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Lauridsen Group Inc. Maintenance Technician - Essentia in Lytton, Iowa

To assure the daily, safe, efficient and effective operations of all plant equipment, machinery, vehicles and plant facilities as well

as assigned tasks in accordance with established policies and



  • Support continuous improvement in all aspects of production through performing all duties as assigned by Maintenance Supervisor and Plant Management such as but not limited to:

  • Examine, test, maintain and repair all physical plant machinery and equipment to assure safe and efficient operations

  • Inspect, maintain and repair cooling and heating systems

  • Repair and install pipes, fittings, fixtures and other plumbing duties as required

  • Maintain and repair pumps, valves and motors as required by management

  • Record and log maintenance repairs and inspections

  • Process work orders as assigned incorporating and prioritizing needs according to overall effect on plant operations

  • Perform preventive maintenance tasks for plant machinery and equipment, the physical plant, utilities and grounds to assure the safe and efficient operation in accordance with state, federal, local regulations and company procedures

  • Construct and repair production facilities, including building, structure walls, floors, cabinets and fixtures

  • Follow good housekeeping practices for maintenance and production areas such as washing, cleaning and maintaining tools and other equipment.

  • Assist in maintenance, improvements and safe conditions of facility and grounds by mowing and trimming grounds, snow and ice removal from company sidewalks and driveways, painting and sanitation tasks.

  • Operate company vehicle, lifts, industrial trucks and non-motorized pallet jacks as required.

  • Assist in ensuring fundamental food safety and quality practices are maintained to achieve food safety and quality objectives and to support ongoing improvements of food safety programs.


  • Electrical knowledge ranging from 110 volts of power to 480 volts (3 phase).

  • General and specific knowledge and abilities in welding of different alloys, including stainless steel; and equipment knowledge, including bearings, shaft, bolt, nut, wrench and belt sizes.

  • Knowledge of organizational methods and the ability to manage multiple tasks/projects simultaneously.

  • Sustained physical effort required to move through various work area; directing, assisting, diagnosing and monitoring work performance.

  • Must be able to distinguish if food safety violations or product quality issues occur and resolve immediately or, if unable to resolve immediately, contact appropriate plant management (i.e. the Plant Manager and/or the QC Manager).

  • Maintenance personnel directed by Maintenance Supervisor and/or plant management are responsible to assist with duties and tasks in the event of staff absences.

  • Knowledge and ability to:

  • Operate industrial equipment such as hand wrenches, welders, power tools, cutting torch and use tape measure

  • Operate company vehicle as required and maintain a valid driver’s license

  • Perform basic math calculations

  • Legibly document data for record keeping purposes

  • Read gauges and record data in legible manner in accordance with established procedures

  • Analyze complex information and problem solve

  • Understand wire diagrams, construction plans and diagrams

  • Implement all safety techniques and mandated sanitary rules and regulations in accordance with established policies and procedures related plant and equipment/machinery operations

  • Understand and communicate technical information through use of written documentation or oral presentation

  • Remain calm and professional at all times

  • Interpret and work from oral and written instructions

  • Cooperate with all Essentia team members

  • Work daily and extended hours as necessary

  • Analyze and comprehend complex information to assure proper equipment and instructions on safe and proper usage

  • Learn how to operate new equipment/machinery

  • Tear down equipment, repairing and restoring to operation


Approximate: 8-Hour Day (may be longer during peak season)

Key: Occasional = 0% - 33%

Frequent = 34% - 66%

Continuous = 67% - 100%

N/A = Not Applicable

Standing Frequent

Sitting Occasional

Walking Frequent

Bending/Kneeling/Crouching/Stooping Frequent

Reaching Above Shoulder Frequent

Climbing (stairs, ladders, etc.) Frequent

Working on Heights:

Unprotected Heights Occasional

Protected Heights Frequent

Lifting Weights from 0 to 100 pounds Frequent

Push/Pull/Maneuver Equipment/Products/Materials

Weighing from 0 to 100 pounds Occasional

Be Around and/or Operating Moving Machinery/Equipment Frequent

Operating a Vehicle (as a part of your job) Occasional

Read/Monitor Gauges on Various Equipment/Machinery Frequent

Hand Movements:

Recording Data Occasional

Operating Office Equipment Occasional

Operating Computer Occasional

Simple Grasping (right and left) Frequent

Firm Grasping (right and left) Frequent

Fine Manipulating (right and left) Frequent

Foot Movements to Operate Foot Controls Occasional

Good Vision, Corrected to Normal; or Ability to Access

Required Information and to Perform Job Duties Yes

Color Definition Yes

Good Hearing, Corrected to Normal; or Ability to Communicate

and/or Understand Required Information and to Perform

Job Duties Yes


Ability to be Mobile throughout Required Work Areas Continuous

Office Occasional

Multiple Locations Frequent

Plant Continuous

Equipment/Maintenance or Repair Area Continuous

Rough Terrain Occasional

Other N/A



High School Diploma, G.E.D. certification or equivalent working experience.


Experience with equipment maintenance required. Two to three years’ experience related to industrial electrical, industrial welding or industrial plumbing preferred. Valid driver’s license. Stable work history.

LGI’s foundation began in 1916 as the Lauridsen Creamery, selling butter, eggs and poultry to the local community. Although our headquarters in Ankeny, Iowa, is not far from the old creamery in Dedham, Iowa, the company is now worldwide with more than fifty manufacturing and sales locations in twenty countries and sales in more than sixty countries.

Each company under the LGI umbrella is truly independent. They have the ability and the charge to be entrepreneurial, to seek out new markets, to develop new products and applications, and – above all - to discover new ways to add value through fractionation and novel application.

What’s more, because some LGI companies have offices and presence around the world, all LGI companies benefit from their exposure to new markets, new products, new applications and new thinking.