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Position Title: Electrical & Instrumentation Technician - Plover Potato 

Position Type: Regular - Full-Time ​

Position Location: Plover 

Requisition ID: 16968 



Position Title:  Electrical and Instrumentation Technician

Position Type: Manufacturing / Food Production

Position Location:  Plover/Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin

Salary: $30.28-34.09 /hr + $0.50/hr for working nights

Shift: 8 hour Shifts: 3pm –11pm; Every Other Weekend Off


$1,500 sign on bonus


About McCain:

McCain Foods is proud to be a family and values-driven company. Our values are integral to our culture, helping to shape how we operate, how we work together and the choices we make. They are a big part of what makes us unique. McCain Foods opened their first production facility in their hometown of Florenceville, New Brunswick, Canada. McCain Foods quickly established itself within the Canadian marketplace and then began a journey to become the world's largest manufacturer of frozen French fries and potato specialties.


McCain products can be found in thousands of restaurants and supermarket freezers around the world. In addition to fries, McCain also produces other foods, including appetizers, oven meals, vegetables and juice for both the retail and foodservice industries.


Our facility in Plover, Wisconsin is a large-scale food processing plant, employing approximately 500 employees. This site specializes in the production of fries and mashed potatoes and produces roughly 3 million pounds of fries a day!  


Why You Should Join Our Team:

McCain offers full benefits including health, vision, and dental insurance. In addition, we offer other benefits including:

  • Job Security
  • 401k -6% Matched!
  • Health Spending Account
  • Adoption & Infertility Assistance
  • Paid Maternity and Paternity Leave
  • Education Reimbursement Assistance
  • Maintenance Apprenticeship Program: Pick a path that works best for you. Get paid while obtaining your Journeyman License!
  • Personal Protective Equipment Provided: Prescription Safety Glasses, boots, hearing protection, etc.
  • Tool Allowance: $450 - $500 per year, banked if not spent


Sustainability and Planet Friendly Practices are at the heart of McCain:

We’ve embarked upon a journey to create planet-friendly food. We are committed to investing in resource-efficient operations in factories and farms.

  • We are moving to 100% renewable energy by 2030.
  • Donating 200 million meals to food banks and NGO worldwide by 2025.
  • Implementing regenerative agricultural practices across 100% of our potato acreage by 2030.



Position Summary:

As the E & I Technician you will have the opportunity to work on production equipment minimizing unplanned downtime. Your duties will range from routine maintenance to complex electrical troubleshooting and responsibility for calibrating, programming, installing and troubleshooting instrumentation such as temperature, pressure and level transmitters and control valves. 


Key Responsibilities:
•    Programs PLC’s, PC’s.
•    Designs and constructs controllers and circuit boards.
•    Provides technical expertise to lower grade positions. 
•    Properly cleans up repair area to prevent contamination and product damage.
•    Accurately completes required reports and records.
•    Understands the concepts and participates in the techniques of the quality process.
•    Perform work safely and in a timely manner.
•    Install power distribution lines and equipment.
•    Perform complex electrical repairs on equipment.
•    Mechanical duties such as the removal of large electrical devices, using material handling devices, repairing the devices and re-installing repaired/new devices/work safely, follow NEC code practices and OSHA regulations.  
•    Have working knowledge of NEC code, 70E, its interpretation and implementation
•    Provide feedback for engineers to help modify existing equipment and improve the design of future equipment
•    Troubleshoot control systems throughout the factory



  • Prefer minimum of an associate degree in electronics or electrical related field and one year of factory experience. 
  • Journeyman status as an Electrician or be willing to attain Journeyman status in the State E&I Program.
  • Minimum of 5 years of maintenance related experience.
  • Experience with PLC, AC/DC motors, drives, controls, electrical switchgear, and 480-volt three-phase power distribution and starters.
  • Experience installing, maintaining, repairing, and troubleshooting of electrical equipment.
  • Familiar with motor control wiring, electrical power distribution, and NEC.
  • Candidate must have good understanding of electrical prints, schematics, and wiring diagrams plus be mechanically skilled and able to handle some mechanical maintenance jobs.
  • Requires a high degree level of mental and manual skill, initiative and independence.
  • Requires care to avoid injury to others or self, as well as avoiding damage to equipment and loss of product.
  • Requires reasonable care to avoid major injury to others and serious injury to self.
  • Must have good knowledge working on and identifying different types of motors.
  • Must be experienced and competent working on variable frequency drives.
  • Ability to communicate (both written and verbal) complex and/or technical operations and procedures in terms easily understood by non-technical operators.

Previously experiences that might be an asset in this role include the following titles: electrician, mechanic, journeyman, millwright, industrial mechanic, electrician apprentice, boiler operator


Physical Demand:

Walking, bending at the waist, squatting, kneeling, and twisting at the neck and waist. Walking up and down a flight of stairs. Requires a high degree of physical effort and occasionally working in awkward positions.


Equal Employment Opportunity

It is the policy of McCain and each of its establishments to select and employ the best qualified personnel in all facilities and at all locations, to provide equal opportunity for the advancement of employees, including upgrading, promotion and training and to administer these activities in a manner which will not discriminate against any person because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, non-job related disability or other characteristics protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws.




McCain Foods is an equal opportunity employer. We see value in ensuring we have a diverse, antiracist, inclusive, merit-based, and equitable workplace.  As a global family-owned company we are proud to reflect the diverse communities around the world in which we live and work. We recognize that diversity drives our creativity, resilience, and success and makes our business stronger. 
McCain is an accessible employer. If you require an accommodation throughout the recruitment process (including alternate formats of materials or accessible meeting rooms), please let us know and we will work with you to meet your needs.
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Job Family: Manufacturing      
Division: NA Potato Manufacturing 
Department: ​Instrumentation and Electronics ​
Location(s): US - United States of America : Wisconsin : Plover || US - United States of America : Wisconsin : Appleton || US - United States of America : Wisconsin : Fort Atkinson || US - United States of America : Wisconsin : Milwaukee || US - United States of America : Wisconsin : Rice Lake || US - United States of America : Wisconsin : Wisconsin Rapids 

Company: McCain Foods USA, Inc. 

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