The Wenger Group
  • - Shippensburg Mill
  • Shippensburg , PA, USA
  • Full Time




JOB TITLE:              Mill Maintenance Technician


DEPARTMENT:      Operations


JOB RELATIONSHIPS:     Supervised by:            Mill Manager/Maintenance Supervisor

                                                Supervises:                  None




The ideal Feed Mill Maintenance Technician has a working knowledge of and is responsible for overseeing all aspects of maintenance and repairs of machinery and mechanical production equipment, and any other specific items related to the mechanical operation of the production facility. To accomplish this, they will need to follow quality, environmental and safety policies and procedures as they troubleshoot production equipment throughout the facilities. In addition, they will play a key role in operations as they perform adjustments and assist line operators with solving problems on different machines to improve quality and efficiency of the lines during production runs and changeovers.  Evaluates, repairs and ensures precise equipment maintenance records are maintained.


This individual works under the direction of the Mill Manager and in coordination with the Mill Maintenance Supervisor.





  • Conduct daily maintenance work activities in assigned equipment areas and sets up any additional work maintenance schedules required
  • Continuously maintain awareness of any maintenance problems and develop strategies and procedures to correct existing problems and helps eliminate any future maintenance related issues or reduce unscheduled down times due to maintenance issues
  • Develop and continue to improve upon a thorough cost effective Preventative Maintenance Program, along with supporting maintenance supervisor to meet management goals
  • Promote an active safety awareness program, including applying clean housekeeping practices to tools, equipment and facility
  • Ensure that all procedures are properly followed while conducting a repair
  • Responsible for being in compliance with all environmental, safety and quality laws and procedures
  • Troubleshoot causes of plant equipment problems and work independently and/or with maintenance team and equipment operators to ensure proper and permanent fixes are in place
  • Perform housekeeping duties as requested by the Mill Manager, Mill Supervisor or Maintenance Supervisor
  • Function as the "on call" maintenance      for the mill
  • Travel      to other mills when needed for preventive maintenance



Production Equipment

  • Able to work on pneumatic systems, including compressors, cylinders and solenoid valve troubleshooting and maintenance
  • Possess knowledge of liquid systems, including automatic valves, pumps and plumbing skills
  • Perform maintenance and repair of all processing equipment, including Hammermills, Pellet mills, Batch Mixers, conveyors, grain elevator legs and packaging lines. This will include working on 3-phase, 480V motors; replacing gear boxes, bearings, etc.; plumbing/piping liquid, compressed air and high-pressure steam lines; welding, fabricating and installing new equipment as needed
  • Test and operate steam boiler systems to ensure proper operating and water chemistry
  • Perform mechanical maintenance activities and minor electrical      repairs on all manufacturing process equipment, including cleaning,      lubricating, adjusting parts, equipment, and machinery



  • Establish or adjust/suggest maintenance work procedures and schedules to meet production schedules
  • Maintain shift maintenance activities report, tracks maintenance records by using Knowledge Center, as well as maintaining records of preventing maintenance, parts replacement, inventory of parts, etc.
  • Report all environmental, safety, quality and food safety issues immediately to the Mill Manager
  • Communicate with production personnel regarding status of the lines


Administrative and Other

  • Manage critical parts inventory based on usage and maintenance      activity needs
  • Maintain record of repair work performed and equipment parts/components consumed
  • Navigate, use and understand software, such as Laserfiche, The Wenger System, Outlook, Microsoft Word, Excel and the WEM platform
  • Complete training in a timely manner
  • Perform maintenance activities as part of a team with team members
  • Responsible for maintenance and cleanliness of Wenger trucks and      of tools and inventory in the vehicle
  • Develop and communicate consistent parts replacement or repair      guidelines
  • Verify all tools and equipment are properly accounted for and put      away
  • Expected to assist other departments as time allows or as needed      when directed by supervisor
  • Follow standard operating maintenance instructions/procedures in the      performance of any and all maintenance tasks, including replacing,      adjusting, installing any feed mill equipment
  • Perform other duties as defined by Mill Manager, Mill Supervisor      or Maintenance Supervisor



  • A minimum requirement of a High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Possess basic knowledge of manufacturing equipment: including, pumps, motors, conveyors, air valves, and various power sources
  • Demonstrates mechanical knowledge of machines and tools including: designs, uses, repair, and maintenance
  • Proven track record of problem solving and trouble-shooting equipment failure skills
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience in a manufacturing environment preferred
  • Minimum of 1 year of experience in a feed mill preferred
  • Background in agriculture through education and/or experience preferred
  • At least 5 years of successful industrial maintenance experience preferred
  • Knowledge of feed manufacturing equipment operation and maintenance preferred
    • Ability to operate various types of machinery and heavy equipment preferred




  • To perform this job successfully, an individual should be able to      perform troubleshooting, repair and assembly of any feed mill equipment.
  • Ability to operate various types of machinery and heavy equipment
  • Valid driver's license with acceptable driving record and can      drive company vehicle, per policy
  • Ability to read and interpret documents,      such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and      procedure manuals
  • Ability to work holidays, nights, weekends or different shifts and      overtime as needed
  • Must be able to perform maintenance trades, including gearbox and      bearing, maintenance, lubrication, pumps and piping systems and mechanical      maintenance
  • Good Manufacturing Practices
  • Ability to work both with close      supervision and independently
  • Demonstrated math and critical thinking skills
  • Demonstrates Wenger's Core Values
  • Demonstrated computer skills, including MS Word and Excel
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills
  • Able to read and speak English
    • Ability to manage time effectively
  • Ability to work in an effective and      efficient manner
  • Ability to work well with others
  • High level of self-motivation
  • Promotes teamwork
  • Positive attitude
  • Adaptable to change
  • Demonstrates safe behavior and ability      to follow policies and procedures
  • Demonstrated mechanical ability
  • Demonstrated problem solving skills


Desired Skills:

  • Basic plumbing skills
  • Basic pneumatic skills
  • Basic millwrighting skills
  • Basic crane & rigging skills
  • Basic welding/torching skills
  • Knowledge of steam systems and boilers
  • Knowledge of feed manufacturing techniques
  • Experience with Grain Elevator Equipment (bins, legs, systems)
  • Experience with Pellet Mill operations
  • Ability to manage others safely for project objectives
  • Electrical abilities, ie. possesses the experience to troubleshoot      and repair electrical issues, including solid-state circuitry, 110 v      control circuits, lighting circuits, VFD and soft-start drives and 3 phase      circuitry, not required but preferred
  • Basic familiarity with and ability to follow electrical safety rules,      including Arc Flash and NFPA 70 codes
  • Ability to understand and follow Food Safety Standards - FSMA and      SQF, Federal and State regulations





  • Ability to lift up to 60 lbs. repeatedly and up to 100 lbs. on occasion
  • Ability to climb ladders and work in high places
  • Ability to work in confined spaces
  • Ability to work in dusty conditions
  • Must be able to perform physical job duties including bending/stooping, climbing ladders, open/close valves, shoveling, pounding with hammer and work in confined spaces
  • Must be able to work under special work conditions, such as extreme heat or cold
  • Standing approximately 95% of the shift
  • Work in confining environments under / over equipment
  • Manual and finger dexterity to make precise coordinated movements



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