Apprentice Maintenance Technician

Your Opportunity

Smithfield Foods is a $16 billion global food company and the world's largest pork processor and hog producer. We believe our employees are fundamental to our success. Fostering collaborative relationships, placing a priority on internal training programs and empowering employees to take charge of their development are just a few ways we will strive to create a rewarding career for you. If this sounds like an exciting opportunity, we encourage you to apply!


The Maintenance Apprenticeship Program offers both on-the-job training and a formal education based in a classroom setting. During your education, you will focus on many specialties which will include:

  • Power Transmission
  • Electrical
  • Welding
  • CAD (computer-aided design)
  • Hydraulics
  • Pneumatics
  • Robotics

During the apprenticeship, you are a full-time, paid employee who will complete a development program with the support of our coaching technicians and supervisors. Upon successful completion of the Apprenticeship Program you will receive:

  • Journeyman’s Certificate (from the US and NC Departments of Labor)
  • Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree, Industrial Technology
  • No college debt – Smithfield Foods pays for your education
  • Course credits that are transferable towards a bachelor’s degree and in many cases entering as a Junior

Core Responsibilities

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

  • Learns the operation, repair and maintenance of plant equipment under the immediate supervisor of a Maintenance Supervisor.
  • Assists in scheduling maintenance and works closely with Production to schedule and accomplish equipment and facility repairs.
  • Performs predictive & preventative maintenance and machine repair under the supervision of Coaching Technician or Supervisor.
  • Understand and adhere to Lock-Out Tag-Out Procedures (LOTO), PPE, Confined Space Procedures and all other Plant Safety / Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) requirements for maintaining machine up time.
  • Assists in the day-to-day support to all operating teams having issues with troubleshooting, problem analysis, equipment failures, etc.


The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions. 

  • Must be 18 years of age or older.
  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED), required.
  • Willingness to develop skill set and product knowledge through classroom, hands-on, and virtual training.
  • Capable of troubleshooting, repairing and overhauling of plant equipment.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Good planning and priority setting skills.
  • Able to lead problem solving and troubleshooting efforts associated with high-level process issues.
  • Desire and attitude to excel.
  • Strong decision-making and problem-solving skills.
  • 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 work environment and physical demands described are representative of those an employee encounters or should possess while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • The plant environment will include wet or humid conditions (non-weather related), extreme cold and heat (non-weather related), working near moving mechanical parts, exposure to fumes or airborne particles, and chemicals.
  • Noise level in the work environment is usually moderate but can be loud when in the production area.
  • Occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision and ability to adjust focus.
  • Frequently required to stand; walk; use hands to handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and talk or hear.

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. 



With more than 60,000 jobs globally, our employees 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. With more than 60,000 jobs globally, we are dedicated to producing "Good food. Responsibly®" and serve as 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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EEO/AA Information

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.
Kinston, NC
1st Shift