Automation Maintenance Operator

  • Snack Food Lane, U.S. 53 Business Highway, Minong, WI, United States
  • Full-time
  • Sub-Department: Engineering & Maintenance
  • Department: Operations
  • Site Location: Minong

Company Description

When it comes to being wild, we know a thing or two. We're not afraid of trying something new or the hard work it takes to make it happen. It's in our DNA. We've turned a family recipe into a new snacking category. And the wilderness into the world's largest meat snack business, that's still proudly family owned and operated.

We're a company built by innovators, and are driven to not only satisfy your hunger, but to also feed your journey – whether that journey is on the road, on the run, at the campground, at the playground, in the office or in the moment. It’s a journey we share with you. It’s the journey forward of our people, of our communities, of our category…with a reverence for quality and an irreverence for the status quo.

At Jack Link's Protein Snacks, we see every moment of every day as an opportunity to move forward, to forge new ground. To realize our vision of becoming the World’s #1 Protein Snack Company. We never give up. You never give up. Together, we keep going. Are you wild enough to join us?

Jack Link's Protein Snacks is a global leader in snacking and the No. 1 meat snack manufacturer worldwide. Family-owned and operated with headquarters in Minong, Wisconsin, Jack Link’s Protein Snacks also has a large corporate hub in Downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. The company is made up of over 4,000 passionate team members, across 11 countries, who share an uncompromising commitment to delivering awesome products and feeding the journey of those who move things forward. The Jack Link’s Protein Snacks portfolio of brands includes, Jack Link’s, Lorissa’s Kitchen, MATADOR Jerky, BiFi and Peperami.

Job Description

Rotational Shift Nights

The Automation Maintenance Operator is responsible for making sure all Machines are running effectively. Stopping production when Packaging Machines are not running effectively, figuring out the potential problem and coming up with a solution. Packaging Maintenance  Operators should have extensive knowledge on Packaging Machines to come up with the correct solution for every problem. This position will be carried out in accordance with company policies and procedures.   

Job Related Skills/Responsibilities Level 1

·         Load machines.

·         Set up lines correctly.

·         Inspect products for defects.

·         Palletize products.

·         Operate ultra-vacs.

·         Operate hand jacks.

·         Packaging Machine operations.

·         Boxing operations.

·         Complete all daily preventative maintenance.

·         Check weigher operations.

·         Follow good manufacturing practices and HACCP training, along with company SOP’s and SSOP’s.

·         Manage start-up to make sure equipment is in proper operating condition.

·         Perform necessary checks at start of shift and at each new product; document on paperwork, code date, correct label, upper/lower film, etc.

·         Follow daily production schedule and achieve specified goals.

·         Ensure product conforms to specifications.

·         Ensure products are correctly labeled and identified for proper disposition.

·         Prevent and minimize rework and/or inedible.

·         Monitor workflow to maximize machine output efficiencies.

·         Keep accurate records of products produced and materials used.

·         Suggest improvements; continuously improve the quality of all support activities.

·         Tasks will vary as situations and demands change; the lead/foreman/supervisor will assign tasks as necessary.

Level 2 Advanced Skills Preferred:

·         Advanced knowledge of all level 1 skills

·         Able to proficiently use CMMS system, computer programs – MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc.

·         Knowledge of PLC’s, VFD’s, HMI’s ability to understand, read / write and navigate programs.

·         Ability to layout, build, test, troubleshoot and repair new and existing Electrical, Mechanical, Hydraulic, Pneumatic, Machine Vision and Robotic control and computer systems

·         Ability to wire and/or build electrical panels. (AC, DC, High-Voltage and Low-Voltage)

·         Ability to diagnose and repair production support systems – HVAC, Refrigeration, Air compressors, Electrical, Water

·         Support the needs of Maintenance Supervisor, Manager and Engineering department as needed

·         Works well both independently and in a team with minimal guidance

·         Represents the company with vendors and customers in a professional manner.

·         Supports and participates in the Lean Manufacturing, zero failure, 4 step problem solving and other improvement initiatives of the company.

·         Knowledge of welding, fabrication and machining tasks

·         Willingness to follow written and verbal instructions

·         Works additional hours as necessary to complete projects, including weekday and weekend overtime when necessary.

·         Performs repairs and maintenance on buildings and/or surrounding grounds.

·         Performs other duties as assigned by the supervisor.

Administrative Skills

·         Able to organize and prioritize in a multi-tasking environment.

·         Able to read and write legibly.



·         Monitor Unsafe Behavior

·         Follow all OSHA Guidelines

·         Ability to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

           I.      Earplug

           ii.      Hairnet

           iii.      Beard-net

           iv.      Protective eyewear

           v.      Slip resistant footwear


·         Build and support a culture at LSI which values Personnel Safety and Food Safety.

·         Must Demonstrate the Jack Link’s Values: Be Real – Relationship Driven – Stewardship – Speed Matters – Self Discipline – Show Awesome Character.

·         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 LSI.


·         Communicate with peers, subordinates, and leaders in an effective, timely manner.

·         Ability to collaborate with remote employees 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).

·         Must be able to speak, read, and write English.

·         Worked with Trained Operator until Lead Approval.

Working Conditions

·         Production Environment (normally).

·         Stand and Walk Constantly.

·         Sit Occasionally.

·         Must be able to lift 50#.

·         Will need to enter production environment where team members are exposed to moderate cold (35-55 degrees) and loud noise levels.

Training Period

·         As a machine operator you will subject to a training period of 4 weeks – 12 weeks depending on experience. During this time frame you will learn the skills needed to run your machine.

During this training period you will need to sustain an average OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) within 5% of your specific machine average.


Additional Information

Equal Employment Opportunity Employer
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation and gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.



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