, you'll be part of a supportive team dedicated to helping our customers delight their customers.

Position Summary:

Troubleshoot and support the electrical and controls of the facility and processes as well as design technical electrical and controls projects.  Installs and repairs electrical systems, apparatus, and electrical and electronic components of machinery and equipment while following electrical code, manuals, schematic diagrams, blueprints, and other specifications, using hand tools, power tools, and electrical and electronic test equipment.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

Troubleshoots, programs, and maintains PLC's

Inspects and tests electrical equipment, lighting, signal, communication, and power circuits.  Diagnoses malfunctioning apparatus such as transformers, motors, and lighting fixtures, using test equipment and replaces damaged or broken wires and cables, using hand tools.

Replaces faulty switches, and other elements of electrical and mechanical systems.  Dismantles electrical machinery and replaces defective electrical or mechanical parts such as gears, brushes, and armatures.

Installs, repairs, overhauls, modifies and maintains electrical and mechanical systems, equipment, and machinery.

Diagnoses and repairs or replaces faulty electrical, electronic, and mechanical components throughout the Plant.

Maintains Plant power distribution systems, including performing preventive maintenance, and installing wiring, conduit and apparatus.

Education and Experience:

Journeyman Electrician or hold an electrical license.
At least 5 years industrial experience preferable in food plant or with high-speed packaging equipment.

Knowledge and Skills:

Be able to diagnose electrical and controls problems and make the proper repairs.                                                                                                 Must be able to read and communicate in the "English Language" in order to read and understand electrical prints.                                                              Be able to wire high and low voltage including control power.
Be able to lay out a wiring project from transformer to equipment.
Be proficient with PC and PLC controls and logic.  Working knowledge and experience with Ladder Logic.
Working knowledge of and demonstrated ability to use electronic and electrical test equipment including digital and analog volt and ohm-meters, oscilloscopes, data analyzers and circuit testers.
Working knowledge of electronic and electrical concepts and operating safety.


Physical Demands:

Regularly requires intermittent sitting, standing, walking, climbing, squatting, kneeling, pushing, and pulling.  Physical strength and dexterity sufficient to perform the required task(s). Must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds or more with assistance.  Additional demands may be required.


Work Environment:

In addition to normal business hours, work schedules may include after hours and weekends as needed.  May work outside and in adverse temperatures which include extreme hot, cold, and humidity.  May be exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals and vibration.  Must be willing and able to wear personal protective equipment as required by established Company Safety standards.  May require work in confined and dark spaces, and at heights in excess of 18 feet for prolonged periods of time.


Ventura Foods is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.