Maintenance Technician

Location: Chicago, IL
Job Code: 538
# of openings: 2


Job Title:

Maintenance Technician

Job Category:




O*Net #:

49-9042.00; 51-4121.06


9200 S. Ewing
Chicago, IL  60617

Reports to:

Production Supervisor

FLSA Status:


Position Type:

Full Time

Job Description

Summary: Responsible for maintaining mechanical operations of the plant and responsible for directing the efforts of maintenance crews or as directed by production supervisor. Must be able to cover the responsibilities of all Maintenance duties; including welding, machining, mechanics, carpentry, fabrication and cement work.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: include but are not limited to the following (Management reserves the right to add or modify the duties and responsibilities at any time):

  • Support efforts of Maintenance needs of the facility.
  • Mentor/train new maintenance employees.
  • Inspect machinery to ensure proper functioning.
  • Read and interpret mechanical schematics
  • Communicate with machine operators to troubleshoot identified problems.
  • Perform preventive maintenance on and lubricate equipment.
  • Perform lock-out tag-out.
  • Dismantle and repair malfunctioning or broken equipment, including but not limited to fans, process equipment, general plant equipment, conveyor systems, forklifts, trucks, and tanks.
  • Repair equipment containing hydraulics, motors, pneumatics, belts, pumps and gear boxes.
  • Operate hand and power tools and equipment, including lathes, saws, drill presses, inmill, mill cutter, sanders and grinders.
  • Fabricate replacement parts if new parts are not available.
  • Perform welding, including Stick, MIG, Plasma cutter, and oxygen/acetylene torch, in flat, vertical or overhead positions to repair or modify machinery and equipment.
  • Perform basic carpentry.
  • Install/repair safety showers and eye washes.
  • Make and install gaskets.
  • Perform rigging.
  • Fabricate machine guards to improve operational safety of machinery and equipment.
  • Fabricate hoppers for materials.
  • Perform cement work.
  • Maintain and lubricate machine and hand tools.
  • Prepare paperwork associated with job assignment, job status, and job completion including Work Orders, timesheets and preventive maintenance checklist.
  • Operate fork lift, cherry picker, skid steer, come along, and bobcat.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience: A high school diploma or GED is required.

  • Welding experience is preferred.
  • Machinist experience is preferred.
  • Electrical and/or mechanical experience is preferred.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions (See ADA Requirements below).

  • Constant walking throughout the plant to move from one task to the next.
  • Stand for short periods of time to observe the work of others and plan approach to immediate task.
  • Sit for approximately 30 minutes a day preparing job tickets and other paperwork.
  • Bend or crouch throughout the work shift to work on equipment.
  • Lift up to 80 pounds and moves item short distances. Frequently lifts heavier items with the assistance of one or more co-workers.
  • Reach in all directions to grab tools and make adjustments to equipment.
  • Climb flights of stairs between floors of the building multiple times a day.
  • Perform fine hand and finger movements to hold tools appropriately and make precise adjustments to equipment.

Competencies: To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Problem solving – identify and resolve problems in a timely manner; gathers and analyzes information skillfully; develops alternative solutions; works well in group problem solving situations.
  • Managing people – support activities of Maintenance Leadman.
  • Oral communication – clearly communicate job-related information to co-workers and supervisors before, during and after repairs.
  • Seeing – visually inspect machinery and equipment requiring repair or maintenance. Visually analyze progress and results.
  • Reading – read and understand complex vendor manuals, P&IDs, equipment schematics and blue prints.
  • Written communication – write in understandable English (Spanish a plus) to complete required paperwork and provide information needed by subsequent shift workers, coworkers and supervisors.
  • Listening – understand oral job-related information and instructions received from coworkers and supervisors.

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Environmental conditions in different parts of the plant can include extreme heat and cold, wet and humid conditions, noise, vibration, exposure to dust and poor ventilation.
  • Hazardous conditions include moving parts, potential electrical shock, and slick floors.
  • PPE including hard hat, steel-toed shoes with meta-tarsal guards, safety glasses, chemical resistant gloves, fall protection harness, welding hood, welding gloves, welding apron, and ear plugs are utilized at various times.

ADA Requirements: To comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) which prohibits discrimination against qualified individuals on the basis of disability, the following table identifies the physical, mental and environmental conditions of the Essential Duties of the job identified above using the following codes:  "F" for frequently; "O" for occasionally; “R” for rarely; "N" for not at all.




On the job the employee must:

On the job the employee must be able to:

On the job the employee:

(F)   Bend         (O)   Sit

(F)   Read/comprehend

(F)   Is exposed to excessive noise

(F)   Squat        (F)   Stand

(F)   Write

(F)   Is around moving machinery

(O)   Crawl       (F)   Walk

(F)   Perform calculations

(F)   Is exposed to marked changes in temperature and/or humidity

(F)   Climb       (F)   Push/Pull

(F)   Communicate orally

(F)   Is exposed to dust, fumes, and/or gases

(F)   Kneel

(F)   Reason and analyze

(O)   Drives motorized equipment

(F)   Handle objects (manual dexterity)

(  )   Other ________________

(F)   Works in confined quarters

(F)   Reach above shoulder level


(  )   Other __________________

(F)   Use fine finger movements


(  )   Other _________________

Must carry/lift loads of:

(F)   Light (up to 25lbs.)

(F)   Moderate (25-50lbs.)

(O)   Heavy (over 50lbs.)


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