Plant Mechanic - Connell, WA

Employer: Lamb Weston

Job Description:
About Lamb Weston

Lamb Weston is a leading supplier of frozen potato, sweet potato, appetizer and vegetable products to restaurants and retailers around the world. For more than 60 years, we’ve produced innovative, inventive products that make life better for our customers and their customers.

Job Description Summary


Must have a complete knowledge as well as demonstrate plant safety rules including but not limited to the lockout-tagout procedure, confined space entry, chemical hazards, and the hearing conservation program. While performing task is expected to identify risk to themselves and others and modify task to mitigate these risks to insure a safe outcome. Is expected to properly use PPE as it relates to maintenance tasks and operating specialized maintenance tools and equipment. Must have good personal hygiene and be able to practice safe work habits

The position will primarily be in Processing area, Roof area, Facilities area, Disposal, and process effluent pretreatment facility. On occasion the position could be called on to support maintenance task in the plant Packaging, Refrigeration area. This person will have the responsibility of performing routine preventative maintenance work and support the operation of production, processing, diagnosing equipment problems, executing repairs, replacing, and setting up equipment, using equipment repair manuals, and assisting in the training operators in equipment operation and basic care.

This position may be required to work any shift and/or all days of the week in accordance with operational and the plant needs.

Job Description


The essential duties and responsibilities of this position include the following:

Other duties may be assigned.

Routine Maintenance Duties

Able to perform maintenance work, repair, and adjustment of process water equipment; change and replace belts, pulleys, sprockets, bearings, chains, motors, pumps, general maintenance, lubrication on other specialty equipment unique to process water and perform general building maintenance such as on doors and windows.
Able to diagnose and repair problems with valves, pneumatic and hydraulic equipment.
Able to perform structurally sound welds and acceptable cutting.
Able to use Tig, Mig, Arc welders
Pdm—temp checks
Alignments (pumps, sprockets, and MTR-11 conveyors
Able to read operating instructions and maintenance manuals to perform repairs.
Able to maintain organized workspaces, tools, support 5S, centerlining, and documentation.

Basic & Preferred Qualifications


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.

The following list of qualifications is not intended to be complete but should serve to guide candidates interested in considering bidding for the position.

Ability to perform simple plumbing tasks.
Ability to use hoists and rigging equipment safely.
Ability to obtain certification for forklift, knuckle boom and manlift.
Knowledge of fasteners, torque spec on all equipment that is stated below.
Ability to get certified in confined space to the level of rescue team.
Knowledge of equipment typical to processing like peelers, blanchers, dryers, fryers, screening shakers, former head, rock traps, conveyors (black/white belting, MTR-11belting, modular belt) gearboxes, pumps (positive displacement and centrifugal), lambguns switchers, application of hydraulics and pneumatics for opening, closing, and controlling equipment.


Ability to rebuild peeler vessel door assembly, door alignment, and gaskets
Being able to change steam peeler valves and understand the function of the valve’s operations
Ability to replace steam block and bearings with detailed measurements including torque specs.
Ability to rebuild centrifugal pumps.
Ability to install and correctly use the alignment tool on pumps couplers to motors
Knowledge of using correct lubricants per equipment.


Knowledge of how fryer, heat exchanger, circ. Pump, lakos, lakos purge auger works and operates.
Be able to repair Fryer chain conveyor, replace section of chain or rods


Ability to trouble shoot shakers, rehang shaker with new boards, and be able to identify stroke without sticker/gage
Ability to change out iso-flow drives (single & double)


Ability to adjust count per pounds and change out cut-off wire on former head
Knowledge and ability to trouble shoot & make adjustment on L4 former head
Knowledge on rebuilding the whole former head main bearings, cam bearings, adjustments on transitions seals


Ability to make repairs and replace MTR-11 conveyor
Knowledge on rebuilding the whole MTR-11 conveyor (conveyor, setting sprockets, directional and runners)


Ability to perform structurally sound welds and acceptable cutting (mild steel, stainless steel)
Able to use Tig, Mig, Arc welders (gas, rods, wire) change out as needed
Ability to weld all positions
Able to use stick welder to perform repairs
Able to use oxy-ace torches and plasmarc
Knowledge of fabricating guards, chutes, pump stands etc.


Ability to rebuild equipment cylinders, seal plates, including trouble shooting failures
Ability to assist operators

Knowledge to perform general building maintenance such as on roll-up doors, man doors, window, and restrooms.
Independently lead big jobs with a group of mechanics
Ability to train trainee/ beginners mechanics
Ability to successfully utilize computer systems and processes that support effective work planning.
Attention to detail and pride in workmanship.
Ability to stay self-motivated manage workload to meet deadlines.
History of working safely including both, those new to the company and current LW employees.
Ability to recognize and mitigate risk to achieve safe outcomes.
Ability to acquire and maintain tools on Mech Specialist tools list within 7 days in the role.

Cooperation, attendance, dependability, and initiative shall be considered in the overall evaluation of the individual, but no one item shall be used to deny qualification unless the item in question is consistently unsatisfactory.

Cooperation is a willingness to assist and cooperate with all departments and all personnel when called upon. It includes always being open to assist anyone who needs help.
Dependability is to consistently execute work plans to achieve desirable outcomes.
Initiative shall be defined as one who is a self-starter and does not require constant supervision to practice good work habits


Skills demonstration will assess candidate’s ability to read and comprehend equipment repair manuals, and ability to use and get certified in using shop power tools.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed 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 diploma or general education degree (GED) is preferred. Mechanical aptitude and experience in industrial maintenance is preferred.


Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety documents and processes, operating and maintenance instructions or work orders, technical and procedural manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondences. Ability to communicate effectively with peers and Team Leaders alike.


Must be proficient in basic mathematical calculations addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and fractions


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

While performing the duties of this job, the team member is regularly required to sit; use hands and fingers, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The team member frequently is required to stand; walk; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The team member is occasionally required to talk or hear and taste or smell.

The team member must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those a team member encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the team member frequently works near moving mechanical parts and in outside weather conditions and is frequently exposed to wet and/or humid conditions. The team member occasionally works in high, precarious places and is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles, hazardous or caustic chemicals, extreme cold, extreme heat, risk of electrical shock, and vibration. The noise level around equipment is usually loud. Hearing protection is required and provided by the company.

Industry-Competitive Benefits

Coupled with our compensation and bonus incentive programs, our benefits deliver rewards that are market competitive. Some of the most attractive elements of our benefit programs include:

Health Insurance Benefits - Medical, Dental, Vision

Flexible Spending Accounts for Health and Dependent Care, and Health Reimbursement Accounts

Well-being programs including companywide events and a wellness incentive program

Paid Time Off

Financial Wellness – Industry leading 401(k) plan with generous company contributions, Financial Planning Services, Employee Stock purchase program, and Health Savings Accounts, Life and Accident insurance

Family-Friendly Employee events

Employee Assistance Program services – mental health and other concierge type services

Benefits may vary based on location, job role/level, job status, and/or the terms of any applicable collective bargaining agreements.

Job Requisition ID: Req-222564

Time Type: Full time

Contact Person:
Location: Connell, WA
Application Method:
Base Pay: DOQ

Posted on August 16, 2022

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