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Sonoco Maintenance Apprentice in Franklin Park, Illinois

You will like working for us as we have amazing people and a highly collaborative culture. Global success hasn’t changed our tight-knit feel – we’ve simply grown into a larger, more diverse family. We have thousands of jobs around the globe and encourage all of our associates to chase their dreams without having to find them in another company – it truly is a special place.

While reporting to the Plant Engineer, the Maintenance Apprentice is responsible for taking the knowledge that is learned and applying is on the manufacturing floor. This individual will use advanced training and knowledge to perform equipment/process/system maintenance, troubleshoot equipment, make repairs and identify opportunities. Excellent attendance is crucial for the team to achieve success. You must have a proven record of success in a fast-paced environment. You will take pride in your personal hands-on and analytical abilities, organizational skills and attention to detail. Shift: 6AM-2PM

Length of Apprenticeship: 4 years with a pay increase yearly after On-the-Job Training competencies have

been met and employee is still within good standing.

Day to day responsibilities include:

  • Safety: Zero (0) injuries. Will be required to support and/or lead safety initiatives for department and/or plant. Will be required to perform safety audits and training.

  • Maintains and repairs production equipment as directed by Maintenance Supervisor.

  • Maintains and repairs utility and facility-related equipment as directed by Maintenance Supervisor.

  • Assist other maintenance personnel with repairs as needed.

  • Assist other maintenance personnel with tooling changes and set up.

  • Manage small projects to maintain or upgrade equipment.

This position is in our plastics facility in beautiful Franklin Park, IL

Education Requirements

  • Must complete Associates degree/certificate in Mechatronics or equivalent (program must be

approved through Corporate ME). Must maintain a 3.0 average during schooling or will result in

termination of Apprenticeship contract and consideration for available entry level positions

  • Course work must be completed outside normal working hours. Normal working hours will be

decided upon by Plant Engineer, On-the-Job Trainer and Apprentice with expectations of at least

20 hours/week

  • Sonoco will pay for 100% of schooling after grants/scholarships. Candidate must stay with Sonoco at least 3 years after degree is obtained or they must pay back cost of schooling.

On the Job Training Requirements:

  • Candidate must complete all elements of On-the-Job Training within 4 years. Candidate must meet annual goals for competencies to be eligible for pay increases.


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We are an equal opportunity employer, and we strictly prohibit and do not tolerate discrimination against employees, applicants or any other covered persons because of race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, marital status, gender identity or expression, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any legally protected characteristic.

Founded in 1899, Sonoco (NYSE: SON) is a global provider of a variety of consumer packaging, industrial products, protective packaging, and displays and packaging supply chain services. With annualized net sales of approximately $5.4 billion, the Company has 23,000 employees working in approximately 300 operations in 36 countries, serving some of the world’s best known brands in some 85 nations. Sonoco is committed to creating sustainable products, services and programs for our customers, employees and communities that support our corporate purpose of Better Packaging. Better Life. The Company ranked first in the Packaging sector on Fortune’s World’s Most Admired Companies for 2019 as well as Barron’s 100 Most Sustainable Companies.