Smithfield Foods

Plant Maintenance Trainer

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Responsible for training and assisting assigned hourly maintenance employees in the development of electrical/mechanical troubleshooting and repair skills as laid out in the plant’s In-House Skills Training Program, which includes Computer Base Training (CBT) modules and practical factors as listed on On-the-job (OJT) qualification cards. Will work the vast majority of time exclusively on training related functions. Works closely with maintenance management to develop tracking documents to best identify areas of needed training. In addition to the primary function as a trainer, will be engaged in the acquisition and retention of all maintenance employees.

Core Responsibilities

  • Serve as the champion of the In-house Skills Training program which includes but is not limited to the following:
    • Fundamentals training using the Amatrol CBT system in the following areas
      • Hydraulics, Pneumatics, Power Drive Systems, etc.
      • Electrical principles, circuits, motors, motor controls, etc.
      • Electronics including PLCs, VFDs, sensors, etc.
    • Perform OJT and qualification card checkouts
  • Electrical troubleshooting principles.
  • PLC input and output troubleshooting/Sink and Source wiring basics.
  • Serve as the main plant contact for the three apprenticeship programs (Full, Junior, and Sponsored)
  • Establish relationships with local community colleges to attract the most qualified students to work for us part-time during their schooling leading to a full time job upon graduation.
  • Works with the plant engineer in using RPM to Identify training opportunities.
  • Schedules training time with employees needing additional training.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. May perform other duties as assigned.


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.

  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED) and 2 years’ experience in a Manufacturing environment and/or training, required.
  • Must be highly skilled in the electrical control systems.
  • Must be willing to work flexible hours to cover training across first and second shift.
  • Must have the ability to train and communicate effectively both verbally and written.
  • Ability to evaluate employee performance/techniques.
  • Must be an effective teacher/trainer exhibiting patience and dedication.
  • Must be able to deal with stressful situations calmly and exhibit good judgement.
  • Must have good time management skills.
  • Ability to work well with others in fast paced, dynamic environment.
  • Ability to be respectful, approachable and team oriented while building strong working relationships and a positive work environment.

Work Environment & Physical Demands

The work environment characteristics & physical demands 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.

  • The plant environment will include wet or humid conditions (non-weather related), extreme cold and heat (non-weather related), working near moving mechanical parts, exposure to fumes or airborne particles, and chemicals.
  • Noise level in the work environment is usually moderate but can be loud when in the production area.
  • Occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required include close vision, distance vision and ability to adjust focus.
  • Frequently required to sit, stand, walk; use hands to handle or feel, and talk or hear; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, climb or crawl.

Careers and Benefits

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About Smithfield Foods

Headquartered in Smithfield, Va. since 1936, Smithfield Foods, Inc. is an American food company with agricultural roots and a global reach. Our 43,000 U.S. team members and 16,000 European employees are dedicated to producing “Good food. Responsibly.®” and have made us one of the world’s leading vertically integrated protein companies. We have pioneered sustainability standards for more than two decades, including our industry-leading commitments to become carbon negative in U.S. company-owned operations and reduce GHG emissions 30 percent across our entire U.S. value chain by 2030. We believe in the power of protein to end food insecurity and have donated hundreds of millions of food servings to our neighbors in need. Smithfield boasts a portfolio of high-quality iconic brands, such as Smithfield®, Eckrich® and Nathan’s Famous®, among many others. For more information, visit, and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

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, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, gender identity, protected veterans status, status as a disabled individual or any other protected group status or non-job characteristic as directed by law.


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