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3M Utility Operator (Knoxville, IA) in Knoxville, Iowa

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Utility Operator (Knoxville, IA)

Collaborate with Innovative 3Mers Around the World

Choosing where to start and grow your career has a major impact on your professional and personal life, so it’s equally important you know that the company that you choose to work at, and its leaders, will support and guide you. With a diversity of people, global locations, technologies and products, 3M is a place where you can collaborate with other curious, creative 3Mers.

This position provides an opportunity to transition from other private, public, government or military experience to a 3M career.

The Impact You’ll Make in this Role

As a Utility Operator, you will have the opportunity to tap into your curiosity and collaborate with some of the most innovative and diverse people around the world. Here, you will make an impact by:

  • Learning to read and understand mechanical, electrical, logic pneumatic and hydraulic prints when troubleshooting and/or repairing utility equipment.

  • Learning to read and work to indicated accuracy, specifications and tolerances as detailed on engineering drawings, machine assembly prints, machine construction prints, blueprints, sketches, equipment manuals, and vendor diagrams, using both U.S. customary and SI (metric) systems of measurement.

  • Working on equipment installed in cramped locations as well as elevated locations using scaffolding, ladders, hi-jackers, or boom truck, or on roofs of buildings, in pits, or in confined or hazardous locations.

  • Learning to follow corporate, plant and department procedures always relating to work and safety procedures to avoid personal injury, injury to co-workers, and/or damage to company property.

  • Continuously learn new technologies and methods through the installation/modification of equipment, in-house training, and external training.

  • Learning to read PLC ladder logic and utilize PLC programming panels to troubleshoot equipment.

Your Skills and Expertise

To set you up for success in this role from day one, 3M requires (at a minimum) the following qualifications:

  • Possess a High School Diploma/GED or higher (completed prior to start)

  • Two (2) or more years' experience of industrial boiler maintenance experience

  • Current and Valid Driver’s License

Additional qualifications that could help you succeed even further in this role include:

  • Within the first year you will be required to go to low- and high-pressure boiler classes, along with getting certified as a 1st class Engineer or equivalent through a reputable source.

  • Three (3) years of applicable utility technician maintenance experience

Work location:

  • Knoxville, IA

Travel: None

Relocation Assistance: Is not authorized

Must be legally authorized to work in country of employment without sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g., H1B status).

Supporting Your Well-being

3M offers many programs to help you live your best life – both physically and financially. To ensure competitive pay and benefits, 3M regularly benchmarks with other companies that are comparable in size and scope.

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The starting rate of pay for this position is $28.50, with the potential to reach $34.34. This targeted compensation range represents a good faith estimate and can vary based on factors including, but not limited to, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. Other benefits and incentives may apply; pay and benefits overview: . This information is being disclosed in accordance with local Pay Transparency Rules.

Applicable to US Applicants Only:The starting rate of pay for this position is $29.24, with the potential to reach $35.24 . This range represents a good faith estimate for this position. The specific compensation offered to a candidate may vary based on factors including, but not limited to, the candidate’s relevant knowledge, training, skills, work location, and/or experience. In addition, this position may be eligible for a range of benefits (e.g., Medical, Dental & Vision, Health Savings Accounts, Health Care & Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts, Disability Benefits, Life Insurance, Voluntary Benefits, Paid Absences and Retirement Benefits, etc.). Additional information is available at:

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Responsibilities of this position include that corporate policies, procedures and security standards are complied with while performing assigned duties.

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