Maintenance Mechanic Apprentice

Job Locations US-AZ-Buckeye
Posted Date 2 days ago(5/26/2023 5:19 PM)
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This position is an entry level maintenance crew member working under close and general supervision, learns and performs a variety of unskilled and semi-skilled manual work responsible for maintenance and repair of plant equipment at an industrial feed milling plant, which includes areas of expertise in electrical, welding and instrumentation.  Primary goal is to assure safe and efficient production by responding to changing conditions in timely manner. Emphasis will be preventive maintenance and welding.


  • Performs maintenance in all areas of the plant on a scheduled or emergency basis:
    • Mechanical repairs on pumps, valves, and heat exchangers
    • Building repairs and cleaning
  • Moves, sets, calibrates, as needed, controls such as knobs, valves, switches, levers, and index arms, on control panels to control process variables such as flows, temperatures, pressures, vacuum, time, and chemicals, by automatic regulation and remote control of processing units, such as heaters, coolers, thermal oxidizer, compressors, exchangers, and other units.
  • Determines malfunctioning units by observing control instruments, such as meters and gauges or by automatic warning signals, such as lights and sounding of horns.
  • Inspects equipment to determine location and nature of malfunction such as leaks, breakages and faulty valves.
  • Communicates directly with production to coordinate maintenance and repair work.
  • Patrols units to verify safe and efficient operating conditions.
  • Performs preventive maintenance activities as required.
  • Assists with new installations and other projects, as requested by the supervisor.
  • Works with contractors to plan and implement installation of new equipment or systems.
  • Participates in safety, health, and environmental programs.
  • Knows and understands city, county, state, and federal regulations relating to maintenance and plant equipment, and works in a manner to ensure that these regulations are met at all times.
  • Participates in programs and procedures required to ensure plant cleanliness.
  • Be available for overtime work on a scheduled or call-in basis as required.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Maintenance Manager.


  • A high school diploma is required
  • A degree in related field is required


  • Understanding of plant operational processes and procedures, including routine and emergency start-up and shutdown practices
  • Familiarity with industrial equipment operations and care
  • Forklift experience
  • Knowledgeable of PPE’s and Fall Protection
  • Knowledgeable in Lockout Blockout (Machine Specific)
  • Proficiency with basic computer software preferred
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work with all levels within the organization and the ability to work in a diverse group
  • Ability to write detailed repair reports and must good verbal communication skills

Physical Requirments

  • Must be able to perform job duties while wearing a respirator
  • Must be able to lift and work overhead, to stoop and to crouch
  • Must be able to lift and/or move up to 50 lbs on a regular basis
  • Must be able to climb ladders and work at elevations of 175 ft.


  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee will be regularly exposed to work near moving mechanical parts.
  • The employee will be regularly exposed to very dusty and noisy conditions
  • The employee will be exposed to outdoor weather conditions
  • The employee may be exposed to chemicals used in the process.


The pay range for this position is $18-$20/hr depending on experience.  The Company offers paid vacation time, paid sick leave, medical, dental and vision plans as well as a 401(k) with employer match


Note:  Valid Driver’s License required for insurance purposes. Management retains the discretion to add to or change the duties of this position at any time.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job.  They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and requirements, which may change from time to time based on business needs.  When appropriate, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.


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