Basic American Foods
  • Maintenance
  • Moses Lake, WA, USA
  • $22.08-$8.81 DOE
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

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Do you have an interest in making a difference at a privately held company that is committed to quality, employee development, and technical excellence?

Basic American Foods, family owned and operated since 1933 and a market leader and innovator in shelf stable food products within the foodservice industry, is looking for a team focused Maintenance Mechanic.


This position is accountable for the timely installation, preventative maintenance, troubleshooting and repair of complex plant equipment and facilities that are instrumental in the efficient functioning of automated production lines and a manufacturing facility operating on a 24 hour/day, 7 day/week operation.

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 supervision.

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 insure 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.

Skills required include an intermediate level in proficiency in welding, plumbing, electrical repair, instrumentation, running lathes and milling machines, fabricating and repairing pneumatic and hydraulic systems. Additionally, the incumbent must own and maintain a basic set of hand tools.

Must be willing to work day, swing, and graveyard shift. Some weekend work is required.

Principle Accountabilities

  1.   Troubleshoot and perform repairs to equipment that has failed in a manner that minimizes downtime.

  2.  During process line downtime, perform corrective and preventative equipment maintenance per assigned schedule.

  3.  Fabricate, manufacture or assemble items as indicated on blue prints, sketches or schematics of   complex objects and circuitry as requested in work orders.

  4. Rebuild or remodel highly complex pieces of machinery such as gear boxes, motors, etc.

  5. Maintain an appropriate inventory of parts on hand to facilitate timely repair of equipment.

  6. Maintain an up-to-date understanding of the proper use of all repair equipment through an on-going training schedule.

  7. May be assigned to perform specialized job functions eg: auto/forklift mechanic, construction electrician, instrumentation, refrigeration, machinist, electronic specialist etc. Although assigned to a specialized job, the incumbent will be expected to assist in areas outside of that specialty as the need arises. Understand safety regulations and procedures on all assignments.

Education and/or Experience:
This position requires the incumbent to have advanced skills as an industrial mechanic or industrial electrician. A two-year certificate from a college or technical school is preferred.

Career Development

Beyond our commitment to quality and convenient products, we provide a culture where employees are valued and supported to meet their career goals. Top performers are offered opportunities for progression and promotions.


All of our hourly employees receive at least 9 paid holidays.  


If you're interested in small town charm and features of big city living within an arm's reach, then Moses Lake is the place for you. In Moses Lake's backyard you will find Potholes State Park and Moses Lake Sand Dunes. Water sports and running or biking trails galore, it's a city geared towards the outdoors enthusiast. However, fantastic dining and world-class concerts can be found an hour or two away in Spokane, Tri-Cities, Wenatchee and the Gorge Amphitheater.

We are an EEO and AA Employer of Individuals with Disabilities and Protected Veterans.


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