NOW Foods Maintenance Mechanic II - 3rd ShiftLocation: Plant (Bloomingdale, IL) Department: Engineering
DescriptionFounded by Elwood Richard in 1968, NOW Foods has grown from a small, family operation to a highly-respected manufacturer of natural health products. Today, NOW Foods manufactures and distributes over 1,400 dietary supplements, natural foods, sports nutrition, and personal care products. NOW’s state of the art manufacturing facilities are GMP-certified, and our quality testing labs are among the best in the industry. The company has over 1,500 employees and its products are sold in more than 60 countries. The company remains family-owned and committed to its original mission: to provide value in products and services that empower people to lead healthier lives.
NOW offers a competitive compensation structure and a comprehensive benefit package which includes medical, dental and vision plans from tier one companies, Paid Time Off, 401k match up to $6,500 per year, educational assistance and company-paid disability and life insurance. NOW employees also enjoy a wide array of unique benefits such as company-paid profit sharing, quarterly bonuses, employee discount, wellness program, company-paid Teladoc and Rx’nGo, and much more! Many of our benefits are 100% paid by NOW – this is why NOW Foods has been awarded as one of the “101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work for” in Chicago TWELVE years in a row, and on the National Level SIX years in a row!
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Working the 3rd Shift (10:45 PM-7:15 AM the following day), the Maintenance Mechanic II repairs and maintains machinery and electromechanical equipment in packaging, processing, distribution and plant infrastructure. Trains and mentors lower level maintenance mechanics by performing the following duties.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
- Installs, operates, maintains, repairs, lubricates, and troubleshoots complex processing and high speed packaging machinery and other equipment in the facility such as gear boxes, variable speed drives, pumps and compressors, dust collecting equipment, code daters, check weighers, etc.
- Performs predictive and preventative maintenance activities as outlined in the CMMS system.
- Installs, maintains, and troubleshoots all types of A/C and D/C electrical equipment.
- Fabricates components using standard shop equipment including: lathe, mill, drill press, brake, shear, band saw, and various welding equipment.
- Operates production equipment as part of troubleshooting, and validation of completed maintenance activity.
- Assists Engineering in installation of new equipment. Works from drawings, verbal instructions and/or sketches.
- Works with technical support, the operations group, and peer mechanics to resolve problematic machine or personnel issues.
- Helps maintain spare parts inventory for plant as directed by checking out parts form parts room, using parts ordering procedure, and restocking inventory.
- Helps maintain shop areas and parts room so they are clean and orderly.
- Actively participates in root cause analysis and other plant continuous improvement initiatives. Recommends and implements continuous improvement ideas.
- Occasionally performs work in other areas such as building maintenance.
- Complies with safety and cGMP requirements.Follows (LO/TO) all Safety procedures and wears all personal protective equipment as directed by Company Safety Policy.
SAFETY RESPONSIBILITY STATEMENT
- Supports a culture of safe production and operations; follows all safety rules and procedures.
- Actively participates in the safety program by:
- engaging in training activities to learn what constitutes a safety hazard; reporting safety concerns to the supervisor, submitting safety suggestions, and correcting or reporting to the appropriate people when an employee sees a workplace health or safety hazard, until it is resolved.
- Assists with communicating safety information to new employees. Fulfills responsibilities as outlined in the company safety management plan.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
- Associate's degree (A. A.) or equivalent from two-year college or technical school plus a minimum of two years of related experience OR a minimum five years related experience.
- Comprehensive knowledge of machine troubleshooting, electrical, mechanical, fabrication, pneumatics, hydraulics, OSHA standards, cGMP’s, lock-out/tag-out is required.
- Food or pharmaceutical industry experience preferred.
- Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
- Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.
- Ability to communicate effectively to coworkers and supervisors.
- Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, addition, subtraction, multiplication, decimals, and measurements.
- Excellent problem solving skills required.
OTHER SKILLS and ABILITIES
Basic computer skills required. Must have ability to train and mentor other employees (including lower level maintenance mechanics). Excellent interpersonal and listening skills required. Must be an independent thinker with the ability to make sound decisions in a fast-paced, team environment. Must demonstrate an understanding of the company priorities and core values and daily activities must support them. Excellent organizational, planning and attention to detail. Initiative to complete tasks on time with minimal supervision required.
- Must read and understand electrical and mechanical blueprints, use simple shop math, and possess knowledge of company, local, state, and federal electrical codes.
- Ability to quickly understand the theory of operation of both processing and high speed packaging equipment. Must be familiar with PLC, solid state, and servo control. Possesses a working knowledge of electrical test equipment such as digital multimeter, amp probe, megger, etc.
- Ability to work other shifts and weekends and to travel to other facilities.
- Demonstrated working knowledge of tablet presses, encapsulators, blending and filling of both powders and liquids, ribbon blenders, roller compaction, metal detectors, ink jet printers, auto sifters and all equipment associated with vitamin packaging within one year from the date of employment.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations 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 use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms, including overhead reaching and horizontally on a ladder; ascend and/or descend stairs; bend, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
The employee must regularly lift, move (in some cases drag items), slide, raise and/or place:
- Step on and off ladders and equipment at 24 inches.
- Grasp 50 lbs. of force.
- Push and pull 42 lbs. of force at 36 inches.
- Lift up to 60 lbs. from floor to waist.
- Lift up to 60 lbs. from 31 inches, carry for 5 feet and return to 31 inch surface.
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. While performing the duties of this job, the employee frequently works near moving mechanical parts. The employee is frequently exposed to herbal aromas, dust, and/or airborne particles. The employee occasionally works in high, precarious places and in outside weather conditions and is occasionally exposed to fumes, cold, and heat. The employee is required to travel to other facilities. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
It is the policy of NOW Foods to prohibit discrimination of any type, and to afford equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and prospective employees, without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law.