Smithfield Foods

Mechanical Apprentice

Job Locations
US-SD-Sioux Falls
FLSA Status
All Shifts


Smithfield– Sioux Falls is currently looking for a Mechanical Apprentice for our facility in Sioux Falls, SD.  We are a large manufacturing facility with over 3,400 employees, located in a community renowned as one of the best places to live and work in the United States.  As a major contributor to the bottom line of our Fortune 500 parent company, our facility continually strives to be a leader in all aspects of operations. Relocation assistance is available for those ready to join the Smithfield family.


We have opportunities for candidates in the following areas:

  •  Mechanical 
  • Electrical Electrician
  • Refrigeration/Engine & Boiler Technician

 Our employees enjoy paid vacations & holidays, health benefits, 401K & more!

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.



  • Demonstrate strong safety leadership skills and follow safe work practices
  • Work as part of a team to plan and conduct equipment repairs
  • Conduct routine audits and equipment inspections
  • Maintain open and professional line of communication with operations
  • Respond to unplanned/emergency work requests in a timely & effective manner
  • Follow food safety and good manufacturing practices
  • Be highly motivated and able to work independently


A high school diploma/GED, completion of a formal trades training program, or equivalent education and maintenance experience an asset.


Industrial maintenance experience or comprehensive knowledge in three or more of the following areas an asset: 

  • Mechanical systems
  • Predictive maintenance
  • Maintenance Planning
  • Site utilities
  • System analysis & troubleshooting
  • Pipefitting & welding
  • Machining
  • Metal fabrication
  • Electricity & motor controls
  • Controls & instrumentation
  • PLC/software & hardware
  • Pneumatics & Hydraulics

Basic computer skills and the ability to work independently are also required for this position.


Preference will be given to candidates with a certification or degree in mechanical, electrical or industrial maintenance and/or related college or technical level course work. 


This is a full time hourly position; all applicants should be willing to work all shifts (days/evenings/overnights), extended hours and weekends.

Supervisory Responsibilities

This job 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. 

  • Occasionally lift, lower and/or move up to 60 pounds.
  • Carrying, lifting, lowering, pushing and pulling of heavy and/or awkward objects or loads.
  • Pushing or pulling of heavy roller carts, bins or transport containers.
  • Using static or awkward work postures with neck and spine flexion while grasping, pinching, pulling, lifting, extending, flexing the hands and arms to perform work.
  • A variety of arm and hand movements are required in applying force, movement and repetition.
  • Standing in one place for long periods as many jobs have fixed workstation locations and are conveyor line paced.

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. 

  • Walking sometimes on wet, uneven and slippery surfaces.
  • Working in cold, hot, wet, humid, and noisy environments.
  • Climbing or moving on ladders, steps, stairways, walkways, and platforms.


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