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Internal Application: Trailer Mechanic

Service and Repair | Blackfoot, ID | Full Time

Job Description

Spudnik Equipment Company LLC is the North American market leader for potato planting, harvesting, and handling equipment – all designed and manufactured in our state of the art facility in Blackfoot, Idaho.  We have opportunities for enthusiastic, self-directed, and innovative people who are interested in a satisfying and rewarding career.  We are now accepting applications for the following position at our Grafton, ND location:

POSITION:                Trailer Mechanic

LOCATION:               Blackfoot, ID

The Trailer Mechanic is responsible for the timely and accurate finishing and servicing of bulk beds and 18-wheeler trailers.  The Mechanic regularly utilize knowledge and understanding of fabrication, welding, hydraulic, electrical, pneumatic, and mechanical properties and techniques to build, install, and service bulk bed/trailer components and systems.  To ensure equipment is functioning correctly, the Mechanic will inspect and repair drive systems (including belted chain, shafts, sprockets, and gear boxes) and brake systems.  The Mechanic is also responsible for UHMW repair and installation.  The Mechanic will be available for fluctuating shifts and overtime where appropriate in order to respond to production needs.  The Mechanic will demonstrate a high level of responsibility and accountability while working effectively and efficiently on assigned tasks.

Other duties and responsibilities may be assigned as necessary. 

  • Utilize customer order documentation, blueprints, schematics, and operation manuals to build and/or service bulk beds/trailers in accordance with the timelines identified in the build plan;
  • Become a technical expert in manufacturing and servicing bulk beds/trailers and be a top performer in workmanship, safety, and work ethics;
  • Understand the definition of quality and know the measurements for determining quality products;
  • Safely and efficiently operate machinery and equipment used in manufacturing processes (forklifts, metal breaks, shears, sheet rollers, welding machines, etc.);
  • Produce high strength, visually appealing, structurally sound welds on multiple types of metal;
  • Construct, install, troubleshoot, and service drive, hydraulic, pneumatic, mechanical, electrical (high voltage), and electronic (low voltage) systems and components;
  • Coordinate with department leadership to identify and requisition parts and materials needed to complete assigned job;
  • Inspect parts and completed bulk beds/trailers, both visually and technically (dimensional inspection), to ensure accuracy and quality standards have been met;
  • Keep and maintain accurate production records using timesheets and other methods identified by Supervisor;
  • Actively work with internal and external customers to identify and resolve problems.

Other duties and responsibilities may be assigned as necessary. 

  • Work in a team environment with little or no supervision;
  • Maintain a safe, organized, and clean work environment;
  • Fill in during team member absences;
  • Promote the company’s core values; integrity, respect, commitment, quality, innovation.


  • Experience with and demonstrated ability using specialized equipment to fabricate metal parts;
  • Ability to weld carbon, aluminum, and/or stainless steel utilizing various welding processes such as MIG, TIG, FCAW;
  • Experience with and demonstrated ability working on hydraulic, pneumatic, mechanical, electrical, and electronic systems;
  • Possession of and ability to use basic hand tools such as wrenches (hex head, box, combination, adjustable, torque, etc.), ratchet and socket set, chisels/punches, files/rasps, hammer, pliers (needle nose, slip joint, diagonal, channel lock, locking, etc.), screwdrivers, tape measure etc.;
  • Excellent troubleshooting, diagnostic, critical thinking, and analytical skills;
  • Possession of a valid Class A commercial driver’s license and current DOT medical card or the ability to obtain them within 90 days;
  • Ability to operate lift trucks, pickups, and large trucks;
  • Ability to travel overnight if required;
  • Proficiency in basic shop math (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division);
  • Ability to accurately read and interpret mechanical drawings, blueprints, and schematics;
  • Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in written form, using various mediums;
  • Ability to work from and understand verbal instructions.


  • Manufacturing equipment such as welders, metal breaks, power tools, hand tools, shears, sheet rollers, etc.;
  • Material handling equipment such as forklift, pallet jack, and overhead crane, motor vehicles, etc.;
  • Other machines and equipment specific to departmental or facility needs.


Heavy work involving:

  • Climbing   Balancing   Stooping   Kneeling   Crouching   Crawling   Reaching
  • Standing   Walking   Pushing   Pulling   Hearing   Talking   Grasping
  • Feeling   Bending   Repetitive Motions   Small motor skills   Visual acuity   Lifting (Up to 50 lbs.)

The worker is subject to indoor and outdoor environmental conditions.  There is sufficient noise to cause the worker to shout in order to be heard above the ambient noise level.  The environment includes a variety of physical conditions such a proximity to moving mechanical parts, electrical current, and working on scaffolding or other high places. The employee may be exposed to one or more of the following conditions that affect the respiratory system or the skin: fumes, odors, dust mists, gases or poor ventilation. There is air and/or skin exposure to oils and other cutting fluids.

PAY:   Depending on Experience

DEADLINE TO APPLY:  Open until filled

TO APPLY: Apply online at via the Careers page. 

                                          SPUDNIK IS A DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE