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Electromechanical Technician Trainee
at Valmont Corp
Welcome to Valmont, where a world of opportunity awaits. When you join our team, you become part of a passionate group dedicated to changing lives and conserving resources around the globe. We want problem solvers who roll up their sleeves to foster progress and innovation for all people. At Valmont, we provide infrastructure, irrigation, tubing and coatings to the world. We strengthen cities. We nourish croplands. We design, manufacture and coat. Our products and services make a difference. Join us, and BUILD YOUR WORLD.
A Brief Summary of This Position:
Works with and assists full time equipment maintenance employees to perform preventative maintenance and repairs on all equipment mechanical and electrical systems. A trainee will learn to perform trouble shooting, testing, disassembly, inspecting, repair and re-assembly of plant mechanical and electrical equipment, systems and components. Incumbent assists with the replacement and/or adjustment of mechanical clutches, drive trains, and assist in major and general repairs on all equipment. Trainee assists installing of distribution equipment including switch gear, I lines, bus ways, gutters, disconnects, conduits and cables in accordance with National Electrical Code. Incumbent performs minor electrical functions which include installation and repair of lighting, repair of small fixtures, appliances, welders, wire feeds and motors, changing fuses and general house cleaning. Will perform required fabrication of fixtures including welding, cutting, brazing and surface applications. Required to record labor and material used on each repair made. Required to take proper care in the use and maintenance of equipment. Will operate lift equipment including cranes, booms, lifts, cherry picker, forklift, etc. Exercise communication skills pertaining to the job. Reports all abnormal conditions and safety hazard to Supervisor.
- Assist and learn how to troubleshoot Electrical and electronic as well as hydraulic & pneumatic troubleshooting should progressively get better
- Assist and learn tier 1 level skills such as dropping power to a machine, replacing proximity switches, replacing a hydraulic pump, replacing a hydraulic or pneumatic cylinder, or installing a Hoffman box with PLC
- Assist and learn how to evaluate whether the installation of low voltage electrical equipment meets National Electrical Codes, OSHA and Valmont Safety Standards
- Assist and learn tier 1 skills such as troubleshooting electronic, electrical, & mechanical systems that do require considerable judgment although final diagnostic of a problem is not normally done by a tier 1 technician
- Ability to advance to Electromechanical Tech 1 and able to decide whether or not equipment can run or needs immediate attention for repairs
Other Important Details about the Role:
- Responsible for hand tools, electrical tools, volt/ohm and amp meters and other testing equipment, welders, including transportation equipment and lifting equipment
- Required considerable care and attention on the part of the employee to minimize damage to gauges, tools and equipment
- Demonstrated commitment to safety and a willingness to take personal responsibility for safety is required
- Responsible to maintain the work area in a safe condition
- Pre-use checklists will be filled out by the employee for forklifts and other material handling equipment.
- Lockout/tagout procedures are mandatory
- Employee operates as a member of the team, but not as a lead
Required Qualifications of Every Candidate (Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities):
- A High School Diploma or GED equivalent
- Must be enrolled in an Electrical or Electromechanical Technology or an Associate’s degree program
- The ability to climb and work at elevated heights of up to eighty feet
- Basic understanding of electrical, electronic, hydraulic, pneumatic, & mechanical schematics and terminology
- Basic understanding of rigging principles and methods
- The ability to accurately interpret electrical schematics, blueprints and National Electrical Code books for both AC & DC electrical systems
- The ability to read and understand hydraulic and pneumatic valves and prints
- A working knowledge of using e-mail
Highly Qualified Candidates Will Also Possess These Qualifications
- Ability to operate a forklift
- Experience welding and fabricating
- Experience with pneumatic, hydraulic, and mechanical troubleshooting
- Experience with low-voltage electrical / electronic troubleshooting
- Passion and integrity with the drive to excel and deliver exceptional results
- A degree in Electromechanical Technology
Working Environment and Physical Efforts:
Most of this job is performed in an indoor shop environment. The temperature range can be from 100 degrees in the summer to about 50 degrees in the winter. Most operations may expose employee to some type of disagreeable working conditions (wind, cold, heat, dust, dirt, fumes, noise, vibration, water, or oil). Working conditions may vary with specific work assignments. Some areas of the plant can be a noisy at times with sound levels reaching above 85 decibels. Hearing protection is available for those areas. Safety glasses and metatarsal safety shoes are required at all times in the plant. Gloves are required during certain operations. Face shield is required in addition to safety glasses when grinding. The employee operates machines that use liquid coolant and may also be exposed to cast iron dust. The employees must be able to spend the entire work shift on their feet within the plant environment. Some outdoor work is required which includes work in conditions with abnormal temperatures. Employee works around material stacked overhead height. Conditions range from clean work to exposure to odors, fumes, drafts, wet conditions, dirt, grease, smoke, dust, noise, high temperatures and low frigid temperatures. These conditions range from severe to mild and can happen daily and in any combination. An Electromechanical Technician works in disagreeable weather conditions nearly 30% of the year.
Operator must stand and walk, as well as handle parts, tools and equipment, gripping and grasping, on a frequent to constant basis. On an occasional to frequent basis, operator is required to lift/carry parts. Most weight moved is less than 30 lb. Although a few items do weigh more, a maximum lift of 50 lb. is all that is required. Standing, bending, pivoting, walking and reaching overhead are required during most of the shift. Climbing ladders, pulling wire through conduit, hanging fixtures and electrical components also requires a physical exertion. Lifting, carrying, bending, kneeling, stretching, crawling and working in awkward and/or confined positions is frequent with any electromechanical technician. Some of the physical tasks include hanging gearboxes on top of machines, changing brakes or the motors on cranes.
Valmont does not discriminate against any employee or applicant in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, genetic information, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by law. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
If you have a disability and require any assistance in filling out the application for employment, call (402) 963-1115 or email EEOCompliance@Valmont.com.
Valmont Industries is a leading producer and distributor of products for the infrastructure and agriculture markets.
Valmont Industries began in 1946 when our founder, Robert B. Daugherty combined his $5,000 savings and wholehearted belief that business could and should be done better. Since that modest start more than half a century ago, our company has grown to be an international leader in engineered products and services for infrastructure and water-conserving irrigation equipment for agriculture.
From the lighting and traffic structures that guide your way, to communication towers and utility structures that power your home and business, to irrigation equipment that waters the croplands on which your food is grown, Valmont products improve lives worldwide.
Valmont Industries operates in five primary business segments: Engineered Support Structures, Utility Support Structures, Coatings, Energy and Mining, and Irrigation. Valmont (VMI) is publicly traded on the NYSE.
We focus on two global markets: infrastructure and agriculture. Valmont Industries is present in 23 developed and developing countries, offering 27 brands from more than 80 facilities. International sales represent a significant portion of our revenues.
Valmont’s employees are passionate about the products we make. Along with our customers, they are the cornerstone of our success. We pride ourselves on being people of integrity who excel at delivering optimal results. We pursue opportunities for growth by taking our products and processes to new markets, introducing new products to regions where we have a presence, and continually improving our services to ensure that Valmont solutions are second-to-none.