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Oshkosh Corporation Painter Trainee in Riceville, Iowa

About McNeilus, an Oshkosh company

McNeilus Truck and Manufacturing Inc. is an industry leading manufacturer of concrete mixers and refuse truck bodies. McNeilus has long been the industry standard when it comes to transporting concrete to the job site with our rear discharge mixers, as well as the Oshkosh S-Series front discharge mixer. McNeilus also produces a complete line of high-performance rear load, front load, and automated side load refuse bodies to augment any refuse collection fleet.


Responsible for the application of paint and other coatings using electrostatic / air assist paint guns and other automotive type paint application devices on Company products including military spec paint. This position has the knowledge and skills to perform in any and each area of the paint process.


These duties are not meant to be all-inclusive and other duties may be assigned.

  • Prime, paint, and touchup vehicles with power spray equipment and brushes. Flush tanks, hoses, and guns prior to color changeovers. Mix all types of paints for proper color, formula, conditions, viscosity, and consistency. Perform titrations and mix or adjust chemicals as needed

  • Maintain a safe and clean work environment in compliance with safety procedures, rules, and proper 6S standards. Demonstrate best practices to follow all safe procedures in assembling and testing of all models/products in assigned job function

  • Upkeep of work area and equipment which may include preventative maintenance tasks. Inspect product before, during, after paint process to ensure specifications are being met.

  • Sand, wash, and condition parts as necessary. Light bodywork may be required.

  • Inspection of completed parts for quality, validate components meet

  • Team member has the knowledge and skills to perform in every area of the paint process. Assist training new team members on processes and equipment functions

  • Any other tasks assigned by Supervisor to meet company needs

  • Disassemble, clean, repair, adjust and reassemble painting equipment, such as pumps, paint heaters, tanks, spray guns, etc. for proper operation (Repairs are only required in Dodge Center)

  • Apply decals, stencils, and rust-proofing as required (Dodge Center only)


  • High School Diploma or GED

  • Eager to learn

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous experience in a manufacturing environment



  • Inspires and Motivates Others

  • Genuine leader that engages, motivates and inspires others through trust, credibility, and collaboration. Understands how their leadership style impacts others.

  • Makes decisions and bold moves in the face of adversity/uncertainty and accepts responsibility for those decisions.

  • Helps others discover themselves and has a strong belief in themselves.

  • Openly shares their knowledge and experience with others; encourages healthy debate.

  • Builds Collaborative Relationships

  • Understands the products and services of all parts of the business and facilitates the flow of information between them to maintain mutually beneficial relationships.

  • Establishes good interpersonal relationship by ensuring that people are valued, appreciated and included. Actively listens to and fully involves others.

  • Gets to know people at all levels and adapts their leadership style to engage all team members

  • Coaches & Develops

  • Makes their own and their team members’ development a priority. Gives others a sense of ownership and personal commitment to their work.

  • Encourages team members to excel; delegates with development in mind.

  • Provides timely and candid feedback in a way that encourages growth.

  • Encourages Innovation & Inclusion

  • Champions and generates creative ideas to improve current thinking, processes and systems.

  • Possesses an awareness of current trends and shares this knowledge to improve the business.

  • Treats people the way they want to be treated rather than the way you wish to be treated.

  • Comfortable working with people of different backgrounds, abilities, opinions, and perceptions as well as working effectively with all members in the organization

  • Aligns Organization

  • Brings meaningful purpose, practical strategies and goals together to align achievable results.

  • Sets challenging and impactful business objectives, aligns resources, and takes responsibility to achieve results.

  • Ensures when decisions are made that all aspects of the business are considered and those impacted understand why.

  • Drives Strategic Thinking

  • Understands the organization functions within a global environment. Spends time and effort on the implications of global business and its competitive elements.

  • Builds and communicates a shared purpose, explains “the why” and generates enthusiasm around it to achieve positive results.


  • Internal Contacts: Contact with peers and others involving explanation of information (these contacts may be within or outside department or division), and the gathering of factual information; may include the communication of sensitive or confidential information.

  • External Contacts: Limited external contact to: gather information, answer queries, or ask assistance.

  • Communication Skills: Read, write and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence and memos. Read and interpret safety rules, operating/maintenance instructions and procedure manuals. Read, analyze and interpret business manuals, technical procedures and/or government regulations.

  • Decision-Making: Requires minimal decision-making responsibility.

  • Complexity, Judgment and Problem Solving: Work of a relatively routine nature. Requires the ability to understand the follow instructions.


  • Physical Demands: Frequent: Standing, Walking/Running, Sitting, Reaching, Hearing, Talking, Visual, Typing; Occasional: Climbing, Driving, Bending/Kneeling, Hearing, Talking, Visual, Typing, Fine Dexterity, Manual Dexterity; Upper Extremity Repetitive Motion, Lifting/Carrying 25lbs., Pushing/Pulling 25llbs.

  • Non-Physical Demands: Occasional: Analysis/Reasoning, Communication/Interpretation, Math/Mental Computation, Reading, Sustained Mental Activity (i.e. auditing, problem solving, grant writing, composing reports), Writing.

  • Environmental Demands: Occasional: Work Alone, Frequent Task Changes, Tedious/Exacting Work, Dust, Temperature Extremes, Loud Noises.

  • Work Schedule: Routine shift hours. Infrequent overtime, weekend, or shift rotation.

  • Demands/Deadlines: Occasional stress due to deadlines or workload because of intermittent or cyclical work pressures, or occasional exposure to distressed individuals within the immediate work environment.

Oshkosh is committed to working with and offering reasonable accommodation to job applicants with disabilities. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to disability for any part of the employment process, please contact us at: 920-502-3009 or

Oshkosh Corporation is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. This company will provide equal opportunity to all individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status. Information collected regarding categories as provided by law will in no way affect the decision regarding an employment application.

Oshkosh Corporation will not discharge or in any manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with Oshkosh Corporation's legal duty to furnish information.

Certain positions with Oshkosh Corporation require access to controlled goods and technologies subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations or the Export Administration Regulations. Applicants for these positions may need to be "U.S. Persons," as defined in these regulations. Generally, a "U.S. Person" is a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident, or an individual who has been admitted as a refugee or granted asylum.

Advance your career by advancing the world. For many of our team members, this is more than a career. It’s a calling. Oshkosh is home to thousands of difference-makers working together to build, serve and protect people and communities around the world. From the front lines to the firehouse, the people we serve are driven by a sense of purpose. The people who work here are no different. Our engineering and product innovation help keep soldiers and firefighters safe, is critical in building and keeping communities clean and helps people do their jobs every day. As part of a People First culture, you’ll be encouraged and empowered to take ownership of your work, develop your career and make a real impact on the world around you.

Oshkosh is a global company that designs and manufactures some of the world’s toughest specialty and access equipment under the brands of JLG®, Pierce®, Oshkosh® Defense, McNeilus®, IMT®, Frontline™, Jerr-Dan®, Oshkosh® Airport Products, and London™.