Industrial Manufacturing at Geneva, Illinois

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Industrial Refrigeration and Utilities Maintenance Technician

  • $35.19 per hour up to $39.63 per hour
  • Advancement opportunities up to $44.66 per hour
  • 12-hour rotating shift schedule (182 scheduled days off per year)
  • Great 1st day benefits

Key Information:

  • We're building a new facility! Apply now for a role on our Start Up Team producing Gushers and Fruit by the Foot - What a Sweet Adventure!

General Mills, Inc. manufactures some of the most beloved foods in the world, including Cheerios, Lucky Charms, Nature Valley granola bars, Totino's pizza rolls, and Yoplait yogurt. Blue Buffalo became part of General Mills in 2018, so even your pets love us too. Our Geneva, IL Plant is the newest addition to our North America plant network. To increase capacity and keep pace with the growing consumer demand for the products, General Mills is making a significant investment to expand capacity for our beloved Fruit brands (Gusher and Fruit by the Foot).

 We are looking for team members with a shared passion for making food the world loves, solving problems, and shaping General Mills for the future. As a part of our manufacturing group, you will be responsible for supporting production packaging and processing operations, sanitation and participation in startup, changeover, and shutdown of operating equipment.

General Mills encourages growth for our employees; if you want to learn new things, attain and prove competency quickly, apply technology in the manufacturing space, and be recognized for the skills and abilities you demonstrate on the job; General Mills is a great place to start.


What your compensation will look like:

  • $35.19 per hour up to $39.63 per hour depending upon skillset and experience
    • Tech I: $35.19 per hour
    • Tech II: $39.63 per hour
    • Tech III: $44.66 per hour (Internal Advancement Opportunity)
    • Rates include $1.00 per hour for rotation shift differential

What your benefits will look like:

  • 120 hours of vacation annually and 11 paid company holidays
  • 48 hours paid sick and emergency time
  • Great paid time off benefits
  • 401(k) - company match, annual company contribution and more
  • Health Insurance that includes medical, dental, vision and life
  • AND much more!

What your schedule will look like:

  • We prioritize work life balance, health and wellness, and equal access to resources for development opportunities and advancement. Our Fruit system will have:
    • 12-hour rotating shifts
      • Day shift: 5:30 am to 6:00 pm
      • Night shift: 5:30 pm to 6:00 am
    • Shift Schedule:
      • 2 on, 2 off, 3 on, 2 off, 2 on, 3 off rotating schedule
      • Each work block rotates from days to nights
    • Schedule Perks
      • 182 Scheduled Days Off Per Year
      • Every other weekend is a 3-day weekend
  • Ability and willingness to work overtime, any shift, including days, nights, weekends, holidays and emergency events
  • Plant operation is 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

What your day will look like:

  • Safely creating high quality foods that are eaten EVERYDAY, WORLDWIDE
  • Using TECHNOLOGY in a newly built, industry-leading facility
  • Working with HIGH-LEVEL operating teammates in a plant with a learning mindset culture
  • CHALLENGING yourself to get the JOB DONE RIGHT and gain skills to take with you to your next opportunity
    • Manage, operate and maintain all building, utilities and support equipment including but not limited to ammonia refrigeration system, boilers and steam system, air compressors, fire system and fire suppression systems, building plumbing, building electrical, and HPHW system
    • Perform duties to ensure operational efficiency of plant and building equipment by scheduling routine preventative maintenance, troubleshooting, and repairing equipment as needed
    • Performing daily rounds/checks of ammonia system
    • Providing technical support and plant leadership for equipment troubleshooting and modification
    • Learning, following, and engaging in Process Safety Management (PSM)
    • Performing both uptime and downtime preventative maintenance
    • Assist maintenance technicians as needed
    • Understanding, initiating, and participating in Root Cause Analysis (Why, Why)
    • Participate in Continuous Improvement initiatives to increase platform performance
    • Assist in training new employees

What you have to offer:

  • Minimum of a high school education or GED
  • Proficient in English
  • 1 year (minimum) experience of industrial ammonia refrigeration system
  • 1 year (minimum) experience with boilers and low-pressure steam
  • Experience with Mechanical Utilities Systems (Compressed Air, Vacuum, Hydraulics) 
  • Experience with process water distribution; wastewater handling and treatment
  • Working knowledge of industrial, mechanical and electrical technologies
  • Experience with State and Federal EPA permits/compliance and/or PSM/ARM program compliance
  • Project management experience including construction management
  • Operator (CARO/CIRO) certification preferred
  • Incident command and/or HAZWOPPER program experience preferred
  • Experience in a manufacturing/production environment preferred

What your growth will look like:

  • Be a part of a high-performance team that values your technical skillset
  • Skillset and leadership development opportunities with a pay for skills program to achieve higher pay levels by developing and acquiring new skills from an "Equipment Ownership", "Process Ownership" and "Leadership" standpoint
  • Develop leadership skills that will allow you to focus on new KNOWLEDGE and ability to adopt and implement those ideas
  • Ability to operate within a safety culture

Physical requirements:

  • Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs
  • Must be able to perform physical tasks for extended periods of time including standing, walking, climbing, bending, pushing, pulling and twisting over surfaces
  • Ability to climb and/or work at heights while utilizing stairs, ladders, personnel lifts, or platforms
  • Ability to wear protective clothing and equipment such as safety shoes, face masks, safety glasses, hearing protection, a hard hat, a hair/beard net and gloves when required
  • Willing and able to adhere to all grooming requirements necessary for a food manufacturing environment
  • Ability to work in hot, cold, noisy, dusty, wet environmental working conditions
  • Willing to work around industrial high-speed moving machinery
  • Ability to work with allergens that might be present in a food environment


We exist to make food the world loves. But we do more than that. Our company is a place that prioritizes being a force for good, a place to expand learning, explore new perspectives and reimagine new possibilities, every day. We look for people who want to bring their best — bold thinkers with big hearts who challenge one other and grow together. Because becoming the undisputed leader in food means surrounding ourselves with people who are hungry for what’s next.



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