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Assistant Maintenance Manager

California Dairies, Inc. • Visalia, CA
a month ago

California Dairies, Inc. is the leading dairy processing cooperative in California. As a farmer-owned cooperative, we operate several processing facilities located throughout California. CDI employees are highly valued and are provided competitive benefits packages and career growth plans.


Oversee care and maintenance of all steam, electrical, refrigeration and mechanical equipment, including the use of welding, gas, and electrical equipment in the plant. Support and enforce SQF / QA, GMP, Safety policies and procedures, and production needs.  “Food Safety and Quality” are the responsibilities of this position. In the Absence of the Assistant Maintenance Manager, responsibilities will be coved by another Assistance Maintenance Manager or Maintenance Manager.

Essential Functions

  • Responsible to maintain and repair all production equipment, including but not limited to: pumps, Pasteurizers, homogenizers, evaporators, dryers, churns, valves, baggers, etc.
  • Responsible to maintain and repair all support equipment, including but not limited to: boiler, air-compressors, ammonia compressors, thermal storage units, condensers, vacuum pumps, ammonia systems, air conditioning units, sewer meters, conductivity meters, water meters, etc.
  • Be an active part of the emergency response team as prescribed by the company Safety Program.
  • Oversee the fabrication and manufacturing of equipment for production needs and ensure such fabrication and manufacturing is in accordance with the applicable safety regulations; product and process piping, sanitary equipment, steam lines, chemical lines, pneumatic lines, etc.
  • Documentation of all schematic and diagram changes to keep plant record current.
  • Ensure all elements of the Preventive Service Maintenance (PSM) program are being adhered to.
  • Responsible for supervision of all Engineers.
  • Responsible for reviewing on a daily basis work orders and activity reports.
  • Responsible for all work being done in a timely fashion and done properly.
  • Assist in preparing capital project bids.
  • Responsible for preventative maintenance program.
  • Oversee plant projects, account for expenditures for each project.
  • Must be able to comply with Process Safety Management Standards (PSM).                                         
  • Responsible for care and maintenance of company tools.
  • Purchasing and Purchase Order control.
  • Must have the ability to troubleshoot problems and be persistent until a solution is found.
  • Must be willing to ask for assistance when the process is unclear.
  • Follow and enforce all safety and working rules.
  • Must have the ability to get along with co-workers, management personnel, customers, vendors, and employees in accordance with the company policies and working rules while ensuring a harmonious and conducive work environment.
  • Maintain a positive attitude and contribute towards a quality environment.
  • Excellent regular full time attendance in support of company objectives.
  • Use initiative and judgment in making decisions, keeping with California Dairies, Inc. best interests.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by management.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • This position has management and employee supervisory responsibilities in the area of discipline, performance evaluations, On the Job Training Forms, Incident Reports, and any other documentation.
  • Coordinate on the job training.
  • Oversee adherence to company policies and procedures.
  • Oversee scheduling of employees.
  • Have the responsibility of reviewing time sheets and addressing overtime.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Must possess or be able to acquire and maintain a forklift operator license. Must possess or be able to acquire and maintain a Hazardous Materials Technician Certificate. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and Experience

  • Minimum three years’ experience in a production setting involving electronics, instrumentation, refrigeration, electrical, and general mechanical with at least one year supervisory experience.
  • College level verbal and written communication skills. Must be able to communicate with upper management on a daily basis.
  • Leadership, team development, coaching, and / or teaching experience.
  • Good math and statistical skills.
  • Excellent computer skills for data input, report writing, program tracking.
  • Excellent organizational and follow through skills.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. The company will make reasonable accommodations that do not cause an undue hardship if such an accommodation enables individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.

Sitting/Standing/Walking: Stands and walks throughout shift. Walks on uneven concrete and tiles surfaces. Sits occasionally to answer calls, fill out paperwork, attend meetings, and answer emails.

Lifting/Carrying: Lifts up to 25KG or 55.115 pounds.

Pushing/Pulling: Frequently pushes/pulls while using mechanic tools and equipment.

Bending/Stooping: Both are done regularly during the course of a workday.

Squatting/Kneeling/Crawling: Frequent squatting and kneeling. Crawling is done occasionally specifically when repairing equipment.

Twisting/Turning: Occasional twisting and turning.

Climbing/Balancing: Climbing and balancing is required.  Involved in the inspection of processing equipment, which could involve climbing vertical ladders or over 100 steps to the top of the dryers or evaporators.

Reaching: Frequently reaching from floor level to shoulder level.

Grasping/Manipulating: Grasping and manipulating of papers, objects, and equipment will be required.  Ability to keyboard for data input will be required on an ongoing basis.


Pumps, pneumatic values, AC dives, motor starters, separators, instrumentation, welding, grinding, butter equipment, fans, high pressure pumps, electrical troubleshooting, powder packaging equipment, PLC controls, gearboxes, pneumatic system, boilers, ammonia compressors, ammonia system, glycol system, cooling towers, air compressors, pasteurizers.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. The company will make reasonable accommodations that do not cause an undue hardship if such an accommodation enables individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position. Employees will be subject to temperatures associated with an air-cooled room to temperatures in excess of 100 degrees Fahrenheit while working in proximity to dryer and to wet environments (hot or cold) during cleaning-in-place (CIP) operations. Employee may be required to enter confined spaces to perform equipment inspections. Employees may come into contact with the following: ammonia, acids, caustics, chlorines, paints, particles, oils and lubricants, steam, pneumatics, fumes and hazardous gases, sealing compounds, and other related chemicals.  Personal protective equipment including, but not limited to: hearing protection, bump caps, hair and beard nets, gloves, and safety glasses must be used in the performance of duties. Proper lifting techniques must be employed at all times


The Company will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act.


The Company is an equal employment opportunity employer.

What we offer you in return! 

  • family medical/dental/vision
  • retirement plan
  • paid holidays
  • paid vacation
  • tuition reimbursement