Industrial Maintenance Technician

Founders Brewing Co.

Grand Rapids, MI, USA

Full time

Sep 6

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At Founders Brewing Co., we continually challenge ourselves into places that most won’t go. We strive to be unique, to break barriers and challenge what is commonly accepted as the “norm.” It’s this mindset that has created our culture here at Founders and lead us all to a lifestyle of no regrets. Why can’t we become who we choose to become?

Our collective goal is to be one of the most highly recognized and successful breweries in the United States.

An important part of reaching this goal is by recruiting, hiring and retaining unique individuals from a variety of backgrounds possessing broad and diverse skill sets. Quite simply, we believe that these people make the world a better place – and Founders a better company.

Our work community is made up of dedicated employees that bring their best to work every day to make the most delicious beer on the planet. To continually strive for greatness, it is essential for us to have a team that reflects the diverse communities we love, serve and to whom we raise our glasses.

We believe in fostering an atmosphere of empowerment and where every Founders team member can belong…bringing their full, authentic selves to work each and every day. It’s the Founders way. Sound interesting? If so, take the next step in becoming a member of the Founders team by checking out our open positions below.


Maintains production and quality by ensuring safe operation of mechanical and electrical machinery and equipment by performing the following duties.

This position is third shift, working 5 PM to 5 AM on Thurs-Fri-Sat, however the employee will be paid for 40 hours with a third-shift premium. This could change if business needs change. 


Include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Completing preventive maintenance requirements and providing procedural feedback on motors, pneumatics, instrumentation, conveyor systems, and production machines.
  • Installs, programs, inspects, troubleshoots, and adjusts electrical and mechanical equipment, instrumentation, and related information systems
  • Locates sources of problems by observing mechanical devices in operation; listens for problems; uses precision measuring, and tests instruments.
  • Maintains continuity among work teams by documenting and communicating actions, irregularities, and continuing needs through email and notifications in eMaint system.
  • Removes defective parts by dismantling with hand and power tools.
  • Determines changes in dimensional requirements of parts by inspecting used parts by using rules, calipers, micrometers, and other measuring instruments.
  • Adjusts functional parts of devices and control instruments by using a combination of hand tools, power-tools and computers.
  • Works with operations to control downtime by informing production workers of routine preventive maintenance techniques; monitors compliance.
  • Maintains equipment, parts, and supplies inventories by checking stock to determine inventory level; anticipates needed equipment, parts, and supplies, and verifies receipt of parts.
  • Conserves maintenance resources by using equipment and supplies as needed to accomplish job results.
  • Builds capability in technicians by providing maintenance information to answer questions and requests.
  • Maintains technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviews technical publications; establishes personal networks.
  • Maintains continuity among work teams by documenting and communicating actions, irregularities, and continuing needs.
  • Maintains safe and clean working environment by complying with procedures, rules, and regulations.
  • Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.
  • Initiates work orders pertaining to equipment and information systems; ensures work orders are accurate and complete; performs record-keeping functions.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Ability to work rotating, off, or weekend shifts, as scheduled to cover production needs and demands; schedule will be dictated by workload and company needs.
  • Good candidates must fit in with our enthusiastic and hardworking team environment.
  • Must be a great communicator.
  • Possessing hand tools, multi-meters, sockets and wrenches is a plus.
  • Experience with equipment maintenance is a must.
  • Must possess technical understanding of mechanical and electrical controls systems and equipment with experience and capability for troubleshooting both.
  • Demonstrated experience in
  • Must be able to deal with uncertainty and must be flexible.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of safety rules and equipment
  • Ability to follows equipment diagrams, P&ID’s, sketches, operations manuals, manufacturer's instructions, and engineering specifications.
  • Knowledge of and capability for programing with ladder logic and relay logic; operation of PLCs, RTUs and associated inputs/outputs and VFDs is a plus
  • Boiler Operators Certificate or Engineering License is a plus
  • One or Two year certificate to a trade school or two to three years’ experience; or a combination of both.
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