Basic American Foods
  • Blackfoot Maintenance
  • Blackfoot, ID, USA
  • DOE
  • Hourly
  • Full Time
  • Hourly

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The MLT (Machinery Lubrication Technician) position is responsible for equipment lubrication, contamination control, inspection and proactive maintenance activities for all lubricated mechanical systems.

Job Summary

  • This position is accountable for the timely preventative maintenance, troubleshooting and repair of complex plant equipment that are instrumental in the efficient functioning of automated production lines and a manufacturing facility operating on a 24 hour/day, 7 day/week.
  • The incumbent is assigned jobs by the supervisor or a superintendent and is expected to complete most jobs, including those of a complex nature, with little to no supervision. The MLT may works with others on higher skill level jobs, can act as a leader on lower skill level jobs, and may be assigned to a different shift depending on equipment availability.
  • All assignments must be carried out under stringent safety and sanitation standards. Quality requirements are constantly monitored, necessitating equipment fabrication and machine operations within specific tolerances and operational specifications to ensure the delivery of food products on time and at the lowest cost by conforming exactly to the customer's requirements.
  • Participation of employees in the implementation of improved concepts is encouraged in all production processes.
  • Coordination of inventory and routine ordering of products.
  • Use of tools and equipment for routine and non-routine lubrication functions.
  • Filling reservoirs. Topping off reservoirs.  Draining and cleaning of reservoirs.
  • Mechanical modification of systems as directed to facilitate sampling and filtration, and other proactive improvements.
  • Changing filters and breathers on reservoirs
  • Operating filtration equipment.
  • Grease relubrication with manual and automatic dispensing equipment
  • Maintenance of dispensing equipment and automatic systems.
  • Labeling and tagging reservoirs, equipment, inventory and delivery containers.
  • Printing and fulfilling planned lubrication activities
  • Update scheduling systems, including adding notes to system and requesting work orders for maintenance repairs and activities.
  • Perform field level oil analysis, including: Crackle, Viscosity, Demulsibility and Blotter Test.
  • Schedule, collect, label and mail samples for analysis.
  • Receive and evaluate oil analysis results for future planned maintenance.
  • Report in writing any discrepancies or conditions that require corrective, predictive or planned maintenance for production systems.

Principle Accountabilities

 The MLT position requires the following skills and abilities:

  • Good oral and written communication skills and good team building skills.
  • Capability to work in an unsupervised position effectively.
  • Capability to read and interpret technical documents, such as:
    • OEM Maintenance plans
    • Blue prints
    • Advanced Lubrication Technology instruction and recommendations
    • Software system instructions.
  • Capability to perform basic mathematical functions (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, percentages) for the purpose of interpreting alarms, calculating lubricant inventory and calculating relubrication quantity considerations.
  • Have strong computer skills and be proficient in the use of Microsoft office programs including Word, and Excel.
  • Capability to operate moderately complex software and web-based programs for lubrication scheduling and oil analysis functions.
  • Understanding of fundamental lubrication concepts and application of these concepts (such as Viscosity, NLGI #'s, V.I., AW, EP, R&O, ISO Cleanliness Codes, Beta Filter Rating, etc.).
  • Have a strong fundamental understanding of mechanical, hydraulic and circulating systems operation, contamination control and maintenance functions.
  • Should be qualified to operate lifting equipment (Fork Truck, Skip Hoist, Etc.)
  • Should be qualified to perform lockout-tag out procedures. Understand safety regulations and procedures on all assignments.
  • Demonstrated initiative and strong work habits.
  • Must complete MLT1 certification within a year of hire date.
  • Must pass a hearing test conducted by a licensed professional, which attest that the individual is capable of hearing a standard pure tone audiometry with results of an average of 25 dB hearing level or lower.

 At BAF, we are an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity and strive to create a supportive and inclusive community of individuals committed to helping each other and our company thrive.


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