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Mechanical Technician


General Summary:

The principal responsibilities of the Mechanical Technician position are to ensure that the processes are maintained in a preventive fashion to ensure optimum reliability and up time. This position troubleshoots processes and has the ability to diagnose mechanical, hydraulic and pneumatic problems associated with process equipment. The Mechanical Technician is responsible for repairing malfunctioning equipment such as pumps, transmissions and other components. The Mechanical Technician position is part of a Maintenance Team that supports the paper machine. The position coordinates closely with the paper machine operations teams as customers of the reliability centered maintenance support services the maintenance team is responsible for delivering.

Education and/or Experience:

Post-secondary educational degree (2 to 4 year degree from college, university, technical-school, military, vocational or other advanced educational institution) along with 24+ months of experience is required.

Salary Compensation

Mechanical Techs will be Salaried Non-Exempt (Standard 40 hours and eligible for overtime after 40)

New Hire (Base): $60,000

Level 1 Mech. Technician: $62,500

Level 2 Mech. Technician: $65,000

Level 3 Mech. Technician: $67,500

INCENTIVE PLAN: Earn up to 33.3% of monthly base pay; paid out quarterly


Rotating 12 hour shifts, both days and nights included

8 or 10 hour “day” Monday-Friday, occasional weekend on-call coverage

It is expected that all of our Mechanical Technicians will fill both day and shift roles over the course of time.

Mechanical Technicians must be able to operate motorized equipment such as forklifts, scissor lifts, Genie lifts, hoists and cranes. The Mechanical Technician must possess basic to intermediate math skills. Must be able to read and understand blue prints, technical manuals and literature. Must be able to read orders and prepare reports legibly and properly.

Position Details

The candidate should be able to:

  • apply safe working practices and understand the principles of preventive and first-line maintenance
  • correctly diagnose a range of mechanical faults and plan a suitable course of action
  • understand the principles of power transmission systems; recognize, remove and refit taper-lock bushes, keyed shafts, belts, chains & couplings; install & align shafts; tension drive train components
  • correctly remove and refit various types of bearings (roller, ball, etc) identify various bearing types, understand their typical applications & recognize common defects
  • practice methods of removing broken studs
  • recognize stripped threads and correctly use thread repair equipment
  • manufacture gaskets and understand how to remove and replace seals and gland packing
  • understand the operation of various gearboxes, (helical, spur and worm-wheel)
  • correctly dismantle and replace drive belts
  • recognize various types of conveyor systems and their main components
  • identify typical faults and correctly remove, replace and track a conveyor belt
  • employ the appropriate welding process (MIG, TIG, or Stick, as appropriate)
  • Pipe fitting duties as necessary

The position is also responsible for the safe use of hoists, lift trucks, hand tools and power tools.

Additional Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Requirements:

  • Practical application training may require some out-of-state travel to various other Pratt Paper Mills
  • Wear all required Personal Protective Equipment (glasses, ear plugs, shoes, gloves, etc…)
  • Drug testing/Screening, Background Checks, Physical exam, and Reference Checks
  • Demonstrates a proven record of learning aptitude
  • Participate in ongoing educational certificate training program provided
  • Housekeeping, including washing up, sweeping, and shoveling debris
  • Working knowledge of equipment design for process troubleshooting
  • Perform other tasks as required by Mill Management


Medical (HSA Plan)/Dental/Vision Plans

401K Plan: 3.5% dollar for dollar match

100% Tuition Reimbursement

Annual $500 Healthy Lifestyles Program

Virgin Pulse Program, ability to reach $1,200 to your HSA annually

Supplemental Life Insurance Plans

Supplemental Spouse and Child Life Insurance plans

Income Protection Plans

Legal and Travel Assistance Plans

EAP/Home Auto Insurance Plans

Wireless/Auto/Discount Plans

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