Plant Mechanic - 12hr - $30.59/hr
Lamb Weston

Boardman, Oregon

Posted in Manufacturing and Production

Job Info

Title: Plant Mechanic - 12hr - $30.59/hr

Location: Boardman, OR

About Lamb Weston

We love making fries almost as much as you like eating them! Since the 1950's, Lamb Weston has inspired customers with food they love, trust, and share with families and friends. As a leading global manufacturer of quality frozen potato products with over 9,000+ team members around the world, it's our business to see the possibilities in potatoes and people.

We are looking for team members with an appetite for a challenge! People who are hungry to join a winning team and help us make a difference in the world. When you join Lamb Weston, you join a community with a strong support network and training programs designed to nurture, inspire, and help you grow.

We are driven by a relentless pursuit of results and by people who think creatively and embrace our values of: Integrity, Teamwork, Inclusion, Drive for Results, and Empowerment. Exactly what you'd expect from the most inventive potato company in the world!

Join Lamb Weston! We bring the world together with our fries.

Job Description Summary

Diagnoses maintenance problems, installs and sets up equipment, monitors the function of receiving and processing equipment to assure proper operation. Advises supervisory personnel on maintenance requirements, repairs equipment, and any maintenance activities to maximize plant production and uptime.

Job Description

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following (other duties may be assigned):

  • Maintains safe work practices at all times and participates in safety programs.
  • Performs and documents line checks and preventative maintenance (PM), including lubrication and inspection of equipment to prevent or identify failures.
  • Performs and documents maintenance work, troubleshooting, removal or repair and adjustments of processing equipment; changes and replaces belts, sprockets, bearings, chains, motors, pumps, etc., and performs building repairs.
  • Performs non-routine maintenance activities assigned by the Maintenance Team Leader or Production Team Leaders and will perform emergency repairs with a minimum of supervision.
  • Performs structurally sound welds and acceptable cutting using appropriate welding equipment.
  • Reads, writes and communicates in English by using prints, sketches, diagrams, operating instructions, work logs, work orders and technical manuals.
  • Performs safety procedures for normally used chemicals.
  • Demonstrates within 30 days of job assignment, ownership of proper tools for the job as specified by the company.

  • Maintains a neat, orderly work area.
  • Must use personal protective equipment to perform the job safely.
  • Assists with the training of new employees in the proper and safest way to check and repair equipment.


VISION: 100% of time for inspection and placement of small objects. Must be normal and see clearly, with color.

COMMUNICATION: 50% of time for work instructions and employee work coordination. Write daily reports and log entries. Read less than 5% of time, but important for work schedules, safety, and work manuals.

STRENGTH: 40% - 70% of time moving, prying and aligning equipment. Must lift 100 lbs. in awkward positions and carry ladders, gearboxes, pumps, rolls, belts etc.

STAND: 50% of time completing maintenance.

WALK: 50% of time answering pages and going to and from work areas.

SIT: Less than 5% of time while repairing equipment and completing paper work.

KNEEL: 10% of time repairing equipment.

CRAWL: Less than 5% of time to gain access to equipment.

SHOVEL: Less than 5% of time.

STAIRS: 20% of time to gain access to equipment.

HIGH CATWALKS: 10% of time to turn lights on or off.

LADDERS: 10% of time for equipment repair.

CLIMB/BALANCE: 35% of time to work on equipment by ascending and descending stairways, catwalks, ladders, and work at heights up to 30 feet.

STOOP/BEND: 70% of time throughout the job.

REACHING: 60% of time repairing equipment. Must reach to ground and work with arms fully extended over head for long periods of time.

PUSH/PULL: 35% of time sweeping shop, raking dirt and potatoes, closing/opening doors.

HANDLING/ GRASPING: 40% of time carrying pipe, iron, parts, boards, etc...

REPETITIVE TASKS: 75% of time operating and repairing equipment.

STAMINA (Physical exertion for a long period of time) 75% of time working on equipment and holding parts in difficult places for proper repair. Also, welding and fabrication.

FOOT CONTROL: 70% of time walking around potatoes and on uneven, muddy and slick surfaces.


High school diploma or general education degree (GED); or one to three months related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.


Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos in English. Ability to write accurate information on simple forms in English. Ability to effectively present or listen to information in one-on-one and small group situations with all other employees of the organization in English.


Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.


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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and arms. The employee frequently is required to stand and climb or balance. The employee is occasionally required to walk; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk, write or hear.

The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.


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.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works near moving mechanical parts and is regularly exposed to wet and/or humid conditions. The employee is frequently exposed to fumes or airborne particles. The employee occasionally works in high, precarious places and is occasionally exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals, extreme cold, extreme heat, risk of electrical shock, and vibration.

The noise level in the work environment is usually very loud.

Basic & Preferred Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. 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.

Able to explain the function and perform troubleshooting, removal, installation, disassembly, repair and assemble of:
  • Rubber and Mesh Belt Conveyors
  • Fixed and Moving Stock Guides
  • Chain and Sprocket Drives
  • "V" Belt Drives
  • Gear boxes
  • Belt rolls
  • Pumps
  • Valves
  • Fans
  • Hydraulic pumps, Motors and Cylinders
  • Bearings

Able to explain the function and perform troubleshooting and repair of:
  • Shakers (GEM, Key, FMC)
  • Evenflow bins
  • Augers
  • Peelers
  • Scrubbers
  • Preheaters
  • Criss Cut Cutters
  • Water Knives
  • Blanchers
  • Dryers
  • Fryers

Able to demonstrate safe use and skilled application of tools commonly used in this plant in accordance with established practices and procedures.

Able to recognize and name materials and supplies commonly used in this plant in accordance with established practices and procedures.

Able to demonstrate safe use of personally supplied hand tools.

Able to satisfactorily complete the Powered Industrial Truck Training Program.

Able to follow plant safety, personal hygiene and GMP rules.

Able to perform job functions independently and with minimal supervision.

Able to recognize and name stainless steel, mild steel and aluminum.

Industry-Competitive Benefits

Coupled with our compensation and bonus incentive programs, our benefits deliver rewards that are market competitive. Some of the most attractive elements of our benefit programs include:
  • Health Insurance Benefits - Medical, Dental, Vision
  • Flexible Spending Accounts for Health and Dependent Care, and Health Reimbursement Accounts
  • Well-being programs including companywide events and a wellness incentive program
  • Paid Time Off
  • Financial Wellness - Industry leading 401(k) plan with generous company contributions, Financial Planning Services, Employee Stock purchase program, and Health Savings Accounts, Life and Accident insurance
  • Family-Friendly Employee events
  • Employee Assistance Program services - mental health and other concierge type services

Benefits may vary based on location, job role/level, job status, and/or the terms of any applicable collective bargaining agreements.

Job Requisition ID: Req-234572

Time Type: Full time

Anticipated Close Date: 05/01/2024

In compliance with applicable state and local laws, Lamb Weston has opted to include a reasonable estimate of the compensation for this role. This compensation is specific to this position and takes into account a number of variables. Actual compensation may be higher or lower in the range based on various factors, including, but not limited to a candidate's work location, job duties, experience and expertise. A reasonable hourly estimate of the range for this role based on the variables previously mentioned is: $30.59

Lamb Weston is an Equal Opportunity Employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, veteran status or any other protected factor under federal, state or local law

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