Job Family Operations/Production/Warehouse - Hourly
Location Eugene Plant
City Springfield
State OR

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Maintenance Technician

Eugene Plant

With our pioneering Horizon Organic, Silk, International Delight, Land O'Lakes, Earthbound Farm and So Delicious Dairy Free brands in North America and Alpro and Provamel brands in Europe, WhiteWave Foods has made healthy, alternative food choices mainstream, creating not just new categories, but a new consumer mind set. At heart, we are creators, engaged in the making of a new kind of Food Company. We are unique in possessing both the creativity and the scale not only to meet the world's emerging needs, but to shape them, and help define the future of food.

Our company's history is rooted in the spirit and principles of small food. But The WhiteWave Foods Company has the scale and resources of big food, which allows us to bring better food to more people.

As we experience growth, and as our portfolio of products grows, we maintain a constant focus on our environmental and social responsibilities. We pursue reductions against waste, water usage and greenhouse gas emissions throughout our operations, focusing on our plants and our company owned farms. We are also champions for food security, lending our support to national hunger relief organizations and those that operate in our local communities.

Job Description:

POSITION DESCRIPTION: 

This position is responsible to execute maintenance activities which support the entire Springfield WhiteWave operation. Cooperation with the maintenance planner, lead, and operations personnel for execution of work to be performed is vital. Ensure the plant is maintained in a safe, efficient manner, in accordance with plant procedures and local, state, and federal regulations. Proactive identification of issues, notifying, and rectifying them with both the Maintenance and Operations team is required. Continuous development and formal training to increase skill level is essential. The successful candidate will be self-motivated, cooperative, reliable, patient, considerate, respectful, and passionate about the work that needs to be done. They must have a consistent work history, ability to flex schedule based on business needs.

The primary schedule for this opening is Thursday through Monday, with Tuesday and Wednesday off, 11am - 7:30pm, and overtime as required. Flexibility is needed to cover time off needs for other shifts.
 
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
 
Perform skilled repair and maintenance operations, using equipment such as hand and power tools, hydraulic presses and shears, welding equipment, and electronic diagnostic.
 
Efficiently and successfully complete work orders in a timely manner maintaining high quality standards as assigned by the planner, supervisor, andlead mechanic. 
 
Ensure Work level and performance is maintained to the highest standard. These will be reviewed by the Maintenance Supervisor/Maintenance Manager (Work is considered: Work orders, emergency repairs, Line walks to identify required repairs, assisting production, meetings, paperwork completion. Etc.)
 
Keep complete and accurate records on all maintenance data. Ensure all work orders, preventive maintenance, emergency calls, and parts used, are logged into the maintenance planning system to ensure everything essential is captured.
 
Tour and network regularly with other departments. Examine objects, systems, and facilities. Analyze information to determine needed services or repairs. Share data to maintenance planning system, lead, planner, and supervisor.
 
Assist in the development, implementation, and/or evaluation of maintenance policies and procedures.
 
Inspect and monitor work in operational areas, examine tools and equipment to detect and correct unsafe conditions or violations of procedures, safety rules, and cleanliness.
 
Inspect, test, and measure completed work, using devices such as hand tools and gauges to verify conformance to standards and repair requirements.
 
Requisition materials and supplies, such as tools, equipment, and replacement parts.
 
Interpret specifications, blueprints, schematics and work orders to assist in repairs.
 
Coordinate with lead, planner, and supervisor in the correction/modification of work instructions that provide direction to the Maintenance department.
 
Other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements:

Preferred Candidate Qualifications:
 
Education and Experience:
 
High School diploma or GED required; minimum of two (2) years mechanical/electrical maintenance or related-industry experience; requires ability to work in a team environment, which includes being self-motivated, accepting responsibilities, completing assigned action items, and participating in a proactive manner in all team events.  Excellent interpersonal and communication skills required. Professionalism and respect is mandatory in all settings. One to three months related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
 
The position requires knowledge of the following:
 
Maintenance planning software
Blueprint/Schematic Reading
Operation and Maintenance of Electrical, Hydraulic, and Pneumatic Systems
Electronic, Computer/PLC Controlled Equipment
 
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
 
LANGUAGE SKILLS:
 
Ability to read, write and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedures manuals. Ability to read, comprehend and follow simple instructions. Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one, and small group situations, to other employees of the organization. Ability to hear and perceive information at normal spoken word levels.
 
MATHEMATICAL SKILLS:
 
Must have the ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Possess the ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.
 
 
REASONING ABILITY:
 
Must have the ability to apply commonsense and understanding when carrying out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions.  Must have the ability to effectively and efficiently prioritize and organize various tasks.
 
Must have the ability to demonstrate superb decision-making skills to determine the best course of action when performing the responsibilities of the job
 
Must demonstrate the ability to identify potential challenges within the process and when to notify leadership to prevent process failures
 
OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITITES:
 
 Knowledge of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP’s)
 Maintain a clean, sanitary and safe work area
 Knowledge of CIP/SIP (clean in progress) procedures
 Knowledge and following of safety programs and procedures including Lockout-Tagout, Confined Space, Fall Restraints, etc.
 Available and willing to be contacted by phone in the event of an emergency and be able to work both fixed and flexible schedules including weekends, late shifts and overtime
 
PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
 
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential function of this job.  Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
 
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; sit; use hand to finger, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls; and talk or hear. 
 
The employee frequently is required to reach with hands and arms and stoop, kneel or crouch.
 
The position requires manual dexterity and eye-hand coordination to run processing equipment. Normal range of hearing and vision is required.
 
Parts and materials handled include pumps, electric motors, compressors, stainless steel pipes of all sizes, weighing up to 1200#. Hoists and forklifts can be used for really heavy items, but electric motors and pumps up to 125# may be handled by hand from floor level to waist level. A significant amount of maintenance is overhead requiring some overhead lifting that is difficult to quantify due to the various sizes of parts and equipment. Equipment/ parts are carried up stairs and ladders to be used/ installed overhead.
 
Parts, tools and equipment can be carried up to ¼ of a mile. Heavy items are transported by truck/ forklift or carts. Some workers carry tool belts up to 65#, some use carts. Ladders will be carried occasionally for overhead work.
 
Forceful pushing and pulling required to torque or loosen nuts/ bolts/ parts occasionally to frequently. Occasionally heavy parts/ machinery is pushed and pulled forcefully to move conveyors for changeover or to access areas needed for repair up to 200 feet.
 
The position is exposed to machines, chemicals and solvents. Must be able to operate simple and, or complex heavy-duty machinery. 
 
Agility
 
Climb – A significant amount of equipment, plumbing, electrical, and high speed packaging/ conveyor equipment is overhead requiring occasional to frequent use of step ladders, stair cases, and extension ladders.
Balance – Balance is required occasionally to work at unprotected heights on 2 foot to 10 foot step ladders while reaching at shoulder height and overhead. The floors throughout the facility are wet and slippery due to the nature of producing frozen desert products. The floors and stairs in the freezer are icy/ slippery. Good balance is essential.
Bend – Bending is occasional, can be mitigated by squatting or kneeling. Most of the work is waist height or above.
Squat – Occasional
Kneel – Occasional to rare.
Crawl – This is required in one access area, but it is rare.   
Twist – Occasional due to the nature of maintenance work in limited access areas.
Reach – Can be occasional to frequent depending on the work for the day at shoulder height and overhead.
 
Forceful gripping is required to lift and move heavy items, and to push/ pull on tools.
 
 
WORK ENVIRONMENT:
 
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
 
Work is performed primarily indoors, but there is outdoor maintenance required occasionally in all weather conditions of the Pacific Northwest. Indoor work is performed on wet/ slippery floors and slick frozen floors frequently – workers will work in large freezers as cold as  – 50 degrees (f). In the large freezers there are frozen steps to climb to access compressors/ fans/ plumbing. Ladders are used in the frozen areas as well.
 
While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works near moving mechanical parts. The employee is frequently exposed to fumes or airborne particles.  The employee occasionally works in high, precarious places. Use of proper personal protective equipment is mandatory.
 
There are high noise level areas in the work environment. Use of proper personal protective equipment is mandatory.
 
The process uses steam to maintain product sterility. There are high heat and humidity areas in the plant.  Use of proper personal protective equipment is mandatory.
 DISCLAIMER:  The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification.  It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

WhiteWave Foods is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is our policy to give equal employment opportunities to all qualified persons without regard to race, color, creed, religion, gender, genetic testing information, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, military service, status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam-era veteran, disability or any other consideration made unlawful by state, federal or local law. All employment practices and personnel actions, including hiring, termination, job assignment, compensation, discipline, and access to benefits and training are made without regard to any status protected under applicable law. It is our policy to select the most qualified person for each position in the organization, whether that is a new hire, a transfer to another position, or a promotion.

This policy applies to all persons involved in the operation of WhiteWave Foods, including, but not limited to, employees, vendors, customers and their employees, contract and temporary workers and anyone else on the Company's property.