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Maintenance Technician - SIGN ON BONUS


Mattoon, IL, US


A mutually rewarding experience.

Work. Realize your ambitions. And realize there’s more to being in business than just making a profit. That’s the Mars philosophy. And the opportunity we offer every one of our Associates. An opportunity to take what you do and make it mean more for you, for those around you and for the planet.  What you get here is challenging, interesting work. You get the tools you need to do a great job and you get to have the best possible people on your side to help you do it. And at the same time as getting to find ways to do business better today than we did it yesterday and driving a great career, you also get to build a more enlightened business and drive sustainability.

Because it’s never just about a single person, a single project or a single brand. It’s about how you can grab everything that’s within your reach here and use it to pursue mutual, long-term gain. It’s about having ideas. And ideals. Being prepared to risk failure because the promise of success means we’ll all be a little better off. It’s that mix of integrity and ambition that makes Mars such a special place to work. And why working here is always about more than just a job.

About Mars, Incorporated 

Mars is a family-owned business with more than a century of history making diverse products and offering services for people and the pets people love. With almost $35 billion in sales, the company is a global business that produces some of the world’s best-loved brands: M&M’s®, SNICKERS®, TWIX®, MILKY WAY®, DOVE®, PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN®, WHISKAS®, EXTRA®, ORBIT®, 5™, SKITTLES®, UNCLE BEN’S®, MARS DRINKS and COCOAVIA®. Mars also provides veterinary health services that include BANFIELD® Pet Hospitals, Blue Pearl®, VCA® and Pet Partners™. Headquartered in McLean, VA, Mars operates in more than 80 countries. The Mars Five Principles – Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom – inspire its more than 100,000 Associates to create value for all its partners and deliver growth they are proud of every day.


SIGN ON BONUS: $1500.00


The Shift Maintenance Technician is assigned to a rotating based team to ensure all production equipment and facilities are operating in the safest and most productive electro-mechanical condition, implements continuous improvement, and supports new system installations, production strategies, and plant reliability.



  • Analyze condition, troubleshoot failures, repair and perform preventative/predictive maintenance on production equipment, building and utilities and all associated equipment and report any issues to the area system techs. 
  • Initiate, plan and coordinate work performed by other associates, contractors and/or self. (Unplanned, planned, changeover, etc.)
  • Prioritize and manage work assigned to implement immediate repairs.  Ensure permanent repairs are completed within 14 days and all information has been communicated on root cause of failure.
    Be a lead in technical troubleshooting the process, mechanical and electrical (power     and interlocks) issues which prevent meeting the shift or weekly schedules.
  • Train shift associates on proper set up, change-over and operation of equipment.
  • Troubleshoot mechanical and electrical issues using Man Machine Interface and PLC logic.
  • Ensure all work orders, and log information is complete and accurate in a timely manner.
  • Complete planned work as assigned.
  • Work on maintaining and improving electrical and mechanical knowledge and skills to improve customer service levels.
  • Will actively address food safety and quality concerns.



  • Assist the shift manager in all duties to meet shift and weekly schedule.    
  • Participate in action circles and focus groups as appropriate.
  • Be proactive to prevent issues from arising, which jeopardize the schedule.
  • Work as a team member within the maintenance department to improve the total reliability of the plant.     
  • Be a customer service agent for the Technical department (Site Technical and Safety Manager), meeting Operations (Production Manager) needs.
  • Understand “Maintenance Excellence” and “MSE” principles and develop self and departmental work practices to promote a proactive environment.
  • Other similar duties as assigned.



  • Good overall knowledge of plant flow, operation and utilities
  • Good theoretical knowledge and ability to troubleshoot electrical circuits (AC/DC
    single/polyphase, low/high voltage) and all related equipment both power and logic
  • Good theoretical knowledge and ability to troubleshoot mechanical systems, 
    equipment and hydraulic, pneumatic and vacuum systems
  • Ability to design and fabricate using materials such as sheet and structural metals both ferrous and non-ferrous, plastics, etc.
  • Basic ability to operate machine tools
  • Skills in pipe fitting, plumbing, HVAC, boiler and utilities operation and maintenance
  • Knowledge in machine design and strengths of materials
  • Knowledge and skills in safe rigging techniques
  • Skilled with the operation of equipment such as fork trucks, personnel lifts, etc.
  • Excellent knowledge of hand tool application, operation and repair
  • Good knowledge of GMP's and clean design methods
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work in a team environment with a positive attitude and minimal supervision
  • Ability to work long hours (including 12 hour rotating shifts) under stressful conditions such as heat, cold, high and /or confined spaces and have full mobility with ability to climb ladders and stairs and do repetitive bending and twisting
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds
  • Ability to train other associates


Mars is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. If you need assistance or an accommodation during the application process because of a disability, it is available upon request. The company is pleased to provide such assistance, and no applicant will be penalized as a result of such a request.


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