Maintenance Manager

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Regular Full-Time
Travel Required
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At POET, it is our mission to be good stewards of the Earth by converting renewable resources to energy and other valuable goods as effectively as humanly possible. For over thirty years our drive and passion to change the world has enabled us to become the largest producer and marketer of bioethanol and leader in bio-based products in the world. Beyond our world-class culture, POET team members enjoy competitive pay and benefits including;

  • Attractive Relocation Assistance and Bonus Programs for qualifying positions and/or locations
  • Competitive pay, including shift premium pay for qualifying positions
  • Quarterly Profit-Sharing Bonuses, and Bi-Annual Incentive Bonuses
  • Individual and family plans for health, dental, & vision insurance, including a generous employer Health Savings Account contribution
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • A multifaceted wellness program encompassing the whole person – mentally, physically, and spiritually
  • Onsite fitness centers or fitness reimbursements
  • 401K with company match
  • Paid time off and paid holidays
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Excellent work-life balance with a 'family-first' culture
  • Safety and cold weather gear reimbursements
  • Discounted home and auto insurance



The Maintenance Manager is responsible for supervising all positions within the Maintenance Department and will work collectively to coordinate and discuss plans to maximize bioprocessing performance. Team members in this position are in charge of coordinating and supporting the bioprocessing facility maintenance team and contractors to achieve a safe and efficient completion of the workload. The Maintenance Manager is also accountable for developing preventative maintenance schedules for process equipment and maintaining up-to-date Standard Operating Procedures. POET bioprocessing facilities operate on a 24-hour continuous schedule. Team member must be available as needed. 



  • Ensure team members are trained in all aspects of existing maintenance procedures.
  • Provide trend and root cause failure analysis that affects the plant safety, operation and reliability.
  • Support maintenance team members as well as contractors to ensure tasks are completed in a safe and efficient manner.
  • Assist Maintenance Technicians with duties as necessary; this includes, but is not limited to, routine cleaning and testing and working on the floor with Technicians when shutdowns occur.
  • Schedule and complete work orders and projects needed for repair or upgrades.
  • Coordinate facility shutdown planning and execution with the management team.
  • Oversee the application and completion of the facility’s preventative maintenance schedules for all equipment and work orders.
  • Maintain the preventative maintenance (PM) and equipment database in the Maximo system.
  • Remove, install, rebuild, weld, torch, lubricate and clean all equipment associated with bioprocessing processes as assigned
  • Create and present reports detailing maintenance activities, state of bioprocessing equipment, shut down planning and cost control.
  • Contact contractors and vendors to assist in troubleshooting and maintaining bioprocessing equipment as needed.
  • Assist the management team in the development of the annual Repair and Maintenance budget.
  • Maintain the spare parts inventory and supplies; support the purchasing function in coordination with the maintenance team.
  • Work closely with other operating departments to reduce or eliminate down time as directed by the management team.
  • Ensure compliance with all company, State and Federal regulatory agency policies and rules and assist in implementing approved changes.
  • Ensure all daily documentation and accountability of required mechanical information is completed in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Operate equipment including, but not limited to: telehandler, skid steers, tractors, ATVs, pay loaders and forklifts.
  • Effectively manage your team by recruiting, selecting, orienting and training team members. Leadership responsibilities also include delegation, coaching and performance management and career development to effectively execute departmental strategies and support company objectives.
  • Foster a culture of safe behavior and environmental compliance at all times.
  • Maintain a team environment at all times and champion POET in the community.
  • Since we’re all about teamwork and getting the job done, your skill may be put to a lot of other uses!



  • High school diploma or equivalent required.
  • Post-Secondary Education or other formal training in a technical field preferred.
  • 5 or more years’ experience in a manufacturing/processing environment required.
  • 5 years of supervisory and/or managerial experience is preferred.
  • Knowledge of cGMP food regulations and compliance with POET bioprocessing facility regulations preferred.
  • Knowledge of principles of equipment reliability, predictive and preventative maintenance, and maintenance planning preferred.
  • Knowledge of maintenance procedures for centrifuges, drying equipment, boilers, cooling towers, chillers, air compressors, pumps, valves, electrical circuits and equipment and 4-20 milliamp instrumentation required.
  • Experience with fabrication, welding, cutting; repair of equipment such as gearboxes and agitator assemblies; boiler operations and water chemistry; material handling systems such as conveyors; preventative/proactive maintenance practices, fabrication and repair of metal/plastic piping systems; and instrument and electrical work.
  • Experience with electrical work and repairs, welding, fabricating, concrete work, hydraulics, pneumatic and fluid processes, and ability to read schematic drawings preferred.
  • Experience with Maintenance management systems such as Maximo is preferred.
  • Working knowledge of OSHA and EPA regulations for both construction and manufacturing environments.
  • Excellent organizational, time management, and communication skills as well as the ability to embrace change.
  • You know the basics of Microsoft Office Suite. You’re capable of learning new programs.


At POET we believe in developing our team members to their highest potential and recognizing contributions that add value to the organization. Each new team member’s position and compensation are carefully determined by considering their unique qualifications and skillset.



  • Culture is king at POET. We’re all on the same team. We always communicate. And we park our egos at the door. These aren’t just slogans on our walls. It’s the way we do things at POET.
  • This position is largely self-directed and requires a thorough understanding of company policy, procedures, and values. Team members will be required to adhere to all safety requirements at all times and in all work environments. This position is exposed to work in multiple environments, including plant, laboratory, as well as an office environment. The team member may be exposed to high noise levels, moving mechanical parts, dusty conditions, internal and external temperature/weather conditions, and chemicals.
  • In this role, you’ll be asked to drive a POET vehicle. A motor vehicle record check will be conducted during the pre-employment process.

  • Due to the physical and safety sensitive nature of this job, you will be subject to a physical and expected to pass a drug screen during the pre-screen process. During employment, you’ll be subject to random drug and alcohol testing.
  • This role has some physical requirements that our team members will need to be able to perform, such as:
    • Wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as hard hats, gloves, safety glasses, steel-toed boots, self-contained breathing system, hazardous material suit, hearing protection, and harness.
    • Working at extreme heights (approximately 150 ft), in confined spaces, and in extreme temperatures from -20 to +100 degrees Fahrenheit, both indoors and outdoors.
    • Must be able to use the following equipment/tools, with training provided (not all encompassing): ladders, welding equipment, press, power washers, various hand tools, shovels, forklift, dollies, pulley hoist, overhead hoist, and bandsaw.
    • Continuously:
      • Climb stairs
      • Walk indoors and outdoors, sometimes over rough, uneven, or wet surfaces
    • Frequently
      • Be in awkward back, shoulder, wrists, and hand positions
      • Bend forward while standing
      • Reach overhead
      • Pull up to 40lbs
      • Kneel and crouch for up to 15 minutes at a time
    • Occasionally:
      • Pull up to 95lbs, with or without assistance
      • Lift and carry up to 50lbs, with or without assistance
      • Grip with a force of up to 80lbs
      • Sit for 15 minutes on a stool, sometimes rotation sitting
      • Pinch with a force of 20lbs
      • Push up to 20lbs
    • Since we are all about team work, you may be asked to help other roles that have their own unique set of physical requirements.


POET is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). POET complies with all applicable federal, state and local laws regarding hiring and employment. Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or veteran status.





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