Maintenance Technician

Orwell Cove - Prince Edward Island (PE),

Gerrit Visser

Job Description:

G Visser & Sons is a potato packing operation located in Orwell Cove on beautiful Prince Edward Island. We wash, grade and pack potatoes for the fresh table market. We have a longstanding reputation with retailers, distributors, co-packers and customers of providing exceptional quality, and having the capacity and flexibility to deliver what they need, when they need it. Our quality potatoes, or spuds as we often call them, are grown by our own farm, GW&R Visser Farms, and other trusted partner growers, who consistently harvest beautiful potatoes from PEI’s rich red soil.

The Maintenance Technician will help support our packing operations by building, repairing and maintaining all of the equipment necessary for our operation.

Major Tasks Responsibilities

1. Ensure effective and timely preventative maintenance and continuous improvement
2. Foster effective and positive communication and relationships with all employees, promoting teamwork and reinforcing the function of maintenance as a service and support function
3. Ensure daily, weekly and monthly preventative maintenance tasks are completed within allotted downtimes, capitalizing on any opportunities to complete during idle equipment time
4. Develop/maintain preventative maintenance protocols (daily, weekly, monthly)
5. Adjust hours as required to complete tasks or projects
6. Work with production daily to plan and schedule equipment overhauls, installations or other special projects to minimize downtime and maximize idle equipment or change over time
7. Assist and actively participate in problem solving and troubleshooting with both maintenance and production staff
8. Ensure appropriate parts inventory is managed and maintained
9. Identify improvement opportunities that will lead to longer equipment life and reliability, decreased maintenance time and/ or operating cost
10. Train and coach equipment operators in helping them to optimize machine performance, reliability, etc
11. Monitor and enforce when necessary, the housekeeping and safety standards being

maintained throughout the Company
12. Weekly identification and execution of continuous improvement projects to enhance or increase equipment thru put or operation efficiency
13. Prepare a weekly report including work completed, challenges and highlights, high level plan for week
14. Source and purchase replacement parts ensuring competitive pricing, timely delivery, etc
15. Keep tool and parts rooms tidy and stocked
Education/Qualifications and Experience

1. 5 + years experience in a maintenance function
2. Welding & fabrication experience an asset
3. Experience developing and performing regular inspections
4. Solid understanding or experience in setting up and managing preventative maintenance program

Key Skill/Competencies
1. Exceptional communication and coaching skills
2. Solid understanding or experience in setting up and managing preventative maintenance software
3. Ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines
4. Demonstrate sound judgment and decision making
5. Detail-oriented
6. Strong troubleshooting abilities
7. Motor service (diagnosis, bearing replacement)
8. Conveyor service (motors, gearboxes, bearings, slack adjusters, belt tracking)
9. Electric and diesel forklift maintenance and service
10. Potato weigher, bagger and sewer maintenance and service
11. Ability to read Schematics
12. Ability to work well in a fast-paced environment
13. Reliable
14. Punctual
15. Team player with good interpersonal skills
16. Effective time management skills
17. Proven ability to work independently or as part of a team
18. Ability to communicate clearly with fellow employees, suppliers, visitors etc, and as a representative of the company, treat them with respect and courtesy
19. Willingness to work in a variety of conditions (wet, cold, humid)
20. Willingness to work extended hours when required

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent


  • maintenance technician: 1 year (Preferred)


  • Orwell Cove, PE (Preferred)

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