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ABOUT DAKOTA GROWERS

Our heritage stems back to the early 1990s when over 1,100 entrepreneurial farm families built our state-of-the-art durum mill and pasta manufacturing plant. We quickly grew to become the third largest pasta manufacturer in North America. Today, we are proud to be an 8th Avenue Food & Provisions company. We make over 150 pasta shapes from Acini de Pepe to Ziti Rigati in traditional, whole wheat, organic recipes and more! People across America and beyond enjoy our pasta daily in restaurants, at home and through convenience prepared meals.

We have manufacturing in Carrington, ND and New Hope, MN, offering rural and metropolitan lifestyles. Both locations offer a wide range of employment in engineering, business, food manufacturing and so much more.

Maintenance Mechanic

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Description

Dakota Grower’s started out as a grower-owned cooperative built by farmers in the early 1990s and today we are the third largest pasta manufacturer in North America. Our entrepreneurial spirit drives our innovative culture and passion to bring premium quality pasta to your table. At Dakota Growers, you will have the opportunity to work in a dynamic, challenging and inspiring environment in one of our state-of-the-art food manufacturing facilities.

Position Summary:

Our Mechanic is a valuable part of our team. Our Mechanics perform troubleshooting and preventative maintenance work throughout the facility during their shift. The priorities for this role include: preventative maintenance, mechanical troubleshooting, repair of mechanical systems equipment and components, and rebuilding of mechanical systems equipment and components.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Perform daily maintenance tasks and troubleshooting of packaging and production equipment and systems, including: Extruder, Dryers, Dry bulk storage & conveying, Dilute phase pneumatic conveying, High speed packaging including cartoners, baggers, case-packers, palletizers, low pressure boilers, thermal fluid process heaters, material handling systems, water chillers, compressed air systems, and HVAC systems
  • Partner with operations and maintenance teams to solve repetitive problems, complete preventative maintenance and predictive maintenance programs and work
  • Partner with operations to learn operating systems, while providing training on mechanical components
  • Other duties, as assigned
  • Education and Experience Required:

  • Must be able to work weekends, holidays, and overtime
  • High school diploma or GED equivalent from and accredited institution and one of the following:
  • Two year associates degree or higher in technical field (mechanical, electrical, mechatronics, electro-mechanical, controls and automation, etc.)
  • Completed apprenticeship in mechanic, mechanical maintenance, or electro-mechanical, electrical, or related field
  • Military training and experience in a relevant Military Occupational Specialty (MOS)
  • 2+ years hands-on experience in a mechanic, maintenance, electrical, electro-mechanical, controls and automation, or related role
  • Preferred Education, Experience, and Skills:

  • Previous maintenance experience in a food manufacturing facility
  • Previous experience reading blueprints and schematics
  • Previous experience with MIG, TIG, and stick welding
  • Previous experience with power transmission components; belt drives, chain drives, bearings, motors & gears
  • Previous experience with drill presses, lathes, Bridgeport-type mills
  • Experience with operation and maintenance of forklifts, scissor lifts, and articulated lifts
  • Physical Requirements: Qualified candidates must be able to perform the following physical job requirements, with or without reasonable accommodation:

  • Must be able to lift up-to 34 pounds for 6+ hours per shift
  • Must be able to lift up-to 50 pounds for 3+ hours per shift
  • Must be able to sit, climb and work off ladder, and operate foot pedals for 3+ hours per shift
  • Must be able to work in a dusty and cold environment for 3+ hours per shift
  • Must be able to work in high heat and humidity for 6+ hours per shift
  • Must be able to balance, bend, crouch, kneel, stoop, walk, and reach above shoulders for 6+ hours per shift
  • Must be able to perform simple grasping, push, pull, perform fine manipulation for 6+ hours per shift
  • Must be able to stand for 8+ hours per shift
  • Qualifications

    Education

    Required

    High School or better in Other or related field.

    Experience

    Required

    • High school diploma or GED equivalent o Two year associates degree or higher in technical field o Completed apprenticeship in mechanic, mechanical maintenance, or electro-mechanical, electrical, or related field o Military training and experience in a relevant Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) o 2+ years hands-on experience in a mechanic, maintenance, electrical, electro-mechanical, controls and automation, or related role


    Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

    The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.

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