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Automation Technician Intern in Alpena, SD at Jack Link's

Date Posted: 12/3/2018

Job Snapshot

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    Alpena, SD
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Job Description

Jack Link's isn't made up of a bunch of button-up, corporate types. Like our beef jerky, we believe in being authentic and genuine. Life's too short to be artificial. We've never done things the way everyone else does. Over the years, it's always been more than just a way of doing business. It's a way of life. We push hard and take risks - with the unwavering passion to get done what we've set out to do. All backed up by an unflinching eye on quality. So when you picture the people who make North America's best-selling brand of beef jerky, you'll find we're just a bunch of regular folks, inspired to make the finest beef jerky possible, every single day. We're just lucky enough to have the whole world asking for a taste.

The story of Jack Link's® Protein Snacks is a story of family traditions. It began with treasured family recipes that were passed from generation to generation, ultimately transforming a small North Woods business into one of the fastest-growing meat snack manufacturers in the world. Today Jack Link's sells more than 100 different meat snack products in more than 40 countries. More than a century has passed, but the Link family principles and traditions remain the same: hard work, integrity and a commitment to earn consumer respect by delivering the best-tasting meat snacks in the world.

Automation technicians must monitor and operate machines designed to perform tasks with minimal human intervention. Technicians check meters and gauges to verify that machines work properly and analyze the results to ensure they meet company standards. They also troubleshoot problems and perform repairs when machines develop problems, preferably while processes continue to run. Must also prepare reports for managers and recommend upgrades or changes to processes.

Job Related Skills/Responsibilities

  • Think critically to solve problems and be detail-oriented.
  • Be comfortable using digital hardware and software.
  • Maintain a safe, clean and organized work area.
  • Report all accidents and deficiencies to the lead/foreman/supervisor.
  • Ensure safety devices are installed and working properly.
  • Suggest improvements; continuously improve the quality of all support activities.
  • Adhere to all company personnel policies.
  • Follow daily production schedule and help achieve specified goals.
  • Ensure product conforms to specifications.
  • Follow good manufacturing practices, along with company SOP’s and SSOP’s.
  • Use industrial programming skills to program, train, operate, and maintain automated equipment.
  • Self-Motivated to work independently with or without supervision with solid follow through.
  • Proficient understanding of ladder logic programming.
  • Maintain and update existing PLC / Controls system.
  • Work with Maintenance personnel to troubleshoot machine issues.
  • Research and integrate new systems and/or technology.
  • Maintain accurate records pertaining to work performed.


  • Able to organize and prioritize in a multi-tasking environment.
  • Able to effectively communicate using the English language (speak, read, and write).
  • Have general maintenance knowledge.
  • Able to follow instructions.
  • Able to perform general maintenance.
  • Have good problem solving abilities.


  • Monitor Unsafe Behavior.
  • Follow all OSHA Guidelines.
  • Immediately report all accidents and deficiencies to management.
  • Ability to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
    1. Earplug
    2. Hairnet
    3. Beard-net
    4. Protective eye wear
    5. Slip resistant footwear


  • Build and support a culture at LSI which values Personnel Safety and Food Safety.
  • Must Demonstrate the Jack Link’s Values: Be Real – Relationship Driven – Stewardship – Speed Matters – Self Discipline – Show Awesome Character.
  • Build and support a culture of openness and accountability within (and out-side) the assigned department.
  • Demonstrate professionalism; encourage and insist on positive attitudes and behaviors from team members.
  • Encourage team member initiative and innovation, and show recognition for effort and achievement.
  • Create and cultivate positive work relationships at all levels of LSI.


  • Communicate with peers, subordinates, and leaders in an effective, timely manner.
  • Ability to collaborate with remote employees and work as part of a team.
  • Suggest improvements; continuously improve the quality of all support activities.
  • Ability to find a solution for or to deal proactively with work-related-problems.

Job Requirements


  • Pursuing Associates Degree (or equivalent).
  • Proficient with industrial programming:
    1. Auto CAD
    2. Allen Brady (logix 500, Logix, 5000, Studio 5000, Factory Talk ME)
    3. Bosch-Rexroth (Indra Works, Indra Logics)
      1. Programs will be dependent on the area you will work in.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office programs (Excel, Word, Outlook).

Desired Qualifications

  • 1-3 years previous experience in automation.
  • Robotics/Automation specialization and training.

 Working Conditions

  • Production environment (normally).
  • Walk and Stand Constantly.
  • Sit Occasionally.
  • Able to lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Will need to enter production environment where team members are exposed to moderate cold (35-55 degrees) and loud noise levels.

Jack Links LSI Purpose: We Feed Your Wild Side.

Jack Links LSI Vision: We will be the dominant global leader of branded portable protein.

Jack Links LSI Mission: We delight people by unleashing passionate leaders with an uncompromising commitment to deliver awesome products.


This job description indicates in general the nature and levels of work, knowledge, skills, abilities and other essential functions (as covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act) expected of a LSI Team Member.  It is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities required of a LSI Team Member.  A LSI Team Member may be asked to perform other duties as required.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation and gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.