Package Line Millwright Mechanic (Portage la Prairie, MB)

Simplot Canada (II) Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of the J.R. Simplot Company. The J.R. Simplot Company is a diverse, privately held organization, with roots firmly planted in agriculture and agriculture-related businesses. The J.R. Simplot Company is a true farm-to-table company with operations that touch every aspect of agriculture, including seed production, farming and ranching, plant sciences, fertilizer manufacturing, food processing, commercial product development, and distribution.


The Packaging Mechanic diagnoses packaging equipment problems, repairs minor and major breakdown of high-speed packaging equipment, sets up and installs all packaging equipment, performs preventative maintenance items, improves line efficiencies, and ensures all equipment is in safe working condition.

Key Responsibilities

  • The individual in this position must be able to disassemble, overhaul and reassemble all machines, including rebuilding and modifying any machine.
  • The individual must also be able to troubleshoot, diagnose and repair mechanical problems on all equipment.
  • This individual must be able to read mechanical blueprints, build or fabricate equipment as required, and perform preventative maintenance. 
  • The individual in this position must establish and maintain open communications and productive work relationships with Maintenance Supervisors, Shift Managers, Production employees and Maintenance co-workers.  
  • The individual in this position will be required to fully understand the purpose and operation of the areas in which they are working and is required to have the ability to make decisions based on sound judgment when a situation dictates it.
  • The individual in this position will be required to fully understand the purpose and operation of the areas in which they are working and is required to have the ability to make decisions based on sound judgment when a situation dictates it.
  • It is imperative the individual conducts themselves in a manner that ensures alertness and constant awareness of the safe operation of equipment and its surroundings.

Typical Education

  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED)

Relevant Experience

  • 3+ years related experience and/or training
  • Ensures the capability of efficient operation of all equipment in the Wet End/Process areas, by using preventative maintenance, troubleshooting, overhauling and repairing equipment to achieve operational goals.  
  • Maintains logs and paperwork for each shift as needed and ensures the accuracy of data reporting systems such as the Maintenance Daily Logs, and Work Order forms.  
  • Performs ARC, MIG, TIG welding and Acetylene cutting in a safe and accurate manner when repairing and fabricating equipment.  
  • Performs work on work orders; plans and schedules additional work as needed (can utilize JDE).  
  • Must be able to locate parts and reference part numbers.   
  • Maintains work area in a clean and functional condition.    
  • Performs assigned responsibilities during Plant evacuation or other emergency situations.  
  • Ensures attendance and participation in training activities appropriate to the position and incorporates acquired skills and knowledge.  
  • Ensures no injuries to self or others by following safe work practices and policies.  
  • Ensures that all work related activities within the facility are accomplished through methods which promote safety to employees and which minimize potential impact to the community and environment in which we live.  
  • Ensures self-compliance with Company policies and procedures. 
  • Ensures the interface with team members and other support groups is conducted in a participative management style consistent with operational goals.  
  • Conducts self in a professional manner and ensures personal appearance meets the standards necessary to perform the job function while representing the Company.  
  • Ensures that additional accountabilities as may be required by management be handled in a manner necessary to meet operational Divisional standards.

Required Certifications

  • Millwright Red Seal

Other Information

  • Must have the ability to read and understand plant and equipment manuals, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), instructional manuals, and mechanical blue prints.      
  • Must possess basic writing skills for recording information on daily logs, preventative maintenance forms and work orders.   
  • Must have basic math skills to perform measurements and fabrication.  
  • Must have a basic understanding of electrical systems.   
  • Must be capable of performing fabrication and welding to meet Company’s standards.  
  • Must have the ability to operate valves, keyboards, equipment, and other controls.  
  • Ability to safely lift up to 50 pounds.  
  • Must be able to climb stairs, ladders, catwalks and maneuver in close quarters. 
  • Must be able to work independently with minimal supervision.  
  • Must be able to furnish own hand tools.   
  • Ability to operate a forklift and aerial lift equipment once trained and certified, and must meet the standards on fall protection restraints. 
  • Must be able to stand for long periods on concrete floors and work in extreme environments (hot, cold, humid, and slippery). 

Job Requisition ID: 13507 

Travel Required: None 

Location(s): FG Plant - Portage la Prairie 

Country: Canada 


** Simplot Canada (II) Limited is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, marital status, or any other protected status.**

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