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Maintenance Lead

Rumiano Cheese Company - Crescent City, CA

Maintenance Lead
On-site in Crescent City, CA

Rumiano Cheese Company ( is California's oldest (founded in 1919) family-owned cheese company, dedicated to the manufacture, packaging and distribution of the highest quality cheese, butter, and value-added products. Rumiano Cheese is an innovative, growing company whose legacy is built on family, commitment, and trust. The company’s long-lasting success is due to a talented team, which has included four generations of the Rumiano family. Rumiano and its farms are dedicated to safety and sustainability, and the best products for the customers and families who enjoy it.

Position Description

We are looking for a skilled Maintenance Lead to work on-site at our Crescent City, CA plant. This hands-on position will be responsible for coordinating and managing all maintenance aspects for the facility to ensure uninterrupted operations. This “jack of all trades'' will be responsible for using their mechanical and electrical expertise to maintain production systems, utilities, buildings and grounds, including anything from changing out a motor to fixing a leaking pipe. They will generate and effectively execute all work orders within the plant and be responsible for administrative tasks (planning, scheduling, ordering supplies, etc.). The ideal candidate will have previous experience in a cheese or dairy plant and be familiar with similar equipment.

Activities and Responsibilities:

  • Use mechanical, electrical and stainless steel welding skills to maintain production systems, utilities and buildings
  • Monitor the plant maintenance program with an emphasis on planning/scheduling and preventive/predictive maintenance
  • Organize the use and inventory of spare parts, maintenance supplies, tools and equipment, reordering when necessary
  • Review the operation of plant equipment and systems constantly to minimize unplanned downtime; resolve problems in a timely manner and identify opportunities for improvement
  • Train, organize, assist, and coach personnel to ensure compliance with safety standards and incident prevention, maintaining safety, health, and sanitation policies and procedures
  • Maintain and update operating and training manuals for the maintenance department
  • Resolves work problems or assists workers in solving work problems.
  • Complete all paperwork including maintenance records, incident reports and investigations


  • 5+ years hands-on maintenance experience in food production; dairy/cheese a huge plus
  • 2+ years team lead experience
  • Ability to mentor, and effectively communicate and work with others is paramount
  • Well-rounded background in a variety of skills including electrical/mechanical/automation systems
  • Excellent skills and experience troubleshooting, with experience in Instrumentation Controls
  • Ability to read schematics and drawings; Understand GMPs, SOPs, and OSHA regulations
  • Valid Driver License; Bilingual English/Spanish a plus; Able to work Saturdays and overtime as needed


Rumiano Cheese seeks diversity among our staff and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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