DoD Skillbridge - Maintenance Technician - Active Military ONLY
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Posted 13 days ago
Job Description

This internship will allow the qualified candidate to participate in a learning program designed around training into a potential full-time opportunity of a role similar to the one in the description listed below. DoD SkillBridge participants are not eligible for compensation from Associated Milk Producers, Inc, as they continue to receive military compensation and benefits as active-duty service members.

AMPI owns eight Midwest-based manufacturing plants where 10 percent of the nation's American-type cheese, processed cheese and butter is produced. The cooperative's award-winning cheese, butter and powdered dairy products are marketed to foodservice, retail and food ingredient customers. In 2019, the co-op launched its Dinner Bell Creamery brand and accompanying Co-op Crafted promise, highlighting more than 50 years of dairy farm families partnering with skilled buttermakers and cheesemakers.

This list of duties and responsibilities is not all inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties and responsibilities as management may deem necessary from time to time.

  1. All AMPI employees have an obligation to report employee safety, food safety and food quality issues to personnel of authority.
  2. This position has a heightened food safety and food quality responsibilities.
  3. Provide maintenance support effectively and efficiently. Timely respond to maintenance related issues, quickly resolve problems, and make necessary adjustments as needed to maintain employee safety, product integrity and production efficiencies.
  4. Ensures safe operations through adherence to Environmental, Health, and Safety programs and procedures. Follow all lockout tagout, fall protection and confined space requirements.
  5. Strict adherence to housekeeping, by maintaining clean work areas, and tool accountability.
  6. Ensures operation of plant equipment by completing preventive maintenance requirements on motors, pneumatic tools, conveyor systems, and production machines. Follows diagrams, sketches, operations manuals, manufacturer's instructions, and engineering specifications. Responsible for the startup, operations, shutdown and maintenance to ensure safe and efficient operations of plant equipment.
  7. Perform all duties related to boiler operation, maintenance, recordkeeping and ensuring that the boilers are running safe, efficient and working properly.
  8. Maintain ammonia refrigeration system.
  9. Locate and isolate sources of problems by observing mechanical devices in operation by listening for problems and using precision measuring and testing instruments. Remove and fix defective parts and equipment to get the equipment running efficiently with minimal interruption to production. Assist in root cause analysis to prevent the issue from happening again.
  10. Adjusts functional parts of devices and control instruments by using hand tools, levels, plumb bobs, and straightedges. Determines changes in dimensional requirements of parts by inspecting used parts; using rules, calipers, micrometers, and other measuring instruments.
  11. Perform mig, tig and stick welding for various types of metals including food grade stainless steel, steel, and aluminum.
  12. Conserves maintenance resources by using equipment and supplies as needed to accomplish job results. Anticipates needed equipment, parts, and supplies.
  13. Demonstrate a cooperative effort to train and assist operators and peers in all aspects of equipment maintenance and operation, problem identification, and problem-solving skills.
  14. Controls downtime by informing production workers of routine preventive maintenance techniques and monitoring compliance. Documents downtime concisely, document problems and corrective actions taken.
  15. Interact with vendors and suppliers to ensure efficient repair, parts stocking, and maintenance of plant equipment and systems.
  16. Assist in the development of maintenance projects, assemble the bill of materials, and work with management on upgrades and modifications for plant enhancement.
  17. Participate in task meetings; suggest changes in work tasks and use of equipment to increase efficiencies.
  18. Function as an engaged team member and contribute to the site's continuous improvement efforts.
  19. Perform pneumatic, hydraulic system troubleshooting, and repairs of mechanical and electrical related issues. Diagnose, install, and repair all plant systems.
  20. Effectively pass-down to next shift personnel, unfinished repairs and unresolved maintenance/production issues.
  21. Participation in the Emergency Response program is required.
  22. Assists with training new employees.
  23. Adhere to all Quality and Food Safety, Employee Safety, and GMP policies and procedures, reporting any nonconformity.
  24. Other duties as assigned.

High School (required)

1 - 2 years: Skilled experience in mechanical maintenance and repair work, or other combination of education and experience. (preferred)

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. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

Equal Opportunity Employer – minorities/females/veterans/individuals with disabilities/sexual orientation/gender identity.

If you require reasonable accommodation to apply toward our positions, please reach out to 1-800-533-3580 or for assistance. NO AGENCIES, PLEASE.


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
High School or Equivalent
Required Experience
1 to 2 years
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