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Maintenance Technician – Cass City, MI

General Purpose:

Ensure that all equipment is operating effectively and efficiently. Must have excellent proficiency in preventative maintenance, over-hauls, modification, fabrication, welding, and mechanical and electrical troubleshooting and repair. Must also have working knowledge of machine shop equipment and excellent trouble shooting and problem solving skills.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Perform preventative maintenance and/or repairs of production and processing equipment as well as utility related equipment, following all safety procedures
  • Support the installation of new equipment
  • Assist the operators with training or troubleshooting to minimize equipment downtime
  • Ensure all repairs are documented
  • Foster teamwork consistent with our company and plant Mission, Vision, and Core Values
  • Adhere to all safety policies and procedures
  • Follow all DFA GMP’s and works in a manner consistent with all corporate and regulatory, food safety, quality, and sanitation requirements

§ Maintain safe working conditions for employees and compliance with all state and federal regulations regarding health and safety issues

§ Dedicate effort to safety as we expect every employee to leave work in the same condition as they arrived

§ Exhibit the values and ethics of Dairy Farmers of America through honesty, discretion, and sound judgement

§ Adhere to all DFA Quality, Safety, and GMP policies and procedures and report any nonconformity

§ Attend required training, including but not limited to, Safety, GMP, Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP), and Safe Quality Foods (SQF)

  • 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:

  • High School Diploma/GED
  • Must have two (2) years of formal mechanical / electrical education certificate or equivalent work experience doing maintenance type work

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Must be able to perform electrical work (change pump motors, diagnose motor control problems, etc.)
  • Must know pneumatics, solenoid valves, and air cylinders
  • Must be able to use standard maintenance tools in a safe manner
  • Must have the ability to perform minor projects from planning to installation. (Typically, this includes non-sanitary piping, drain lines, vacuum lines)
  • Must have the ability to perform routine repairs in a safe and timely fashion (rebuilding product/water pumps, boiler maintenance, HVAC, VFD’s, sanitary valves, piping leaks)
  • Must have the ability to perform routine preventative maintenance on a variety of equipment, identify any abnormal conditions, and maintain appropriate records
  • Must have the ability to perform basic welding for repair and fabrication (tig/stick)
  • Must have the ability to follow process control computer variables and schematics and diagnose system problems
  • Must have the ability to assist other mechanics on more complicated repairs in a safe and useful manner
  • Must have good interpersonal skills necessary to foster cooperation and effectively communicate with others
  • Must be able to successfully complete a written maintenance test conducted by Maintenance Manager
  • Basic computer skills
  • Must be able to read, write and speak English

DFA Physical Demands and Work Environment

Place an “X” in the appropriate response


1-33% of shift


67-100% of shift

Grasp, handle, twist or type

Reach (forward or overhead)

Squatting, kneeling or bending

Toxic or noxious chemicals

Outdoor weather conditions

Wet or humid conditions (non-weather)

Refrigerated temps (non-weather)

Elevated heat (non-weather) > 95°

Loud noises > 80 decibels

Ability to work around dairy/food products

Work in tight or narrow spaces

Working in, around & over lines/obstacles

Ability to work with limited supervision

Typical office environment

Typical manufacturing environment

Typical farm/livestock environment

Sensory Demands

(Check all that apply)

Verbal Communication Touch Smell

Hear Reading

Taste Writing


(Check all that apply)

  • 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)


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