Featured Local Jobs: Maintenance Technician and Plant Technicians

The J.M. Smucker plant in New Bethlehem, PA currently has openings for a maintenance technician and plant technicians.

Title: Maintenance Technician
Location: New Bethlehem, PA
Reports to: Technical Leader

The primary functions of the Maintenance Technician include, but are not limited to:

  • Quick learner – Must be willing to learn new skills such as how to safely and effectively maintain the production equipment
  • Responsible – Consistent on-time attendance record, comfortable assessing situations and making recommendations after reviewing related information
  • Math skills – Fluent in basic and applied math skills such as measuring materials and equipment settings for machine adjustments and set-up
  • Problem-solving skills – Able to logically approach a situation and determine the root cause and likely solutions
  • Team player – Able to work with other crew members and staff to maximize everyone’s skills to progress the team’s overall goals
  • Communication skills – Need to be able to verbalize ideas to work effectively with other crew members and staff. Proficient written and reading skills to document daily operational results
  • Understand operation of all equipment in facility
  • Ownership in obtaining quotes and ordering parts for production equipment
  • Ensure all quality-related aspects of the product are maintained
  • Maintain a safe, healthy productive work environment
  • Perform preventative maintenance activities
  • Troubleshoot and repair all production-related equipment
  • Troubleshoot electrical systems, control circuits and PLC components
  • Recommend improved methods / cost-saving measures
  • Train, develop and assist production personnel
  • Operate a forklift truck
  • Become certified in electric systems, lockout/tag out and welding
  • Safely operate all shop equipment and power tools
  • Basic knowledge of machinery, welding and fabrication
  • Willing to clean work areas and equipment
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • 3 – 5 years’ experience in manufacturing equipment repair
  • Ability to work a specific shift rotation that could include 1st, 2nd or 3rd


  • High-school degree or equivalent is required
  • Technical Degree or Experience with electrical or mechanical systems – Preferred


  • Ability to work weekends as needed is a must
  • Stands up for beliefs and values of the Company
  • Consistently trusted and respected
  • Always confronts unethical actions
  • Role model for attendance & punctuality
  • Shares facts and opinions in a constructive manner
  • Produces the highest quality work, provides desired results
  • Operates with continuous improvement mindset striving for zero loss
  • Challenges the status quo and brings forth innovative ideas
  • Anticipates quality challenges actively mitigates risk
  • Promotes a collaborative approach
  • Role model for creating a positive work environment
  • Demonstrates genuine care and compassion for others
  • Actively seeks internal customer feedback and perspective
  • Ability to Implement (Communication, Sense of Urgency, Teamwork)
  • Operates with a team player mindset, able to handle disagreement
  • High output, results focused
  • Expertly identifies priorities, manages time appropriately
  • Works hard to understand other viewpoints


  • 3 weeks paid vacation
  • 401 (k) with company match of 7%
  • 12 paid holidays
  • Competitive Benefits Package (effective date of hire)

To apply visit https://www.jmsmucker.com/careers.

Title: Plant Technician
Location: New Bethlehem, PA
Reports to: Area Leader


  • Be able to contribute within the framework of a highly functioning Team
  • Responsible for the manufacture of consumer foods which comply with all food safety, quality and regulatory requirements.
  • Understands and supports company and site safety policies and performs work related activities in a safe manner.
  • Recognizes unsafe work conditions, coaches peers, and suggests new safety standards as appropriate.
  • Performs the necessary activities to operate, maintain, and clean assigned production equipment.
  • Understands, follows, and improves documented operational, maintenance, and sanitation standards in a Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) work environment.
  • Identifies and corrects equipment defects.
  • Performs cleaning, inspection, and lubrication (CIL) activities.
  • Identifies and troubleshoots basic machinery and process issues.
  • Learns and performs basic repair and maintenance activities.
  • Performs sanitation activities on a regular basis.
  • Performs equipment changeovers.
  • Operates material handling equipment such as forklifts, hand trucks, pallet jacks, etc.
  • Creates or updates documentation as needed (SOPs, Job Aids, CIL Improvements).
  • Uses continuous improvement tools to eliminate losses and drive issues to root cause; documents, communicates, and implements corrective and preventative actions.
  • Use basic hand tools such as wrenches, screwdrivers, pliers, hammers, drills, grinders, etc.
  • Analyzes information using principles of math and statistics.
  • Assists in solving problems using analytical troubleshooting, critical thinking and root cause analysis.
  • Works as part of a team and assists fellow employees as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • High-school degree or equivalent is required
  • A two-year degree or technical degree is preferred Experience
  • Previous manufacturing experience is preferred


  • Able to work afternoon (3pm – 11:30pm) or midnight (11pm – 7:30am) shifts and overtime as needed
  • Able to read, understand, and follow documents such as safety policies, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) and general instructions
  • Able to understand and carry out both oral and written instructions
  • Good communication skills, including the ability to give and receive feedback
  • Able to set and meet goals
  • Able to work both independently and on a team
  • Works well with support personnel to maintain high standards for safety, quality, and reliability and drive improvements
  • Able to make data-driven decisions and engage others as appropriate
  • Basic computer skills including email and Microsoft Office
  • Able to learn company specific computer systems
  • Able to perform the key responsibilities outlined above in accordance with safety standards and practices

Physical requirements of the job include the ability to:

  • Lift and carry up to 50 pounds
  • Stand, sit, walk, enter confined spaces, push, pull, kneel, squat, and climb
  • Perform repetitive actions, reach, and feel
  • Hear, speak, and see


  • 3 weeks paid vacation
  • 401 (k) with company match of 7%
  • 12 paid holidays
  • Competitive Benefits Package (effective date of hire)

To apply visit https://www.jmsmucker.com/careers.

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