Maintenance Technician - Day & Night Shift

AeroFarms
Danville, VA 24540
United States
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Job Description

Maintenance Technician

  • Day Shift (6 AM - 6 PM)
  • Night Shift (6 PM - 6 AM)
  • Pay Rate: $25.00 - $35.00 (DOE)

 

Schedule based on a 2-2-3 pattern, alternating weekends.

Working Conditions: The AeroFarms facility has two areas: one is warm and humid: 80 degrees, the other is cold at 35 degrees. You are required to wear PPE provided by AeroFarms, including a facemask in the GMP/food production areas.

Who we are at AeroFarms:

The world needs our help. By 2050, there will be 9 billion people on the planet with less arable land than ever before. We need a solution to cultivate more using less and define the future of farming for generations to come. In 2004, AeroFarms began transforming agriculture with humans and our planet at the forefront.

In 2021, with 20+ current patents, 60+ pending patents, and 200+ invention disclosures, AeroFarms agriculture technology continues to grow unprecedented sustainable products, delivering elevated flavor, taste, experience, quality, access, and unmatched nutrition to you.

Here’s how we’re growing the best plants possible for the betterment of humanity:

  • Researching and understanding plants to be better, more intuitive farmers
  • Elevating local communities by increasing access to nutritious, high-quality, consistent, and safe products in a way that’s better for you and the planet.
  • Protecting and sustaining our environment for future generations
  • Pioneering consistent, and scalable indoor vertical farming food safety & traceability practices, and manufacturing standards
  • Investing in our AeroFarms humans and fostering our diverse company culture of inclusion, equity, excellence, teachability, and curiosity

Click here to watch a video and learn more about AeroFarms

As AeroFarms approaches our next phase of explosive growth, we seek out creative, motivated humans who will join us in disrupting industry standards and lead the way in vertical farming, artificial intelligence, and plant biology breakthroughs to solve and tackle global issues.

The Maintenance Technician is responsible to troubleshoot, dismantle, inspect, repair, modify, rebuild, service and adjust all types of plant equipment. You would be joining during the construction of the facility: this will allow you to get hands on with the systems and equipment to better understand how they work before the plant is in operation. 

  • Print reading to include electrical and hydraulic prints and schematics.
  • Experience with Industrial Maintenance and Robotics
  • Experience programming PLCs
  • Experience with AC/DC motors and drives, 110-480Vac Circuits, thermocouples, single and three-phase circuits, HVAC, reversing starters, and personnel computers.
  • Communication skills both verbally and written.
  • Troubleshooting, conduit threading, bending installation, wiring installation, electronic repair skills.
  • Work with Packaging Technician and Farm Equipment Operators on establishing equipment home-settings and maintaining baseline conditions. 
  • Operation of equipment including a forklift, man lift, aerial lift, overhead cranes, and mobile cranes.
  • Use of Voltmeters, calibration of equipment, oscilloscope leaders, PLCs, PCs.
  • Calibration of all types of electrical equipment and knowledge of HVAC systems.
  • Must exercise good judgment at all times and can complete assigned tasks, as well as breakdown repairs without direct supervision. Ability to manage multiple tasks and prioritize to ensure minimum interruption to the process.
  • Errors could cause serious injury or loss of life for employees or others. Significant financial losses could occur from damage to equipment and/or losses of equipment.
  • Work in an environment with a temperature that varies from extreme good to moderate. Exposure to farm environment: 70-78F at 65% RH in grow rooms and cold rooms at 33-36F, some areas are wet, dirty, and have some chemical exposure which is protected by PPE. Building maintenance with outside weather conditions up to (110 degrees), and as low as (10 degrees cold).
  • Strenuous physical activities including a lot of walking, climbing ladders and stairs, entering restricted areas, heavy lifting (50 lbs. or more), and working in high areas.
  • Responsible for the maintaining and sanitation of all work tools.
  • Able to work safely and follow all safety requirements to ensure safety to self and co-workers.

Qualifications:

  • Two-year associate degree in a technical discipline or higher level of prior relevant experience performing industrial maintenance to be equivalent to degree requirements.
  • Minimum of 3 years industrial maintenance, electrical, and/or plumbing within an automated manufacturing facility is required.
  • Successful completion of an approved Heavy Industry Apprentice Program helpful
  • Knowledge of and ability to troubleshoot, program, and repair PLC controlled manufacturing processes highly desirable.
  • Knowledge of and prior experience with industrial robotic automation
  • Print reading including electrical and hydraulic prints and schematics.
  • Calibration of all types of electrical equipment and knowledge of HVAC systems.

Skills:

  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and prioritize to ensure minimum interruption to the process.
  • Communication skills both verbally and in writing.

Personal Attributes 

  • Collaboration
  • Communication - we are a small company (in relative terms - 200 employees), we work well together because we communicate well with each other. You must demonstrate why our mission is important to you: everyone who works at AeroFarms has a strong link to the mission: we want to hear why it means something to you! 
  • Agility - What we do has never been done before: we are an innovation company, there is no right or wrong way to do things, we constantly develop how we operate, we can always elevate what we are doing and never claim to have it right.  
  • Accountability - we don’t micromanage, we hire individuals who know what they need to do and can do so with minimal direction and take ownership of their projects and deadlines.  
  • Respect
  • Empowerment - we provide an environment for growth and development: we need your help to develop our business, we will help you develop in your career, and sky is the limit given our growth plans!!  

 

Internal candidates seeking a promotion must have completed a minimum of six months in their current role before becoming eligible for consideration.

*Please note that AeroFarms does not work with any external staffing/recruitment vendors. Any unsolicited resumes shared with the AeroFarms team will be considered property of AeroFarms and no recruitment fees of any kind will be paid or owed unless an existing recruitment agreement exists alongside with specific engagement for the role in question.

 

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