Maintenance Technician

Colgate-Palmolive is a leading global consumer products company, tightly focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition. Colgate sells its products in over 200 countries and territories around the world under such internationally recognized brand names as Colgate, Palmolive, Mennen, Softsoap, Irish Spring, Tom’s of Maine, Ajax, Fabuloso, Haci Sakir, elmex, and Suavitel, as well as Hill’s Science Diet and Hill’s Prescription Diet.


Colgate-Palmolive invites applications for the position of Maintenance Technician located at our Morristown, Tennessee Oral Care Facility.  The Maintenance Technician is responsible for the effective operation, major & minor repair and changeovers of automated production equipment. Works with others to achieves factory business objectives of safety, productivity, customer service, quality, cost and environmental protection.  The primary accountabilities of the role include attaining high equipment reliability and uptime, safety compliance, equipment maintenance procedures, data collection, housekeeping, problem solving and continuous improvement as part of a work team. The Maintenance Technician works within a structure that requires considerable interaction with others in the same production unit as well as other production units and support functions.


Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Leads major and minor maintenance of automated and non-automated equipment through computer terminals, control panels and/or by manual means in the manufacturing of Colgate-Palmolive products (including correlation between process and mechanical processes/equipment).
  • Operates and performs changeovers of automated equipment (making, finishing, injection molding) through computer terminals, control panels and/or by manual means in the manufacturing of Colgate-Palmolive products.
  • Confirms in-house availability of tools, change and spare parts required to keep production running. Coordinates with upstream and downstream processes by working with others in planning, warehouse, receiving and vendor representatives on timing of effective changeovers.
  • Accurately stores tools, change parts and spare parts in appropriate locations.
  • Troubleshoots, performs major and minor repairs and preventive maintenance as required to ensure equipment reliability and on-going production (Works with OEM & consultants to solve related problems)
  • Is the first point of contact in case of mechanical and process malfunction on production lines.
  • Works with Maintenance Engineer and Maintenance Planner to establish, review, improve and execute plant maintenance system standards
  • Undertakes daily reporting and updates of information systems (SAP, SFR, Cycle Counts) including documentation of maintenance activities performed on equipment
  • Provides support on capital projects in the production floor and to determine recommended spare part list.
  • Participates in new equipment installation, validation and start up processes
  • Supports Failure Investigations in respective areas.
  • Highlights potential maintenance issues and takes corrective action including parts requisitioning and maintenance planning
  • Fabricates simple machine parts using the required shop equipment such as: lathe, drill press, milling machine and others
  • Replaces mechanic, pneumatic and hydraulic equipment when needed.
  • Recommends, decides and implements actions under daily operation pressure to drive production lines performance.
  • Accurately and fully completes all regulatory and compliance related documentation and procedures; highlights variances
  • Stays abreast of teams’ production performance via visual, written and verbal communications
  • Participates in regular review of team production performance and uses information to drive continuous improvement. Provides status of maintenance activity for line/area; recommends machine modifications
  • Participates in structured group or team activities related to line/area performance improvement e.g. autonomous maintenance, housekeeping, problem solving etc.
  • Seeks and understands production scheduling and demands. Prioritizes maintenance activities that support and facilitates these schedules and demands.
  • Seeks and applies Continuous Improvement tools and techniques to achieve team goals e.g. Quality Systems, Total Productive Maintenance, Problem Solving tools
  • Understands and adheres to Environmental, Occupational, Health and Safety requirements
  • Understands and adheres to all Quality, Good Manufacturing Practices and Micro Cleaning & Sanitization Guidelines and standards
  • Understand the needs of both internal and external customers.
  • Maintains work area to required housekeeping standards. Performs housekeeping activities as per established protocol and conducts/participates in area housekeeping assessments per requirement.
  • Shares knowledge and develops maintenance skills in operator technicians. Identifies new opportunities for transferring skills to operator technicians. Actively participate in continuous learning opportunities.
  • Other job functions that may be assigned.




  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Minimum of two years’ experience in troubleshooting and repairing technical issues with manufacturing equipment
  • Demonstrated autonomous and preventive maintenance experience
  • Mechanic, pneumatic, hydraulic and basic electrical knowledge
  • Capability to analyze process flow to identify issues.
  • Practical skills in working with technical documentation (mechanical drawings, P&IDs, equipment manuals)
  • Practical knowledge of MS Office programs
  • Must be able to work any shift, weekends and mandatory overtime as needed
  • Teamwork and cross functional cooperation style of work.
  • Action/Decision making capability
  • Willing and able to bend, climb, crawl, work in confined spaces, use hazardous materials, and lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Willing and able to climb stairs and ladders and bend to 90 degrees repeatedly



  • Technical college/vocational school certificate or Associates degree in related field
  • Minimum two years' prior industrial maintenance experience in a manufacturing environment
  • Experience in a manufacturing setting overseen by a regulatory agency
  • Working knowledge of SAP
  • At least one year of experience in the any or all following:
    • machine rebuilds
    • performing predictive maintenance tasks
    • managing a preventive maintenance schedule
    • prioritizing work orders
    • using Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs)
    • using metal working equipment to create parts (ex: using milling machines, lathes etc) 
    • using Continuous Improvement Tools
    • training others
    • conducting team or workgroup meetings
    • responsible for knowing and achieving production goals
    • preparing production or other reports
    • applying problem solving tools or techniques
    • using the production, planning or other module in SAP
    • collaborating with co-workers on decision-making exercises
    • using Microsoft Office

Are you interested in working for Colgate-Palmolive? You can apply to work with us using this online application.  Attach all relevant documents such as a cover letter and resume or CV. Applications received by e-mail are not considered in the selection process.


Become part of our team. We look forward to your application.


Equal Opportunity Employer
Colgate is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Full time
Morristown, Tennessee 37813, US