Maintenance Automation Technician-Weekend shift in Underwood, IA at Jack Link's

Date Posted: 6/4/2018

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Jack Link’s Protein Snacks began with treasured family recipes passed from generation to generation, transforming a small North Woods business into one of the fastest-growing meat snack manufacturers in the world. Over the years, as consumer demand for convenient, high-quality snack foods increased, so has the company’s product offerings. Today Jack Link’s is the fastest-growing meat snack manufacturer in the world, and sells more than 100 different meat snack products in more than 40 countries. 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.


The role of the Maintenance – Automation Technician is responsible for making sure all automated machines are running effectively.  Stopping production when machines are not running effectively, troubleshooting the problem, and find solutions quickly for automation problems.  Maintenance should have extensive knowledge on hydraulics, pneumatics, conveyors, PLC’s.  This position will be carried out in accordance with company policies and procedures.


The duties and responsibilities of this position shall consist of, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Set up lines correctly.
  • Ensure carton machine, case erector, and robotic arms are operating effectively.
  • Follow good manufacturing practices and HACCP training, along with company SOP’s.
  • Manage start-up to make sure equipment is in proper operating condition.
  • Perform necessary checks at start of shift and at each new product.
  • Move and install plant machinery and equipment as needed.
  • Perform preventative maintenance on all plant machinery and equipment as needed.
  • Ability to give detailed descriptions related to troubleshooting and repair of equipment on a PC based system, experience with pneumatics, hydraulics, electrical, electronic equipment.
  • Ensure product conforms to specifications.
  • Prevent and minimize rework and/or inedible.
  • Suggest improvements; continuously improve the quality of all support activities.
  • Tasks will vary as situations and demands change; supervisor will assign tasks as necessary.

Performs other duties and responsibilities as necessary.

Job Requirements


Required Education: Associate degree in Electronics Technology or similar technical field. Combination of experience and skilled trade’s programs or military training.

Required Experience:Automation experience and/or industrial maintenance experience


  • Some college
  • One year of experience in a distribution center
  • One year of training experience or a combination of education and experience


Proven attention to detail demonstrated in a fast-paced environment.

  • Good math and accounting skills
  • Proficient in Internet navigation, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
  • Ability to communicate professionally with people at all levels
  • Problem solving skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Must demonstrate effective leadership, problem solving, and facilitation, presentation, and employee motivational skills.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to be successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, bend, squat, and reach. Frequently lifting and carrying up to 50 pounds. The odor and possible contact of beef jerky, spices, and sauces.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. The work environment is a plant / office setting with varying degrees of temperatures and noise levels. Exposure to manufacturing equipment movement and wet / slippery floors. However; the vast amount of work is conducted in a climate controlled office. Travel may be required.

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