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Dairy Farmers of America Plant Maintenance Mechanic in Le Mars, Iowa

Position : Plant Maintenance Mechanic

Location : Le Mars, Iowa

Requisition ID: : 26449

Kemps has immediate job openings for skilled plant maintenance mechanics, responsible for the care and maintenance of all property and production assets. This position ensures the continued operation of machinery and equipment in an electrical, mechanical, refrigeration, pneumatic and hydraulic capacity by completing planned and unplanned maintenance requirements on production, packaging, processing equipment and utility systems.

Kemps is a farmer-owned brand of Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), a dairy marketing cooperative owned by more than 12,500 family farmers. Our mark matters and it represents the wholesomeness of dairy that we share with our communities and loved ones. DFA manufactures a variety of dairy products, including cheese, butter, fluid milk, ice cream, dairy ingredients and more, under well-known and established regional brands. Our fingerprints touch thousands of brands across the marketplace, and we’re passionate about delivering the simple pleasures of dairy to people everywhere, straight from our family farm-owners. At Kemps, we are proud to provide families with fresh, delicious dairy.

By joining DFA, you can help us continue to make a difference that matters. We care deeply about the well-being of our neighbors and friends, and we celebrate the diversity of our company and our world. It takes an incredible team to deliver the goodness of dairy and enrich our communities – come join us!


  • $32.91 per hour

SCHEDULE: Monday-Friday (and every 4th Saturday), 1 PM -10:30 PM


  • Competitive pay

  • Paid vacation and holidays*

  • Career growth opportunities – we promote from within!

  • Comprehensive healthcare benefits

  • Service recognition and employee rewards*

  • Employee referral program

  • Tuition reimbursement*

  • Uniforms provided

  • Work for dairy farm families

  • SIGN ON BONUS $5,000 paid out in increments after 90 days, 6 months and 12 months

* varies by company and governing CBAs

  • High school diploma or GED preferred

  • 2–3 years field related experience

  • Must be able to pass all pre-employment screenings including drug, background and criminal checks

  • Minimum one year experience in a maintenance role within a manufacturing facility, preferably food and beverage industry

  • Minimum one year experience with one or more technical experiences: Electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic, electronic, computer-controlled equipment, PLC and/or HVAC

  • Minimum one year experience with a variety of equipment including lubricating, cleaning, material handling, motor control, relay control, process control and packaging equipment

  • Must be able to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals

  • Must be able to handle basic hand tools

  • Must be able to stand, walk, kneel and bend required for virtually the entire shift; occasionally required to climb or balance

  • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds occasionally

  • Must be able to work in a cold, wet environment with moderate to high noise volume

  • May experience some exposure to fumes airborne particles, chemicals or allergens

  • Must be willing to work flexible hours including overtime, weekends, and holiday

An Equal Opportunity Employer