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Maintenance General


Tomah, WI, 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.




Job Title: Maintenance Technician

               Hours: 4pm to 12.30am Monday to Friday 5 days a week in the summer and some 6 days in the winter. On slow time in summer may be asked to work. Days 8am to 4.30 pm on Fridays.



The Maintenance Technician maintains equipment and facilities to operate in the safest and most productive electro-mechanical condition, implements continuous improvement and supports new system installations, production strategies and plant reliability.  The Maintenance Technician must have the flexibility to work varying shifts, with primary shift being 2nd shift.



  • Analyze condition, troubleshoot failures, repair and perform preventative/predictive maintenance on production equipment, building and utilities and all associated equipment.
  • Must observe proper Lockout/Tagout and all safety procedures as required
  • Respond to any immediate associate safety issues per work order system.
  • Initiate, plan and coordinate work performed by other associates, contractors and /or self. (unplanned, planned, changeovers etc.)
  • Prioritize and manage work assigned to ensure immediate response to emergencies, diagnose faults quickly and make immediate repairs.
  • Maintain functional knowledge of all equipment in packaging department
  • Ensure all work-orders are complete and accurate, including planned and unplanned assignments.
  • Maintain and improve electrical and mechanical knowledge and skills to improve customer service levels.
  • Follow regular checks and follow preventative maintenance schedules, assessing condition and ensuring compliance with prescribed schedules.

 Other Responsibilities:    

  • Work as a team member within the maintenance department to improve the total reliability of the plant
  • Understand maintenance principles and develop self and department work practices to promote a proactive environment
  • Understand and utilize drawings, diagrams and equipment manufactures instructions
  • Troubleshoot electrical controls, motor circuits, single and three phase electrical systems.
  • Other similar duties as assigned by manager.



  • Standing on a concrete floor.
  • Wearing proper personal protective equipment (hair net, bump cap, ear plugs, safety shoes, and uniform).
  • Bending, stooping, twist, turn, standing for extended time periods, reaching, climbing stairs, and lifting up to 50 lbs.
  • Forklift assignments require OSHA certification and getting on and off frequently.


  • Experience in Facility maintenance
  • Good overall knowledge of plant flow, operation and utilities
  • Excellent knowledge of hand tool application, operation and repair.  Basic ability to operate machine tools
  • Good theoretical knowledge and ability to troubleshoot electrical circuits (AC/DC, single/polyphase, low/high voltage) and all related equipment both power and logic
  • Working knowledge of Safety, Quality and Material Management Systems and procedures
  • Proficient in basic mechanical, hydraulic and pneumatic
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work in a team environment with a positive attitude and minimal supervision
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Good basic math, reading and writing skills
  • Basic knowledge of personal computers
  • Good problem solving and/or troubleshooting skills
  • Good communication skills, to access relevant information about equipment and provide clear information about equipment condition and status.  This would include any unscheduled downtime of equipment that hampers achieving the production schedule goals.
  • Must be willing and able to work and accept varying shifts and schedules
  • Ability to understand and effectively communicate in the English language


  • 2+ years of manufacturing experience operating a variety of machines
  • 1 years of work experience within manufacturing, or a technical and/or trade discipline  
  • Working Knowledge of food safety, GMP, GHOP, HACCP, SPC  


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.


Nearest Major Market: La Crosse
Nearest Secondary Market: Winona

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