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Dairy Farmers of America Industrial Maintenance Technician in Garden City, Kansas

Position : Industrial Maintenance Technician

Location : Garden City, Kansas

Requisition ID: : 12622

General Purpose:

Perform a variety of maintenance duties including general maintenance, preventative maintenance, equipment construction, welding, electrical trouble shooting, and facility maintenance. Mechanic I position exhibits a higher degree of core competency and lower supervision requirement than Mechanic II.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

 Follow all DFA GMP’s and work in a manner consistent with all corporate and regulatory, food safety, quality, and sanitation requirements

 Ensure compliance with all company policies, local, state, and federal regulations

 Ensure the following facility programs are followed: Safety, Food Safety, GMP, Preventive Maintenance, Quality Assurance, and Sanitation

 Help ensure all policies and procedures for the PMO (Pasteurized Milk Ordinance), American Institute of Baking (AIB) and Quality Assurance International (QAI – organic) are followed

 Firmly adhere to the values and ethics of Dairy Farmers of America. Exhibit honesty, discretion, and sound judgment

 Have a full understanding of product flow from the raw silos through the bagging operation

 Under minimal supervision, perform the duties and responsibilities in one or more of the following areas:

General Maintenance

 Perform general maintenance functions in accordance with blueprints, layouts, schematics of circuits and controls, and written or verbal instructions

 Exhibit the ability to anticipate parts requirements for the tasks, follow proper purchasing procedures, and acquire parts ahead of anticipated task performance (Mechanic I)

 Mechanical duties include but are not limited to rebuilding pumps and valves; replacing bearings, belts, sheaves, chains and sprockets; and building maintenance

 Electrical assignments may require installing conduit and wire; installing or replacing control components; installing, testing or replacing electric motors; and troubleshooting electric systems using drawings, schematics, and Programmable Logic Controller status

 Plumbing assignments may include replacement of damaged piping or piping components made of copper, stainless steel, black iron, or plastic. Additionally, installation of plumbing pipes of the various materials listed herein plus valves and auxiliary components may be necessary

 Ensure all paperwork is done correctly and completely at designated intervals

 Troubleshoot all plant equipment when needed

 Constantly look for continuous improvement and process improvement

 Safeguard and protect all company assets in his or her care

 Make decisions in a timely manner

 Anticipate problems and implement solutions

 Demonstrate good judgment in safeguarding customer, company, vendor, and employee information

 Assume responsibility for the attainment of plant goals and objectives

 Use skills and talent to contribute to organizational success

 Maintain cooperative working relationships and communications with customers, vendors, employees, and peers

 Maintain a well-groomed, professional appearance for the position and the situation

Preventative Maintenance

 Perform routine inspections of equipment for assessment of reliability and performance

 May require lubrication or parts replacement or adjustments to equipment

 Perform chemical analysis of water treatment systems within the plant and make necessary adjustments to optimize performance

 Inspect wastewater treatment systems and perform tests as necessary to maintain proper performance of treatment systems


 Demonstrate general knowledge and/or acquire skills necessary to perform stick and TIG welding to build or repair plant equipment

 Increase skills to knowledge of and ability to conform to 3A standard

 The requirements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by employee, but is not a complete list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required. Other duties may be assigned as required.

Minimum Requirements:

Education and Experience

 High school diploma or GED required

 6 months of on-the-job experience

 Certification and/or License - None

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

 Knowledge of welding and basic electricity

 Working knowledge of mechanical power transmission, including the ability to troubleshoot components

 Able to communicate clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing

 Able to use and understand calculations

 Able to perform routine machine adjustments

 Able to identify problems, take appropriate steps to find solutions to problems, and implement recommended solutions

 Able to present options and ideas to current processes or procedures

 Able to adapt and manage to change effectively

 Able to perform task and duties without constant supervision

 Able to cooperate with others, collaborating and compromising where necessary and sharing relevant information

 Able to project a professional image

 Able to handle challenging or conflict situations with tact and professionalism

 Able to interact positively and work effectively others (interpersonal skills)

 Able to maintain a positive “can do” outlook and rebound quickly from frustrations or unpleasantness

 Must be able to read, write, and speak English - well enough to prepare and comprehend blueprints, instructions, and complete reports

Reporting to this Position:

 N/A

Backup Support to Position(s):

 Maintenance Technician or Maintenance Lead


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☐No travel required

☒5%-15% (1-3 times per year)

☐15%-25% (1-2 times per quarter)

☐25%-50% (up to 1 week per month)

☐50%-75% (up to 2 weeks per month)

☐75%-100% (3+ weeks per month)


 N/A

Job Description Completed By:

 Brena Cordova, Human Resources Supv. – Plant

 July 2016

Job Description Approved By:

 Mike Lentell, Maintenance Manager

 July 2016


Revised: 07/05/2016

See last page for Physical Demands

DFA Physical Demands and Work Environment

Place an “X” in the appropriate response


0% of shift Occasional

1-33% of shift Frequent

34-66% of shift Constant

67-100% of shift

Physical Demands

Sit X

Stand X

Walk X

Grasp, handle, twist or type X

Reach (forward or overhead) X

Climb (stairs or ladder) X

Squatting, kneeling or bending X

Push/pull X

Crawling X

Driving a vehicle X


Up to 10 pounds X

Up to 25 pounds X

Up to 55 pounds X

Up to 75 pounds X

75-100 pounds X

Work Environment

Toxic or noxious chemicals X

Outdoor weather conditions X

Wet or humid conditions (non-weather) X

Refrigerated temps (non-weather) < 40° X

Elevated heat (non-weather) > 95° X

Loud noises > 80 decibels X

Dust X

Fumes X

Ability to work around dairy/food products X

Work in tight or narrow spaces X

Working in, around & over lines/obstacles X

Ability to work with limited supervision X

Typical office environment X

Typical manufacturing environment X

Typical farm/livestock environment X

Typical lab environment X

Sensory Demands

☒ Verbal Communication ☒ Touch ☒Smell

☒ Hear ☒ Reading

☐ Taste ☒ Writing


☒ Close vision (clear vision at 20 inches or less)

☒ Distance vision (clear vision at 20 feet or more)

☒ Color vision (ability to identify and distinguish color)

☒ Peripheral vision (ability to observe an area that can be seen up and down or to the left and right while eyes are

fixed on a given point)

☒ Depth perception (three-dimensional vision, ability to judge distances and spatial relationships)

An Equal Opportunity Employer