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Maintenance Technician, Warehouse

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Date: Jan 9, 2019

Location: Troy, MO, US, 63379

Company: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Job Requisition ID: 14902

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Responsible for accurately performing maintenance activities for all company assets and equipment related to the safe and efficient operation of the facility, while maintaining company standards in safety, security, quality, and productivity. Responsible for working independently from both written and verbal instructions. Serves as a contact within the department for both internal and external customers. Will be required to be on-call/flexible as related to their work schedule to accommodate special projects, emergencies, and work shifts.


Responsible for accurately performing maintenance activities for all company assets and equipment related to the safe and efficient operation of the facility

  • Preventive Maintenance: Perform preventive maintenance and inspections of all company assets to assure they are working safely and efficiently.
  • Material Handling Equipment: Inspect, maintain, and repair forklifts and other material handling equipment as required.  Perform/document scheduled preventive maintenance on all material handling equipment.
  • Conveyor Systems: Inspect, maintain, and repair conveyor systems as required to insure that they operate safely and efficiently causing little or no down time to the operation.  Perform/document scheduled preventive maintenance on all conveyor equipment.
  • Storage Systems: Erect, replace, and maintain all storage systems such as racks and shelving as required.
  • Fire Protection Systems: Perform scheduled inspections on fire protection systems which includes, testing fire pumps, flushing sprinkler system, inspecting fire extinguishers, opening/closing PIV valves, and insuring that the fire alarms are functional per insurance regulations.
  • Heating/Air Conditioning: Inspect, maintain, and repair heating and air conditioning systems as required.
  • Electrical: Perform electrical repairs and installations such as lighting fixtures, outlets, transformers, breaker panels, conduit installation, wiring, and electrical repairs to the conveyor systems.
  • Plumbing: Perform basic plumbing repairs as required.
  • Welding: Perform basic construction repairs as required.
  • Carpentry: Perform basic carpentry and painting as required.
  • Network Cabling: Basic knowledge of installing/certification or network cabling is preferred.
  • Purchasing/Parts Inventory: Make necessary purchases of parts for repairs, and track/document the parts inventory to reduce or limit any down time in the facilities operation. 
  • Facility Grounds: Maintain the outside appearance of the facility and the surrounding grounds to represent HMH as a company that prides itself on quality. Duties will include: collection of garbage, basic landscaping, and winter snow removal (if applicable).
  • Battery changes:  Complete battery changes as needed for powered industrial equipment.
  • Miscellaneous: Maintains any and all related equipment as required to ensure the safe and efficient operation of the distribution facility.

Maintains company standards regarding safety and security

  • Maintains a clean, neat and orderly work area.  Assists in maintaining the security of the warehouse.
  • Performs sanitary duties as required to insure a clean and safe work environment for all HMH employees. Operates floor scrubber.
  • Participates in all designated safety training and constantly adheres to all rules and regulations given during courses.
  • Complies with all warehouse Safety Rules, OSHA regulations and MSDS standards.


  • Must have the ability to learn the necessary skills, knowledge, abilities and behaviors for the purposes of cross training and job assignments in all departments. 
  • Commits to stay current in understanding new industry technologies and/or new systems introduced to the facility.

Other duties as assigned



  • High School/GED graduate
  • Minimum of one to two years of trade school or directly applicable training.
  • Technical certification or Associates degree preferred
  • 1-2 years of experience in related area of responsibility
  • Working knowledge of one or more carpentry, plumbing, electricity, fire protection systems, conveyor systems, forklift mechanics, HVAC, and the ability to read/understand electrical schematics and blueprints.
  • Must be able to read and write in English, count accurately, do simple math, and write legibly.
  • Must be able to work overtime when business needs require.
  • Will be required to be on-call/flexible as related to their work schedule to accommodate special projects, emergencies, and work shifts.

Physical requirements:

  • Must be capable of sitting, standing, and walking for extended periods of time.
  • Must be able to lift/push/carry up to 50 lbs. frequently.
  • Must be able to work in extreme temperatures (hot and cold).
  • Must be able to work from variable heights while wearing a safety harness. 


  • Previous forklift experience preferred.
  • Familiar with material handling and radio frequency equipment is beneficial.
  • Experience with a work order management system preferred.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (NASDAQ:HMHC) is a global learning company dedicated to changing people’s lives by fostering passionate, curious learners. As a leading provider of pre-K–12 education content, services, and cutting-edge technology solutions across a variety of media, HMH enables learning in a changing landscape. HMH is uniquely positioned to create engaging and effective educational content and experiences from early childhood to beyond the classroom.  HMH serves more than 50 million students in over 150 countries worldwide, while its award-winning children's books, novels, non-fiction, and reference titles are enjoyed by readers throughout the world.

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is an equal employment opportunity employer and participates in E-Verify. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of gender, race/ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, disability, or other protected group status.

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