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Requisition ID:  21893

Maintenance Mechanic

Job Summary

Purdue Animal Science Research and Education Center (ASREC) is seeking a Maintenance Mechanic. In this role, you will be working primarily with the Farm Operations Unit which consists of 1,600 acres of corn, soybeans, hay, wheat, and pastures. Additional duties will include:


  • Working daily with Farm Operations Manager and other staff in a team-oriented atmosphere to implement maintenance and repair on equipment associated with crop, forage, and livestock production
  • Perform preventative maintenance and repairs, inspect, operate, or test machinery or equipment to diagnose machine malfunctions and perform mechanical, electrical, or hydraulic maintenance and repair
  • Dismantling machinery/equipment to remove defective parts and perform repairs if necessary
  • Fabricate, weld, replace, repair, clean and maintain farm equipment, trucks, and livestock equipment
  • Ordering/maintaining inventory of essential parts and supplies and maintain accurate repair records
  • Operating and calibrating agricultural equipment associated with crop, forage, and livestock production
  • Operating Purdue University trucks and Class A commercial vehicles transporting grain and other farm commodities
  • Fabricating, welding, and modifying equipment for research purposes
  • Performing general upkeep on buildings and grounds at the Animal Science Research Center
  • Supervisory student and temporary employees
  • Other operational duties as assigned


  • High School diploma/GED
  • 3 years mechanic/farming experience
  • Ability to operate, calibrate, maintain, and repair agricultural equipment including tractors, planters, sprayers, harvesters, and other implements
  • Ability to operate, maintain, and repair trucks, trailers, and semi tractors
  • Excellent verbal comprehension, ability to interpret manuals, and work under pressure
  • Excellent communication skills utilizing verbal, written, email, and text
  • Valid U.S. or Canadian driver’s license
  • Valid Class A Commercial driver’s license or the ability to obtain one within six months of employment
  • Must obtain a Category 1A pesticide license within one year of employment
  • Intermittent overtime and weekends are required as determined by supervisor



  • Associates or vocational tech degree in Agriculture or a mechanical field of study

Additional Information:

  • Purdue will not sponsor work authorization for this position.
  • A background check is required for employment in this position
  • FLSA:  Non-Exempt (Eligible for Overtime)
  • Retirement:  Non-exempt Defined Contribution Plan
  • Purdue University is an EEO/AA employer.  All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply

Nearest Major Market: Lafayette

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