Pre-Employment Application

Maintenance Mechanic - Production Machinery
Chicago, IL  

Caraustar Industries, Inc., an industry leader in paperboard products, seeks an experienced Maintenance Mechanic to join our thriving team. This role will help maintain equipment and grounds at our Chicago-based folding carton plant, enabling efficient production and a safe work environment. We are hiring for multiple shifts. In this position, you will have the benefit of working for a growing, family oriented organization with long tenured employees.
The right candidate will have 5 years of maintenance experience, a strong mechanical and electrical aptitude, and a safety-focused, proactive mindset. We maintain a stellar reputation in the industry and are enjoying rapid growth. This is an exciting opportunity that will provide ample opportunity for advancement as you learn more of our organization and industry.

To the Maintenance Mechanic, we offer:
  • $24 & up per hour commensurate with experience
  • Full medical, dental, and vision coverage
  • 401(k) with company match
  • Vacation and Personal time
  • Training that will position you for advancement, including continious education and precision assembly from Reliablity Solutions
  • Non-traditional work schedule, including 3 and 4 day work weeks
Caraustar Industries, Inc. is one of North America’s largest integrated manufacturers of 100% recycled paperboard and converted paperboard products. We aim to be a socially responsible corporation, and remain committed to environmentally sound practices while providing customers with outstanding value through innovative products and services. Caraustar has developed its leadership position in the industry through diversification and integration from raw materials to finished products. Caraustar serves the four principal recycled boxboard product end-use markets: tubes and cores; folding cartons; gypsum facing paper and specialty paperboard products. For more about us, please visit our website at

Duties and Responsibilities of Maintenance Mechanic will include:
  • Perform all necessary repairs for the facility including mechanical, electrical, support equipment repairs, building and grounds maintenance
  • Examine machines and mechanical equipment to diagnose source of trouble, dismantling and replacing parts as necessary
  • Assist with the inventory of replacement parts
  • Perform preventative maintenance on machining
  • Provide support to production personnel by answering breakdown assistance calls
  • Follow department and company policies, procedures, and safety rules
  • Reports all food safety and quality problems to the Quality Team
  • May be required to perform other duties as requested, directed or assigned
Qualifications for Maintenance Mechanic include:
  • 5 years experience working as a Maintenance Mechanic in a manufacturing environment preferred.
  • High School diploma.  Mechanical/Electrical Training Certification or equivalent work experience in an industrial manufacturing environment
  • Strong mechanical and electrical aptitude
  • Experience working with low voltage machinery and equipment such as sheeters, print presses, die cutters, and gluing equipment is preferred
  • Ability to read schematics and working with PLC’s
  • Knowledge of lean manufacturing and safety best practices is highly advantageous
  • Proficient in working with various hand and power tools
  • Ability to operate a forklift truck is a plus
  • Capability to thrive in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to lift 50lbs., bend, kneel, and otherwise preform all other physical requirements related to machinery repair
Please apply to the confidential application below. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Please complete the following information.  Then press the "Submit Application" button at the bottom. You may attach a resume at the bottom of the page. We recommend that you attach an MS-Word document. You have 45 minutes to complete the application.

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Please indicate if you have prior experience with maintaining any of the following equipment:
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Are you certified to operate a forklift?

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Please indicate if you can work:
Early shift: 6 AM - 6 PM
Late shift: 6 PM - 6 AM

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