Maintenance Mechanic in Vancouver, WA at Hawthorne Gardening Co.

Date Posted: 1/2/2022

Job Snapshot

Job Description

At the Hawthorne Gardening Company (HGC) we want our people to empower more people to garden no matter where and how they choose to grow. We accomplish this by encouraging people to live happier, healthier lives through gardening. If you also feel this way then you’d fit in great with us!

We are looking for a Maintenance Mechanic who will grow at our Vancouver, WA facility!

Starting pay is $25.45 per hour plus a $ 1.50 shift differential!

In this role you will:

Maintain, troubleshoot, and repair manufacturing and related equipment as well as building systems to maintain safe and fully functional equipment. You will limit downtime by making repairs in a timely manner.

Essential Functions:

It is essential for all employees to adhere to Company policies.

  • Troubleshoot problems to affect complex repairs by referring to equipment manuals and following repair procedures, so equipment can be operational with a minimum of down time.
  • Identify, document, and correct potential safety hazards while fulfilling work orders and other maintenance projects.
  • Support 5S activities in maintenance and in the factory value streams.
  • Utilize maintenance information for root cause analysis, improved equipment up-time, spares optimization, and cost reduction initiatives.
  • Process the necessary paperwork involved in daily work such as preventative maintenance work orders, purchase requisitions and other documents specific to the work area.
  • Perform preventive maintenance work on equipment and situations to ensure minimal down time of manufacturing equipment so production targets are achieved.  Maintenance can include cleaning and lubricating shafts, bearings, gears, and other parts of machinery, using rags, brushes, and grease guns.  Inspect and test machinery and equipment.
  • Dismantle defective machines and equipment and install new or repaired parts, following manufacturer's specifications and blueprints, using precision measuring instruments and hand tools.
  • Assemble, install, and program mechanical, electro-mechanical and automated machinery and systems such as production machinery / tools, storage racks, and robots.
  • Responds to emergency / unscheduled equipment needs, includes nights and weekends.
  • Set up and operate machine tool equipment in the maintenance area as well as basic operation of most production equipment such as drill presses, vertical mills, band saws, cut off saws, engine lathes, gas, arc, MIG, and TIG welding equipment as may be necessary to fabricate, repair and/or duplicate parts required to maintain and repair equipment.                 
  • Layout, assemble, install, and maintain pipe systems for pneumatic equipment.  Repairs and replaces gauges, valves, pressure regulators, and related equipment. Use of hand tools weighing up to 15 pounds including power tools. This equipment will include but not be limited to drills, saws, grinders, and threading equipment.

Job Specifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, & Behaviors):

  • High School diploma or GED required.
  • Associates degree in a technical field or equivalent experience preferred.
  • Five years industrial maintenance experience required.
  • Knowledge of mechanical, electrical, pneumatic, and hydraulics with ability to take voltage, amperage, OHM, pressure and/or flow reading in accordance with ladder and schematic diagrams and determine values.  Electrical/electronic knowledge/skill include but not limited to controls, magnetic starters, rotary switches, relays, solenoids, brakes, input/output devices for PLC’s, CNC and standard electrical wiring principles for AC (up to 480v. three phase) and DC.  Knowledge of linear and rotary drives including but not limited to ball screws, right angle, gear reducers, variable speed, rack and pinion, belt and chain, and hydraulic and pneumatic. 
  • Ability to be certified to operate forklifts, scissor lift, overhead cranes and hoists to assist in material and personnel movement required.
  • Must have in depth working knowledge and awareness to comply with all standard OSHA and State safety regulations and policies such as Lock Out Tag Out procedures; proper handling of solvents and chemicals according to MSDS sheet; vision, hearing and respiratory protection; and proper lifting techniques.
  • Excellent skills in interpersonal communication and teamwork.
  • Possess strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Work independently and possess a high level of self-motivation and initiative.
  • Effectively problem solve, prioritize, and follow through on assignments and projects.
  • Must be able to maintain inventory levels for spare parts and submit requests for additional parts as needed.
  • Never satisfied with the current state, always seeking to improve.
  • Maintaining a clean and safe work area at all times.

Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is continually required to stand; walk; balance; crouch, stoop, twist, kneel, use hands to finger, handle, grasp, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms, some overhead’ push/pull an average of 50 lbs. (maximum 125 lbs). The employee is occasionally required to lift up to 25 lbs; climb; twist, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk or hear. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception.

What we do for you (just to list a few cool ones):

•       Offer extremely competitive benefits including: Health, Dental and Vision coverage.

•       Fitness club reimbursement - $350/ Individual & $500/Family

•       Starting day one, 401K match (up to 7.5%) and discounted stock purchasing program (15% discount).

•       Our commitment to diversity and inclusion includes four employee resource groups: Scotts Women’s Network, Scotts Black Employee Network, Scotts Veterans Network and Scotts Young Professionals.

•       Generous vacation day policy in addition to 11 holidays

Our commitment to LiveTotal Health puts the wellness and safety of our associates and their families as the top priority.  Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring associate safety has been a primary focus for all of us at Scotts. With the continuing pandemic, we remain committed to doing everything we can to keep our associates healthy and safe.   As such, we are requiring certain associates to get a COVID vaccine*. This safety measure will help protect our associates, our families and our communities.  We recognize a medical or personal circumstance may prevent you from meeting this requirement and we have a process to address those concerns.

Not interested in this role? Check out our other career opportunities and learn more about what it’s like to work at Hawthorne Gardening Company by accessing our Talent Network: HGC Talent Network

The Hawthorne Gardening Company is a start-up company focused on hydroponic gardening. Dedicated to creating high quality products founded in social and environmental responsibility. Backed by the largest lawn and garden company in the U.S. (Scotts Miracle-Gro, NYSE: SMG) we bring new ideas, values, and culture to our endeavors without the constraints of a large corporation. We are an energetic, progressive-minded, sustainability-focused group of highly-motivated individuals, eager to share our love of gardening with the world.

The brands and products within our portfolio include: Sunlight Supply, General Hydroponics, General Organics, Vermicrop, Botanicare, AeroGarden, CanFilters and Gavita Lighting.

Hawthorne Gardening Company is an EEO Employer, dedicated to a culturally diverse, drug free workplace.

EEO/AA Employer/Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity

Notification to Agencies:

Please note that the Hawthorne Gardening Company does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or employment agencies. In the absence of a signed Master Service Agreement, and specific approval to submit resumes to an approved requisition, the Hawthorne Gardening Company will not consider or approve payment regarding recruiter fees or referral compensations.

*Except where prohibited by state or local law


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