Plant Engineer in Alpena, SD at Jack Link's

Date Posted: 5/19/2018

Job Snapshot

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  • Location:
    Alpena, SD
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  • Experience:
    Not Specified
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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.

Job Summary:

            The Plant Engineer plans, directs, coordinates, manufacturing processes within LSI. Develop, evaluate, and improve manufacturing methods, utilizing knowledge of product design, materials and parts, fabrication processes, tooling and production equipment capabilities, assembly methods, and quality control standards. Analyze and plan work for utilization, space requirements, and workflow, and designs layout of equipment and workspace for maximum efficiency. Confer with management and vendors to determine product specification and arrange for purchase of equipment, materials, or parts, and evaluates products according to specifications and quality standards. Estimates production times, staffing requirements, and related costs to provide information for management decisions. Applies statistical methods to estimate future manufacturing requirements and potential. Carries out responsibilities in accordance with company policies and procedures.


Job Related Skills/Responsibilities

    • Manage PSM (Process Safety Management), RMP (Risk Management Plant), CSAT Program
    • Oversee Refrigeration Tech (Ammonia System)
    • Operate and Service Auto-Weighers.
    • Service and program Packaging Machines.
    • Set Up Auto-Weighers.
    • Programs Auto-Weighers.
    • Operate and Program Check-Weighers.
    • Operate and Service Jacard Slicer.
    • Service and Program Injection Machine.
    • Operate and Service Groties.
    • Operate and Service Mixers.
    • Service all conveyors on plant floor.
    • Manage and Operate W.W.T.F.
    • Supervise Team Members.
    • Sign off Purchase Orders.
    • Plan out Equipment Cost.
    • Design and Build Equipment.
    • Maintain Facility.
    • Manage Cost.
    • Manage Downtime.
    • Equipment Installation.
    • Complete all daily preventative maintenance.
    • Follow good manufacturing practices and HACCP training, along with company SOP’s and SSOP’s.
    • Follow Lean Manufacturing Processes; team building, consistency in high quality, preventative maintenance, good work place conditions, productive work, etc.
    • Manage start-up to make sure equipment is in proper operating condition.
    • Perform necessary checks at start of shift and at each new product; document on paperwork, code date, correct label, upper/lower film, etc.
    • Follow daily production schedule and achieve specified goals.
    • Ensure product conforms to specifications.
    • Ensure products are correctly labeled and identified for proper disposition.
    • Prevent and minimize rework and/or inedible.
    • Monitor workflow to maximize machine output efficiencies.
    • Keep accurate records of products produced and materials used.
    • Suggest improvements; continuously improve the quality of all support activities.
    • Tasks will vary as situations and demands change.
    • Administrative Skills
    • Able to organize and prioritize in a multi-tasking environment.
    • Able to read and write legibly.
    • Able to follow instructions.
    • Able to perform general maintenance.
    • Good Problem Solving Abilities.
    • Good Communication Skills.
    • Follow Company Policy.
    • Supervise, Train, and Direct Team Members.
    • Operate a Computer.
    • Blueprint Capabilities.
    • Safety
    • Monitor Unsafe Behavior
    • Follow all OSHA Guidelines
    • Ability to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
      1. Earplug
      2. Hairnet
      3. Beard-net
      4. Protective eyewear
      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.


  • Follow good manufacturing practices and HACCP training, along with company pre-requisite programs, SOP’S and SSOP’s.
  • Ensure that all employees are adequately and properly trained in safety, sanitation procedures, chemical handling and GMP’s, etc.
  • Enforce all safety rules and company policies.
  • Ensure proper staffing is maintained, including interviewing and hiring new team members.
  • Implement and monitor training for new hires and continuing training of current team members.
  • Maintain attendance records, counsel employees with poor attendance, and follow up with coaching/discipline as appropriate.
  • Appraise work performance: conduct appropriate reviews for team members; give coaching/discipline as appropriate in a consistent and timely manner.
  • Review, correct, and approve timekeeping tool to ensure team members are paid correctly each pay period.
  • Provide appropriate interpretation of company policies and safety procedures.
  • Work Status
    • Full Time Team Member
    • At-Will Team Member
    • Travel
    • No Travel Required 0%

Job Requirements


    • High School Diploma (or equivalent)
    • Bachelors of Science or Equivalent (Preferred)
    • General Maintenance
    • Worked in a Fabrication Shop
    • Plumbing knowledge
    • Electrician knowledge
    • Worked as a Welder
    • Worked in Management
    • Heating and Air Conditioning knowledge
    • Working Conditions
    • Production Environment (normally).
    • Walk and Stand Constantly.
    • Sit Occasionally.
    • Must be 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.
    • Drug Testing
    • LSI performs a Pre-Employment Drug Screening.
    • LSI performs drug screening after a reportable injury.

Jack Links LSI Purpose: We Feed Your Wild Side.

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

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.

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