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Company: Harbor Freight Tools
Location: Joliet, IL
Career Level: Entry Level
Industries: Retail, Wholesale, Apparel


As a Maintenance Technician 1 (MT1), you will maintain and repair automated material handling and facility equipment, and ensure high equipment availability rates. You will use preventive and predictive maintenance processes, and rapidly troubleshoot equipment breakdowns and quickly restore equipment to service to support the successful operation of the supply chain facility. You will work with other technicians to solve problems, validate quality of work for outside specialty contractors, and meet aggressive time lines. You will collaborate with Senior Controls Technicians to perform Root Cause Analysis for equipment failures. This is an entry-level position in the technician role with promotion potential to Maintenance Technician 2, by completing and demonstrating proficiency in all related Maintenance Technician 2 job requirements, measured by both hands-on validation and by a written assessment.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Maintain and perform basic troubleshooting of electrical and mechanical aspects of Material Handling Equipment (MHE) on site, including conveyor systems, sortation, scales and printer applicators
  • Demonstrate mechanical proficiency for hydraulic and pneumatic systems, and AC/DC electrical motors and drives
  • Adjust, reset, repair, or replace adjustable components (belts, chains, cables) and wearing components (guides, bearings, wheels, rollers, pulleys)
  • Maintain and troubleshoot motors, photo eyes, relays, proximity sensors, solenoids, motor starters, tachometers, encoders, etc.
  • Clean, lubricate, and calibrate equipment
  • Use appropriate job plans, procedures, and manuals
  • Perform preventative maintenance on facility equipment (i.e. Powered Industrial Trucks, HVAC, air compressors and dryers, and balers)
  • Perform basic electrical maintenance and simple repair/replace of various electrical circuits and related electronic equipment, using tools such as multi-meters and infrared thermometers
  • Read and understand basic electrical and electronic schematics
  • Utilize handheld devices and asset management system mobile apps to create and close Work Orders with appropriate data (labor hours, downtime, problem/cause/remedy, and parts used)
  • Develop and maintain positive working relationships across all levels of the organization
  • Follow appropriate safety procedures and use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) while maintaining equipment (Lock Out/Tag Out, Arc Flash, etc.), and ensure a safe work environment by eliminating potential equipment safety hazards.
  • Additional duties as assigned

  • This is a non-exempt position
  • Member of the maintenance staff
  • No direct reports
  • 5% travel required 
  • Warehouse environment, closed-toed shoes are required


Job Qualifications – Education and Experience
  • High school diploma or equivalent required
  • Degree from a vocational school or college with a focus in the Mechanical or Electrical field (Proffered)
  • 2+ years experience
  • Apprenticeship or equivalent experience in the Mechanical or Electrical field
  • Automated conveyor systems and controls with robotic operation/ maintenance
  • Material Handling Equipment (MHE) safety standards
  • Programmable Logic Control (PLC) programs and Human Machine Interfaces (HMIs)
  • Basic PC competency and ability to use mobile apps on handheld devices
  • Familiar with simple wiring diagrams, symbols and electrical measuring
  • Experience in the following areas:
  • Work order management
  • Preventive/predictive maintenance procedures
  • Commonly used industrial tools
  • Basic Carpentry and Plumbing
  • Basic blueprint and schematic reading
  • Basic AC/DC electrical and electronic principles
  • Basic metal fabrication and welding
  • Basic Industrial Controls
  • Ability to troubleshoot basic Input/Output functions
Additional Qualifications (behavioral traits, certifications, etc)
You are highly productive, self-motivated, creative, and focused, and have excellent communication skills. You love to learn and embrace rapidly changing technologies. You seek out challenges and take calculated risks when appropriate. You are passionate about creating would-class solutions to delight our consumers, customers, and partners.

Physical Requirements
Must be able to perform with or without reasonable accommodation:
  • Regular bending, lifting, stretching and reaching both below the waist and above the head
  • Lift and move totes or cartons up to 50 pounds
  • Walking within and around the site with great frequency
  • Ability to climb ladders and gangways safely and without limitation, and work off platforms and equipment at significant heights
  • Ability to use full manual dexterity in both hands and wrists, excellent eye to hand coordination, feet (foot pedals), manual (picking, pinching, holding, grasping), and wrist motion (repetitive flexion/rotation)
  • Working conditions may include small spaces, dust, fumes/odors, hot/cold temperatures, inside/outside noise, vibration, standing on concrete for long hours and wet or uneven surfaces
  • Ability to stand/walk for up to 10-12 hours
Must be able to perform this job safely in accordance with standard operating procedures and good manufacturing practices, without endangering the health or safety of self or others.

The anticipated rate for this position is $27.00 per hour depending on location, knowledge, skills, education and experience. In addition, we offer comprehensive and competitive benefits to Associates (and their families) such as medical, dental, vision, life insurance, short-term and long-term disability. Eligible Associates are able to enroll in our company's 401k plan. Associates will accrue paid time off up to 120 hours per year, including 56 hours of Floating Holidays and paid sick time up to 64 hours per year unless otherwise required by law.  The Company observes two (2) Company paid holidays.


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