Bakery Meal Plant Maintenance Technician

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Our team members receive industry-leading wages and are eligible for great benefits packages:

  • Comprehensive Health Insurance, Retirement Benefits and More
  • $3,000 WELCOME BONUS

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The Bakery Meal Plant Maintenance Technician is trained to service and maintain bakery meal processing equipment.  This position is expected to carry out job tasks to assure compliance with established procedures relative to quality, productivity, and safety.



**Must be able to work night shifts***

Core Responsibilities

  • Follows standard operating instructions/procedures in the performance of all duties, including inspection and safe operation of powered industrial vehicles, housekeeping, and servicing of process equipment.
  • Daily preventive and light corrective maintenance, with knowledge of procedures and frequencies on all process equipment. This includes proper lubrication selection and amounts.
  • Troubleshoot and diagnose process equipment problems and assist in the planning, performance and assignment of proper repair.
  • Machine work and welding on a regular basis.
  • Work with internal combustion engines.
  • Reads schematic drawings to determine work procedures.
  • Operates powered industrial vehicles in all areas.
  • Perform assigned housekeeping duties. Takes initiative to assist other workers to maintain and ensure the orderliness and housekeeping of all areas of the plant.
  • Acquires and maintains necessary certifications (weigh master, forklift, articulated loader, skid steer, tractor, etc.).
  • Services, maintains, and operates equipment in a safe manner so as to protect the assets of the company and reduce risks to other workers.
  • Performing all work tasks in a manner consistent with the site’s Environmental Management System Policy to include:
    • Following all established environmental policies and procedures.
    • Reporting all environmental issues immediately to their supervisor.
    • Understanding the EMS Policy and the Significant Aspects Related to their job; and,
    • Understanding the proper steps to follow in the event of an environmental emergency.
  • Maintains personal safety as well as the safety of other workers by taking an active role in the Smithfield Injury Prevention System (SIPS). This will include:
    • Understanding the need for and participating in all scheduled SIPS safety training and safety related competency development activities.
    • Providing feedback on SIPS training and competency needs as requested by the Safety Manager or other members of management.
    • Understanding and conforming with the safety policy; safety related legal and other requirements; and, site specific safety and health rules, regulations, standard operating procedures and other operational controls as they relate to their job responsibilities.
    • Reporting unsafe conditions or observed SIPS non-conformances.
    • Understanding and executing required duties under the site’s emergency response and notification procedures.
    • Immediately reporting any work-related incident which results in, or which could have resulted in, injury, illness, or property damage.
    • Understanding the location’s safety objectives that relate to their job responsibilities.
    • Providing recommendations to management for continual improvement and injury prevention.
    • Where appropriate, volunteering and participating in SIPS activities.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. May perform other duties as assigned.


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 to perform the essential functions.

  • High school diploma or GED equivalent preferred.
  • Must be able to work with and around a wide range of bakery waste products some of which will contain allergens (i.e. peanuts).
  • Prior experience in industrial maintenance is required.
  • Ability to read and understand common documents such as safety rules, maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals in English.
  • Must be able to work an average of 50-hour weeks, including night, holiday and weekend when required. Longer hours may be required based upon business need.
  • Use of Personal Protective Equipment (training to be completed during on-site orientation)
  • Articulated Loader Operation
  • Bobcat/Skid Steer Operation
  • Tractor Operation (Bucket and Callahan Lift Attachment)
  • Forklift Operation Certification
  • Spotter Truck Operation (select individuals only)
  • Truck Dump Operation (select individuals only)
  • Confined Space Entry and Rescue Technician
  • Fall Protection and Prevention
  • Electrical Safety/Arc Flash Qualified
  • Cutting/Welding/Grind Proficiency
  • Authorized Lockout/Tagout
  • First Aid/CPR/AED
  • Must be supportive of the mission of producing quality bakery meal.
  • Must be tolerable and willing to learn and perform the range of tasks required to produce quality bakery meal.
  • Ability to work well with others in fast paced, dynamic environment.
  • Ability to be respectful, approachable and team oriented while building strong working relationships and a positive work environment.

Work Environment

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee should possess to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Works in dusty areas. Will work in non-temperature-controlled warehouse environment.
  • Must be able to stand, walk, and climb stairways and ladders.  Must be able to work in confined spaces and from elevated work surfaces.
  • Must be able to tolerate the dust generated by the mechanical movement of bakery by-product materials and bakery meal dust.

Career Benefits

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Why Work at Smithfield Foods? 

We are committed to meeting our employees' needs, addressing their concerns and helping them enjoy rewarding careers with our company. 



More than 63,000 employees globally drive our success. We strive to create a fair, ethical and rewarding work environment.



Working at Smithfield isn't just a job – it's the foundation for a lifelong career with training designed to help you advance professionally.



Our people matter. That's why we offer excellent, comprehensive benefits packages to our full-time employees.



Sustainability is ingrained in our culture and guides how we operate. We believe in innovating for the future.

About Smithfield Foods

Headquartered in Smithfield, Va. since 1936, Smithfield Foods, Inc. is an American food company with agricultural roots and a global reach. Our 63,000 team members are dedicated to producing "Good food. Responsibly.®" and have made us one of the world's leading vertically integrated protein companies.

We have pioneered sustainability standards for more than two decades, including our industry-leading commitments to become carbon negative in U.S. company-owned operations and reduce GHG emissions 30 percent across our entire U.S. value chain by 2030.

We believe in the power of protein to end food insecurity and have donated hundreds of millions of food servings to our communities. Smithfield boasts a portfolio of high-quality iconic brands, such as Smithfield®, Eckrich® and Nathan's Famous®, among many others.

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Smithfield is an equal opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, gender identity, protected veterans status, status as a disabled individual or any other protected group status or non-job characteristic as directed by law.
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