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Alternate Paint Technician

Location: Milford, IA, United States
Remote Type: No Remote
Business Unit: Safco Products

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As Alternate Paint Technician you will prepare, mix and inspect powder paints for proper paint application on office products and office furniture by applying high-quality standards and partnering with other manufacturing cells, to ensure product meets internal and external customer and quality standards. You will assist with technical areas as it relates to the Paint system, paint guns, settings and adjustments in the absence of the Paint Technician.  

The position will flex between production operations and the technician role on an as needed basis.   

This full-time position reports directly to the Production Supervisor and is located at Safco’s manufacturing plant in Milford, IA.  



  • Backfill Paint Technician responsibilities in his/her absence to include and understand: 
    • Prepare and inspect powder paints for proper paint application on product and components
    • Apply paints per manufacturing specifications
    • Follow all principles and practices of paint applications
    • Operate and maintain paint booth system and observe gauges and equipment operations to detect defects
    • Perform preventative maintenance on paint equipment and paint work area.
    • Ensure accurate dispensing and labeling of color lab paint samples. 
    • Ensure that all components are produced/coated efficiently with high quality standard
    • Adhere to safety guidelines and procedures and identify 
    • Troubleshoot issues that may occur within the paint booth system
    • Understand and follow procedures dealing with parts flow and manufacturing process
    • Mentor new and existing team members on painting technique
    • Perform daily monitoring of wash and waste treatment systems and document all readings.
    • Adhere to safety guidelines and procedures and identify 
    • Understand and follow procedures dealing with parts flow and manufacturing process
    • Assist with technical training or new painters.
    • Perform daily monitoring of wash and waste treatment systems and document all readings.
    • Implement and update procedures to ensure the paint line system operates within environmental regulations.
    • Maintain Reverse Osmosis and waste treatment systems to the company standards.
    • Maintain waste streams and file required documentation.
    • Perform and maintain burnoff system. Keep up 5S standards.
  • Job responsibilities for current Painter position to include painting, staging paint, inspecting for quality and also could include staging, unloading and loading parts onto the paint line.
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • High school diploma or GED
  • 1-2 years of proven experience and knowledge of powder paint and maintaining paint equipment
  • Ability to understand basic mechanical and manufacturing techniques
  • Familiarity with environmental regulations and waste treatment practices
  • Must be able to distinguish colors since the job involves color inspection
  • Strong troubleshooting and problem-solving skills
  • Basic computer knowledge and ability to operate a computer and access programs, make transactions, and solve simple computer functions.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team-oriented environment.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail



  • Prior work experience with JDE/Oracle in a manufacturing environment is preferred
  • Chemistry background or knowledge is plus



The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

  • Must be able to lift up-to 50 pounds
  • Must be able to work in hot, humid, and cold manufacturing environment
  • Must be able to work in crowded spaces for 4+ hours per shift
  • Must be able to bend and stoop for 7+ hours per shift
  • Must be able to stand for 6+ hours per shift
  • Must be able to walk for 6+ hours per shift
  • Must be able to reach and grasp up to 6+ hours per shift


about our company: 

Comprised of multiple companies with headquarters in New Hope, Minnesota, Liberty Diversified International (LDI) is a privately held company employing more than 1,900 individuals across our manufacturing facilities, production facilities and core business operations in Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois, Georgia, Mississippi, Texas, Arizona, California, and Mexico. With deep roots in the corrugated box manufacturing industry, we operate in the core markets of paper, packaging, workplace products, corrugated plastics and building products. 

Since 1918, our values – Caring, Innovation, Trust and Excellence – have guided our day-to-day activities. We believe that when our employees are aligned with these values, we create superior solutions and service for our customers. The LDI family of companies includes Liberty Packaging, Liberty Paper, Liberty Plastics (Custom Solutions and Quarrix Building Products) and Safco. 



Liberty Diversified International is an equal opportunity employer and makes all employment decisions without regard to race, color, sex, religion, age, creed, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, disability, or any other protected class. 



In signing this job description, I confirm that I am aware of, reasonably qualified for, and willing to perform all of the duties and responsibilities of this position. 






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