Union Electrician

Date:  Apr 2, 2024

Chesapeake, VA, US, 23322

Req ID:  72437
Job Function:  Maintenance

Perdue AgriBusiness is part of Perdue Farms, a family-owned company heading into it's second century of growth and innovation. An international agricultural products and services company, we handle agricultural commodities and have a diverse portfolio of products and businesses.


Perdue AgriBusiness has an opportunity for an Union Electrician at our facility located in Chesapeake, VA

This position is responsible for performing assigned multi-craft, industrial maintenance duties within scope of classification to include equipment repairs, preventative and predictive maintenance, emergency breakdown, equipment failure, and process improvement projects.


Perdue AgriBusiness offers competitive wages and benefit packages to full-time, regular positions.


Principal and Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Safely diagnose and resolve all operational and process failures with facility machinery and equipment, such as conveyance systems, Dust Control systems, Shore to Ship loaders, Scale Hoppers, Truck and Rail Discharge, Fire Suppression systems, etc
  • Demonstrate a willingness to commit to continuous improvement
  • Conduct detail-oriented inspections (PM’s) of facility equipment/machinery, lighting, networks, mobile machinery, etc
  • Process Controls/Automation and Hazards Monitoring diagnostics and expansion
  • Demonstrate the ability to be a multi-crafted technician and safely embrace new challenges
  • Compile and complete paperwork relative to repairs to include, but not limited to work orders, JSA’s, and proactive observations
  • Perform all work within safety guidelines established by company policy and local/state/federal agencies, such as OSHA, EPA, NEC, NFPA, etc.
  • Ability to respond to emergency calls during non-scheduled hours
  • Perform other tasks as assigned by supervisor

Minimum Education

  • High School Graduate or GED
  • Associate degree, Journeyman apprenticeship, or comparable work experience preferred in Industrial Engineering/Maintenance related field such as: Electrical, Industrial Technology, Mechatronics, Industrial Controls/Automation, etc.

Experience Requirements

  • General- Reading, writing, math, and analytical skills

Specialized/Technical Knowledge Preferred:

  • PLC-based Industrial Controls and Automation Fundamentals
  • Process Sensors/Switches (Digital and Analog)
  • 3-phase Motor Circuits/Controllers/VFD’s/Control Centers
  • AC and DC Circuit Fundamentals
  • Power Distribution/Switchgears
  • Power Transmissions
  • Dry Bulk Conveyance
  • Some understanding of Process Improvement (RCA, Six Sigma, etc.)

Environmental Factors and Physical Requirements

  • Walking, bending, stooping, kneeling, twisting, working with arms above shoulder level  
  • Able to move freely throughout the AgriBusiness facilities to include climbing vertical heights (0 - 150'), carrying tools and equipment (0 – 50 pounds),
  • Exposure to temperatures (0 - 100 Degrees Fahrenheit), humidity, (0 - 100%), noise (50db to 100db), grain dust, and chemicals (MSDS sheets available)
  • Must be able to wear protective equipment as required
  • May be required to travel to other remote AgriBusiness facilities


Perdue Farms, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

Nearest Major Market: Hampton Roads