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Pilot Plant Maintenance Electrician

General Mills Inc. Minneapolis Full-Time
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General Mills is reshaping the future of food. We believe food makes us better. It nourishes our bodies, brings us joy and connects us to each other. As one of the world's leading food companies, General Mills operates in more than 100 countries and markets more than 100 consumer brands, including Cheerios, Nature Valley, Betty Crocker, Yoplait, Annie's Homegrown, Old El Paso, Epic Provisions, Blue Buffalo and more. Are you passionate about the future of food? You've come to the right table. We want the very best talent to help lead something big.


Position Overview:

This position is responsible for providing electrical, controls, instrumentation, and mechanical support for food processing equipment across several pilot plants at the James Ford Bell Technical Center.  This person works effectively and collaboratively across teams to ensure human safety and equipment reliability expectations are met. Work will consist mainly of corrective and preventative maintenance work, and providing electrical support for Research & Development tests and production runs. 

This position will be for our new third shift in the James Ford Bell pilot manufacturing plant.  Hours for this position are M-F 10p-6am (which is 10pm Sunday night to 6am Friday morning), 5 days x 7.5hrs shift schedule.


  • Troubleshoot and repair process electrical equipment across several pilot plants. Typical equipment includes but is not limited to feeders, pumps, conveyors, dryers, cookers and other food processing and lab equipment.
  • Troubleshoot and repair motor control circuits including Variable Frequency Drives and Servo motor controls.
  • Read and interpret complex electrical wiring diagrams and schematics.
  • Troubleshoot and calibrate process control instrumentation, including but not limited to pressure, flow, temperature, humidity, torque, current and voltage elements and transmitters.
  • Troubleshoot and program Allen-Bradley Programmable Logic Controllers.
  • Understand PID closed loop control and perform loop tuning methods.
  • Perform condition monitoring such as infrared thermography, ultrasound, and power monitoring.
  • Perform and develop electrical preventative and predictive maintenance procedures.
  • Perform mechanical tasks as needed including troubleshooting, repair, and preventative maintenance procedures.
  • Utilize Maximo to track and report daily maintenance activities.
  • Utilize Continuous Improvement methods such as root cause analysis and breakdown elimination to improve system performance and reliability.
  • Comply with all OSHA required electrical safety training and practices.
  • Perform daily safety risk assessments prior to performing tasks.
  • Collaborate and communicate effectively with all levels of team members including operators, managers, engineers, and R&D personnel across various platforms.
  • Ability to handle and adjust to multiple priorities in high activity production environments

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma and a minimum of two years of related work experiece OR a two-year trade school certificate in an accredited electrical program
  • State of Minnesota Masters, Journeyman or Maintenance Electrician License preferred
  • Must be able to work flexible hours as needed and work occasional overtime including coverage on our night shift and weekends
  • Must be able to lift and manipulate 55 pounds
  • Understand, practice, and promote electrical safety standards including NFPA 70E and NEC
  • Must have experience installing and maintaining process electrical components.
  • Basic knowledge and experience working with mechanical drive components, fasteners, and lubrication is desired.
  • Strong electrical and mechanical troubleshooting skills
  • Must be able to work in a flexible team environment that requires continuous development of new skills.



Recommended skills

Safety Training
Programmable Logic Controllers
Wiring Diagram
Process Control
Predictive Maintenance
Motor Control
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