Electro-Mechanical Technician – REMOTE

Smithfield Foods

Job Locations

US-MO-Kansas City

US-IL-St. Charles

Your Opportunity

As part of our Engineering team, you would analyze data, draft implementation plans for equipment maintenance optimization. Seeking out ways to maximize efficiencies by eliminating the waste of valuable resources that directly impact our overall maintenance operating costs. You are instrumental to the manufacturing of Smithfield, Eckrich, Nathan’s Famous, and our other product brands, to meet the needs of our customers and consumers.

The Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technician plays a key role in supporting production facilities. Providing the consistency of direction, expertise, and resources development to improve equipment reliability while at the same time reducing the cost associated with over reliance on OEM and 3rd party technicians. This role will be responsible for planning, training, and supporting efforts in conjunction with the plant teams in technical areas where the plants need shoring up. You will also be the facilitator and keeper of diagnostic equipment, back up programs, interface software and hardware etc. to effectively deal with conditions experienced with key equipment.

Salary Range

$54,000 – $79,750

Core Responsibilities

  • Trainer, keeper, and execution support for key equipment analysis instrumentation (such as Profibus Analyzer, Thermal Scanner, etc.).
  • Identification of data analysis opportunities within plants, direction to setup to capture that data, as well as the use of that data to solve problems or improve on systemic buried losses.
  • Application support for equipment driven Ignition tools.
  • Secondary repository for all download machine software, the cables/software keys/passwords etc. needed to download operating software, maintain a copy and a system to ensure all base line settings for each software-controlled machine are readily available. In essence the “failure recovery kit“.
  • Support automation introduction at plants including integration, training, troubleshooting etc. to provide a wider network of resources that can deal with advancing automation.
  • Understand and develop technical knowledge of the mechanical aspect of hydraulic and pneumatic systems
  • Evaluate repeat failure occurrences to develop proactive preventive measures
  • Lead and conduct autopsy post significant event
  • Facilitate, coach and train the development of consistent plant specific equipment troubleshooting and system/process procedures (Play Books & SOP’s).
  • Establish that Plants local Electro-Mechanical vender resources provide capability and value in alignment with Smithfield M&E objectives/standards. Foster added value opportunities in this area including individual componentry training & insight, technical and service expertise, technical training capabilities, availability, etc.
  • Lead troubleshooting efforts that have exceeded the plants abilities.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. May perform other duties as 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 to perform the essential functions.

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university in Engineering or related field and 5+ years of relevant experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience required.
  • Established experience controlling, implementing, and commissioning industrial systems.
  • Understand control system concepts as well as how they relate to critical IT infrastructure.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
  • Proficient SAP user preferred.
  • Data management: SQL
  • Experience in troubleshooting meat processing equipment from the following OEMs (Marel, Frontmatec Handtmann, Weber, etc..)
  • Experience in troubleshooting vacuum packaging machines (Multivac, Cryovac, etc..)
  • Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • The ability to work through complex, unstructured problems.
  • Capable of communicating and expressing ideas clearly and concisely, in both written and verbal formats.
  • Ability to use engineering knowledge and skills to identify, develop and implement process improvements and communicate results.
  • Strong interpersonal, technical, and presentation skills are required.
  • Ability to work well with others in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
  • Ability to be respectful, approachable, and team-oriented while building strong working relationships and a positive work environment.
  • Must be able to travel up to 50% – 70% of the time. (Occasional Weekend Travel may be required)
  • Must be available via phone to provide remote support.

Careers and Benefits

To learn more about Smithfield’s benefits, visit smithfieldfoods.com/careerbenefits.


More than 63,000 employees globally drive our success. We strive to create a fair, ethical and rewarding work environment.



Working at Smithfield isn’t just a job – it’s the foundation for a lifelong career with training designed to help you advance professionally.



Our people matter. That’s why we offer excellent, comprehensive benefits packages to our full-time employees. Also, education benefits available to full and part-time Smithfield team members on their first day of employment



Sustainability is ingrained in our culture and guides how we operate. We believe in innovating for the future.


About Smithfield Foods

Headquartered in Smithfield, Va. since 1936, Smithfield Foods, Inc. is an American food company with agricultural roots and a global reach. With more than 60,000 jobs globally, we are dedicated to producing “Good food. Responsibly®“ and serve as one of the world’s leading vertically integrated protein companies. We have pioneered sustainability standards for more than two decades, including our industry-leading commitments to become carbon negative in our U.S. company-owned operations and reduce GHG emissions 30 percent across our entire U.S. value chain by 2030. We believe in the power of protein to end food insecurity and have donated hundreds of millions of food servings to our communities. Smithfield boasts a portfolio of high-quality iconic brands, such as Smithfield®, Eckrich® and Nathan’s Famous®, among many others. For more information, visit www.smithfieldfoods.com, and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

EEO/AA Information

Smithfield is an equal opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, gender identity, protected veterans status, status as a disabled individual or any other protected group status or non-job characteristic as directed by law.

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