Maintenance Specialist I

Date: Feb 13, 2024

Location: Carlsbad, US, 91356

Company: Glanbia


Building Maintenance Specialist



At Glanbia Nutritionals Inc., our portfolio centers on dairy and non-dairy nutritional ingredients. We co-innovate and deliver ingredient solutions and precision premixes for use in the mainstream food and beverage, infant and clinical, and functional nutrition markets. We are the number one provider of whey-based nutritional ingredients globally and the number one producer of American-style cheddar cheese. Our protein systems have transformed the bar and beverage categories — bringing increased levels of protein, cleaner labels and greater product functionality to market. We have a direct presence in 21 countries, with manufacturing facilities in the US, Germany and China, and international sales and technical offices around the world.


Job Summary

This position is responsible for supporting all activities related to building maintenance  and repair efforts as assigned by the Maintenance Manager. Responsible for assisting with the execution of all maintenance activities, including the execution of a preventative maintenance program.  

Essential Functions

  • Responsible for repair and maintenance of plant machinery and equipment such as mixers, conveyors, compressor system, mills, shakers, packaging systems, pumps, rollup doors,  and other miscellaneous repairs as needed
  • Responsible for the repair or replacement of control devices such as PLC, VFD, safety curtains, switches, photo eyes, proximity sensors, pushbuttons, contactors, motor starters, etc. as needed
  • Under direction from the manager, able to modify new and existing equipment while maintaining the integrity of safety and warranty
  • Responsible for assisting with electrical, plumbing and other miscellaneous facility repairs
  • Help organize and maintain spare parts inventory, availability and control
  • Ability to effectively interact with professionalism and work well at all levels, with production and warehouse personnel, as well as all other departments as assigned
  • Expertise and proficiency with basic office computer software, and the ability to learn how to effectively use and input data to maintain the equipment schedule
  • At times, this role will be assigned to research replacement spare parts from vendors
  • Must be willing to work a flexible shift schedule including daily overtime and weekends as needed.  This may  include opening the building before manufacturing starts working
  • Will perform preventive maintenance (PM) maintenance of the  equipment as assigned by the Manager
  • Assists with and learns to perform preventative maintenance for equipment (blenders, screens, scales, forklifts, etc), building systems (ceilings, floors, walls, windows, finishes and hardware, keys, panel alarm hardware, etc.), plumbing, electrical (lights, light tube changes, ballasts, outlets, circuitry, electrical panels), and mechanical systems including controls, pump and motors
  • Assists with and learns to repair facilities structures, systems and components, including performing minor repairs to building plumbing, low-voltage, and line voltage electric systems, door hardware, and fire/life safety protection/equipment systems
  • Assists with and learns the maintenance of induction, air handling, and refrigeration units, including serving, cleaning and inspecting all related equipment
  • Assists with and learns to identify repair and maintenance projects requiring the assistance of contractors or vendors; gathers information as directed to assist in estimating/evaluating project costs
  • May assist in welding or fabricating tasks
  • Assists with and learns to perform electronic recordkeeping related to preventative maintenance and repair
  • Maintains a working knowledge of materials, systems and code requirements related to maintenance of food manufacturing facilities
  • Knows and understands all site safety procedures
  • Maintains appropriate records and reports
  • Regular attendance is an essential function of this position


Compensation: $25.88/hour


Additional Functions

  • Perform other duties as assigned
  • Promptly respond to all mechanical failures in a timely manner
  • Must develop a good relationship to support and work closely with manufacturing and the management team
  • Will ensure all tasks are performed while supporting the policies, goals and objectives of the company.




  • Associate Degree or courses in a mechanical and/or technical discipline
  • Or combination of education and experience
  • Minimum of 3-5 years in a manufacturing environment maintaining equipment and performing repairs
  • Knowledge of; Common hand tools, basic recordkeeping techniques, basic workplace safety procedures, basic use of personal  computers to access automated recordkeeping tools and use email, & basic customers service practices
  • Skills in; Basic computer use to maintain logs and inventories, respond to service requests and emails, & access to computerized maintenance management system
  • Ability to; learn the functions of and use a variety of tools and power equipment, Maintain routine records and reports in computerized and written formats, Effectively use email and automated calendaring systems,
  • Make arithmetic calculations quickly and accurately, Learn and apply health and safety regulations, Perform assigned tasks independently and ask for supervision or guidance as needed, Understand and follow oral and written directions, work from blue prints, shop drawings and sketches
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships, trouble shoot equipment issues and repair them safely and efficiently maintain a clean and organized workspace,
  • Read and interpret equipment instruction manuals, manufacturing processes, documents, drawings, and procedures,
  • Read and interpret documents and drawings, work with minimal supervision while remaining productive at all times, work in fast paced, deadline-orientated environment with multiple rapidly changing priorities.
  • Work with amino acids, vitamins and fine chemicals in powder and liquid form as well as allergen products
  • Exercise independent judgment by identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions
  • Must be able to work flexible hours to include overtime and weekends on short notice
  • Clear command of the English language both verbal and in writing.
  • Proficient with MS Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and SharePoint
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English



Typical Physical Activity

Physical Demands

The physical demands described represent those that must be met by an employee and the work environment characteristics are those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Regularly involves talking or listening, sitting, and the use of hands and fingers.
  • Regularly involves going up and down stairs.
  • Frequently involves reaching with hands and arms, standing and walking.
  • Occasionally involves crouching, stooping, kneeling and/or climbing or balancing.


Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to lift and carry items weighing up to 50 pounds.
  • Manual dexterity sufficient to reach/handle items, works with the fingers, and perceives attributes of objects and materials.
  • Involves moderate physical activity performing non-strenuous daily activities of a primarily administrative nature.
  • Should be able to identify and distinguish colors, see clearly at 20 inches or closer and 20 feet or more, observe an area that can be seen up and down or to the left and right while eyes are fixed on a given point, judge distances and spatial relationships, and adjust the eye to bring an object into sharp focus.

Typical Environmental Conditions

  • May be exposed to moderate noise levels (i.e. office equipment, light traffic).
  • May be exposed to moderate to high noise levels (i.e. production equipment, forklifts, heavy traffic).
  • May be exposed to humidity, intense heat and cold, outdoor weather conditions, and fumes and toxic chemicals.
  • May work in areas with mechanical moving parts, above ground with risk of fall, or areas with risk of electrical shock.
  • May be exposed to food allergens


Must perform the essential duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodation efficiently and accurately without causing significant safety threat to self or others.  The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification.  They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and/or skills required of all personnel so classified.

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