Smithfield Foods

Maintenance Project Technician

US-IA-Orange city
FLSA Status
1st Shift


This position is responsible for assisting with execution of all maintenance work control processes by coordinating work priority and assisting with development of job plans.  Project Technician is also responsible for supporting PSM assurance projects.  Works with the Maintenance Supervisor & Manager to assign work control plans to the appropriate Supervisor for execution by the hourly maintenance staff.  Communicating with all members of the maintenance team including members of the operations team will be necessary.  

EEO/AA Information

Smithfield is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action (EEO/AA) Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with disability, or any other protected group status or non-job related characteristic as directed by law.


  • Works as the principle contact person between maintenance and operations and other support departments to assure timely, efficient, and quality service.
  • Assists with long-range as well as short-range planning.
  • Assists with development and maintenance of planned and predictive maintenance procedures and routes as required. 
  • Maintains a working knowledge of all PSM regulations.
  • Assists in preparing PSM documents such as action item reports and PSM activities.
  • Assists with PSM and SAP training for the maintenance staff.  
  • Prioritizes all planned work orders as well as determining scope of activities.
  • Reviews completed work orders for completeness and accuracy, closes work orders when necessary.
  • Generates reports to keep the maintenance team informed of work progress and future work schedules.
  • Assists the Maintenance Supervisor to produce a weekly maintenance work schedule as well as a projected work schedule for the next three to four weeks.
  • Maintains essential records and files, prepares and distributes reports.  
  • In the absence of key personnel the employee’s supervisor or qualified designee (one that has been trained in the key employee's duties) is responsible to complete or delegate the completion of all required tasks and responsibilities.


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.

  • 6 months of continuous work history within a manufacturing plant or in the food industry.
  • Basic mathematical skills required; addition and subtraction, multiplication and division.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Must be able to properly complete appropriate paperwork.
  • Working knowledge of basic computer skills, Internet, Word Processing and spreadsheet software.
  • Previous experience working with SAP is strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge of refrigeration is preferred.

Supervisory Responsibilities

This position has no supervisory responsibilities.

Physical Demands

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

  • Regularly required to use hands to handle, grasp with both hands, or feel; substantial movements (motion) of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers; reaching and pulling with hands and arms.
  • Prolonged standing or sitting - Occasional walking is required for short distances.
  • Must regularly lift and /or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

Work Environment

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.

  • 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 loud when in the production area.


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