Facilities/Utilities Technician

J. M. Smucker, LLC

Mccalla, AL


Technician, Facility/Utilities


McCalla, AL


Manager, Facility/Utilities

Why Smucker is the Place for You

You deserve a positive and encouraging work environment - one that allows you to deliver your best work while enjoying each day. That is exactly what you will find at Smucker. Inspired by our unique culture, we are determined to support every employee as part of our commitment to be an employer of choice. Highlights include:

  • Comprehensive benefits package effective first day of employment, including: medical, dental and vision insurance, 401(k) Savings Plan with up to 7% Company match, 120 hours of paid vacation, 12 paid company holidays plus 4 personal days, parental leave, and annual holiday bonus
  • Ensuring a collaborative and friendly workplace – an environment you will look forward to coming into each day

Your Opportunity

At Smucker, we view our manufacturing operations as the heart of our efforts to deliver food people and pets love. It is foundational to our commitment to provide safe, high-quality products our consumers count on for themselves and their families. With this, we believe passionately in promoting manufacturing as a career. That means ensuring continued growth and development opportunities to help you expand your skills while providing an enjoyable and supportive environment.

You will be able to contribute in meaningful ways at our new greenfield McCalla, AL facility, where we will produce the very popular Uncrustables sandwiches and are also looking forward to development of new and innovative products.

* Candidates for this position must be able to work the night shift 6:00pm - 6:30am

The Facility/Utilities Technician is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the site utility systems which include: steam boilers, thermal oxidizer, compressed air, ammonia and glycol refrigeration, building HVAC, wastewater treatment, and the general facility. This role is also responsible for maintaining both equipment and written logs to comply with local and federal governmental requirements for OSHA and EPA.

In this role you will have the following roles and responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the manufacture of consumer foods which comply with all food safety, quality and regulatory requirements. Understanding and supporting The J.M. Smucker, McCalla safety program policies and performing work related activities in a safe manner. Recognizing unsafe work conditions and suggesting new safety standards as appropriate.
  • Monitor the ammonia refrigeration system including temperature control. Taking the readings, equipment adjustments, performing PMs, and updating PSM documentation.
  • Operate and maintain combustion equipment including the thermal oxidizer and steam boilers – duties include monitoring the operation of the boiler, performing PMs on equipment, performing water tests, and maintaining the condensate return system.
  • Operate and maintain the compressed air system including air compressors, air dryer, various receivers and dry cooling tower– duties include monitoring the operation of the air compressors, performing PMs on equipment, checking for and resolving air leaks, and maintaining a high quality, dry air supply to equipment.
  • Operate and maintain the various water streams and waste water treatment facility – duties include monitoring and maintaining the hot water, jacket hot water, city water, and wastewater systems. Operate and maintain the wastewater treatment plant which includes disposal of the wastewater screened solids, pH treatment and neutralization of wastewater. In addition, this requires keeping precise water and wastewater records.
  • Operate and maintain the site HVAC equipment - provide temperature control of the various areas, perform filter and belt changes, cleaning the equipment, and performing PM's.
  • Maintain facility - including but not limited to general office repair, roof leak repair, and lighting replacements.
  • Lead team failure analysis activities - specifically those that involve failures that your team has responded to.
  • Conduct rounds during the shift to point out any issues you observe with the efficient operation of utility systems and troubleshoot/repair or submit a work order to fix the issue.
  • Set up the next shift properly. Know when/where triggers for failures are exceeded and be prepared to talk about all utilities-related issues that occurred during the shift, what the problem statement for them is/was, what was done about them, and whether they have been resolved or are still open/at risk. Contact appropriate leadership based on department trigger requirements.
  • Fully support all data collection and documentation efforts in the utilities department.
  • Make improvements in area of ownership as part of the base expectations of the plant. Document through natural forms of execution including OPL’s, Job Aids and PM Improvements.
  • Build skills as needed by attending technical training sessions, participating in vendor visits on site and completing scheduled maintenance to build skills across all areas of utilities department.
  • Provides support throughout other parts of the plant as needed daily and performs other duties/tasks, as assigned.

The Right Role for You

Are you motivated by the chance to help provide quality products consumers count on every day? Are you interested in working with a collaborative team to get the job done while learning new skills? Are you flexible in time and responsibilities? Are you a leader who motivates others to develop and improve in their skillsets / area of expertise? If so, you are exactly who we are looking for to join our Company.

What we’re looking for:


  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Must be able to wear Level A suit (SCBA)
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, GMP’s and general instructions
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to understand and carry out both oral and written instructions
  • Ability to perform the essential job functions outlined above consistent with safety standards and practices
  • Works well with resources internal and external to the site to maintain high standards for quality, reliability, and improvement
  • Ability to work both independently and in a group
  • Ability to make data-driven decisions with proper involvement
  • Ability to set goals and persevere to meet them
  • Ability to provide prioritization and leadership in area to improve results
  • Ability to work a 12-hour rotating shift and overtime, as needed.
  • Ability to work nights, weekends, and holidays.
  • Willingness to work a flexible schedule for training, projects, and breakdowns, as needed
  • This position is night shift only 6:00pm - 6:30am


  • Technical degree
  • Previous experience with HVAC, combustion, and refrigeration systems
  • Previous food manufacturing experience
  • 5+ years of mechanical/maintenance experience in a manufacturing environment
  • Experience utilizing Oracle.
  • Working knowledge of utility plant controls and instrumentation
  • Ability to troubleshoot, repair and align pumps and motors

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