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Maintenance Apprentice in Elkhart, IN at Bimbo Bakeries USA

Date Posted: 1/7/2021

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    Elkhart, IN
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  • Experience:
    1-3 years
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Job Description

Have you ever enjoyed Arnold®, Brownberry® or Oroweat® bread? A Thomas’® English muffin or bagel? Or perhaps snacked on a Sara Lee®, Entenmann’s® or Marinela® cake or donut? If the answer is yes, then you know Bimbo Bakeries USA!

Bimbo Bakeries USA is part of Grupo Bimbo, the world’s largest baking company with operations in 33 countries. Bimbo Bakeries USA (BBU) employs 20,000 associates across the U.S. in bakeries, sales centers, corporate offices and on sales routes to ensure our consumers have the freshest products to feed their families at every meal. But our associates come to work for much more – the chance to feed their own lives through exciting work that offers the opportunity to make a real difference in their professional and personal lives every day.

The Maintenance Apprentice develops and learns to provide maintenance skills as a resource for the maintenance function to ensure effective equipment operation. Becomes proficient at performing inspections, preventive and predictive maintenance, emergency and other maintenance/mechanical repair of bakery equipment to ensure safe and efficient operational status.

  • The Maintenance Apprentice will focus on completing all required coursework to attain minimum requirements of Maintenance skillsets within a specified amount of time. (Much of the course work is “On-Line”)

  • They will work with Qualified Maintenance Mechanics to attain OJT and develop practical skills within a specified amount of time.

  • The Maintenance Apprentice will work towards milestones set forth by Maintenance Leadership.

  • This will be the first step to grow as a Maintenance Mechanic towards higher levels within the progression path.


  • Learn and develop, at a minimum, all safety requirements, required mechanical, troubleshooting, communication and behavioral skillsets to function efficiently at minimum required qualified mechanic standards.

  • Successful completion of required coursework to develop required Maintenance skillsets

  • Learn to perform preventive maintenance on bakery equipment.

  • Assist in inspection and upkeep of machinery and equipment.

  • Learn to repair/replace components on motors, pumps, mixers, conveyor lines, ovens, coolers, etc.

  • Learn to inspect/replace belts, hoses, and drive components as needed.

  • Become proficient at ensuring equipment integrity and timely repair.  

  • Become proficient at completing and documenting work orders on equipment.

  • Ensure equipment in area is maintained, guarded and operated in accordance with defined safety regulations and procedures.

  • Understand levels of line downtime and waste caused by equipment issues and associated points of cause.

  • Proactively identify improvement focus areas.

  • Participate in root cause problem solving by team.

  • Identify potential cost savings and cost avoidance.

  • Understand levels of line downtime caused by equipment issues and associated points of cause.

  • Encourage all associates to work in a safe manner and in accordance with defined safety regulations and procedures.

Job Requirements


  • Fluent in English.

  • Pass required exam/test for acceptance into Apprenticeship program

  • Flexibility to work any shift, weekends, holidays, and overtime as scheduled

  • Able to attain basic Maintenance skills

  • Able to attain basic computer skills

  • Ability to work off ground level with proper safety training and safety equipment

  • Ability to work in a non-air-conditioned environment.


  • Experience in a bakery

Equal Opportunity Employer – M/F/V/D. 


Relocation is not available for this position.

The intent of this position description is to provide a representative summary of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of this job and shall not be construed as a declaration of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position.  Associates may be required to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this job description.  Bimbo Bakeries USA reserves the right to revise this Position Description, as it deems necessary.

Bimbo Bakeries USA is an equal opportunity employer with a policy that provides equal employment opportunity for applicants and employees regardless of race, color, religion, disability, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy, veteran status, or any other classification protected by law. This policy applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, hiring, promotion, compensation, reassignment, layoff, discharge, education, training and all other working conditions. To further the principle of equal employment opportunity, Bimbo Bakeries USA has developed affirmative action plans for minorities and women, qualified individuals with disabilities, and Vietnam-era and special disabled veterans and other protected veterans.