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Why You Should Work Here

Since founder Don Kotula opened his garage door to the world in 1980, Northern Tool + Equipment has stayed true to a vision that has guided the company ever since — building lasting relationships by providing the right solution for our customers. Today, Northern Tool + Equipment has grown into a billion-dollar company that provides over 70,000 carefully chosen tools via catalogs, website and retail stores. We seek talented people who wish to share their initiative, ideas and expertise; we develop and support our teams and we put them in a position to succeed. We know our customer, we provide value and we act with integrity. We are True Northern.

  • MN Top Workplaces recipient for 5 years in a row – recognized as a top scorer in work/life balance
  • Work/life balance continually scores at the top in engagement surveys
  • Remote work options
  • Generous PTO plan
  • Volunteer Time Off (VTO) – paid time off to volunteer
  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Caregiving support – all employees eligible for a company paid membership to Bright Horizons to support finding resources and receive discounts to meet care giving needs
  • Reasonable retail hours, no big box hours here!
  • Member of Make Time to Vote organization – paid time off to vote

Job Description

Repair and maintain all facility machines and mechanical equipment in accordance with schematics, blueprints, operations manuals, and manufacturer’s specifications.

Day to Day Responsibilities

  • Perform preventive maintenance, troubleshooting and repairs of all production equipment including Computer Numeric Controls (CNC) and manual machines, facility air compressors and forklifts
  • Perform maintenance, troubleshooting and repairs of water treatment equipment.
  • Perform maintenance, troubleshooting and repairs of gas fired burner equipment (paint wash booth, paint ovens, building heaters).
  • Perform maintenance, troubleshooting and repairs pneumatic and hydraulic controls, cylinders, pumps and other related equipment.
  • Perform maintenance, troubleshooting and repairs of all electric and electronic components, such as Computer Numeric Controls (CNC), motor starters, relays, proximity switches, timers, limit switches, motor drives and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC).
  • Oversee operation of Maintenance Department in the absence of, or as delegated by, Maintenance Supervisor
  • Document maintenance and repair work performed, using designated procedures.
  • Complete all necessary paperwork, including work orders in a timely manner.
  • Comply with all Northern Tool + Equipment policies and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards while performing work.
  • Maintain cleanliness and hygiene of all associated work areas.
  • Keep supervisor informed of important developments, potential problems, and related information necessary for effective management. Coordinates and communicates plans and activities with others, as appropriate, to ensure a coordinated work effort and team approach.
  • Perform related work as apparent or assigned.

Minimum Years of Experience

High school education or equivalent . Extended education equivalent to a 2 year vocational degree Minimum of 5years of experience troubleshooting and repair of production equipment. Significant working knowledge of mechanical drive systems, electrical controls, pneumatic and hydraulic systems, Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems. Relies on significant experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals with minimal supervision. Ability to use test equipment including but not limited to digital multi-meters, ammeters, anemometers, oscilloscopes, leak sensors, and tachometers Ability to read and apply schematics and blueprints including but not limited the following areas, electrical, electronic, hydraulic and mechanical. Knowledge of janitorial cleaners and practices. Must be able to work with a variety of cleaning agents and chemicals. Ability to work safely and comply with all established rules and practices relating to safety and security. Strong organizational skills. Ability to handle multiple and varied projects. Personal Computer skills, Microsoft Word, internet and e-mail. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with a wide variety of customers, Company personnel and others. Demonstrates Northern Tool + Equipment’s 12 Core Competencies.

Salary or Hourly Rate



Fun stuff:

  • Annual summer picnic
  • Team lunches + ice cream socials
  • Holiday celebrations
  • Casual/Dress for Your Day
  • Interdepartmental team events and competitions – we love a little friendly competition
  • Service awards + Core Values recognition program

Financial benefits:

  • 401k with company match
  • Life Insurance (company paid and provides 1X annual salary in coverage)
    • Supplemental life Insurance available for employee, spouse, and children
  • Travel Assistance program - benefits available for emergency situations while traveling
  • Accident and Critical Care coverage
  • Employee Discount at all Northern Tool companies
  • Paid Time Off
  • Annual Incentive Plan programs

Health & Wellness:

  • Comprehensive Medical, Dental and Vision Plans
  • 100% coverage for in network preventive care
  • Disease prevention and management including weight loss support through Omada
  • Tobacco cessation support
  • Company sponsored fitness and wellness challenges
  • Employee Assistance Program (includes 24/7 support and up to 3 in person counseling sessions at no cost)
  • Short term + long-term disability (company paid, provides up to 60% of monthly covered earnings)
  • Flex Spending Accounts for Medical and Dependent Care Expenses
  • Grand Rounds – health care advocate to support employees with accessing quality care
  • Learn to Live – mental health online support/resources for all employees and family members

Make an Impact:

  • Volunteer Time Off – paid time off to volunteer!
  • Charitable Matching Programs
  • Community Health Charities sponsor
  • Regular donations made to 360 Communities
  • Member of Make Time to Vote organization

Career growth and advancement:

  • Regular 1-1s and coaching
  • Access to talent management technology to support individual career development and aspirations
  • Access to many Learning + Development offerings online and in person
  • Partnerships with many educational programs, organizations, and institutions
  • Internship and apprentice offerings
  • Stretch assignments and opportunity to try out new things!
  • Tuition assistance
  • Various leadership development programs for leaders at all stages in their management career

Application Information

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About Company
Founded in 1980, Northern Tool + Equipment has grown into a billion-dollar company that provides over 70,000 carefully chosen tools via catalogs, website and retail stores.

2050 Airtech Drive, Faribault, Minnesota

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