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Maintenance Trainer, Dec



Decatur, IL, USA
Posted on Thursday, June 13, 2024

Maintenance Trainer

Decatur, IL

Join Primient for a more rewarding manufacturing role. From day one, you’ll earn a great wage and full benefits.

Poised for new era of success: our goal is to unlock the full potential of Decatur and our other US locations. The market is strong for our plant-based ingredients, which go into everything from sodas to hand cream and cardboard to clothing. As our business grows, our people will grow.

Established yet entrepreneurial: Primient is an industry leader with proven products, six manufacturing plants, 1500+ employees and deep roots in corn wet milling. Yet we’re also a brand-new company that is ready to drive change and create impact.

Investing in the future of Decatur: We are making an unprecedent investment in our plant and people to create a state-of-the-art facility. It will be a rewarding place for people to work now and for generations to come.

The Opportunity:

Under general direction of the Maintenance Manager; designs, develops, implements and evaluates formal and informal in-house training programs and coordinates and oversees outside training providers for all Maintenance Department employees. Occasionally assists with training initiatives for other departments and functions within the Plant. This position is responsible for maintaining and updating the department’s technical publications library and preventive maintenance inspection programs and documentation. The Maintenance Trainer is frequently called upon to research and make recommendations regarding technical issues and to perform ad-hoc training and mentoring of junior mechanics and apprentices. This position will be required to work modified hours per day, change shifts and/or days off in order to perform the required training on an as needed basis. Occasionally performs other duties as assigned.

Main accountabilities

  • Conduct ongoing training needs assessment for department crafts persons, including required safety and compliance training
  • Design, develop, implement and evaluate formal and informal in-house training programs
  • Coordinate and support activities of third party training providers, including development of training schedules and provision of training resources
  • Maintain detailed recordkeeping of all vendor provided and in-house training activities
  • Maintain and update department electronic and hardcopy technical publication libraries
  • Perform ad hoc and hip pocket training sessions with junior mechanics and apprentices
  • Research fleet technical issues and make recommendations for corrective action
  • Certify records of work in progress and completed, including time reports, material requisitions, maintenance records and equipment counts when required
  • Monitor workplace activities to ensure safe work practices are adhered to
  • Monitor and evaluate work during training program for quality control and productivity
  • Assist maintenance in developing technical specifications for new vehicles, materials, and equipment
  • Assist Maintenance and Reliability in forecasting future maintenance requirements based on trend and failure analysis
  • Enforce District and Department work rules, regulations and policies
  • Knows and follows the safety and health rules and safe working practices applicable to his or her job
  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with Plant employees, customers, vendors and all others contacted during the course of work using principles of excellent customer service
  • Performs additional related duties as assigned
  • Regular and reliable attendance and performance is required


  • Knowledge of:
    • Principles, methods, tools and materials used in maintenance of industrial facilities
    • Applicable workplace occupational health and safety principles and practices
    • CMMS systems (SAP)
    • Plant policies and labor agreement (MOU) provisions
    • Occupational health and safety rules and working practices applicable to this position
  • Skilled in or Ability to:
    • Communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing
    • Utilize common instructional methods and techniques
    • Read, interpret and apply complex technical repair instructions
    • Write effective memos, justifications, and bulletins to support day-to-day operations.
    • Effective problem solving
    • Basic business office technologies (i.e. spreadsheet, word processing, database, Email)
    • Basic leadership and motivational principles and practices
    • Demonstrate interpersonal skills, tact and assertiveness.
  • Minimum Qualifications
    • Education and Experience Equivalent to:
      • Completion of four year journey-level apprenticeship, five years journey-level mechanic experience and two years work experience in training others, or an approved equivalent combination of training and supervisory related experience.

Physical Requirement: Frequently lift, carry and manipulate up to 50 pounds. Work inside and outside in all weather conditions. Working around fumes, odors and dust in an occasionally high-noise environment, with appropriate personal protective equipment.

Working with us in Decatur

Our Primient plant is the largest and most complex facility across our network, and has been part of the Decatur community for over 100 years. It has been a hub of innovation and technology and will continue to be a flagship facility for Primient. Today, more than 400 people work at our plant and administration building. We are proud of our strong union relations, our excellent safety record, and our local community outreach and service. Our promising future makes it an exciting place to be.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging

We are passionate believers in the power of difference. We strive to represent the communities in which we operate and to provide an inclusive, welcoming environment for all. We want Primient to be a place where every employee feels they belong and knows they are seen, heard, valued and safe to speak up. Our aspiration is to unlock the full potential in diverse perspectives, while offering everyone an equal chance to grow, thrive and progress.

Primient is an equal opportunity employer, committed to the strength of an inclusive workforce.

Successful candidates must also pass a computer test, drug screen, and background check.