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Maintenance Technician

Forterra is a leading manufacturer of pipe and products in the U.S. and Eastern Canada for a variety of water-related infrastructure applications, including water transmission, distribution and drainage. The company generated pro forma net sales of $1.5 billion in 2017. Forterra employs more than 5,000 people and operates more than 88 facilities, with products available throughout the U.S. and Eastern Canada.

We are currently recruiting a full-time Maintenance Technician to join our Oskaloosa KS team. Will train if no direct experience. 

Must be able to maintain and repair large forklifts, concrete batching equipment and concrete forming equipment.  Must be able to weld and repair pneumatic, hydraulic, electrical and mechanical systems.

Essential Functions:

Supports all aspects of the company’s safety program and creates awareness by demonstrating commitment to an injury-free environment through individual actions and mentoring others. Investigates safety incidents and retrains staff and needed.
Troubleshooting/repair of equipment and fixtures used in the precast concrete industry.
Design and fabrication of tools, jigs, fixtures to improve the safety and efficiency of the operation.
Lead the installation and removal of production equipment.
Assist in the training of new employees for the appropriate equipment operation.
Support production operations during periods of vacations or absenteeism.
Keeps equipment available for use by completing preventive maintenance schedules; installing component and part upgrades; controlling corrosion; completing winterization procedures.
Corrects forklift, machines and equipment deficiencies by removing, repairing, adjusting, overhauling, assembling, disassembling, and replacing major assemblies, sub-assemblies, components, parts, or systems, such as, electrical, fuel, emission, brake, steering, hydraulics; completes machine shop operations; making adjustments and alignments including bearing loads, gear tooth contact, valve mechanisms, governors, oil systems, control linkages, clutches, and traction units.
Verifies forklift, machines and equipment performance by conducting test drives; adjusting controls and systems.
Maintains forklift/machine/equipment appearance by cleaning, washing, and painting.
Maintains records by annotating services and repairs.
Keeps shop equipment operating by following operating instructions; schedule mechanical downtime/unscheduled mechanical downtime appropriately; troubleshooting breakdowns; maintaining supplies; performing preventive maintenance; calling for repairs.
Contains costs by using warranty; evaluating service and parts options.
Keeps supplies ready by inventorying stock; placing orders; verifying receipt.
Updates job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities; reading technical and regulation publications.
Enhances maintenance team and organization reputation by accepting ownership for accomplishing new and different requests; exploring opportunities to add value to job accomplishments.
Regular, timely attendance to meet organizational needs in an efficient and effective manner.

Qualifications/ Requirements:

Business/technical degree preferred or equivalent work experience. One plus years’ experience in a manufacturing plant.
Working knowledge of large machine operation, construction of infrastructure.
Technical expertise in welding, hydraulics, pneumatics, machining and electronics.
Must be able to work hours beyond the normal workday as required by the business cycle, customer volume of business, and specific sales efforts underway. It has a moderate demand for tight deadlines.
Ability to provide clear and concise verbal instructions along with the ability to listen and ask questions to understand points made by others.
General computer skills, including Microsoft Excel, Word, Outlook and database systems.
Ability to read and apply information from plans, blueprints, work instructions and equipment manuals. Diagnostic problem solving techniques. Detail orientation.
Ability to apply effective time management and self-management skills.
Mathematical skills and mechanical abilities to diagnose and solve problems.
Demonstrated pattern of positive attitude, strong work ethic, and dedication.
Must have a valid drivers’ license and ability to travel 5% percent of the time to possible other locations.

Forterra is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to workplace diversity. M/F/D/V – Forterra is a Drug Free Workplace.

Listing expires on Friday September 13th, 2019

Maintenance Mechanic-2nd Shift

• Conducts maintenance on distillers, i.e., oil changes, blows out air lines, cleans and tightens belts, etc.
• Maintains safe and clean workshop, follows safety guidelines
• Tracks all performed equipment maintenance in logs
• Performs preventive maintenance on all equipment
• Performs all repair tasks necessary to keep bottling lines operating efficiently
• Performs all bottling line changeovers
• Programs all production equipment using PLCs
• Troubleshoots all production equipment when programming issues arise
• Repair and maintenance of equipment and building

Listing expires on Friday August 30th, 2019

Welder / Machinist

Opportunity for a highly motivated and disciplined individual with a high aptitude in mechanics. At times, individuals may be required to assist in other areas.

This person is responsible for:
-Working safely in the shop and feedlot environments by following all company safety guidelines.
-Working with the Machine Services / Lot Maintenance teams on a diverse range of projects from build, to repair, rebuild, and retrofit of production assets, including feedlot facilities (processing, feed mill, fencing, water and sprinkler systems) and equipment (feed and straight trucks, heavy equipment, tractors).
-Performing skilled work in welding, cutting, shaping, and machining accurately and precisely by using welding and machining equipment.
-Assembling, fabricating/machining, and repairing parts to specifications, including measuring mechanical fits, welding parts, and machining parts.
-Setting up, adjusting, and operating the following welding equipment: Arc and MIG welders.
-Setting up, adjusting, and operating the following machining equipment: mills and lathes.
-Using project plans, blue prints, job specifications, and design sketches to ensure proper dimensions and tolerance levels of finished product.
-Inspecting and testing final product for conformance to quality standards and/or blueprint specifications.
-Performing related material handling duties.
-Coordinating the ordering of required welding materials, such as rods, gas, and metals.
-Maintaining accurate parts usage and/or other records.
-Cleaning and maintaining the shop work area.
-Cleaning and performing preventative maintenance (PM) and general repairs on utilized welding/machining equipment.
-Communicating with engineering, supervisory, production services, and feedlot personnel to effectively exchange technical information.
-Responding to emergency or high priority work which may, on occasion, be outside of normal working hours.
-Recognizing that weather conditions may require change in activities and that cattle comfort is first and foremost regarding this activity.
-Evaluating current processes/procedures to recommend changes/modifications for improvements.

Ideal candidate would possess the following qualifications:
-Commitment to safety and quality culture.
-Welding certificate or a minimum of two years welding experience with Arc and MIG welders required.
-Machining certificate or a minimum of two years machining experience, such as late, milling machine, drill press, band saw, and any machinist related hand tools required.
-Electrical, hydraulic, and water system experience preferred.
-Ability to read and comprehend blueprints, welding symbols and geometric tolerance/dimensioning.
-Experience with precision measurement and calibration, including measuring fits of mating parts.
-Basic mathematical skills.
-High attention to detail.
-Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment and handle multiple requests simultaneously.
-Ability to work with others to gather and share information and creatively solve challenging problems.
-Excellent verbal communication.
-Team-oriented.
-Vocational/technical diploma/certificate preferred, but may substitute diploma/certificate with applicable experience.

This position requires:
-Exerting 50-100 pounds of force occasionally, 25-50 pounds of force frequently, and 10-20 pounds of force constantly. -Standing, sitting, walking, carrying, and lifting/lowering frequently; pushing/pulling, bending, twisting, climbing, reaching/handling/grasping, and kneeling/crouching occasionally; crawling and stairs rarely.
-Standing in place continuously for at least 4-6 hours during the workday.
-Individual must be able to work in adverse weather conditions, if needed.

$5,000 Hiring Bonus

Listing expires on Monday August 26th, 2019