Maintenance Technician

Our Maintenance Technician is responsible for the timely repair and preventative maintenance of plant equipment such as filling machines, pasteurizers, motors, pumps, boilers, compressors, and conveying equipment.

Join our fast-growing family of companies! Open Gates Group is an entrepreneurial family of companies located near Kalona, Iowa that supports the development of local, organic dairy products. Our products are minimally processed and come straight from Midwest family farms surrounding our creamery. We are currently seeking a Maintenance Technician to join our team.

What you get...
  • Opportunities to learn to apply your skills to different kinds of industries.
  • Super fun and supportive team members who always have your back.
  • Managers who respect you and listen to your ideas.
  • Career boost by being responsible for many different areas.
  • Great pay and benefits.
  • Medical/Dental/Vision/Life Insurance, STD & LTD after 60 days of employment.
  • Matching 401k after 6 months.
  • Benefit Bonus/Stipend Paid Holidays, Paid Time Off (PTO), & Birthday PTO.
  • Paid Holidays, Paid Time Off (PTO), & Birthday PTO.
  • Opportunity for advancement.
  • Discounted employee purchases including dairy and eggs.
  • Unique, entrepreneurial culture!
What you will get to do...
  • Perform general mechanical and limited electrical repair, modification and maintenance of production machinery and equipment.
  • Inspect and measure parts to detect wear, misalignment or other problems.
  • Realign and adjust functional components and control instruments.
  • Start machine and equipment to test operation following repairs.
  • Repair electrical equipment and broken parts.
  • Weld equipment and parts as needed.
  • Read and understand schematic flowcharts and technical manuals.
  • Complete all required paperwork and perform preventative maintenance as required.
  • Perform installation and setup of new production machinery.
  • Perform scheduled safety inspections and preventive maintenance on specified items.
  • Complete accurate and timely documentation of maintenance records, work orders and task records.
  • Comply with all Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s).
  • Comply with federal, state and local safety regulations.
  • Work together with co-workers and other company personnel, while consistently and genuinely demonstrating principles of customer service and teamwork.
  • Perform related duties as required.
What you will need...
  • High School diploma or GED equivalent
  • Experience in troubleshooting mechanical breakdowns within manufacturing environments preferred.
  • Self-motivated, able to multitask, and willing to contribute in a fast-paced team environment.
  • Organized and detail oriented with basic knowledge boilers, compressors, and refrigeration systems preferred.
  • Basic welding and fabrication skills are strongly desired.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to read chemical labels and follow safe handling procedures for food grade products.
  • Able to read, write, and perform basic math.
  • Able to routinely lift up to 60 lbs., work from ladders, squat, bend, and kneel.
  • Able to work in hot and cold climates, both indoors and outdoors.
Who you'll work with...

Mark, our Director of Construction & Maintenance, is great to work with. He's a great planner, who balances the urgency of projects with the needs of our team. He is a wonderfully supportive leader. 

Over his many years at Open Gates, Lynn has always been ready to help - receiving phone calls at all hours. He always has a solution, and when we need help with a project we can always count on him to deliver.

Lynn goes above and beyond to support the team, coming in any time day or night to keep production going. His expertise and can-do attitude has been critical to the success of Open Gates and his colleagues.

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