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Lauridsen Group Inc. Maintenance Technician II - St. Johns, MI - Dairy -2nd Shift in St. Johns, Michigan

Proliant Dairy Ingredients is committed to providing the best dairy ingredient options for enhancing the value and effectiveness of our partners’ products. We value quality in all we do; it is who we are. The purpose of this job is to ensures the daily, safe, efficient and effective operations of all plant equipment and machinery in accordance with established policies and procedures and assist in construction of production and building facilities.



High School Diploma or GED

Required Experience:

Experience troubleshooting and diagnosing power transfer devices, pumps, valves, and gearboxes on assembly line and/or process equipment.

Experience with Electrical Assembly and Troubleshooting Techniques

Electrical Print Reading

Experience with pneumatic system maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair.

Experience with Air Handling equipment maintenance.

Experience with Welding and Fabrication of mild and stainless steel.

Experience with MDARD, SQF, and/or USDA preferred


  • Support continuous improvement in all aspects of production through performing all duties as assigned by Maintenance Manager and Plant Management such as but not limited to:

  • Performing preventative maintenance tasks on all types of production

  • Comply with the company’s safety programs, policy and expectations

  • Examine parts for defects such as breakage and excessive wear

  • Reassemble equipment after completion of inspections, testing or repairs

  • Clean, lubricate and adjust parts, equipment and machinery

  • Record repairs and maintenance performed

  • Record parts and materials used, and order or requisition new parts and materials as necessary

  • Ensures operation of machinery and mechanical equipment by completing preventive maintenance requirements on engines, motors, pneumatic tools, conveyor systems, and production machines; following diagrams, sketches, operations manuals, manufacturer's instructions, and engineering specifications; troubleshooting malfunctions.

  • Locates sources of problems by observing mechanical devices in operation; listening for problems; using precision measuring and testing instruments.

  • Removes defective parts by dismantling devices; using hoists, cranes, and hand and power tools; examining form and texture of parts.

  • Controls downtime by informing production workers of routine preventive maintenance techniques; monitoring compliance.

  • Process work orders as assigned incorporating and prioritizing needs according to overall effect on plant operations.

  • Maintain and repair pumps, valves and motors as required for plant operation.

  • Mechanical assembly and troubleshoot techniques.

  • Understanding pneumatic operations.

  • Understanding and operation of all equipment and production.

  • Working knowledge and experience with all hand and power tools.

  • Mechanical ability to build and repair equipment.

  • Troubleshooting skills for electrical and mechanical failures.

  • Repair and install pipes, fixtures and other plumbing duties as required

  • Work safely and communicate safety risks or concerns right away

  • Follow good housekeeping practices for maintenance and production areas such as washing, cleaning and maintaining tools and other equipment.

  • Assist in the maintaining the safe conditions of facility and grounds may include snow and ice removal from entrances, emergency exits and walkways.

  • Operate lifts, industrial trucks and non-motorized pallet jacks as required.

  • Operate torches and welding equipment

  • Comply with the company’s safety programs, policy and expectations

  • Assist in ensuring fundamental food safety and quality practices are maintained to achieve food safety and quality objectives and to support ongoing continuous improvements of food safety programs.


  • Ability to work 2nd shift: 3pm-11:30pm.

  • Electrical knowledge ranging from 110 Volts of power to 480 Volts (3 phase).

  • Ability to operate industrial equipment such as hand wrenches, welders, power tools, cutting torch, and tape measure.

  • Ability to drive and maintain a valid driver license.

  • Ability to utilize basic math skills, including a variety of calculations.

  • Ability to legibly document data for record keeping purposes.

  • Ability to read and record data from various gauges.

  • Analytical ability related to complex information and problem solving.

  • Ability to understand wire diagrams, construction plans and diagrams.

  • Ability to implement all safety procedures in accordance with established policies and procedures.

  • Ability to understand and communicate technical information through use of written documentation or oral presentation.

  • Knowledge of organizational methods and ability to manage multiple tasks/projects simultaneously.

  • Ability to operate all plant and office equipment necessary to accomplish job duties such as computers, office telephones including voice mail features, fax machines.

  • Ability to work daily shift, weekends and extended hours as needed.

  • General and specific knowledge and abilities in the following areas:

  • Ability to troubleshoot and repair electrical/automation, pneumatic, steam and mechanical systems

  • Welding of different alloys, including stainless steel (sanitary stainless tubing)

  • Equipment knowledge, including bearings, shaft, bolt, nut, wrench and belt sizes.

  • Understanding metal sizes, including I beams, H beams, and angle sizes.

  • Ability to recognize food safety violations or product quality issues and resolve immediately or, if unable to resolve, notify Plant Manager and/or the Quality Control Supervisor.

  • Ability to assist other work-related areas as requested.

  • In the absence of a Maintenance Technician, other Maintenance Technicians or Supervisors will cover the duties of the role.


Approximate: 8-Hour Day (may be longer during peak season)


Occasional = 0% - 33%

Frequent = 34% - 66%

Continuous = 67% - 100%

N/A = Not Applicable

Standing - Frequent

Sitting - Occasional

Walking - Frequent

Bending/Kneeling/Crouching/Stooping - Frequent

Reaching Above Shoulder - Occasional

Climbing (stairs, ladders, etc.) - Frequent

Working on Heights:

Unprotected Heights - Occasional

Protected Heights - Frequent

Lifting Weights from 0 to 50 pounds - Frequent

Push/Pull/Maneuver Equipment/Products/Materials

Weighing from 0 to 100 pounds - Occasional

Being Around and/or Operating Moving Machinery/Equipment - Frequent

Operating a Vehicle (as a part of your job) - Occasional

Read/Monitor Gauges on Various Equipment/Machinery - Frequent

Hand Movements:

Recording Data - Occasional

Operating Office Equipment - Occasional

Operating Computer - Occasional

Simple Grasping (right and left) - Frequent

Firm Grasping (right and left) - Frequent

Fine Manipulating (right and left) - Frequent

Foot Movements to Operate Foot Controls - Occasional

Good Vision, Corrected to Normal; or Ability to Access

Required Information and to Perform Job Duties - Yes

Color Definition - Yes

Good Hearing, Corrected to Normal; or Ability to Communicate

and/or Understand Required Information and to Perform Job Duties - Yes

Ability to be Mobile throughout Required Work Areas - Yes

Office - Occasional

Multiple Locations - Frequent

Plant - Continuous

Equipment/Maintenance or Repair Area - Occasional

Rough Terrain - Occasional

Other - N/A


The employee must be able to handle multiple tasks and understand mechanical and electrical equipment operations as required. The employee will need basic calculation skills, good reading, speaking and writing skills, and have an ability to analyze and comprehend complex information. In addition, this employee must be able to work independently, set priorities, determine work assignments and work methods.


Working conditions vary, a portion of the job duties occur in an indoor manufacturing environment. Occasional outside work with varying seasonal temperatures.

The working conditions include many different chemicals used during the production and clean up, high noise levels, moving machinery/equipment, climbing on heights, moving throughout the building to different processing areas and fumes.

LGI’s foundation began in 1916 as the Lauridsen Creamery, selling butter, eggs and poultry to the local community. Although our headquarters in Ankeny, Iowa, is not far from the old creamery in Dedham, Iowa, the company is now worldwide with more than fifty manufacturing and sales locations in twenty countries and sales in more than sixty countries.

Each company under the LGI umbrella is truly independent. They have the ability and the charge to be entrepreneurial, to seek out new markets, to develop new products and applications, and – above all - to discover new ways to add value through fractionation and novel application.

What’s more, because some LGI companies have offices and presence around the world, all LGI companies benefit from their exposure to new markets, new products, new applications and new thinking.