Manufacturing (Processing/Packaging) Technician I

Company Name Edesia Nutrition (view profile)
Location North Kingstown
Date Posted October 26, 2022
Job Type Full-time



Edesia is a nonprofit, social enterprise on a mission to end malnutrition globally. Since we opened our doors in 2010 we have reached over 17 million children across 60 countries with the life-saving foods we make 24 hours a day here in Rhode Island in partnership with UNICEF, World Food Progamme and USAID. Our dedicated team of over 100, hails from over 26 countries. Every day we work together to reach children caught in humanitarian crises all over the world and need mission-driven, energetic, passionate, problem solvers to join our team.


Highly motivated and dependable, self-starter individual able to use deductive reasoning and root-cause analysis to approach and efficiently solve problems in a timely manner.  Must be able to complete all tasks as encountered or assigned, utilizing professional and effective long term solutions, and do so in a fast paced environment.  Successful candidate needs to demonstrate eagerness and ability to learn all systems and equipment to an expert level while providing a flexible schedule, and expected to contribute to all phases of continuous improvement.



  • Perform preventive maintenance of production process systems and equipment. Typically includes electrical controls, pumps, motors, compressors, pneumatics and hydraulic systems.
  • Diagnose and repair manufacturing equipment using available software or instruments.
  • Keep multiple processing and packaging lines running at full capacity with minimum down-time.
  • Carry out and document assigned maintenance tasks, as assigned thru the use of CMMS system and Microsoft Outlook.
  • Document completed tasks into computerized maintenance system (CMMS) / Microsoft outlook and communicate to necessary parties via the MDA (maintenance daily activities) report.
  • Provide input to maintenance team on condition of equipment and recommend service needs and schedules.
  • Manage spare parts/tools inventory using a computerized maintenance management system.
  • Maintain all work areas and equipment in a neat, clean and organized manner under 5s standards.
  • Display compliance with safety (OSHA), quality and production procedures following all GMP and SOP.
  • Assist production team in operations capacity as necessary.
  • Flexible to work different shifts and overtime as business needs dictate.
  • Provide technical support “on call” as needed– either in person or via telephone.


  • Required:
    • Must possess highly mechanical skill and moderate / beginner of electrical skill (Low & high voltage)
    • Familiar with various pump style & auto/manual valve and be able to disassemble / rebuild if needed.
    • Familiar with carton formers & sealer, conveyors, ribbon mixer, storage vessel, agitators, automatic wrapping machine and packaging equipment.
    • Must be able to professionally and appropriately interact with other departments internally, other company associates and outside vendors.
  • Beginner to intermediate user of MS outlook.
    • Knowledge and demonstrated experience with safety procedures and OSHA safety requirements such as Lockout/Tag out, confined space, and motorized handling equipment and powered lifts
    • Good communication skills and ability to work collaboratively with his/her technical team
  • Preferred:
    • Experience in a food production or pharmaceutical manufacturing FDA regulated facility
    • Experienced primarily with Allen-Bradley and Siemens, PLC base control systems. VFD (Allen-Bradley power flex series, etc.), Servo technology, (Allen-Bradley and SEW), ultrasonic sensors, guided radar sensors, contrast optic sensors, etc.
    • Familiar with heating loop and heating loop controls, PI, PID controls and boilers systems.
    • Experience in robotic case packer & palletizer or equivalent.
    • Experience in liquid fill processing and form fill seal packaging
    • Understanding and experience operating in GMP environment
    • Forklift certified or able to be certified
    • Experience servicing around HVAC, compressed air systems and nitrogen generator membrane systems
    • OSHA Lockout/Tag Out certified


  • Light industrial food manufacturing – Peanut processing facility
  • Moderate / fast pace – schedule heavily dependent on machine up-time and performance

 The requirements described are representative of those that must be met to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions. 


 TO APPLY: Interested candidates should complete the online application at