Black Gold Farms

Equipment Specialist

Location: Arbyrd, MO Packing Facility
Job Code: 87
# of Openings: 1


Black Gold Farms is hiring an Equipment Specialist at its Arbyrd, MO Packing Plant location. Responsibilities of this position include:

  1. Accept responsibility for the overall condition and proper operation of equipment at their location.
  2. Serve as primary contact for machine, control, and technical issues at the facility.
  3. Provide positive leadership and technical ability in equipment and facility maintenance.
  4. Diagnose any equipment failures and suggest preventative actions.  Offer engineered solutions toward improving plant equipment and processes.
  5. Maintain technical manuals and resource library.
  6. Maintain a preventative maintenance log of routine tasks to be completed in maintaining equipment and facility.
  7. Monitor plant safety programs from an equipment and process standpoint.
  8. Assist with food safety compliance and plant sanitation.
  9. Determine location equipment needs.  Creates and plans schedule in conjunction with the service team and plant manager.
  10. Plan and coordinate maintenance and repair activities with other packing plant personnel and outside contractors.
  11. Ensure service records are completed correctly and on a timely basis, and records are maintained on the Equipment Database.
  12. Serve as primary contact for parts procurement and pack shed part inventories.  Ensure that an adequate inventory is maintained on site for day-to-day operations, and maintain inventory worksheet for records/planning purposes.
  13. Oversee incoming equipment set-up, and departing equipment disassembly.  Notify sender or receiver, and service team of any problems.
  14. Responsible for implementing and maintaining PM program, downtime tracking, root cause failure analysis, part inventory control management, outage maintenance scheduling and execution.
  15. Responsible to help Plant Manager develop maintenance budget.
  16. Responsible for accurate inventory of equipment on the Equipment Database.


Candidates should have a mechanical background from 5 years of relative experience as a maintenance technician at a farm or industrial/factory facility.  Leadership ability, ability to train others, experience in: welding, hydraulics, 3 phase electrical, PLCs, basic mechanics, power transmission (bearings and drives, motors and gearboxes, etc.), computer (Microsoft office products, misc database, internet, digital camera functions) and inventory management desired.



Black Gold Farms is a progressive and innovative agriculture company specializing in potato production. The Company has been in operation for over 80 years and is continually growing, adding new locations constantly. Currently, Black Gold has 12 locations in 12 states. Black Gold harvests over 20,000 acres of potatoes each year. The Company is one of the largest suppliers of chipping potatoes for Frito Lay, Snyder's-Lance, Shearer's and many other potato chip manufacturers.


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