Maintenance Technician

Job Title: Maintenance Technician
Shift: Various
Location: Topeka, Kansas

The purpose of a Maintenance Technician is to maintain conditions of operating equipment. Repair or replacement of failed components, the ability to troubleshoot unknown issues with equipment, and adjust centerline operational output of assigned equipment.

As part of our overall total compensation package, Mars offers a competitive benefits package to all associates which includes: Medical, Dental, Vision & Life Insurance, Short- & Long-Term Disability, and 401k match. Associates are also immediately eligible (based on hire date) up to three weeks of vacation, 11 Paid Holidays per year, Sick Pay, Maternity & Parental Leave and annual bonus earning potential, plus many other ancillary benefits not listed here.

Perform mechanical and electrical P.M.s on various manufacturing and packaging equipment and electrical panels. Document WO’s/PM’s using computerized maintenance management system.

Troubleshooting and repairing routine electrical and mechanical problems on assigned equipment, conduct preventative maintenance, and support Operations in equipment setup and changeover.
Participate on MSE teams, train operators in AM activities, and conduct Breakdown Analysis.
Own PM systems for the Line, focusing on Maintenance Planning and Scheduling and Breakdown Elimination DMS’s.
Drives results in Planned and Unplanned Downtime, and owns:
Maintain & Repair costs for line.
Planned Maintenance and PM compliance.
Breakdown reduction
Technical expert of related equipment and discuss, coach, and train technicians and operators on this equipment.
Owns Abnormality Handling DMS
Makes business decisions based on quantitative and qualitative data analysis.
Participates in the development and owns portions of the Line’s 90-Day loss-elimination plans.
Represent maintenance team in the daily FMOS meetings. Provides performance data for selected machines and communicates action plans and completed work effectively.

Education & Professional Qualification
High School Diploma or equivalent.

Associate degree in a technical discipline, preferably in Industrial Maintenance/Technology.

Technical degree/trade certification or 2 years or equivalent manufacturing technician experience required.
Successful completion of Mars Apprenticeship Program or Co-op.

Possess a fundamental understanding of electrical, hydraulic and pneumatic schematics and mechanical drawings in order to solve problems in a timely manner.
Ability to troubleshoot ac/dc electrical components including motor starters, switches and sensors found on all assigned equipment using basic test equipment such as multi-meters and amp probes.
Ability to troubleshoot basic pneumatic and mechanical drive systems at the component level on all assigned equipment, i.e. sorting systems and palletizing robots.
Ability to work a flexible schedule as needed to support production needs and to conduct multi-task work in a very fast paced work environment
Willingness to develop required technical skills in welding, basic machinist and fabrication/layout skill sets.

Possess an advanced understanding of ac/dc electrical (up to 480-volt 3 phase), hydraulic and pneumatic schematics and mechanical drawings in order to solve problems in a timely manner.
Possess PLC/ Instrumentation troubleshooting skills.
Physical Requirements:
Frequent lifting/carrying (10-50 lbs.).
Frequent pushing/pulling (50-200 lbs.).
Frequent handling/gripping/bending/stooping.
Ability to work at elevated heights off a ladder or platform, climb stairs, leaning over equipment.
Ability to stand and / or work on feet for extended periods (minimum eight hours in one shift).

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About Mars, Incorporated
Mars is a family-owned business with more than a century of history making diverse products and offering services for people and the pets people love. With almost $35 billion in sales, the company is a global business that produces some of the world’s best-loved brands: M&M’s®, SNICKERS®, TWIX®, MILKY WAY®, DOVE®, PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN®, WHISKAS®, EXTRA®, ORBIT®, 5™, SKITTLES®, UNCLE BEN’S®, MARS DRINKS and COCOAVIA®. Mars also provides veterinary health services that include BANFIELD® Pet Hospitals, Blue Pearl®, VCA® and Pet Partners™. Headquartered in McLean, VA, Mars operates in more than 80 countries. The Mars Five Principles – Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom – inspire its more than 100,000 Associates to create value for all its partners and deliver growth they are proud of every day.

Mars is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. If you need assistance or an accommodation during the application process because of a disability, it is available upon request. The company is pleased to provide such assistance, and no applicant will be penalized as a result of such a request