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IDEX Maintenance and Facilities Engineer in Benton Harbor, Michigan

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Who is GAST Manufacturing?

As a business unit of IDEX Corporation, GAST Manufacturing has a long history of being the leader in design and manufacturing of quality air-moving products. We specialize in offering cost effective solutions for a wide variety of industries including industrial manufacturing, healthcare, and environmental cleanup applications. We are looking to add more talent to Benton Harbor, Michigan team.


Plans, directs, and coordinates all related facilities and maintenance activities. Collaborates with senior leadership and plant personnel to understand plantwide needs that ultimately service the Gast customer. Supervises maintenance and facilities personnel. Responsible for maintaining positive employee relations by teaching and encouraging team-oriented problem solving, provides training to subordinates, and administers employee discipline when necessary. Maintain a continuous improvement mindset focused on Safety, Quality, Delivery, Cost, and Growth/Innovation. Utilizing engineering methodology, act as a forward-thinking change agent that can help move the manufacturing and facilities processes toward automation flow. Maintain an attention to detail focus to meet deadlines and action planning.

This position requires onsite presence.


  • Communicates effectively both orally and in writing, maintains detailed and accurate records, and prepares clear and concise reports.

  • Ability to apply engineering principles and techniques to obtain solutions for equipment, buildings, and infrastructure.

  • Vendor management experience; hire and coordinate outside vendors.

  • Manages maintenance of the building, grounds, equipment, and controls budgets.

  • Understand and use maintenance software to maintain equipment records, generate work orders, and maintain/monitor preventative maintenance on all equipment.

  • Ability to collaborate with the EHS team to ensure robust environmental management, which may include maintaining records of hazardous waste & materials, log paint usage, maintain storm water pollution inspection, manifests, permits, BSI audits, and quarterly environmental reports.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of environmental regulations, OSHA, and ISO quality management systems.

  • Experience maintaining fire protection equipment, heating and air conditioning systems, water, gas, storm, and sewer lines, and warehouse racking.

  • Handles security of all auditable fire alarms, ensures all window/door alarm switches are active and operational, maintain plant shut down procedure, and keeps updated call-in list.

  • Work with other departments within the corporation to ensure cost reduction efforts are being addressed, implemented, and sustained.

  • Demonstrated track record with a high level of Customer Focus.

  • Consistently act with the utmost Ethics and Integrity.

  • Action Oriented.

  • Strong planning and priority setting skills.

  • Ability to act with composure in difficult situations.

  • Outstanding management skills, such as accountability, judging talent, and motivating direct reports.

  • Demonstrates experience and knowledge in the machine shop manufacturing and/or industrial industry.

  • Demonstrates ability to lead and work well in a cross-functional team environment to achieve specific goals.

  • Possess strong project management, organizational, and prioritization skills.

  • Exhibits commitment to continuous quality improvement.

  • Must be self-motivated, show initiative, anticipate, and prevent issues by executing advanced problem-solving skills.

  • Ability to work well with customers and internal team members.

  • Ability to operate computers and proficient in MSOffice applications.

  • Ability to read and write in English.

  • Identify and help facilitate organization wide or individual work cell lean/continuous improvement initiatives.

  • Serve as an internal manufacturing process consultant for product groups, management, product development engineering, marketing, and sales.


  • Experience in identification of large cost centers and systematically driving improvement to obtain organizational goals

  • Background with selection and implementation of automated equipment

  • Proactive -- possess a strong sense of ownership and drive to success utilizing available resources.

  • Well organized must have ability to address tactical issues in the short-term while maintaining long-term project plan

  • Must be comfortable working under pressure with solid problem-solving methodology

  • Ability to motivate and drive others to deliver results

  • Ability to work successfully in a multi-cultural environment

  • Ability to work collaboratively with strong leadership & influencing skills mentoring by developing and driving accountability.


  • Sustainable performance improvements in Safety, Quality, OTD, Lead-time reduction, Inventory Turns, and PBIT.

  • Improve maintenance labor utilization by maintaining and tracking team efficiency of work order/maintenance tasks; update, monitor, and improve monthly visibility using the CMMS program.

  • Analyze machining cells capabilities and potential line reconfiguration to maximize productivity and material flow.

  • Identify and implement transformational manufacturing processes (automation implementation, Poke-Yoke processes, material movement technology)


  • Bachelor's degree in manufacturing, business, engineering discipline, or technical degree; Advanced degree preferred

  • 4+ years of production experience and managerial experience preferred.

  • Strong continuous improvement background with knowledge of 5S, Kaizen, Lean and Value Stream Mapping

  • Authorized to work in the United States.

GAST Manufacturing, a Unit of IDEX Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to workforce diversity

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential duties and responsibilities performed by incumbents of this job. Incumbents may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented.

Are you ready to join a different kind of company where our people, our culture, and our commitments are centered around providing trusted solutions that improve lives around the world?

IDEX is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Affirmative Action Employer. IDEX gives consideration for employment to qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, creed, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, age, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other consideration or protected category made unlawful by federal, state or local laws (Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled).

Business Unit: Gast

Job Segment: HST Health & Science Technologies