Riviana Foods Maintenance Mechanic in St. Louis, Missouri

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Maintenance Mechanic 2nd Shift (3 p.m. to 11 p.m.) – St. Louis, MO

The Maintenance Mechanic must have a high aptitude for machine controls for industrial equipment including relays, timers, motor control circuits, load cells, PLC’s, pneumatics and hydraulics. Must have the desire and ability to work effectively as a team member in maintenance. Some mechanical aptitude and troubleshooting skills required but emphasis will be placed on electrical troubleshooting. Plant wiring, installation/replacement of electrical components, reading and drawing electrical diagrams and understanding of all phases of plant and equipment electrical requirements.

Major Duties/Responsibilities: You are responsible in helping to insure continuous, safe, effective and efficient performance of industrial equipment based on manufacturers’ specifications in order to help the plant meet daily operating plans in compliance with all applicable policies, procedures and regulations. This includes all aspects of plant, building and equipment electrical maintenance, electrical repair, troubleshooting, etc., and other responsibilities as departmental operation may require.

Daily activities may include:

  • Participate in pre-shift meeting in shop for duty assignment.

  • Perform trouble calls on production floor.

  • Use of PLC programming software to view program and troubleshoot problems.

  • Remove/replace parts from floor and transport to shop by safely operating forklift, pallet jack, 2-wheel dolly, or cart.

  • Participate in OSHA training as needed.

  • Maintain general cleanliness of work area.

Product Quality and Food Safety Responsibilities:

  • As an employee of Ebro NA – NWP you share in the responsibility for producing a food product that meets established specifications in regard to the following requirements: is produced and handled in a safe, wholesome manner in a sanitary environment; is properly manufactured and packaged to meet all quality standards; is free from adulteration, allergens and potential contaminants; is stored properly to remain free from damage and external elements, and; is properly loaded for shipment to customers.

  • It is every Ebro NA - NWP employee’s responsibility to immediately report any incident or situation that may compromise any of the above factors or issues to their immediate supervisor and/or a member of the plant management staff.

Process & Equipment: Installs, inspects, troubleshoots, maintains and repairs equipment to meet daily shift requirements and achieve safety, quality, value and cost (S,Q,V,C) results. This includes general preventative and on-demand maintenance of plant electrical and mechanical systems.

  • Performs preventative and corrective maintenance on equipment in assigned area.

  • Diagnoses and repairs electro-mechanical faults in equipment.

  • Performs equipment installation support functions.

  • Inputs and retrieves maintenance work order in a computerized maintenance management system.

Communication: Conveys shift information, knowledge and observations regarding process and/or equipment performance to maintenance and operation co-workers and supervisors

  • Creates clear, accurate, complete and timely documentation of work orders.

  • Provides ongoing conversation regarding shift performance issues.

Compliance: Complies with all internal and external policies, procedures and regulations

  • Keeps work areas organized and sanitary according to set standards.

  • Follows standard operating processes and procedures.

  • Adheres to GMP’s, HACCP, OSHA and company policies and procedures.

  • Responsible for own personal safety and safety of others in working area.

Key Attributes for Success:

  • Possesses high degree of electro-mechanical aptitude, logic and reasoning to determine root cause of errors/performance issues, how to best remedy and repair controls/systems using appropriate tools.

  • Reads, writes, listens to, comprehends, communicates in English and applies information, knowledge and/or work related documents including blueprints, schematics and equipment manufacturer’s instructions.

  • Demonstrates proficiency in care and use of onsite facility required personal protection equipment.

  • Utilizes computerized maintenance systems and software tools.

  • Electrical troubleshooting

  • PLC Troubleshooting

  • Mechanical troubleshooting including pneumatics and hydraulics

  • GMP/food processing knowledge

  • Use and repair of motor controls, sensors, and gearboxes.

  • Basic principles of industrial maintenance.

Working knowledge of:

  • Industrial safety, machine safety and safeguarding techniques.

  • Basic industrial math applications, principles and reasoning to solve problems.

  • Key equipment operating process understanding and KPI’s, their interrelationships, and how to troubleshoot and perform repairs for maximum efficiency and effectiveness and to quality specifications.

Activity Analysis:

  • The physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.

  • Lifting/Carrying: many items can be handled in confined workspaces and with assistance.

  • All items are handled occasionally; 2-8x/day.

  • Common items handled are as follows.

  • Case follower measuring 2”x l6”x 39” and weighing 34# handled from floor to 57”.

  • Mounting bracket measuring 2”x 12”x 24” and weighing 40# handled from floor to 60”.

  • Motors of various sizes and weighing from 30# to 60# and handled from floor to 78” and 30” respectively.

  • Drier pump measuring ll”x 18” and weighing 70# handled from floor to 36”.

  • Flour auger measuring 10” x 140” and weighing 120# handled by 2 workers from floor to 68”.

  • This work is varied, self-paced, and not considered repetitive by the reviewer.

  • Pushing/Pulling:

  • 60” tall Toolbox to work area requiring from 15-25# depending on the worker.

  • Prying parts into position and torque requirements in confined spaces at various times was described but not possible.



  • 5 years of verifiable industrial maintenance including:

  • Electrical troubleshooting

  • PLC Troubleshooting

  • Mechanical troubleshooting including pneumatics and hydraulics

  • Reading blueprints and wiring diagrams

  • Ability to determine root cause and make a permanent repair

  • GMP/food processing knowledge

    Experience with:

  • Allen Bradley PLC’s, Drives and HMI’s

  • Siemens PLC’s and HMI’s

  • Allen-Bradley and Lenze VFD’s

  • Film packaging vertical and horizontal – Triangle, Stiavelli, Ricarelli

  • Carton packaging – Tisma, Clybourne

  • Case packers – Rockford, Fallas

  • Palletizer - Alvey


  • High school or GED (2 years technical or vocational training preferred).

  • Knowledge or training in industrial electricity, motor controls, PLC.

  • Basic electrical, mechanical, and shop mechanics/tools experience required.

  • Achieve on-the-job certification and maintain annual currency in equipment processes, skills and knowledge through company and vendor training programs.


Ebro North America offers a competitive compensation program and benefits packaging including: medical/dental, paid holidays and vacations, life insurance, 401(k) with match, Flexible Spending Accounts and much more!

Ebro North America is an Equal Opportunity Employer and adheres to the equal employment opportunity guidelines set forth by federal, state and local laws. We do not discriminate against applicants on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex or sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, mental or physical disability not related to job requirements or any other status protected by law.

An Equal Opportunity Employer - M/F/D/V