Maintenance Technician

Category:  Gray & Company
Date:  Nov 18, 2023

Hart, MI, US, 49420

Custom Field 1:  2591

Seneca Foods is one of North America's leading providers of packaged fruits and vegetables with facilities located throughout the United States.  Our high quality products are primarily sourced from over 2,000 American farms. Seneca holds the largest share of the retail private label, food service, and export canned vegetable markets, distributing to over 90 countries. Products are also sold under the brands of Libby’s®, Aunt Nellie’s®, READ®, Seneca Farms®, Green Valley®, CherryMan®, Paradise®, Pennant®, and Seneca labels, including Seneca snack chips. Seneca also provides vegetable products to other companies under various co-pack arrangements.



Position Summary

A Maintenance Technician must be able to perform a wide range of duties related to maintaining the facility including: an ability to read and understand blueprints, sketches, diagrams, and operating manuals; troubleshooting of electrical control circuits, mechanical and electrical systems; program PLC systems; knowledge of refrigeration systems; rebuilding and repairing pitters; welding and fabricating; ability to run the equipment and machines throughout the plant; and follow all safety procedures at all times.


Essential Functions

  • Read and understand blueprints, sketches, diagrams, and operating manuals
  • Troubleshoot electrical control circuits
  • Troubleshoot mechanical and electrical systems
  • Program PLC systems
  • Have a working knowledge of refrigeration systems
  • Perform or provide oversight to pitter rebuilds and repairs
  • Ability to weld parts or structures
  • Ability to fabricate parts, guards, etc. as needed
  • Ability to run line equipment unassisted
  • Ability to repair and install plumbing systems
  • Understand electrical components such as timers, relay, transformers, etc.
    • Ability to use these components in equipment redesign applications
  • Be aware and follow all safety techniques (lockouts, bump caps, confined space, electrical safety, earplugs, forklift etc.) and consistently comply with all facility safety procedures
  • Ability to work with and on compressed air systems, solenoids, air cylinders, piping, etc.
  • Identify needs and work with purchasing on obtaining replacement parts
  • Ability to train maintenance and operating personnel in proper procedures of equipment
  • Ability to work flexible hours and maintain good attendance; work overtime as required
  • Demonstrate consistent behavior indicating the capacity and willingness to function as an independent maintenance technician for the entire facility, needing only limited direction
  • Accurate paperwork completion; maintain records/documentation as required
  • Other tasks as assigned


Competencies and Certifications Required

  • Internal GMP/HACCP/SQF Training
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Trained and knowledgeable in the use of  PPE (personal protective equipment)
  • Must pass respiratory fitness test
  • OSHA Forklift License


Physical Demands of Job

The employee must be able to perform the physical demands listed below to perform this specific job functions:


  • Frequent standing and walking
  • Occasional climbing, bending, stooping, and twisting
  • Frequent lifting and/or pushing/pulling up to 50 pounds


Work Environment

The work environments listed here are representative of those that may be encountered by employee while performing the functions of this job:


  • Wet or humid conditions
  • Extreme temperatures
  • Exposure to brine (sulfur dioxide)
  • Exposure to bleach (calcium chloride)
  • Exposure to maintenance and/or cleaning chemicals


The company has reviewed this job description to ensure that essential functions and basic duties have been included. It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all functions, responsibilities, skills, and abilities. Additional functions and requirements may be assigned by supervisors as deemed appropriate.



Seneca Foods Corporation is committed to providing equal opportunity for all, through a positive and continuing affirmative action program. No employee or applicant will be discriminated against because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, military and/or veteran status or any other Federal or State legally protected classes. Seneca Foods Corporation will make reasonable accommodations for known physical or mental limitations of otherwise qualified employees and applicants with disabilities unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the operation of our business. If you are interested in applying for an employment opportunity and feel you need a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), please contact us at or call 585-495-4100.

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