Automation Technician 3rd Shift (Days/Weekends)

  • 39210 221st St, Alpena, SD 57312, USA
  • Full-time
  • Sub-Department: Engineering & Maintenance
  • Department: Operations
  • Site Location: Alpena

Company Description

Running with Sasquatch is more than just a clever marketing campaign. As a Jack Link’s team member, Running with Sasquatch means we roll up our buffalo plaid sleeves and do the hard work first. We don’t shy away from challenges. In fact, we push hard and take risks. True to our North Woods roots, we're a bunch of ordinary people who accomplish extraordinary things by driving results with innovation, creativity and a clear sense of urgency. Like our awesome protein products, we have an unwavering passion for quality, and you won’t find anything artificial here. What you see is what you get… authentic, humble and fun people who Run with Sasquatch!

Running with Sasquatch takes a team. We invite you to run with us, succeed with us, and celebrate with us. Most importantly, Feed Your Wild Side with us on our journey to be the dominant global leader of branded protein snacks!

Jack Link's Protein Snacks is a global leader in snacking and the No. 1 meat snack manufacturer worldwide. Still family-owned and operated with headquarters in Minong, Wisconsin, Jack Link’s also has a large corporate hub in Downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota, and operates a total of 11 manufacturing and distribution facilities in four countries. Jack Link’s produces high-quality, great-tasting protein snacks that feed the wild sides of consumers around the world. Jack Link's Protein Snacks family of brands includes Jack Link's, Lorissa's Kitchen, World Kitchens Jerky, Bifi and Peperami.

Job Description

Come Run with Sasquatch as an Automation Technician to work closely with our corporate engineering team as we progress on our journey to automation. Specifically, you will design, troubleshoot, service and repair our computerized systems, robotic devices and HMI designed to enhance human interaction primarily related to our automated packaging equipment. This work includes Allen Bradley controls and Fanuc robotics. This is a great role for a curious self-starter who is eager to seek out innovative ways to improve processes and procedures.  



Job Related Skills/Responsibilities

  • Think critically to solve problems and be detail-oriented.
  • Be comfortable using digital hardware and software.
  • Maintain a safe, clean, and organized work area.
  • Report all accidents and deficiencies to the lead/foreman/supervisor.
  • Ensure safety devices are installed and working properly.
  • Suggest improvements; continuously improve the quality of all support activities.
  • Follow lean manufacturing practices.
  • Self-Motivated to work independently with or without supervision with solid follow through.
  • Proficient understanding of ladder logic programming.
  • Maintain and update existing PLC / Controls system.
  • Work with Maintenance personnel to troubleshoot machine issues.
  • Research and integrate new systems and/or technology.
  • Maintain accurate records pertaining to work performed.
  • Other projects and tasks as assigned by supervisor.

Administrative Skills

  • Able to organize and prioritize in a multi-tasking environment.
  • Must be able to effectively communicate in the English language (speak, read, and write).
  • Strong math, computer, and electronic skills.
  • Able to follow instructions.


  •  Build and support a culture at Jack Links which values Personnel Safety and Food Safety.
  • Must Demonstrate the Jack Link’s Values.
  • Build and support a culture of openness and accountability within (and out-side) the assigned department.
  • Demonstrate professionalism; encourage and insist on positive attitudes and behaviors from team members.
  • Encourage team member initiative and innovation, and show recognition for effort and achievement.
  • Create and cultivate positive work relationships at all levels of Jack Links.


  • Communicate with peers, subordinates, and leaders in an effective, timely manner
  • Ability to collaborate with remote team members and work as part of a team.
  • Suggest improvements; continuously improve the quality of all support activities.
  • Ability to find a solution for or to deal proactively with work-related-problems.


  • High School Diploma (or equivalent)
  • Associates Degree is preferred

Working Conditions

  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs
  • Production Environment (normally) / Sit Occasionally / Stand Constantly.
  • Will enter production area where team members are exposed to moderate cold (35-55 degrees) and loud noise levels.

Additional Information

The open shift is for 4th Shift (nights/weekends 4:00 PM - 4:00 AM)

  • May need to enter production environment where team members are exposed to moderate cold (35-55 degree) and loud noise levels.

    Drug Testing

  • Link Snacks, Inc. forms a Pre-Employment Drug Screening.

  • Link Snacks, Inc. performs drug screening after a reportable injury.


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