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Maintenance Apprentice

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Location: Ft. Mill, SC, United States

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Maintenance Apprentice                                    Facilities Manager                               

Title of PositionTitle of Supervisor


Maintenance                                                        Fort Mill Distribution Center               







This position is responsible for support and collaboration with the maintenance lead position and maintenance technicians.  The position is a primary role that will be used to train and develop to understand all facets of the Fort Mill DC operation.  Responsibilities will include routine preventive maintenance of equipment, learning to maintain all production equipment, performing, and managing opportunities to continuously improve on current maintenance processes.  This position is training to grow within the current maintenance operations.



  1. Shadow and learn from maintenance lead and technicians to perform regular and preventive maintenance of sorter system, Autostore and other facility needs. 


  1. Assure absolute safety of working conditions and environment while performing maintenance and housekeeping tasks.  


  1. Perform all needed maintenance tasks as needed to ensure that the facility is properly maintained, including carpentry, painting, plumbing and electrical repairs


  1. Develop to ultimately take on full responsibility of leading electrical maintenance and reliability activities for facility automation equipment. 


  1. Performs related work as apparent or assigned.


  1. Willingness to learn and gain working knowledge of PLC ladder logic.


  1. Maintain records, reports, recommendations, evaluations reflecting the conditions under which general building maintenance operations are performed.


  1. Ability to articulate, through verbal and written communication, at a high level with various vendors/contractors on needed repairs throughout the Distribution Center and attached grounds.


  1. Assists leadership on ensuring we receive best pricing on all services and parts ordered for the Ft. Mill DC.


  1. Technically sound in all aspects of Facilities Maintenance. Go to person for his fellow team members for technical               



  1. Drive continuous improvement behaviors to develop and drive a world class operation.


  1. Coordinate, track and manage maintenance activities performed by 3rd party providers. 


  1. Work directly with operations team to create a long-term maintenance vision and executable plan to meet these goals. 


  1. Coordinate, support, and schedule tasks to be completed across the department.


  1. Completes emergency, predictive, and preventative maintenance tasks on various equipment within the Distribution Center.


  1. Gain understanding of how to perform weekly churn test on the fire sprinkler system; completes regular testing, maintenance, and upkeep of all fire exit doors, fire door alarms, and exit maps.


  1. Provides backup support as required in the Battery Room and on the Sorter.





  1. Operates equipment such as forklift, scissor-lift & stock picker as required in order to complete assigned tasks.


  1. Works independently on more advanced projects or as an assistant to more experienced maintenance staff on more difficult projects. 


  1. Maintain a positive and constructive work environment within the department as well as with other departments and promote teamwork. 


  1. Ensures preventative maintenance is performed accordingly to schedule for all facility conveyor and related equipment.


  1. Performs all conveyor repairs and installation.


  1. Participates in and provides primary maintenance support to the facility Safety Committee.


  1. Maintains work areas in a neat and orderly condition.


  1. Works safely and complies with all established safety rules and practices.


  1. Keeps supervisor informed of important developments, potential problems and related information necessary for

effective management. Coordinates and communicates plans and activities with others, as appropriate to ensure a           

coordinated work effort and team approach.


  1.  Performs other duties as apparent or assigned.





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.


  • High School education or equivalent.
  • Minimum of 5 years of general maintenance experience.
  • Journeyman level mechanic in Industrial Maintenance. 
  • Ability to obtain equipment license or power equipment certification as required.
  • Ability to read and interpret electrical and hydraulic schematics, block and wiring diagrams
  • Experienced in the operation of hand tools and power tools; including, but not limited to drill, hammer drill, grinder, band saw, jig saw and rotary saw.
  • Experienced in the operation of an acetylene torch.
  • Ability to flex and work shift as needed.
  • Ability to maintain a positive attitude and work in a manner that promotes a safe working environment.
  • Ability to contribute to the team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.
  • Demonstrates Northern Tool + Equipment’s 12 Core Competencies.
  • Working knowledge of PLC ladder logic
  • Working knowledge of AC Servo Drives
  • Good understanding of HVAC operational principles
  • Familiar with all aspects of the fire/sprinkler control system in an industrial setting















The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Ability to stand and walk throughout the facility during required length of the shift.
  • Ability to climb a ladder and work at elevated heights up to 35 feet.
  • Frequently required bend, stoop, push and pull objects.
  • Regularly required to stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms.
  • Specific vision abilities include depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Ability to talk and hear.
  • Ability to lift up to 70-100 pounds on a continuous basis.
  • Ability to work at all levels within and outside of the facility in a variety of weather conditions.
  • Ability to operate forklift, motorized pallet jack or other power equipment as necessary.
  • Ability to work with battery acids, paints, lubricants, solvents and cleaners.





  • None




  • Protective hand wear required (gloves issued for individual assignment)
  • Welding gloves and masks.
  • Safety Glasses/Face Shield




This document is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this position.  It is not intended to be an entire list of all activities, tasks and skills required of people in the position.



June 2015