Kettle Cuisine

Maintenance Mechanic

  • Location:   Savage, MD
  • Position Type:   Hourly Full Time

Shifts Available

  • 1st Shift 8am - 6:30pm (Monday - Thursday)

Job Summary

The position requires performing preventive maintenance and troubleshooting all production equipment in the plant. The Maintenance Mechanic must check system functionality by running diagnostic tests for both, the electrical and mechanical aspects of the equipment. Also, use power and hand tools to install new systems and replace defective parts.

Role and Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the efficient operation and maintenance of all equipment ensuring product quality, employee safety, and food safety standards, as well as regulatory requirements, are met or exceeded.
  • Areas of responsibilities include but are not limited to Production lines, Prep Areas, Dry and Finish Goods Storage, Chillers, Kitchen Ventilation, Fire and Safety Systems, Buildings and Grounds, CIP, and Bulk Chemicals.
  • Supports adherence to the production schedule developed by the Master Scheduler ensuring the highest levels of customer service and production efficiency by ensuring effective and efficient equipment operation and limited downtime.

Key Responsibilities

  • Efficiently operate equipment in a safe manner in accordance with OEM guidelines.
  • Completes schedule Preventative Maintenance Task as assigned.
  • Maintains equipment records and inspections.
  • Troubleshoots and repairs malfunctioning and non-functioning equipment.
  • Maintains Maintenance Shop, Electrical Room, Parts Room, and Production Floor as it relates to maintenance in a clean and organized manner.
  • Maintains neat and orderly personal appearance.
  • Installs new equipment and move existing equipment.
  • Plans own work by organizing job site, specifying OEM parts, communicating the plan to affected personnel, and staging appropriate tools.
  • Maintains an effective line of communication between maintenance and operations. Provides current and correct information to the operation team on maintenance issues that relate to floor production.
  • Assures that Employee Job Safety Accountabilities are completed. Identifies compliance issues promptly and reports to the appropriate individual.
  • With QA, Safety, and others as appropriate, assists in the execution of action plans related to health/safety to ensure the highest level of compliance.
  • Assists in the completion of GSTD investigations.
  • Performs lubrication rounds in accordance with OEM guidelines.
  • Inspects equipment and systems to identify problems or issues.
  • Consults blueprints or building plans to identify the best solution to resolve systems or equipment issues.
  • Work in a variety of pieces of equipment that may require using of scissor lifts, stepladders, and access to heights in general. Access to heights requires the use of proper training and PPE.
  • Performs other maintenance tasks as assigned.

Required Skills

  • Thorough knowledge of general plumbing, electrical, and HVAC repair.
  • Ability to read blueprints, building plans, and repair manuals.
  • Ability to use hand tools and power tools.
  • Ability to follow instructions.
  • Excellent time management skills.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Ability to obtain Full-face respirator certification (we will provide a certification program).
  • Proficient in - Microsoft Word and Excel, CMMS, and Control Systems.
  • Able to read electrical and mechanical plans.
  • Ability to obtain forklift/ scissor lift/ and boom lift certification.
  • 2 years of manufacturing experience; Food manufacturing experience preferred or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Demonstration of minimum proficiency with the English language in order to ensure effective new hire training and on-going communications about safety and quality issues
  • Preferred specialized advanced skills:

o Sanitary welding (Tig)

o Vibrational Analysis

o PLC/Control experience

o Fabrication experience

o Equipment Center lining

Required attributes

  • Self-starter able to conceptualize and drive initiatives forward.
  • Positive attitude and motivation by contributing to the overall success of the team.
  • Able to develop strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Creative problem-solving skills.
  • Obsessive attention to detail, well organized, and able to juggle many projects at once.
  • Comfortable moving at a fast pace and in ambiguous environments.
  • Passionate about food.
  • Willing to address difficult situations head-on with patience and respect.


  • Works with little supervision, but work is reviewed. Exercises discretion within areas of responsibility.
  • Recommends actions and alternatives to supervisor and others.
  • Position has little to no contact with customers.
  • Position makes an indirect contribution to efforts that generate moderate levels of revenue.
  • Decisions or actions may have a moderate impact on other departments and/or external relationships of the organization. Errors are usually detected after the fact and may result in moderate interruption and delays in work output.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those a Maintenance Mechanic encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

Physical Demands/Efforts

  • Extensive walking and standing.
  • Must be willing to work all shifts, weekends, and some holidays.
  • Work requires occasional physical exertion, including some lifting of objects weighing up to 50 pounds.

Mental & Visual Demands

  • Work performed by this position requires moderate concentration to effectively execute moderately complex tasks.
  • Work occasionally requires some degree of visual effort for periods of time.

Work Environment and Hazards

  • Employee works in a manufacturing setting with some exposure to heat, cold, dust, or other factors of minor inconvenience.
  • The position has some exposure to hazards that might cause minor injury.
  • Less than 5% travel is required for this position. Travel would be to other sites via airplane.
  • May need to work weekends or overtime as required.


Kettle Cuisine complies with all aspects of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and state disability laws. This means we will not discriminate against qualified individuals with a disability in any phase of the employment relationship including application for employment, hiring, promotions and/or advancement opportunities, termination, compensation, training, and any other conditions or privileges of employment.


Kettle Cuisine takes the utmost pride in its people, products, and reputation. Each employee is expected to understand and live our Core Values every day.

  • Honor Food – We create and produce the best tasting, safest, all-natural recipes that strive for perfection in every batch, from bench to kettle.
  • Honor Each Other – We seek to develop trusting, respectful, and mutually rewarding relationships with all our team members and business partners.
  • Honor Development – We recognize and nurture each other’s talents, strengths, and interests in order to further strengthen and grow our team.
  • Honor Innovation – We continually strive for creative and sustainable ways to achieve excellence.

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