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Maintenance Technician - 1st shift


Northlake, IL, US, 60164-1603

Job Type:  Maintenance

Aspire Bakeries is a North American baking company with a leadership position in specialty frozen baked goods. Formed from leading bakery companies, its innovative food portfolio includes breads, artisan breads, buns, cookies, donuts, muffins and pastries from beloved brands like La Brea Bakery®, Otis Spunkmeyer®, and Oakrun Farm Bakery®. With 15 bakeries in North America, we are committed to driving innovation, predicting upcoming consumer trends and flavors, and exceeding our customers’ expectations. Aspire Bakeries champions the values of Integrity, Ownership, Customer Focus, Creativity and Care to help us deliver on People Safety, Food Safety, Quality and Collaboration.





  • Perform duties as assigned by the Maintenance Supervisor, Maintenance Manager, or their designee.
  • Assist or perform preventive maintenance on equipment to maintain good working condition.
  • Assist or perform in executing PLC troubleshooting. Change program, force inputs/outputs as needed.
  • Assist or perform the troubleshooting of electrical, and programming of PLCs throughout the plant.
  • Assist or perform in the repairs and maintenance of the heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration equipment (HVAC/R). All freezer PLCs, and engine room microprocessors.
  • Constructs and updates obsolete electric control panels, ability to build a new panel.
  • Ability to read blueprints, schematics, and troubleshoot PLC programs, to make changes by use of a company-provided laptop, with software to connect to control panels. Maintain a library of all programs, and update department laptops to have all required software.
  • Handles maintenance emergencies as required.
  • Maintains records in accordance with work order, backlog, control, and job assignment systems.
  • Completes duties in accordance with quality assurance, GMPs, safety, and other company programs and procedures, and in accordance with government codes and regulations.
  • Maintain clean, organized, and safe work area, including wiping and washing equipment and tools; sweeping and mopping floors; and trash removal.
  • Working from engineering drawings. 
  • Learn production process; Work with production and sanitation line leaders, and supervisors to meet their daily goals, and deadlines. 
  • Ability to read and interpret shop/engineering drawings.
  • Be active in the preventative maintenance program, daily plant fundamentals, and all safety procedures.
  • Keeps abreast of the latest manufacturing technologies and systems and engineering concepts.
  • Works to maintain and improve on the quality, legality, and safety of each product and the processes used in their manufacture.
  • Responsible for keeping assigned work area clean and tidy at all times and reporting any potential contamination and suspicious activity to a Supervisor immediately.
  • Working knowledge of  FDA regulations, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs), sanitation processes/procedures HACCP, and sanitary design.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of efficient and safe manufacturing operations to include product and associate safety, OSHA standards, product quality (success rates), and cost control (minimizing downtime and waste, optimizing yield).
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze and resolve problems.
  • Demonstrated mechanical and spatial aptitude, including the ability to disassemble and reassemble equipment.
  • Demonstrated ability to formulate and understand complex mathematical equations.
  • Expected to work in other areas as needed, work closely with other departments, all shifts.
  • Maintain your toolboxes, and carts to meet food safety audits, on a daily basis. Properly store chemicals used.
  • This position is also responsible for food safety and legality.



  • A high school diploma or GED is required.
  • Requires technical certificate in HVAC, refrigeration, mechanical, electrical, and/or plumbing repair.
  • Experience working in a maintenance department, preferably in an automated food processing plant.
  • Knowledge of equipment setup, functions, operating procedures, and preventative maintenance techniques. Basic knowledge of programmable logic controllers (PLCs) is preferred.
  • Other skills and experiences could be refrigeration, plumbing, industrial electrical and mechanical systems and maintenance, and automated food manufacturing process controls and equipment




Aspire Bakeries is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.