Maintenance Mechanic (Ameri-Pac – St. Joseph, MO)

Listing Title:
  Maintenance Mechanic (Ameri-Pac – St. Joseph, MO)
Company Name:
  Wilbur Ellis
Title of Position:
  Maintenance Mechanic (Ameri-Pac – St. Joseph, MO)
  For a century, Wilbur-Ellis has experienced success and growth in marketing and distributing agricultural products, animal feed, and specialty chemicals and ingredients. Join us and grow your career with a strong and profitable industry leader offering competitive compensation, tremendous growth and development opportunities, and a people-first work environment. Come grow with us!

General Purpose and Scope of Position:

The Maintenance Mechanic will be responsible for overseeing and conducting all maintenance tasks at Wilbur-Ellis’s two Pet Nutrition locations in St. Joseph, Mo. The position will be responsible for fabrication, electrical, preventive maintenance, and other maintenance tasks that are necessary to keep each facility running at optimal capacity and efficiency. This position will be the main point of contact for operations staff to solve problems with equipment and building issues.


At least 2 years of maintenance experience in manufacturing or other related fields, with an Associate Degree or Technical Degree in a pertinent field a bonus
Working knowledge of manufacturing environments or other manufacturing experience
General understanding of Preventative Maintenance programs and how to implement these in a manufacturing facility
Ability to multi-task and problem-solve in manufacturing environments
Experience using Microsoft computer products
Ability to implement and oversee company policy
Ability to evaluate mechanical problems and implement solutions
Ability to lift up to 55 lbs.
Ability to travel to both locations within St. Joseph on a daily basis
No known fear of heights and ability to climb ladders
Preferred- experience and skills in many facets of industrial operations, including; welding, electrical, bearings, chains, shafts, belts, electric motors, etc.

Preferred Skills or Certifications:

Welding certifications, electrical certifications
Mechanical knowledge of processing equipment such as mixers, screw conveyors, hammer mills, grain legs

Key Personal Attributes:

A professional individual with strong leadership and organization skills
Enthusiasm in creating a positive attitude in the work environment
An individual with a high level of integrity, who will represent the Company well
A team player who excels at building relationships across departments
Strong communication skills to connect effectively with operations staff at both locations in St. Joseph

Specific Responsibilities and Key Deliverables:

Oversee and conduct all maintenance tasks for both Ameri-Mill and Ameri-Pac locations in St. Joseph
Travel between both facilities in St. Joseph and to and from vendors
Lead by example. This is a hands-on role
Work with location management personnel to coordinate major equipment repair, monitor parts inventory levels, and maintain written machinery maintenance SOPs
Coordinate preventative maintenance programs to meet mechanical needs and ensure compliance with quality standards
Ability to work off-hours when needed, including but not limited to nights and weekends
Confer with operations management teams as it pertains to equipment breakdowns and potential issues with our facilities
Handle fabrication duties for various small projects within each facility
Follow up on any and all corrective actions that require maintenance oversite
Respond quickly to emergency maintenance situations and provide contractor oversite when needed to provide a solution
Work directly with contractors to insure 3rd party work is completed safely and meets quality specifications
Oversee and manage equipment list and assess new equipment for preventative maintenance needs and failure points
Assist safety and quality teams when needed to ensure compliance with regulatory rules and regulations
Serve as a member of the Food Safety Team
Participate in any and all training that is required for the role
Responsible for reporting mechanical and electrical problems to management, up to and including stopping a production line
Ensure compliance with all Food Safety Guidelines, Ameri-Pac work rules, Ameri-Pac Standard Operating Procedures, FDA and OSHA guidelines, as well as Federal and State laws governing the workplace.
Other duties as assigned

Compensation and Benefits:

In compliance with all states and cities that require transparency of pay, the base compensation for this position ranges from $18.51 – $23.48 per hour. Note that wages may vary based on location, skills, and experience. This position is eligible for vacation, holidays, health, dental, vision, mental health, retirement plans, and other benefits.

Wilbur-Ellis Nutrition, LLC is headquartered in Vancouver, Washington, and is a marketer and distributor of value-added feed ingredients in North America and Asia-Pacific. Wilbur Ellis provides feed solutions to our customers and suppliers in the Livestock, Pet Food, and Aquaculture Industries. Providing a complete supply chain, including logistics, warehousing, and customer service, in addition to expertise in import/export and regulatory, sets Wilbur-Ellis apart from our competitors. We understand the importance of providing on-time delivery of specified products and honoring our suppliers’ and customers’ commitments.


Wilbur-Ellis is a company you can be proud to call your employer

Wilbur-Ellis markets and distributes agricultural products, animal feed, specialty chemicals, and food ingredients. A privately held and consistently profitable company, we employ more than 4,000 people throughout North America and Asia-Pacific.

Wilbur-Ellis is for and about people

Wilbur-Ellis has enjoyed over 100 years of success and growth, all thanks to our people. Our employees are both leaders and team players who thrive on creativity, entrepreneurial spirit, and a dedication to quality work, our customers, and each other.

Wilbur-Ellis invests in the industry’s best workforce

Wilbur-Ellis invests heavily in our employees by offering skill development and training, competitive compensation and benefits, and a tradition of promoting from within for a broad range of career opportunities. And we foster a supportive, people-first work environment.

Link to Application (if applicable):
Name of Contact:
  Jenna Kelley
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