Smithfield Foods

Industrial Maintenance Mechanic Co-Op

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FLSA Status
1st, 2nd, or 3rd Shift

Your Opportunity

Smithfield provides an excellent learning environment for students of Computer Technology Engineering programs. Under guidance of the senior maintenance staff, students will be assigned to maintenance teams associated with ongoing production and repair programs in our high-speed production facility.


Core Responsibilities

  • Ability to perform a task requiring continuous/repetitive movement, including grasping, pinching hands, flexing and extending arms.
  • Ability to stand on concrete and/or platforms for up to a 12 hour shift.
  • Ability to work around animal blood and/or body parts.
  • Ability to work in cold areas (Approx. 20-40F).
  • Ability to work in warm areas( over 100F).
  • Ability to work in a wet/humid environment.
  • Ability to work with a knife (if trained).
  • Ability to work while wearing a hard hat, hearing/eye protection, and steel-toed safety shoes.
  • Can understand and follow oral and written instructions.
  • Can lift heavy objects, which can weigh up to 60lbs.
  • Ability to work with sanitation/cleaning chemicals
  • Ability to work with strong odors/smells.
  • Can work in a noisy environment.
  • Ability to climb, move on ladders, steps, stairways, walkways, and platforms.
  • Can bend, stoop, and twist repetitively throughout your entire shift.
  • Can walk long distances.
  • Ability to operate powered industrial trucks,including; scissor lifts, pallet jacks, ect.
  • Ability to work with a variety of chemicals, solvents, and understand/abide by the corresponding material safety data sheet, MSDS.
  • Ability to read, write the following; work orders, instructions, daily reports and machine manuals.
  • Willing to pass physical to wear respirators or self-contained breathing apparatus.
  • Stand and/or work on the following; moving platforms and elevated platforms.
  • Ability to receive and relate orders/information using various communication devices.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions.  

  • Must be  actively enrolled in Computer Engineering Technology, Mechatronics Engineering Technology, Industrial Engineering Technology, Industrial Systems Technology or Electronics Engineering Technology program(s) offered by Wayne Community College, Lenoir Community College, Pitt Community College or Fayetteville Technical Community College.

  • Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.

Work Environment & Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear.
  • The employee is frequently required to stand; sit and use hands to finger, handle, or feel.
  • The employee is occasionally required to walk; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and taste or smell.
  • The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment & Physical Demands

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of 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.

  • While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is frequently exposed to wet, cold, and/or humid conditions and outside weather conditions.
  • The employee is occasionally exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals; extreme cold and extreme heat.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.

EEO/AA Information

Smithfield, is an equal opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, gender identity, protected veterans status or status as a disabled individual or any other protected group status or non-job related characteristic as directed by law.

Careers and Benefits

To learn more about Smithfield’s benefits, visit


Why Work at Smithfield Foods 8-13-19


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