Maintenance Mechanic

At Hilmar Cheese Company we improve lives around the world through wholesome dairy products. Since our founding in 1984, Hilmar Cheese Company has been committed to innovation and sustainability. Our state-of-the art production facilities convert an abundance of locally sourced high-quality milk into a variety of nutritious cheeses, whey protein and lactose. The Cheese and Ingredients that we produce create a wide variety of retail and food service products from sliced and shredded cheeses, to protein supplements and infant formula. We are a trusted partner to premier food and beverage brands in for than fifty countries helping bring their vision into reality.


Throughout our decades of success and growth we have remained committed to our mission and values and these principles unite our people and guide all that we do.

A Typical Day

The Maintenance Mechanic is responsible for working with the operations teams for safe, quick and accurate corrective maintenance of plant equipment to ensure the best available equipment uptime, completing scheduled preventive maintenance tasks as assigned in a timely manner, and completing all necessary documentation for tracking time and equipment maintenance history.  

Job Responsibilities

  • Use basic power tools, welding tools, forklift, articulating booms, etc to complete assigned projects 
  • Read blue prints and do layout work/sketches 
  • Use plasma cutter for various projects  
  • Timely analysis and repair of all breakdowns in plants using basic troubleshooting skills 
  • Troubleshoot and wire a 3-phase motor 
  • Troubleshoot and repair 110va and 24v control wiring 
  • Rebuild centrifugal and positive displacement pumps 
  • Ensure all safety procedures are followed according to HCC safety policies 
  • Demonstrate a high level of communication, cooperation and teamwork with production operators to maintain and repair plant equipment 
  • Properly prioritize issues and take personal accountability to make sure all repairs fit the core valve of “Excellence” 
  • Active participation and ownership in your training and development program and associated activities, classes and events, which will be held before, during, after shifts and during scheduled days off.   
  • Help coach and train teammates and participate in on the job, buddy training. 
  • Place high priority on food safety and sanitation by understanding and executing HCC’s food safety and sanitation policies and procedures.  
  • Hold self and others accountable to HCC’s food safety & sanitation guidelines and policies by communicating any food safety incident, observation, or opportunity to your leadership team or teammates.  
  • Participate in food safety and sanitation root cause analysis and improvement activities when required.   
  • Prioritize safety above all other job duties by having a safety first approach at all times.  
  • Report any safety issues, observations, opportunities to your teams and follow up.   
  • Participate in departmental safety teams. 
  • Member of A /ERT  

What You Will Need

  • English skills must be proficient to understand, read, write and speak English 
  • 2 years of Industrial Manufacturing experience or 1 year of Industrial, Automotive, Diesel, or Agricultural Maintenance experience.
  • Competent knowledge of basic hand tools 
  • Ability to verbalize troubleshooting methods 
  • Experience working with Microsoft Office Software such as Word, Excel and Outlook 
  • Must be able to work weekends, holidays and rotating shifts (day/swing/graveyard) 
  • Ability to lift up to 60lbs 

What Will Put You Ahead

  • High School diploma or GED from an accredited institution 
  • Completion of certificate or training program in Industrial Maintenance, Automotive or Diesel Equipment repair, or related coursework 
  • 1 year SAP experience  
  • 2 years of dairy manufacturing experience and 1 year of Operator based maintenance experience.  
  • 4 years of Industrial Manufacturing experience and/or 2 years of Industrial, Automotive, Diesel, or Agricultural Maintenance experience.
  • Basic knowledge of gas, TIG, MIG and arc welding  - moved from “need” section since most of the welding is done by 3rd party vendors 

Physical Demands & Work Environment

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee will be required to: 

  • Stand, walk, use hands to finger, handle or feel and reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl and talk or hear. 
  • Stand and walk almost the entire workday. 
  • Employees must be physically capable of working in any of the job tasks within the cheese plant. 
  • Required to work at heights and in fairly small areas. 
  • Pushing, pulling, reaching, bending, stooping, squatting, kneeling, handling and grasping, twisting/turning, repetitive bending. 

Food safety is a companywide responsibility and each employee must know their role in the manufacture and distribution of safe, wholesome, and high quality products.


This description is a general statement and does not include other duties as assigned

Hilmar Cheese Company, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer/EEO. We participate in E-Verify.

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Nearest Major Market: Amarillo