Cargill Maintenance Mechanic in Sioux City, Iowa

Maintenance Mechanic

Cargill provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world. Together with farmers, customers, governments and communities, we help people thrive by applying our insights and over 150 years of experience. We have 150,000 employees in 70 countries who are committed to feeding the world in a responsible way, reducing environmental impact and improving the communities where we live and work.


This position is located in Sioux City, IA.No relocation assistance is provided.

Job Purpose/General Description

The purpose of this position is to maintain optimum functionality and reliability for all plant equipment. Maintenance Craftsperson is responsible for maintenance and reliability in the most efficient and workman like manner. Performs jobs such as inspections, preventive maintenance, predictive maintenance and repairs. Interacts on a regular basis with management peer maintenance and facility personnel along with contractors/vendors.

Essential Duties

  • Investigates and solve maintenance issues (such as lubrication, welding, plant troubleshooting, repair of equipment, proper use of fasteners, gaskets, bushings, and tools), and provide solutions to problems.

  • Provides support in troubleshooting equipment to ensure effective and efficient operations.

  • Repairs equipment as necessary.

  • Inputs work order information, updates in computer system (i.e. SAP).

  • Performs pre-job hazard analysis type worksheet(s) and turn in to direct supervisor.

  • Participates in Cause Mapping analysis.

  • Participates in ongoing maintenance skill level improvement training and apply what they have learned.

  • Performs all requested tasks professionally and in a reasonable time frame.

  • Is flexible and able to adapt to changing priorities.

  • Communicates/Shares the status of all maintenance activities and projects with peers and management as necessary.

  • Works extended shifts to support the facility which may require coming in early, before normal shift and staying over later than normal shift. Short notice may be given when coming in early or staying over late. Some work may be scheduled on weekends.

  • Takes call-ins to make repairs on nights, weekends or holidays.

  • Reads and interprets work orders, job plans, drawings, and technical specification and equipment/manufacturer manuals.

  • Communicate in a courteous and positive manner to accomplish duties effectively, working as team with all involved.

  • Understands and adheres to state and federal Occupational Safety and health rules and regulations as related to plant safety. Follow all Cargill safety rules and regulations.

  • Attend various mandatory safety and department meetings.

  • Maintain a safe and sanitary atmosphere wish a high regard for environmental impact of the operation

  • Assist other Crush and other plant personnel as needed and will perform any other duty as requested by managemen

  • Demonstrated mechanical aptitude to work from all types of blueprints, maintenance manuals, and drawings and the mathematical knowledge required for such work.

  • Demonstrated mechanical aptitude to the basic use of and measuring of precision tools (including Non Destructive Testing (NOT)) equipment), fasteners, piping/fittings & valves, cutting and welding, packing/sealing/gasket products, air/steam traps, rotating shaft components, filtering media and rigging.

  • Interpret equipment conditions using color scales on NOT instruments.

  • Must be computer literate including being able to enter and retrieve data.

  • Open to learn computer software programs such as Microsoft Office and Maintenance software such as SAP.

  • Willing and able to be on call.

  • Must have adequate transportation and a valid driver’s license.

Our new hire must demonstrated the following soft skills:

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

  • Good time management skills.

  • Prioritize tasks and have good follow-up skills.

  • Strong analytical problem solving skills.

  • Be willing to accept accountability.

  • Safety minded individual.

  • Desire to learn



  • Right to work in the U.S. that is not based solely on possession of a student visa or a visa sponsored by a third-party employer.

  • Cargill requires that employees be a minimum of 18 years old

  • Able to read/write English

  • High School diploma or Equivalent

  • Basic computer skills

  • Must be able to perform physical job duties including bending/stooping, climbing ladders, open/close valves, shoveling, pounding with hammer and work in confined spaces

  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds.

  • Must be able to work under special work conditions, such as extreme heat or cold.

  • Ability to work in elevated areas

  • Must be able to operate machinery

  • Must be able to operate heavy equipment

  • Ability to workovertime

  • Ability to work holidays, nights, weekends or different shifts and additional hours beyond regularly scheduled shift to cover vacancies and complete work jobs in progress.

  • Must be able to perform maintenance trades including gearbox and bearing, maintenance and mechanical maintenance.


  • Forklift certified

  • Prior experience in production related work

  • Able to perform maintenance trades including welding, pipe fitting, and fabrication, rigging systems, lubrication, pumps and piping systems and hydraulic and pneumatic systems.

  • Experience with Reliability Centered Maintenance including: vibration detection or analysis, infrared imaging, oil analysis, cause failure analysis and documentation.

  • Maintenance experience using precision instrumentation including: torque wrenches, micrometers, calipers, dial indicators, laser alignment tools, sheave alignment tools, etc.

  • Experience in cutting, welding, and metal fabrication.

  • Prior predictive and preventative maintenance experience.

  • Previous experience of manufacturing operations.

  • Knowledge of fasteners.

  • Experience maintaining and repairing rotating equipment (I.E. shafts, bearings, power transmission equipment).

  • Experience in maintaining and repairing fans, conveyors, pumps, drives.

  • Experience in pipefitting & tubing/fittings/valves & traps.

  • Experience in machine and equipment rigging.

  • Experience in data entry and use of CMMS programs.

  • Experience repairing and troubleshooting Hydraulic and Pneumatic systems.

  • Experience in different types of Heat Exchangers.

Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.

Primary Location US-IA-Sioux City

Schedule Full-time

Req ID: SIO00333