Maintenance Technician

Manufacturing/Production/Ops CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA


Position at Motion Industries

Apache, a division of Motion Industries, is seeking a qualified candidate for the Maintenance II position at our Cedar Rapids location.  This position will perform all duties associated with general maintenance, repairs, troubleshooting, fabrication and design of the facility and equipment.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Inspect, operate or test machinery or equipment to diagnose issues and determine how to correct them, checking blueprints, schematics and/or equipment manuals.

Repair or replace defective equipment parts and reassemble equipment.

  • Repairs to 2 different types of presses, electrical and steam.  Electrical press repairs include replacing heating elements, air bags, thermostats and temperature gauges and repairing cooling lines.  Steam press repairs include replacing steam traps, steam lines, impression cloths and repairing steam leaks.
  • Mold and die repairs.  Cut molds to length, attach end caps, drill and fasten molds together, work with steel rule, drill and tap holes using helicoils.
  • Plant and building repairs.  Install plumbing to building.  Office structure repair.
  • Hydraulic repairs.  Repair or replace obsolete parts, including seals, valves, etc.
  • Plumbing repairs.  Repair or replace leaking pipes, fixing tanks, replacing toilets, etc.
  • Boiler repairs.  Solder any leaks, repair or replace parts including burner assembles, etc.
  • Equipment repairs.  Use mechanical knowledge to repair orbit motors, fabricate parts for equipment and/or machinery, design and make safety guards, all work on forklifts, presses, etc.
  • Troubleshoot, replace and calibrate Thermocouples.
  • Trace out and draw electrical control circuits.

Perform routine preventative maintenance and service on equipment/machinery, building systems and building structure.

Operate hand and power tools, material handling equipment, lathes, mills, drill presses, saws, precision measuring instruments, electric testing devices, cutting torches and welding equipment.

Order/obtain parts, supplies and equipment.

Improve or add fabrication equipment by listening to the department’s concerns and/or needs and designing equipment and machinery to meet those needs as closely as possible while maintaining safety standards.

Repair molds.

Determine what safety equipment is needed, design it and incorporate it onto equipment and/or machinery.

Comply with safety regulations and procedures.

Maintain clean, organized work areas.

Attend work regularly and predictably and uphold Company values in all work aspects.


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. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Education and/or Experience

High school diploma/equivalency and 2 years of industrial maintenance training/courses and 2 years of machine maintenance experience.  EPAC CMMS experience and/or Allen Bradley PLC programming/troubleshooting a plus.


Skills and Abilities

Accurate welding skills including use of cutting torch, brazing, silver soldering, etc. 

Accurate plumbing skills including installation of all types of plumbing; toilets, sinks, pipes, faucets, etc. 

Hydraulic skills including knowledge of hydraulic schematics, ability to read hydraulic blueprints, make repairs to a variety of hydraulic equipment and machinery, etc. 

Accurate electrical skills including knowledge of electrical schematics, ability to read electrical blueprints and repair a variety of electrical repairs on equipment, machinery and new installations.

Trace electrical wiring and draw schematics as required. Use and understanding of A-B PLC logic a plus but not required. Understand the proper use of thermocouples how to identify the different types. Ability to do mechanical work including ability to take apart machinery, make the repairs needed and reassemble the machinery. 

Carpentry skills including ability to tie carpentry knowledge to the needs of a department, design project, determine the supply needs and build a sturdy, safe structure. 

Ability to operate maintenance machinery including: lathe – general knowledge of set-up and abilities to turn down and polish shafts, turn down punches, etc.; horizontal mill – basic knowledge of the operation and use of the horizontal mill and ability to become proficient by learning set-up and operation including vices, speeds, feeds, material alignment, proper speeds for different types of material, etc.; vertical mill – ability to learn how to set-up and operate vertical mill including vices, speeds, feeds, proper speed for different material, etc.; drill jig border – ability to drill and be accurate within one thousand of an inch; drill press – ability to drill and be accurate within one thousand of an inch; and power cut off saw – ability to make precise measurements and cut within 1/64” tolerance of the required length. 

Knowledge and use of hand tools in the maintenance department including air tools, drills, dremels, chain saw, etc. 

Troubleshooting abilities: electrical – including starters, DC controllers, etc.; pneumatic – including repair and replacement of valves, electric switches, etc.; hydraulic – including repair and replacement of valves, seals, etc.; mechanical – ability to tear down all equipment, find the problem, replace or repair broken part(s) and reassemble the machine and/or equipment; electrical presses – including replace or repair heating elements, air bags, cooling lines, thermostats, temperature gauges, etc.; and steam presses – including replace or repair steam leaks, traps, lines, impression clothes, etc.  Ability to run air and water hose throughout plant by feeding lines through the plant, tapping into the main source of power, securing lines up above work areas and hanging down lines in the appropriate location and length.  Ability to read, analyze and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, blueprints and procedure manuals.  Willingness to ask questions and communicate openly with superiors and peers.  Ability to give input on issues in a team atmosphere and support team and management decisions when they are not of your opinion.  Must be able to manage multiple tasks and priorities and easily adapt to changing situations.  Forklift experience is beneficial.


Working Environment

While performing the duties of this job, the employee frequently works near moving mechanical parts and is exposed to fumes or airborne particles. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud.  The production area is often cold in the winter and hot in the summer months.


Physical Demands

Must be able to lift heavy equipment and packages up 60 lbs. occasionally and less weight more frequently.  Standing or walking most of the day.  Bending over and kneeling. Climbing stairs.  Pushing and pulling product.  Requires close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.  Frequently required to walk, use hands to handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls.  Required to reach with hands and arms and climb or balance and talk or hear.


This job description is intended to convey information essential to understanding the scope of the job and the general nature and level of work performed by job holders within this job. But, this job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of qualifications, skills, efforts, duties, responsibilities or working conditions associated with the position.  Apache Inc. reserves the right to change, amend, add, delete and otherwise assign any and all duties, responsibilities and position titles as it deems necessary to meet the needs of the business. 

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.