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:: Equipment Maintenance Technician (formerly Equipment Technician) - Nutrition Center ::

Nutrition Center/Food Services

Position Code:
30022142 - Equipment Maintenance Technician (formerly Equipment Technician) - Nutrition Center

Work Hours:
40 hr/wk, year round

Application Deadline:

Position Description:


Under general supervision, performs technical maintenance and repairs on food packaging and volumetric production equipment in Food Service Department (FSD) Nutrition Center.


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS -- Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge, and skills. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by incumbents of this class. Employees are required to be in attendance and prepared to begin work at their assigned work location on the specified days and hours. Factors such as regular attendance at the job are not routinely listed in job descriptions, but are an essential function. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:


• Performs repairs, preventive maintenance and component replacement on food packaging and volumetric production equipment and systems; adjusts and repairs components according to MPS policies and quality standards.


• Uses technical skills and mechanical proficiency to maintain the integrity of FSD food production equipment, and assure maximum uptime and minimum disruption to food production procedures.


• Works independently, and makes appropriate decisions based on work experience; performs duties within scope of authority and training, and in compliance with safety and sanitation practices for commercial food preparation and storage.


• Sets up and starts up equipment; inspects and tests equipment to verify proper operations; makes adjustments as needed to assure error-free operations.


• Checks quantities of supplies used by volumetric packaging equipment and restocks as necessary; manages inventory of replacement parts for equipment and components.


• Checks equipment programming and operating parameters, and adjusts as needed.


• Performs preventive maintenance and repairs within scope of authority, and in accordance with safety regulations and procedures; notifies supervisors of repair problems beyond the scope of authority.


• Tests, adjusts, modifies and maintains equipment and components; disassembles, cleans, inspects and reassembles equipment; calibrates and tests finished job, and evaluates system durability.


• Monitors equipment conditions, gauge readings and operational reports; analyzes equipment functions and performs preventive maintenance and technical adjustments.


• Recognizes abnormally operating equipment, and uses troubleshooting skills to diagnose, analyze and repair mechanical, electrical and electronic equipment problems; maintains logs of equipment repairs and problems, and identifies cost-effective solutions.


• Monitors work site to assure that safety rules and regulations are adhered to, and that the work zone and all equipment are in safe operating condition.


• Assists in training work crews in proper equipment operation and safety standards.


• Demonstrates courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with students, clients, visitors, and MPS staff; acts in a manner that promotes a harmonious and effective workplace environment


• Enthusiastically promotes the Superintendent’s goals and priorities in compliance with all policies and procedures.


• Maintains absolute confidentiality of work-related issues, records and MPS information.


• Other duties or tasks may be assigned on an as-needed basis


• At times may be required to work outside normal business hours and work extended hours to accomplish requirements of the position.



Education, Training and Experience Guidelines

High School Diploma or GED equivalent; AND three years experience maintaining and repairing mechanical equipment; OR an equivalent combination of education, training and experience as determined by Human Resources.


Knowledge of:


• Federal, state and local codes and regulations governing food handling operations.


• Local, state and Federal safety rules and regulations.


• Techniques, tools and equipment used in equipment maintenance and repairs.


• Operation, maintenance, repair and safety standards for motorized equipment.


• Safe work practices, occupational hazards and safety precautions in a production facility.


• Safety and sanitation practices and methods for food preparation, distribution and storage.


• Principles of record keeping and records management.


Skill in:


• Operating and maintaining tools and equipment in a safe and effective manner.


• Identifying and evaluating unsafe conditions and mechanical problems.


• Repairing, calibrating and maintaining electromechanical equipment and components.


• Making operating adjustments and repairs to mechanical equipment.


• Prioritizing multiple tasks, projects and demands.


• Promoting and enforcing safe work practices.


• Following verbal and written instructions and procedures.


• Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with co-workers and clients.


• Operating a personal computer utilizing standard and specialized software.


• Communicating effectively verbally and in writing.



A valid Minnesota State Driver’s License may be required. State Food Handler’s permit is required within thirty days of hire; forklift license may be required.



Work is performed in a commercial food service work environment; moderate physical requirements; may be exposed to safety hazards and dangerous tools and equipment; safety precautions must be followed including use of safety equipment; a job in this category may require walking, bending, reaching, kneeling, crouching, climbing ladders, and ability to lift and move items weighing up to 50 pounds.


SALARY:  SEIU Local 284  $20.76/hr


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:  Nutrition Center, 612-668-2480


Diversity is one of Minneapolis Public Schools core values and is essential to our goal of putting children first and making them college-ready.  Diversity of our workforce provides us with a competitive advantage and allows us to better understand, communicate with and educate our diverse student body. Minneapolis Public Schools will not deny anyone the opportunity for training or employment because of sex, race, religion, color, creed, national origin, marital status, age, sexual preference, disability or status with regard to public assistance.


Minneapolis Public Schools strongly encourages diverse candidates to apply.


METHOD OF APPLICATION:  All applicants, including MPS employees, must complete an on-line application at (click on careers).In addition, upload an electronic copy of both your cover letter and resume to your application at the time that you apply.  Make sure that you apply for the specific position in which you are interested.  Only complete applications, which include all of the following items, will be considered:


- Cover Letter

- Resume

- On-Line Application


Final candidates may be invited to interview with a committee.