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Niagara Bottling LLC Sr. Maintenance Technician PLC in Lancaster, Texas

At Niagara, we’re looking for Team Members who want to be part of achieving our mission to provide our customers the highest quality most affordable bottled water.

Consider applying here, if you want to:

  • Work in an entrepreneurial and dynamic environment with a chance to make an impact.

  • Develop lasting relationships with great people.

  • Have the opportunity to build a satisfying career.

We offer competitive compensation and benefits packages for our Team Members.

Sr. Maintenance Technician PLC

The Sr. Maintenance Technician ensures equipment uptime through timely, in-depth troubleshooting

and repair of all equipment failures. The Sr. Maintenance Technician shares knowledge of all production

equipment to maintenance team and Operators. The Sr. Maintenance Technician acts as a subject

matter expert on behalf of the plant in at least one of the following equipment areas: injection molders,

blow molders, fillers/cappers, labelers, case packers, conveyors, palletizers and/or stretch wrappers. The

Sr. Maintenance Technician performs troubleshooting and repair of facilities and auxiliary equipment

such as chillers, air compressors, Reverse Osmosis, other water filtration equipment and general

maintenance of the plant. Sr. Maintenance Technician works directly with Maintenance Technicians,

machine Operators, Supervisors, and Managers to resolve mechanical issues. The Sr. Maintenance

Technician develops and implements best practices aligned with Niagara’s maintenance strategies.

Through the use of preventative and predictive maintenance processes, the Sr. Maintenance Technician

champions continuous improvement efforts and assists with training in their designated focus areas.

Essential Functions

  • Adhere to and enforce highest standards in safety and good manufacturing practices plant-wide

• Train and lead Operators, Mechanics and Supervisors on technical procedures related to high-speed

bottle manufacturing and packaging

• Work directly with plant leadership to develop and execute projects involving continuous improvement, upgrades, and the resolution of re-occurring problems

• Rapid identification of machine problems to minimize equipment downtime with root cause

analysis conducted to prevent re-occurrence

• Partner with other Sr. Maintenance Technician to resolve cross-functional problems

• Use of available software systems to analyze and identify issues to drive throughput


• Define requirements and lead overhaul efforts to rebuild equipment to like-new status during

planned downtime

• Transfer knowledge to Niagara team members to develop operating and troubleshooting

procedures in the following areas of bottling production specialization:

o Blow molding, inclusive of PET processing, machine set-up, mold changes, and quality

inspection systems

o Filling/capping, beverage processing methods, cap feeding systems with light closures,

vision inspections systems and laser date coders, quality/sanitation standards, and conveying systems

o Labeling technology, roll-fed and/or cut and stack, machine set-up, hot melt gluing systems,

and conveying systems

o Dry-end packaging including case packers, case conveyors, conventional and robotic

palletizers, and stretch wrappers. Machine set-up required for all pack size changes

o Common OEM’s for production equipment: Krones, Sidel, KHS, Sacmi, Tech Long

• Transfer knowledge to Niagara team members to develop operating and troubleshooting procedures in the following areas of injection technology:

o Husky injection molding machines consisting of hydraulic, pneumatic, and electromechanical


o Auxiliary systems including resin handling/blending, resin drying, dehumidification, vision

inspection, conveying, and cooling systems

o Mold systems, internal hot runner and cold half maintenance, identification of component

wear and troubleshooting through detailed inspection of produced products

o Plastic processing at high speeds while maintaining tight part tolerances and acceptable

levels of acetaldehyde (AA)
  • Create SOP’s for troubleshooting machines, and upload them to BDA system; responsibility for machine reliability and meantime before failure

• Regular and predictable attendance, as well as required on-call availability, are essential

functions of the job to ensure equipment and facility up-time

• Please note this job description is not designed to contain a comprehensive list of activities,

duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities

and activities may change at any time with or without prior notice.


  • Minimum Qualifications:

  • 6 Years – Experience in a maintenance manufacturing environment

  • 6 Years – Experience in Position

  • 4 Years – Experience managing people/projects

    *experience may include a combination of work experience and education

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and resolve issues across multiple departments and levels of the organization

  • Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook

  • Effective communication of issues and solutions to cross-functional team members

  • Ability to read and interpret schematics: electrical, hydraulic, and pneumatic

  • Skilled in the use of shop equipment such as hydraulic and mechanical presses, bench grinder, drill press, mill and lathe, and assorted power tools

  • Proficient skills with precision measuring equipment, such as calipers, dial indicators, bore gauges, and depth gauges

  • Willingness to be a technical leader and trainer within a specific area of plant or machine center

  • Preferred Qualifications:

  • 10+ Years– Experience in a maintenance manufacturing environment

  • 10+ Years – Experience working in Position

  • 6 Years – Experience managing people/projects

*experience may include a combination of work experience and education

  • 4 years of experience in one of the following fields: blow molding, injection molding,

  • packaging, or beverage

  • 4 years of experience with Krones, Husky, Sidel, or other packaging or bottling equipment

  • 1 year of experience leading and developing others on the functionality and repair of equipment

  • 2 years of experience creating process improvements or continuous improvement initiatives

  • Skilled in fabrication capabilities such as cutting and welding (mig, tig or stick)

  • Skilled working with electrical systems including 480VAC & 24VDC power

  • Ability to read and interpret schematics for process and instrumentation diagrams

  • Skilled in the repair of variable frequency drives, servo motors and controllers, communication systems (asi-bus, can-bus, profi-bus, ethernet), PLC input/output cards, and safety modules


This position embodies the values of Niagara’s LIFE competency model, focusing on the following key drivers of success:

  • Lead Like an Owner

  • Makes safety the number one priority

  • Keeps alert for safety issues and escalates immediately

  • Effectively prioritizes tasks based on department goals

  • Shows respect to others and confronts interpersonal issues directly

  • Prioritizes resolution of customer issues effectively

  • Responds promptly and honors commitments to internal and external customers

  • InnovACT

  • Makes recommendations to continuously improve policies, methods, procedures, and/or products

  • Demonstrates adaptability by reacting appropriately to unexpected changes in situations or circumstances

  • Increases performance through greater efficiency

  • Find a Way

  • Seeks to develop technical knowledge through learning from other experts

  • Understands interdepartmental impact of individual decisions and actions

  • Seeks solutions rather than placing blame

  • Empowered to be Great

  • Consistently looks for ways to improve one’s self through growth and development opportunities

  • Communicates clearly and promptly up, down, and across

  • Communicates effectively to manage expectations


  • Minimum Required:

  • High School Diploma or GED

  • Preferred:

  • Associate's Degree in manufacturing, manufacturing technology, mechatronics, industrial manufacturing, manufacturing automation or other similar manufacturing-related specialization


  • Required: N/A

  • Preferred: N/A

Foreign Language

  • Required: None Required

  • Preferred: None Required


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Niagara Bottling, LLC has been family owned and operated since 1963. Niagara is a leading bottled water manufacturer in the U.S., supplying major retailers across the nation. With incredible growth over the past several years, the career possibilities at Niagara are endless!

Niagara’s culture is fast-paced, innovative and intensely collaborative. Our Team Members are passionate, driven and always find a way to get the job done. We work hard and play hard while staying true to our family atmosphere.

From competitive benefits and retirement options to educational reimbursements, ongoing training courses and exciting career advancement opportunities, at Niagara we truly take care of our Team Members.

We hope that you consider joining our Niagara family!

Niagara Bottling LLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, national origin, veteran status or disability in relation to our recruiting, hiring, and promoting practices.