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Maintenance Mechanic

At Hilmar Cheese Company we improve lives around the world. Committed to innovation and sustainability, Hilmar Cheese Company, and our division, Hilmar Ingredients, serves customers in more than 50 countries. State-of-the art production facilities in California and Texas convert an abundance of high-quality milk into a variety of nutritious cheeses, whey protein and lactose.

A Typical Day

The Maintenance Mechanic is responsible for the maintenance and repair of all Plant equipment, including, but not limited to electrical, pneumatic, hydraulic systems.

Job Responsibilities

  • Work in a team environment with rotating shifts
  • Use basic power tools, welding tools, forklifts, articulating booms etc. to complete work
  • 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 repair 110va and 24v control wiring and wire a 3-phase motor
  • Rebuild centrifugal and positive displacement pumps
  • Ensure all safety procedures are followed according to HCC safety policies
  • Pdm fundamentals-Vibration, IR, Ultra sound and Lubrication
  • 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 you 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 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 polices by communicating any food safety incident, observations, 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
  • Promote Company Culture
  • Achieve common business goals through cooperative alignment with all departments.


What You Will Need

  • English skills must be proficient to understand, read, write and speak English
  •  High School diploma or GED from an accredited institution
  • 1 year of Industrial manufacturing experience
  • Basic knowledge of gas, TIG, MIG and arc welding
  • Demonstrates proficiency on position specific maintenance skills requirement forms
  • Must be able to work weekends, holidays and rotating shifts (day/swing/graveyard)
  • Ability to lift up to 60lbs

What Will Put You Ahead

  • 1 year SAP experience
  • 2 years of dairy manufacturing experience

Physical Demands

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 thei respective areas.
  • Required to work at heights and in fairly small areas.
  • Pushing, pulling, reaching, bending, stooping, squatting, kneeling, handling and grasping, twisting/turning, repetitive bending.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing 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 is frequently exposed to the following: 

  • Exposure to dust, fumes, smoke, gases, or other irritating substances.
  • Exposure to solvents or chemicals.
  • Exposure to slippery walking surfaces: water.
  • Exposure to marked changes in temperature and humidity depending on time of year.

Working surface is primarily concrete. Where standing is required, there are rubber mats which are one-half inch thick.


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: Merced