Hourly Maintenance Calhoun, Georgia Ellijay, Georgia


Position at Pilgrim's



Absence of any related duties or functions in this document does not imply that incumbent may be exempt from assignments required to support production.  The primary responsibility of this position is to produce and deliver maximum quality feed safely and efficiently. All maintenance personnel are required to maintain, repair and/or replace parts of machinery as discovered during PM’s or in case of breakdown during operation to keep Feed Mill operating at capacity. Keep communication open with all maintenance, receiving, and production employees. All shifts are to consult with each other on a daily basis to discuss that day’s events. Keep self up dated on all new equipment, parts and manuals, changes that are made. Look and suggest things that will improve the operation of the plant.    




Essential duties and responsibilities include the following.  Other duties may be assigned as production demands may require:


Job Requirements And Procedures:        Essential



  1. 1. Grinding Areas: Visually inspect the Hammer Mill and air system.  Listen for unusual noises  

       or vibration.  Observe air system for proper operation and check dust emissions.  Check  

       belts on conveying equipment.  Clean magnet.   

  1. Load Out Area: Visually inspect for proper operation.  Check for air leaks and excessive feed spillage.
  2. Basement Area: Check steam system condensate pump operation.  Listen for unusual noises.  Visually inspect for feed and ingredient leaks.
  3. Crumble Rolls: Visually inspect and listen for unusual noises.  Observe belt condition.
  4. Cooler Fans: Visually inspect belts, ductwork, platform, cooler fan, and belt condition.  Listen for unusual noises or vibration.  Observe for dust emissions.
  5. Pellet Mills: Visually inspect oil level in gearbox and add oil if necessary.  Check oil pressure gauges.  Visually inspect for oil leaks, feed leaks, shear pins, and hose conditions.  Check grease lubrication system to assure proper lubrication of rolls.  Listen for unusual noises or vibration.
  6. Receiving Area: Visually inspect for proper operation of conveyors, elevators, and distribution equipment.  Check for ingredient leaks.  Check air system for proper operation and dust emissions.
  7. Mixing Area: Visually inspect mixer, bearings, conveyors, elevator, and distribution equipment.  Check for air leaks and feed leaks.
  8. Coolers: Visually inspect chains, drives, and side panels.  Check for warm or hot f


  1. Pelleting Areas: Visually inspect conveyors, elevators, air locks, and fines conveyors for proper operation.  Check for air leaks or feed leaks.
  2. Bin Deck: Visually inspect for feed leaks and dust emissions.  Listen for unusual noises or vibrations.
  3. Roof Areas: Visually inspect for feed and ingredient leaks and dust emissions.  Check for unusual noises and vibration.
  4. Feed Cleaner: Visually inspect for proper operation.  Listen for unusual noises or vibration.
  5. Boiler room: Visually inspect for water, steam, brine, fuel, or oil leaks.  Test feed water and record readings on chart.  Listen for unusual noises or vibration.                       
  6. Containment walls: Visually inspect pumps, tanks, and piping for leaks.  Drain storm water as necessary and record amount drained.
  7. Safety: Perform safety inspections of work areas and equipment as designated by supervisor.  Document results of inspection as required.



  1. Preventive maintenance: Perform scheduled preventive maintenance tasks on feed manufacturing and associated equipment.  This schedule will vary according to the differing types of equipment and process application.  Complete, sign, and date all necessary paperwork or work orders to properly document work done on equipment.
  2. Safety: Perform safety inspections of work areas and equipment as designated by supervisor. Document results of inspection as required.



  1. Inventory: Assist with inventories of feeds, ingredients, spare parts, etc. as designated by     supervisor.
  2. Safety: Attend monthly employee safety meetings.


  1. Training: Complete and maintain all job-related certifications and trainings.


Performs other related duties as assigned to support production demands as may be specified by customer or client.




  • May be required to perform other job duties as required and deemed necessary by supervisor.
  • Notify supervisor of any problems with equipment and/or processes.
  • May be required to obtain forklift license and learn to operate the forklift.




To perform this job successfully, and individual must be able to physically perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, sill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Required to hold arms in front of chest at times through out the work process. (Arm extension may exceed 15 inches)
  • Relaxed and/or full extension of arms below and above shoulder level.
  • Frequent and infrequent motion with hands, wrist, and arms.
  • Able to stand, walk, stoop, bend, and/or climb the entire workday.
  • Must have good grip in hands and flexible wrist.
  • Must have corrected or uncorrected 20/20 vision.
  • Ability to work in an environment which has a constantly moving line of product.
  • Must be able to lift 35 pounds frequently and over 50 pounds occasionally.
  • Must be able to work at high altitudes.
  • All maintenance employees must maintain a working telephone at their residence.
  • Maintenance employees may be called in after regular work hours to make repairs or assist with repair of mill breakdowns.
  • Maintenance employees must be available to work overtime, holidays, and weekends as needed to perform scheduled and unscheduled repairs







Must review and receive training in the following safety programs:


  • Compressed Gas
  • Eye Wash Shower
  • Hearing Conservation
  • Ladder use
  • Machine Guards
  • Welding, Cutting, Brazing
  • Confined Space
  • Medical Records
  • Fall Protection
  • Hand/Portable Tools
  • Line Break
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Hazard Communication
  • Emergency Action Plan
  • Electrical Safety
  • Flammable / Combustible
  • How Work
  • Lock-Out / Tag-Out
  • First Aide / CPR
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Blood Borne Pathogens



All employees are required to attend employee and safety orientation prior to performing the above duties.  Once employee completes this training they will be assigned to a Supervisor who will further orient the employee to the workplace, introduce him/her to employees and other supervision, demonstrate work assignment and explain ingress and egress procedures to and from work station.  A training buddy may be assigned to new employees for a period to assist in further training and indoctrination.




Those responsible for training and indoctrination may include:  personnel representative, safety director, supervisor, and lead workers as assigned.




The supervisor is accountable for tracking employee progress and performance. 




A specific probationary period is assigned to all employees hired to evaluate the employee effectiveness and performance.  At the end of this period the supervisor will evaluate the job performance of each new employee utilizing current forms and procedures in effect at that time.  The employee will be rated and evaluated on essential work duties listed above as well as attendance, tardiness, interaction with co-workers and management, attitudes and work actions.  Unacceptable performance of duties, disciplinary actions will be documented on corrective action reports and appropriate personnel records.  Absent any negative actions, the employee may be eligible for a wage increase according to wage and salary policies in effect at that time. 



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


  • Awkward Postures: (Of Concern) Elbows raised to mid-chest height or above, reaching forward more than 15-inches, forearm rotation. Prolonged standing and walking
  • Forceful Exertions: (Of Concern) Lack of hand to object friction (Tool between hand and machine)
  • Repetitive Exertions: (Of Possible Concern) lack of mechanical aids or assistance.




The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee 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 employee is regularly exposed to wet and humid conditions and moving mechanical parts.  The employee is occasionally exposed to high precarious places, extreme cold; risk of electrical shock; and vibration.  The noise level in the work environment is usually very loud. 


Work is performed inside and outside with inclement weather conditions.


PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (List any and all personal safety or health protection equipment and gear required by either regulatory or sanitary procedures)


  • Welding helmet and gloves (As needed)
  • Eye protection (As needed)
  • Dust masks (As needed)
  • Work Gloves (As needed)
  • Hearing protection (Designated areas)
  • Head protection (Designated areas)
  • Work boots with steel toes and slip-resistant soles
  • Body harness (Depending on work performed) 



  • Insure proper operations and follow all safety rules and regulations.
  • Follow all guidelines to operating fork lift, bobcat and locomotive.
  • Perform Lock-out Tag-out before operating or repairing machinery
  • Wear all personal protective equipment.
  • Clean tools and other equipment that has or may have contact with machinery or product.
  • Keep fingers away from pinch point


NOTE:  The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the daily work being performed by partners assigned to this classification.  They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, skills or customer specifications and processes required of personnel so assigned.