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Maintenance Mechanic


Location: Albert Lea, MN 

Exemption: Nonexempt 

Shift: First 



Ventura Foods is a leading global manufacturer of branded and custom food products that proudly helps food providers in the U.S., Canada and more than 60 other countries earn a special place on consumers’ tables.  We do this by continually crafting custom dressings, sauces, mayonnaises, and other food solutions that exceed peoples’ expectations for great-tasting flavors and high-quality ingredients.

Headquartered in Brea, California, Ventura Foods operates 14 manufacturing facilities, 3 culinary centers, and numerous distribution centers across North America. When you work in our manufacturing and distribution facilities, you get a strong foundation of training, a manager who cares about you and celebrates your success, a safe environment, and challenging work.  As part of our team, your future is limited only by how much you’re willing to push yourself to get there. We invest in your growth, because you invest in ours.

Position Summary:

Repairs and maintains machinery, mechanical equipment and systems in both the DSM, Margarine/Oil. Utilizing skill set, Support Production Machine Operators to increase skill level in the department. Decrease equipment down-time utilizing training and skills.maintain optimal operating condition of equipment using company approved food safety practices/policies.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Performs corrective maintenance and emergency maintenance on food packaging/processing equipment to maximize machine up-time.                              
  • Completion of scheduled preventative maintenance and work orders assigned to increase asset life.
  • Troubleshoot and resolve minor equipment mechanical/electrical issues.                                     
  • Rebuild pumps, mills, gearboxes and other miscellaneous mechanical entities.
  • Assists Production Machine Operators in troubleshooting equipment problems.   
  • Support production operators with changeovers and machine setups to help increase skill level within production department.                          
  • Miscellaneous assigned projects/duties within the maintenance department.
  • Support the SQF Program and promote food safety

Education and Experience:

High school diploma or equivalent preferred. Capable to perform duties of Production Machine Technician. Minor AC/DC electrical troubleshooting skills. Basic understanding of mechanical applications and principles. Basic part identification. At least (2) years of experience in a food manufacturing plant Basic knowledge of at least two of the following.. (a) Packaging equipment repair and maintenance  (b) Processing equipment repair and maintenance (c) HVAC systems repair and maintenance (d) Hydraulic systems troubleshooting and repair. Be able to Identify bearing type and size for lubrication. Be able to identify the correct lubrication and amount for the application on all lubricated surfaces.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Must demonstarte mechanical competency and is able to perform some work on support equipment.
  • Ability to operate and troubleshoot basic packaging equipment
  • Basic electrical competency
  • Proficent in excel and powerpoint.
  • Proficent in JDE, able to create and close out work orders.
  • Basic use of hand/power tools.
  • Basic use of shop equipment.
  • An understanding and history of following GMP and other related food manufacturing policies.
  • Knowledge and utilization of Safety programs such as LOTO and confined space entry.
  • Ability to understand technical drawings and diagrams and to understand and follow verbal instruction and basic hand drawn documents.


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.


Diversity & Inclusion:

Our commitment to a diverse and inclusive environment in which all employees are treated with respect is evident in our company culture and values. We believe that fostering an environment of inclusion and a focus on diversity across our organization is vital to attracting top talent, driving innovation, and meeting the high expectations of our customers in a rapidly evolving global marketplace.


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.

Nearest Major Market: Albert Lea

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