Merrick Pet Care
  • 02-Jan-2020 (CST)
  • Operations
  • Hereford, TX, USA
  • $16-$24
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

Company paid Health, Dental, Vision and Life insurance, paid holidays, paid time off, generous 401k plan

Position Title: Maintenance Technician 

Position Reporting To: Maintenance Team Leader

Location: Hereford, TX


At Merrick, we don't just make pet food. We make the Best Food Ever. Founded in 1988, Texas-based Merrick PetCare is a leader in natural and organic pet food. We believe that our people are the source of our competitive advantage, and as we invest in our people, we invest in our shared future.  When you join Merrick PetCare in Hereford, TX you are not only joining a leader in natural and organic pet food, you are joining a tight knit community focused on creating the most nutritious and wholesome food for pets.

Our foods are made using only the freshest ingredients grown by local farmers. The company offers a wide variety of dry and wet foods, as well as treats, that are available nationally at independent pet specialty stores, PetCo, and online via select retailers. In April 2012, Merrick Pet Care Inc. acquired Castor & Pollux and its ORGANIX, Natural Ultramix and Good Buddy food and treats for pets. These brands are available at PetSmart, natural grocery, and online via select retailers. For more information, visit or

 Join us as we lead the Merrick Way!


Company Benefits:

  • Competitive compensation package
  • 401k matching program
  • Comprehensive health benefits package
  • Paid Time Off (PTO) plus company holiday schedule (10 days)
  • Education reimbursement program
  • Pet Adoption Program
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Extensive on-the-job training
  • Leadership and career development opportunities

 Position Summary:

  • Support factory equipment and facilities.
  • Meets all Safety, Health, Quality and Environmental requirements when performing job duties.
  • Participates in continuous improvement initiatives and root cause analysis.
  • Work overtime and weekends as required.
  • Potential to earn up to $24/Hour

 Primary Responsibilities:

  • Work safely at all times. Follow all safety policies and procedures. Attend safety, team and plant-wide meetings; attend safety and functional training, perform SafeStart observations.
  • Keep work area clean
  • Follow plant safety practices and demonstrate understanding and proper operation of equipment and tools
  • Utilize ordering procedures in the Maintenance Storeroom
  • Move equipment using proper lifting/rigging procedures
  • Set and align plant equipment with minimal supervision
  • Working knowledge of all plant equipment and material flow
  • Correctly layout and install steam, acid, sprinkler, slurry and hydraulic piping systems with minimal supervision
  • Perform Arc, Tig, and Mig welding procedures on both plate and pipe. Able to weld different material thicknesses out of position
  • Layout, fabricate and install all types of spouts, hoppers, transitions, and mechanical guards
  • Diagnose mechanical reasons for failure
  • Perform maintenance of shop equipment without supervision
  • Weld both carbon steel and stainless T-304 & T-316L
  • Perform basic machine shop skills such as turning shafts and milling, cutting keyways
  • Breakdown, assess, and rebuild gear reducers, pumps
  • Perform various other duties as assigned


Basic Qualifications:

Education and Experience:

  • Education: High School Diploma or GED required. AA Degree or equivalent preferred.
  • Experience (years/type) 3+ years in a maintenance related field
  • Other: Must be authorized to work in the United States.
  • Shift: Must be available to work any shift

 Competencies, Key Functional Skills and Knowledge

  • Results oriented work ethic
  • Outstanding Attendance Record
  • Proactive cooperation
  • Integrity
  • Computer proficient
  • Good Mechanical Aptitude
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