Plant Engineer

Location : Location US-SD-Yankton
1st Shift
Regular Full-Time
Relocation Assistance
Temporary Housing Assistance


Cimpl's Meats,LLC,  an American Foods Group Company has an opportunity for a Plant Chief Engineer to join our Cimpl's team in Yankton, South Dakota.


As our Plant Chief Engineer, you will:

  • Oversee daily operations of maintenance employees to ensure completion of preventative maintenance and failure maintenance activities.

  • Work with plant operations personnel to support daily production goals.

  • Work with VP of operations and harvest and fabrication managers to lead overall maintenance department.

  • Utilize plant systems to plan maintenance activities during production and non-production times.

  • Coordinate and manage weekend projects with outside contractors.

  • Oversee maintenance employees in trouble shooting of issues on plant equipment. 

  • Work with quality assurance in facility to ensure all equipment meets QA and USDA guidelines for food safety.

  • Monitor and control downtime; provide solutions to reduce downtime.

  • Ensure all company and safety policies and procedures are enforced and followed.

  • Complete reports and other paperwork (e.g. discipline, progress evaluations, terminations).

  • Ensure all machinery is performing to the highest standard possible.

  • Maintain a helpful and professional attitude and appearance.

  • Promote and drive succession development with areas of responsibility.

  • NOTE: this description is not intended to be all-inclusive. An employee may perform other related duties to meet the ongoing needs of the organization; these duties are considered marginal. 


Minimum Qualifications (Required):

  • Must be able to work in the United States without sponsorship.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or equivalent experience.
  • 5-7 years supervising, planning, and scheduling hourly maintenance personnel.
  • Must be able to effectively communicate in English (speaking, reading, and writing).
  • Must have extensive knowledge of troubleshooting and repair of all electrical, electronic, pneumatic, and hydraulic, equipment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior supervisory maintenance experience in a USDA inspected beef, pork, or poultry facility. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Working knowledge of refrigeration systems, steam, and hot water generation systems. 
  • Experience in utilizing computerized maintenance management systems to deploy maintenance strategies. 
  • Strong knowledge and troubleshooting of overhead conveying systems, conveyors, HVAC, hydraulics, compressed air systems, electrical systems, and equipment utilized in food processing. 
  • Ability to communicate well (verbal and written) with all levels of employees from hourly to upper management.
  • Ability to identify and address safety hazards; promote safety on a daily basis.
  • Ability to lead by example, encourage teamwork and learning, and motivate the hourly workforce.
  • Must have a high math aptitude; be assertive; and be able to multi-task in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to perform consistent, accurate work with minimal direction and work successfully as part of a team.

American Foods Group, LLC is an Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected status. Learn more: EEO is the Law and EEO is the Law Supplement. Applicants with a disability who require a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process can contact Human Resources at the location(s) where you are applying. American Foods Group, LLC will not discriminate against applicants who inquire about, disclose or discuss their compensation or that of other applicants. Learn more: Pay Transparency. American Foods Group, LLC participates in the E-Verify program in certain locations as required by law. Learn more: E-Verify


Cimpl’s, LLC an American Foods Group Company is a privately held meat processing company located in Yankton, South Dakota. We appreciate our employees and reward them for a job well done.  As a member of the team, you will find yourself challenged and contributing in a significant way to the success of the business, and you will be rewarded for that success. If you want to feel appreciated for a job well done and be part of something bigger, then consider joining American Foods Group, a “hire to retire” type of company.


What we offer:

  • Competitive pay
  • For Full Time employees - Excellent benefit plan.  Benefits include: Health, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, Flex Spending Accounts, Voluntary Benefits, PTO, 401k, Short Term Disability, Discount Meat Purchase Program, and more!  
  • Training, growth and advancement opportunities that will make this the best and last company you work for.


Check Out the Yankton, SD Area!

Improve your quality of life by residing in Yankton, South Dakota, a rural city located on the banks of the Missouri River.  An abundance of recreational areas and amenities make it easy to stay active in Yankton.


The area also offers:

  • Numerous water recreation options around Yankton including Lewis & Clark Lake, Lake Yankton, and the Missouri National Recreation River.  Beautiful chalkstone bluffs along the shorelines provide the opportunity to view wildlife with scenic backdrops.
  • Various parks that offer relaxing entertainment including fishing, hiking trails, and swimming.
  • Year-round community events that the whole family will love.


Try to convince us that there is a better place to live and work other than Cimpl’s LLC in Yankton, South Dakota!




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