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Maintenance Technician

Company name
Green Plains Renewable Energy.

Lakota, IA

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Green Plains Inc. is a publicly traded Fortune 1000, diversified commodity processing business with agribusiness, ethanol production, cattle feed lot operations, commodity marketing, and distribution services. We are a growth company and the second largest consolidated owner of ethanol production facilities in the world. Green Plains, through our wholly owned subsidiary Fleischmann’s Vinegar Company, also provides specialized ingredient solutions for leading food and feed manufacturers.

Maintenance Technician

Job Summary

The Maintenance Technician position is a maintenance crew member assigned to perform maintenance which includes areas of expertise in electrical-mechanical maintenance and installation, instrumentation, controls, Frequency drives, mechanical troubleshooting and repair. Primary goal is to assure safe and efficient production by responding to changing conditions in timely manner.

Essential Functions include but are not limited to:

Working in all areas of the plant:

Instrumentation and Electrical repair and troubleshooting (Emphasis)

Electrical Repairs: Motors, Motor Starters, Running Conduit and wire pulling (Emphasis)

Troubleshooting and repair of PLC/DCS (Emphasis)

Programming of PLC/DCS systems

Trouble shooting and repair of pumps/ auto valves

Trouble shooting and repair of grain system

Performing preventative maintenance

50% of position is conducting electrical repairs and installations 50% conducting mechanical repairs and installation

Moves, sets, calibrates, as needed, controls such as: knobs, valves, switches, levers, and index arms, on control panels to control process variables such as: flows, temperatures, pressures, vacuum, time, and chemicals, by automatic regulation and remote control of processing units such as: heaters, coolers, thermal oxidizer, compressors, exchangers, and other units

Determines malfunctioning units by observing control instruments, such as meters and gauges or by automatic warning signals, such as lights and sounding of horns

Inspects equipment to determine location and nature of malfunction such as: leaks, breakages, faulty valves and pumps

Determines repair and maintenance of equipment

Patrols units to verify safe and efficient operating conditions

Lubricates equipment



3+ year of mechanical electrical experience or Maintenance Tech Degree

High School Diploma or GED required with preference of Maintenance Tech Degree

Familiarity with industrial equipment operations and care

Experience with Arc and MIG-Tig welding

Mechanical background with bearing changes, pumps, conveyors, etc.

Demonstrated ability to apply knowledge in the areas of planning, organizing, interpersonal communications

Strong Electrical Experience required

PLC/DCS knowledge

Knowledge of Hart Communication Systems, Profibus wiring and com methods, and Device-net

Ability to read and update electrical prints

Understanding of discrete and analog systems

Pneumatic Experience & Hydraulic Experience strongly preferred

Green Plains Inc. offers competitive pay: a generous benefit package including business casual work environment, health, dental, vision, life insurance, paid holidays, Paid Time Off (PTO) and a 401(k) retirement plan with immediate vesting and company safe harbor matching. All potential employees of Green Plains Inc. will be required to successfully pass a pre-employment drug screening and background check prior to employment.

Equal Opportunity Employer

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed 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. Other duties may be assigned.

Company info

Green Plains Renewable Energy.
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Company Profile
Green Plains is a vertically-integrated ethanol producer based in Omaha, Nebraska. We currently have an ethanol production capacity of approximately 1.0 billion gallons per year with our 12 plants located in Atkinson, Nebraska; Bluffton, Indiana; Central City, Nebraska; Fairmont, Minnesota; Fergus Falls, Minnesota; Lakota, Iowa; Obion, Tennessee; Ord, Nebraska; Riga, Michigan; Shenandoah, Iowa; Superior, Iowa; and Wood River, Nebraska. We also operate an independent third party ethanol marketing business, Green Plains Trade.

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