Maintenance Mechanic I

Date: Nov 13, 2023

Location: West Allis, WI, US, 53214

Company: Oterra

Do you want to help improve food and health around the world?

At Oterra, food and health are at the heart of everything we do and every day over 400 million people eat a product with our colors in it. We believe that nature got it right the first time and as a leading manufacturer of colors from natural sources, we are here to make a difference for healthy living and sustainable agriculture. We need the brightest and most passionate people on board to succeed. Want to join us?


The team for you to join

You will be joining the team with colleagues from different nationalities and working in multiple different locations across the world.. We all chip in when and where it is needed, have a flat structure but high standards, enjoy a good laugh and a pragmatic and operational approach to supporting our agenda. We love to learn and genuinely find our purpose and passion for natural colors.


Maintenance Mechanic I

General Summary

This position works under general supervision and is primarily responsible for maintaining, troubleshooting, diagnosing and repairing production equipment and machinery.  Assist with maintenance of building facilities as requested by management.


Principal Duties And Responsibilities 

  1. Ensures optimum up-time of all production equipment and machinery by trouble shooting, diagnosing and repairing any problems in the most cost efficient and timely manner.
  2. Coordinates with production the repair or the preventative maintenance of production equipment and machinery utilizing Machine manuals and diagrams to minimize down time.
  3. Designs and implement preventative maintenance systems, procedures and methods.
  4. Maintains, diagnoses and repairs the building and all its components.
  5. Completes all required paperwork, etc.


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  1. Ability to read, write and speak English.
  2. Ability to apply basic mathematical concepts including conversion of weight and volume in the metric system. 
  3. Ability to read and follow basic building diagrams and schematics.
  4. Ability to understand basic Machine manuals and diagrams.
  5. Experience in using Lock Out Tag Out to isolate all potential energy (Electrical, Pneumatic, Hydraulic Etc..)
  6. Possess a working knowledge of computers with an ability to operate basic controls for equipment operation and creation of documents in Word or Excel.
  7. Ability to use basic hand tools (hammer, screwdriver, wrench) for assembly and disassembly of equipment.
  8. Ability to communicate effectively with co-workers regarding the status of a mechanical project.
  9. Should be a self-starter that can prioritize their workday and function with minimal direct supervision.
  10. These characteristics are normally acquired through a High school diploma or GED, with one-year certificate from a technical school, and 1 to 3 years related experience
  11. Experience using a CMMS system to create and complete work orders. Knowledge or experience using  (SAP S4/HANA) is a plus.


Working Conditions

Working environment may be in a production unit and includes frequent exposures to wet, humid, dusty, or loud conditions, moving machine parts, fumes or airborne particles and caustic chemicals.  May come in contact with extremely cold conditions (-55°C).  A company issued uniform is required to be worn along with personal protective equipment at all times.  This can include coveralls, dust mask, hearing protection, hair/beard net, safety glasses, gloves, and safety shoes.  Employees in this position are required to wear a full face respirator when handling hazardous materials. Because wearing a respirator is a safety requirement, employees in this position are prohibited from having: (1) facial hair that comes between the sealing surface of the respirator and the employee’s face, or (2) any other condition that interferes with the face to respirator seal.   Not all facial hair is prohibited, only facial hair that interferes with the seal. Chr. Hansen will consider requests for a reasonable accommodation to these requirements in order to accommodate a sincerely held religious belief or a condition that constitutes a disability.

Nearest Major Market: Milwaukee