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Jack Link's Maintenance Automation Technician in Underwood, Iowa

When it comes to being wild, we know a thing or two. We're not afraid of trying something new or the hard work it takes to make it happen. It's in our DNA. We've turned a family recipe into a new snacking category. And the wilderness into the world's largest meat snack business, that's still proudly family owned and operated.

We're a company built by innovators, and are driven to not only satisfy your hunger, but to also feed your journey – whether that journey is on the road, on the run, at the campground, at the playground, in the office or in the moment. It’s a journey we share with you. It’s the journey forward of our people, of our communities, of our category…with a reverence for quality and an irreverence for the status quo.

 At Jack Link's Protein Snacks, we see every moment of every day as an opportunity to move forward, to forge new ground. To realize our vision of becoming the World’s #1 Protein Snack Company. We never give up. You never give up. Together, we keep going. Are you wild enough to join us?

Jack Link's Protein Snacks is a global leader in snacking and the No. 1 meat snack manufacturer worldwide. Family-owned and operated with headquarters in Minong, Wisconsin, Jack Link’s Protein Snacks also has a large corporate hub in Downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. The company is made up of over 4,000 passionate team members, across 11 countries, who share an uncompromising commitment to delivering awesome products and feeding the journey of those who move things forward. The Jack Link’s Protein Snacks portfolio of brands includes, Jack Link’s, Lorissa’s Kitchen, BiFi, Peperami, Wild River, Golden Island and Country Fresh Meats.

We offer:

  • Steady, predictable shifts

  • A passionate team 

  • Strong family values

  • Career opportunities with a goal to promote from within  

  • Competitive pay including a bonus plan

  • Great benefits including a medical plan, dental plan and vision plan

  • Paid Time Off (PTO) and holiday pay

  • Discounted product


The role of the Maintenance – Automation Technician is responsible for making sure all automated machines are running effectively. Stopping production when machines are not running effectively, troubleshooting the problem, and find solutions quickly for automation problems. Maintenance should have extensive knowledge on hydraulics, pneumatics, conveyors, and PLC’s. This position will be carried out in accordance with company policies and procedures.


The duties and responsibilities of this position shall consist of, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Load machines

  • Set up lines correctly

  • Operate auto-palletize

  • Operate hand jacks

  • Ensure carton machine, case erector, and robotic arms are operating effectively.

  • Follow good manufacturing practices and HACCP training, along with company SOP’s.

  • Manage start-up to make sure equipment is in proper operating condition.

  • Perform necessary checks at start of shift and at each new product; document on paperwork, code date, correct label, upper/lower film, etc.

  • Move and install machinery and equipment as needed.

  • Perform preventative maintenance on all machinery and equipment as needed.

  • Ability to give detailed descriptions related to troubleshooting and repair of equipment on a PC based system, experience with pneumatics, hydraulics, electrical, electronic equipment.

  • Ensure product conforms to specifications.

  • Ensure products are correctly labeled and identified for proper disposition.

  • Prevent and minimize rework and/or inedible.

  • Monitor workflow to maximize machine output efficiencies.

  • Keep accurate records of products produced and materials used.

  • Suggest improvements; continuously improve the quality of all support activities.

  • Tasks will vary as situations and demands change; the lead/foreman/supervisor will assign tasks as necessary.

  • Performs other duties and responsibilities as necessary.


  • Some college

  • One year of experience in a distribution center

  • One year of training experience or a combination of education and experience

  • ASRS (Automated Storage and Retrieval System) experience       


  • Proven attention to detail demonstrated in a fast-paced environment. 

  • Good math and accounting skills

  • Proficient in Internet navigation, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.

  • Ability to communicate professionally with people at all levels

  • Problem solving skills

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Must demonstrate effective leadership, problem solving, and facilitation, presentation, and employee motivational skills.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to be successfully perform 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 required to stand, walk, use hands to finger, handle, or feel, lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, and talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to sit, and reach with hands and arms.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision.

Walking, bending, squatting, and reaching up to 90% of the time. Standing for up to 100% of the time, up to 12 hours per day and up to 6 days per week on concrete warehouse flooring. Hours will vary. Lifting and carrying up to 50 lbs. frequently and continuously.  


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. The work environment is a plant / office setting with varying degrees of temperatures and noise levels. Exposure to manufacturing equipment. Travel may be required.

Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

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


Jack Link's provides the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new Team Member’s Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. IMPORTANT: If the Government cannot confirm that you are authorized to work, we are required to provide you written instructions and an opportunity to contact SSA and/or DHS before taking adverse action against you, including terminating your employment. We do not use E-Verify to pre-screen job applicants or to re-verify current employees and may not limit or influence the choice of documents presented for use on the Form I-9. In order to determine whether Form I-9 documentation is valid, we use E-Verify’s photo screening tool to match the photograph appearing on some permanent resident and employment authorization cards with the official U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) photograph. If you believe that Jack Link’s has violated our responsibilities under this program or has discriminated against you during the verification process based upon your national origin or citizenship status, please call the Office of Special Counsel at 1-800-255-7688 (TDD: 1-800-237-2515).

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.