Jr. Electro-Mechanical Tech


Watertown, WI, US

Shift:  Second Shift
Requisition ID:  50750

We can’t do what we do best – make our great-tasting sausage products – unless our equipment is running well and reliably. This is where you’ll do your part to make Johnsonville great, by keeping our machines, lines and facilities running. You and your maintenance teammates will be responsible for all production and industrial refrigeration equipment, as well as our electrical and controls systems. You’ll also work closely with our engineers and production members to make important upgrades to our production machinery, as innovate and grow our business.



Jr. Electro-Mechanical Tech

2nd shift

Position Overview

Have you been considering a role in Maintenance and may have been told that you do not have the level of skills needed at this time to acquire a Technician position?  Do you have a passion for troubleshooting problems and maintaining equipment?  Johnsonville has a program dedicated to learning and developing these critical Maintenance skills?  By participating in this Junior Maintenance Technician program you will work side by side with the Maintenance Team doing exactly that.   You will be able to develop your understanding of mechanical, electrical, pneumatic and hydraulic skills as well as participate in continuous improvement activities. This is a 2 year program designed to getting you ready for a higher position in Maintenance.


Members that are awarded this position will work through a training program under the guidance of journeymen maintenance technicians to ensure the skill area needs of the position, development of the individual, and guiding principles of Johnsonville are met.



Essential Duties / Responsibilities

  • Work through and complete Johnsonville internal Maintenance online course curriculum
  • Learn how to perform high quality preventive maintenance tasks on production equipment
  • Learn skills needed to maintain and repair various production equipment
  • Assist with perform routine safety checks on maintenance hand tools, shop equipment, ladders, and maintenance PPE
  • Learn troubleshooting skills for solving electrical and mechanical problems on various production equipment
  • Assist on project or shutdown work
  • Assist with new equipment installation and/or equipment relocation
  • Assist with maintaining facilities and equipment to meet Johnsonville, OSHA and U.S.D.A. standards
  • Be an active part of maintenance meetings. Share ideas to improve uptime of plant equipment through equipment modifications and improve machine reliability
  • Develop Maintenance Technical trade skills through on the job training OJT (i.e. Welding, plumbing, basic electrical, basic machining practices)
  • Use SAP for essential maintenance activities (i.e. Completing work orders, Scanning parts to work orders and packaging production materials to lines, Ordering materials to work orders)



  • High School Diploma or equivalent required


Skills and Competencies

  • Candidate must agree to commit that upon successful completion of the two year program, member actively applies for Full Time Maintenance Technician postings, regardless of shift, within Johnsonville
  • Candidate must demonstrate a strong work ethic and commitment to personal development
  • Candidate must be highly motivated and exploring a technical career path
  • Candidate must demonstrate safe work behavior and habits
  • Candidate should provide a high level of detail and pride towards equipment, projects, general housekeeping and maintaining all shop/utility areas in a neat/orderly fashion
  • Candidate must demonstrate a strong ability to learn
  • Ability to communicate effectively and professionally to customers
  • Proven ability to work within a team environment
  • Good interpersonal skills and a positive attitude
  • Administrative skills (record keeping)
  • Computer savvy  (including Microsoft Applications, SAP)


Other Requirements

  • Ability to perform responsibilities in a safe and efficient manner
  • Comply with GMPs (Good Manufacturing Practices) and safety rules at all times
  • External Candidates Only:  Ability to pass a pre-employment, post offer drug screen, physical and background check]


Physical Demands

  • Must be able to lift, carry and hand grip up to 65 lbs, and pull up to 20 lbs
  • Walking and/or Standing throughout the shift
  • Bending and/or Reaching throughout the shift
  • Candidate must be able to work in different environments (i.e. indoors, outdoors, hot/cold temperatures)



Location:  Watertown, WI

Coach for this position:      Rick Stegeman, Maintenance Team Leader                                

(We don’t have bosses at Johnsonville. We have Coaches. They are there to help you develop your talents. They cannot make you run laps.)

Member Status:  Full Time, Hourly

(At Johnsonville, you are not an employee. You are a Member and, yes, Membership has its privileges – like the ability to buy sausage at great discounts. Our more traditional benefits are great, too.)

Hourly Rate:  $22.88 per hour starting pay plus shift premium


Referral Bonus:  Refer a new part-time (operations only) or full-time member and you are eligible for a $1,000 referral reward! An additional premium of $1,000 ($2,000 total) will be offered for Team Leader and Sanitation members and $3,000 ($4,000 total) for Over-the Road Drivers or Maintenance. Referrals will be paid out after 6 months of service.



How to Apply:

External candidate:  Apply online only at:  http://careers.johnsonville.com

*Applicants must be authorized to work in the US without requiring sponsorship now or in the future.

We value the diversity of our workforce and we embrace the principles of Equal Opportunity Employment. M/F/Vet/Disability

Johnsonville values the service Veterans and their family members have given to our country.  We support the hiring of returning service members and military spouses.