Industrial Equipment Maintenance Mechanic – 2nd Shift

T.O. Plastics

Clearwater, MN


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**$2,000 Sign on Bonus to be paid out as an additional $4/hour for your 1st 500 Regular Hours**


2nd Shift – 1:45pm to 10:00pm    ($25-$31/hour)   +   10% shift differential


Company Overview:

Since 1948, T.O. Plastics has been manufacturing quality thermoformed products. Thermoforming is the process of heating up a sheet of plastic and forming it into shape using pressure or suction. Today, we offer a standard line of thermoformed products to the horticulture industry, plus we design and manufacture custom thermoformed parts and packaging to a wide variety of industries (medical, industrial, horticulture, electronic, agriculture, consumer packaging, and more). We are one of the top 100 thermoforming companies in North America, and we deliver value by focusing on customer needs and offering design-to-distribution services. Dedicated to excellence, we leverage our experience and core competency to develop customized, cost-effective solutions and provide exceptional service to customers around the world. T.O. Plastics has facilities in both Clearwater and Otsego, Minnesota.


Our vision is to be viewed as a best-in-class manufacturer and a great place to work. For these reasons, safety is the number one priority at T.O. Plastics. As a team we collectively keep one another safe by creating and following safety policies, correcting unsafe conditions, and seeking proper treatment if injury does occur. By valuing GRIT (Great People, Results, Integrity, & Tenacity) we believe we can do what we do at the highest level of quality and safety.


Position Summary: The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and the level of work being performed. They are not intended to be constructed, as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified:

  • Clean machines and machine parts, using cleaning solvents, cloths, air guns, hoses, vacuums, or other equipment.
  • Dismantle machines and remove parts for repair, using hand tools, chain falls, jacks, cranes, or hoists.
  • Inspect or test damaged machine parts and mark defective areas or advise supervisors of repair needs.
  • Install, replace, or change machine parts and attachments, according to production specifications.
  • Lubricate or apply adhesives to machines, machine parts, or other equipment, according to specified procedures.
  • Reassemble machines after the completion of repair or maintenance.
  • Remove hardened material from machine parts, using abrasives, power and hand tools, or other equipment.
  • Replace or repair metal, wood, or other lining in machines, or in equipment compartments or containers.
  • Start machines and observe mechanical operation to determine efficiency and to detect problems.
  • Collaborate with other workers to repair or move machines, machine parts, or equipment.
  • Collect and discard worn machine parts and other refuse in order to maintain machinery and work areas.
  • Inventory and requisition machine parts, equipment, and other supplies so that stock can be replenished.
  • Measure, mix, prepare, and test chemical solutions used to clean or repair machinery and equipment.
  • Read work orders to determine machines and equipment requiring repair or maintenance.
  • Record production, repair, and machine maintenance information
  • Replace, empty, or replenish machine and equipment containers such as gas tanks or boxes.
  • Set up, operate, and adjust machine controls to regulate operations.
  • Transport machine parts, tools, equipment, and other material between work areas and storage, using cranes, hoists, or dollies


Safety is #1 at T.O. Plastics: Our expectation is that every employee:  1) Follows safety policies, rules and safe work methods.  2) Promptly corrects or reports safety hazards or unsafe conditions. Promptly reports injuries for prompt diagnosis and treatment.  3) Makes regular suggestions for safety process improvements to support continuous improvement in safety.


Essential Functions:

  • Perform mechanical adjustments and repairs to production and support equipment.
  • Troubleshoot electric circuits and electronic components.
  • Keep equipment and work areas clean as part of Preventive Maintenance.
  • Assist in new equipment design and development.
  • Design and fabricate mechanical parts.
  • Write and modify procedures and specifications.
  • Develop, test and implement PLC programs and logic.
  • Write change requests, computer system change requests, and requests for capital investments.
  • Research and specify new equipment, sensors and parts to improve the process.
  • Plan and implement projects to improve equipment productivity.
  • Lockout/Tag-out authorized; performing lockout/tag-out according to the instructions for each individual piece of equipment as necessary.
  • Use Maintenance Management software to organize and run daily functions of the department’s needs.
  • Organize the books, manuals, and documentation for easy and updated viewing.
  • Organize the supplies, tools and parts to ensure adequate levels for production needs.
  • Train and instruct areas of expertise, to ensure overall levels of readiness.
  • Be aware of the needs of production and the ability to assist and step in as needed.
  • Use customer relations skills to reflect a positive image upon the department.


Education and/or Experience:

  • A minimum of 2 years machine maintenance experience
  • Must have a strong background in machine maintenance and troubleshooting.
  • Knowledge of PLC’s, servo controls and variable speed drives.
  • Proficient using computers and MS Excel and word
  • Good communication skills, both verbal and written
  • A working knowledge of plastics processing, blow/injection molding and film extrusion
  • High School diploma or equivalent 
  • Ability to read blueprints including electrical, mechanical, hydraulic, and construction drawings. 
  • Experience working with conveyors
  • Electrical and computer experience necessary
  • Must be able to communicate effectively and in a constructive manner with management, peers and coworkers


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; Works well in group problem solving situations.
  • Project Management - Communicates changes and progress; Completes projects on time and budget.
  • Technical Skills - Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; Shares expertise with others.
  • Customer Service - Responds promptly to customer needs; Solicits customer feedback to improve service; Responds to requests for service and assistance; Meets commitments.
  • Interpersonal Skills - Remains open to others' ideas and tries new things.
  • Oral Communication - Listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Participates in meetings.
  • Written Communication - Able to read and interpret written information.
  • Teamwork - Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own interests; Supports everyone's efforts to succeed.
  • Motivation - Demonstrates persistence and overcomes obstacles; Measures self against standard of excellence.
  • Planning/Organizing - Uses time efficiently; Plans for additional resources.
  • Professionalism - Reacts well under pressure; Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; Accepts responsibility for own actions; Follows through on commitments.
  • Quality - Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Monitors own work to ensure quality.
  • Quantity - Meets productivity standards; Completes work in timely manner; Strives to increase productivity.
  • Safety and Security - Observes safety and security procedures; Determines appropriate action beyond guidelines; Reports potentially unsafe conditions; Uses equipment and materials properly.
  • Adaptability - Adapts to changes in the work environment; Manages competing demands; Changes approach or method to best fit the situation; Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.
  • Attendance/Punctuality - Is consistently at work and on time.
  • Dependability - Follows instructions, responds to management direction; Completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan.
  • Initiative - Volunteers readily; Undertakes self-development activities; Seeks increased responsibilities; Asks for and offers help when needed.
  • Innovation - Displays original thinking and creativity; Meets challenges with resourcefulness; Generates suggestions for improving work; Develops innovative approaches and ideas.


Work Conditions/Travel:

  • Work in production and warehouse environments with:
    • Loud noises
    • Extreme temperatures of heat and cold
    • Dust and some flying small debris
  • Travel between Clearwater and Otsego may be required
    • Occasionally may need to pick up or drop off equipment or tools at third party vendors or repair shops

Physical Aspects:

  • Must be able to lift 70lbs at times
  • Work in dirty environment at times
  • Ability to use required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) while performing job duties
  • Stand, bend, reach and work in hard to get at places with some dexterity at times


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.